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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Dubbel Doppel
How better to celebrate the evolution of the year than with recipes inspired by generations of the original craft beer warriors, the Monks! Top with a healthy dose of Shmaltz and witness the rebirth of Rejewvenator! "The winter of bondage has passed, the deluge of suffering is gone, the Fig tree has formed its first fruits, declaring all ready for libation." -Song of Solomon. Dates were used to sweeten beer in Ancient Egypt as early as 3500 BCE. Genesis 3:7: "Their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked; they sewed fig leaves and made themselves aprons." Queen Vic commissioned an 18" plaster fig leaf for her cast of Michelangelo’s David. "The statue that advertises its modesty with a fig leaf brings its modesty under suspicion." -Mark Twain. Under a fig tree, Romulus and Remus, mythical founders of Rome, were nursed by a she-wolf and worlds away Buddha found enlightenment. Zechariah: "Nations shall beat their swords into plowshares - all will sit with their neighbor under a fig tree, never afraid." Mohammed: "Whoever eats seven Tamr (dates) at breakfast shall rise above magic and poison that day." The Hebrew word for Date palm "Tamar" connotes a woman’s grace. "The only difference between a first date and a job interview is not many job interviews have a chance you’ll end up naked." Jerry Seinfeld. Psalm 92:12: "The righteous shall flourish like the Date palm." Thankfully all we need to do is pop open a bottle and rejoice... L’Chaim!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (2017) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
A pretty good Dubbel. Press a dark raisin color with off white head. Some aromas of dark fruit and bubblegum. Nothing too prominent though. Sweet and malty flavors with enough bitterness on the backside to keep it from being cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (700) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
Poured from 1pint (6 fl oz) bottle. Clear copper brown with dissipating beige head. Predominant dark fruit aroma with some caramel malt. Flavour starts off with dates, moves into a strong fig flavour and finishes with very subtle hops. Sweetness is there, but not quite as much compared to other strong belgians as it gets cut off at the end. Medium, sticky body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3429) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2013
12 oz bottle with a 22 oz label. Deep purple brown with a thin beige haze. Nose is yeast, toffee, date and sticky apricot. Syrupy, medium to full body with a buzz. Taste is dates, caramel, cardamom and fig finishing with burnt sugar. Unusual hybrid but it works quite well; the fruit adding a nice touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (518) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Appearance: Transparent Copper color with foamy beige head Aroma: Yeasty with sweet dark fruit Taste: Dubbel hefe like profile upfront with the ginger figs and dates coming in on the back end Overall: Tastes very similar to a raisin brown all I brewed-would have preferred a bit more maltiness

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3011) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
It's a great seasonal brew with taste of dark malts and dark fruit. Taste of figs, earth and toffee make this a fine holiday treat ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4290) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
The aroma is sweet and fruity with figs, caramel and earth. The appearance is light brown. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (7027) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Pour on tap, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought some dark fruits, hints of caramel, toffee, slight yeast and bready notes in there, some spice and grassy, herbal notes come through as well. Taste is a mix of herbal, grassy and spicy hops, slight bread into lots of sweet caramel, toffee, and dark fruits with figs, finishing sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nj_BierMaven (116) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Pours a cloudy brownish-amber, from a bomber bottle. Heavy aroma of dark fruits hints at the overpowering flavor to come. Not cloying, but too much on the fruit for my tastes. I’m sure I need to read up more on the topic, but I think the Belgians rely on a rich combination of malts and unique yeasts to get hints of these flavors, instead of actually throwing figs and dates into the process. Enjoyable enough, but I’ll go for something a little drier next time around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1414) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Never know what to expect from the Chosen Beer . . . this one works! I don’t know how much doppelbock I’m getting, but as a dubbel, this is quite the fruit-oriented one. Dark fruits at that. Maybe a bit of Belgian yeast, but really, the story here is dark fruits and malts. Both in abundance, both assertive, and both making for a fine beer. Solid B, if not B+.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Sampled in a bomber that was aged for a few months. A really nice unique brew. The pomegranate flavor was mild but noticeable and a good twist.

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