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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2014
12 oz. bottle (though it was labeled as a 22 oz.) poured into tulip. Pleasant clear reddish-brown color with a couple fingers of creamy tan that quickly dissipates. Faint earthy aroma with some dark fruity notes from the dates and figs. The flavor is well-balanced with malty Belgian brown ale with some tart fruitiness on the back end a some alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
freckles614 (3) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2014 does not count
Malty backbone balanced by the different hops. Dates and fig add a touch of sweetness but do not over power the beer. It pours a gorgeous auburn/amber color with a light head and medium body. Flavor is unique and distinctive, quite a tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Pours a murky brown with about one finger of khaki colored head. Aroma is malt, dark fruits, toffee and some bread notes. Taste is sweet and follows the nose with a little bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and a little creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Pours hazy dark brownish with tan head. Nose is earthy, dark fruit musty. Tastes of earthy malt, vinous fruit, some finishing tartness. This one is solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (1257) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours amber. Has a malt and dark fruit aroma. Taste is more grapey than most dubbels with some spices and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (938) - 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 (3709) - 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 (556) - 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 (3168) - 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 (4379) - 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.

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