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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 15/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2013
9th June 2013
Clear deep amber beer, small pale tan head. Palate is smooth and semi dry with mild carbonation. Clean malt, semi sweet with a little cream. Nice touch of dates and figs. Finishes smooth and dry. Simple stuff but very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gringo332 (549) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Nose is big time dates, light molasses, fruity dates, belgian yeast, candy. Pour is dark brown, almost black. Flavor is lightly fruity, molasses, spicy yeast, semi-sweet. Not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8912) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with off white head. Nose and taste of fig, dates, caramel, toffee and bready malt. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TempeCoyote (63) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Sweet scent of dates and figs is an interesting substitute for heavy malt. While not usually a big fan of fruit beers the dates and figs don't come off as too dominant. With the malts it tastes like a raisiny granola bar. The fruit gets out of the way and it finishes like a more traditional double. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freeofthoughts (668) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Bottle pours dark reddish brown with cream colored fizz. Sweet malty aroma with some light fruitiness and hint of chocolate. The flavor is a nice rounded dark malt build with a healthy sweetness aided by the figs and dates. The Belgian yeast increases the sugary feel as it lingers with an earthy roasted grain toasted bread thing with familiar elements to a Paulaner Salvator and a St. Bernardus 6 but not quite as good as those timeless brews.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
DavidLMU (21) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Something was off about this beer. It definitely lacked the maltiness of a dopplebock. It had an almost mineral flavor to it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4375) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2013
650ml bottle shared at Beer Revolution’s Olivier Square location pours amber in color with a small white head that leaves some decent lacing. Aroma is grass and dark fruits with some yeasty notes. Taste is a grassy and spicy hop bitterness with a dark fruity and malty sweetness. Flavors are well balanced in this medium bodied and nicely carbonated brew. Well done and recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (3632) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Poured from a 22 oz bottle courtesy of Kermis. Pours a clear reddish cola with a thick but quickly dissipating off white head. Nose is a mix of citrus and hops - no belgian yeast aroma. Flavors of stone fruits and some mild toffee notes. Mildly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (5732) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle shared with iphonephan. Pours clear amber brown with a cream tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, banana, cloves, herbs, malt, caramel, prunes, overripe dark fruit. Flavour is over moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RumRunner101 (807) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 24, 2013
Clear, dark brown pour. Aroma is sweet with dates, figs, toffee, charred malts. Relatively thin body, bready malts, dark fruits and a warming finish.

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