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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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 (123) - 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1701) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (2686) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22309) - , 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 (611) - 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 (14999) - , 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 (688) - 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.

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