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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 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 (5754) - 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 (6263) - McLean/Jackson Hole, 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 (11265) - Where the wild whales are, 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 (918) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBeerFanatic (1018) - Friona, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Drink at around 60 to 65 F. Clear copper in color with an almost off yellow head (figs) with great retention! Aromas of Belgian yeasts (ester), banana (ester), fig, clove, nutty, grass and caramel. Flavors of spicy clove, slightly nutty, Belgian esters (banana), light fig and caramel (at warmer temperatures not at refrigerator temps). Medium to high sweetness, light spice aftertaste with a slight dryness. The sugary sweetness of caramel is the dominant character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is figs, toast and bread malt. Flavor is malt and dark fruits, figs, light hops and bitterness with brown sugar and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (5173) - Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Pours a beautiful clear chestnut that fades to honey-amber at the bottom of the glass and has bubbles like champagne. Tan head is fairly thick but quickly takes its leave. Fruity aroma has notes of date and fig plus a malty undertone and just a snip of caramel. Flavor has a strong fruity core, figs and dates plus hints of smoky malt and caramel. Texture is firm and smooth, none too fizzy. Reminds me of the running joke that most Jewish holidays amount to: "Our enemies tried to kill us, we kicked their butts, so LET’S EAT!" How could anybody not love Jews? BTW - according to many Biblical scholars the forbidden fruit that Adam and Eve ate was not an apple at all, but a fig. Genesis mentions only a "fruit" and does not name the specific type.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Draft at the Sybarite Pig in Boca Raton, FL. Tulip. Pours a deep amber with a two finger foamy white head. Aroma of bread, sweet candy, figs, heavy malts and Belgian yeast. Taste is similar to the aroma with a sweetness of breads, malts, candy sugars, and spice. Very comforting flavors with a smooth mouth, pleasant finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2685) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt notes of cookie, roasted and milk chocolate, moderate cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with date, fig, brown sugar and tobacco in the background. Head is average size, frothy tan, with almost no lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then the long finish is slightly sweet, lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, slick with a lively carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish. Quite a bit more bitter than all other Abbey Dubbels or Doppelbocks I’ve had, but it has the right amount of depth and sweetness to entice.

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