njnut (465) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into tulip. A slightly hazy UPS brown with a short lasting off white head. Some lacing but not much. Aroma is yeast, banana, and the figs and dates come through. The taste is like my Jewish childhood deserts soaked in Belgian ale. The fig and dates shine through a yeasty abbey beer aroma. Because of the large bottle the warming of the beer caused a decrease in the haze and an increase in the boozey aromas and taste. It sort of became a little whiskey flavored. A little warming and the alcohol was strong in the finish. I enjoyed this very much.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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+.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
SDalkoholic (2359) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Created a thick monstrous sizing of head which took several minutes to retreat and when it eventually did, there were only a few patches of foam remaining. Liquid appeared as a dark mahogany color and had slow rising carbonation bubbles. Aroma is big and bold and smells similar to an authentic Belgian dubbel with lightly spiced yeast and a sweet base of malts. Also, the aroma has a tame fruity element and suggests notes of dates, figs and palm sugar. The drink delivers a sugary sweet profile of malts while a harsh warm presence of alcohol hangs in the finish. It isn’t until I re-chill my bottle back down to cold since the liquor stores have the coolers on a minimum that I started to appreciate this beer because trying to drink it at a cool room temperature was too harsh and offending for my taste buds. I know some beers are meant to warm up a little in temperature but this is not one of them by any means. Has a dark rich fruit flavor of fig and date but it taste more of a packaged preserved fig or date flavor and not so much the same taste I get when I eat a fresh date at the grocery stores. It does taste true to Belgian abbey dubbel, but then again this was a bizarre recipe that tested the boundaries of hybrid brewing. I’m not sure if I like this or not? WTF?
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 2013 bottle into a snifter red amber with minimal head.
Aroma is burnt figs. Caramel.
Flavor reminds me of a burnt sugar malted toffee. Really nice blend. Ever slight bitter hops present but doesn’t take away from this dubbel
A really good brew from 2013. Had one when it first came out & now finally enjoyed this one after some time.
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber pours with a clear deep ruby red body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma is full and pulsing with dates, brown sugar, figs and a bit of caramel malts. Another pull brings up more figs and lagery yeasty and lightly fruity esteriness. The taste is similar as it is full of robust levels of dates flowing into some figs and prunes and browns sugar and caramel malts. There’s hops in this? I guess. There are lots of pleasing flavors mingling around together creating plenty of interest as well as balance. Cool beans.
bhensonb (14172) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours clear dark ruddy amber with a frothy beige head. The aroma of dark fruits is strong. Some dark malt aroma too. Med + body. Flavor is date/fig with some chocolate, and perhaps a bit of anise. The malt is malty. There’s a lot of flavor in this, and tho it’s finishing sweet, there are so many other flavors that there’s a bitter component. The flavors are not common, but they are tasty.
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Green Dragon. Dark ruby amber. Aroma of yeast, candy, malt. Taste hits notes of plum, dates, sweet malt. Nice syrupy mouthfeel, with lingering pitted fruit finish.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured clear garnet with a creamy, well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up sweet raisins, dates, figs, and molasses with spicy, fruity accents.. fresh vanilla beans rounded it out.. quite sweet overall. The flavor found tart darker fruit skins and peppery yeast on the tip of the tongue, with warm dates, molasses, and vanilla following.. toasted leafy notes joined grainy, but complementary herbal bitterness around.. finished with lots more sweetness and peppery belly warmth.. tasty stuff! Medium-plus bodied with moderate-plus carbonation.. well-balanced, but again just a hair too sweet.
superspak (4754) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into chalice, early 2013 bottling. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a small fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, candi sugar, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast ester, fruit, and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, candi sugar, light nuttiness and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of yeast ester, fruit, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, lightly slick, and fairly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hybrid dubbel style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of yeast ester, fruit, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.