chinchill (3223) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2012
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
22 oz bottle very dark reddish-brown with a thin and fragile tan head.
Negligible lacing. Aroma: floral, dark bread with hints of peat, wild yeast, and cognac. More peat in the taste, but the most striking thing is that this is rather tart for the style. Slightly medicinal and too floral, yet none of the booziness the aroma suggests. Some dark fruit, including prune but unwanted hints of perfume. Lightly smokey aftertaste.
M: medium body; low carbonation; rather dry finish.
O: an odd, moderately complex and interesting dubbel most likely to appeal to fans of Scotch Ales. Truer to style and a bit better after warming.
glennmastrange (2464) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Moderate roasted and milk chocolate for the malt, light cooked orange for the hops and mustiness for the yeast, with background notes of vinegar, sulfer, berries and hints of grape, date and candy sugar. Head is small frothy/creamy with bigger bubbles, off-white with some dark streaks in it, with fair but slippery lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Clor is muddy dark brown with a red tint. Flavor starts slightly sweet, moderately acidic, acetic and sour, then finishes heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter and sour. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation and a lightly dry and tart finish. Tastes more of a Sour Ale than an Abbey Dubbel, but this beer doesn’t have many qualities that I like from either style.
jtclockwork (11246) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 Bottle. Pours clear reddish brown. Light tan head. Nose of dark fruit, yeast and sweet malt. Taste is sour milk, earthy chocolate, fruit and sweet malt. Off.
SHIG (4013) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 20, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Poured a brownish red with a off white to tan head. Aroma is sweet malts and fruit. Taste is burnt malts, very gritty, somewhat sour leafy finish. There is hints of bakers chocolate in the aftertaste, but it doesn’t leave a pleasant remembrance of this beer!
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010. Slightly hazy brown body with a small white head. Sweet caramel and toffee aroma. Slightly tart caramel and grain flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My Bottom Line:
Cherries, cocoa, peppery hops and dusty yeast merge before mineral dryness and light tartness claim this attempt at a Dubbel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-The flavor profile was very different from that written in the commercial deScription. This batch might not have turned out like it was supposed to.
-The soft prickling was accurate, but that yeast seemed to have undergone terrible stress.
-A sheet of foam tops the hazy dark red.
-This is far from being as enjoyable as High and Mighty’s Beer of the Gods, or Purity of Essence, for example. I’ll stick to those, thank you very much.
hopscotch (10200) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle… Pours mostly clear and burnt orange with a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose is odd and not entirely pleasant – plastic, beef broth, dark fruits and a hint of mocha. Light to medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Like the aroma, the flavor is plasticy and beefy, lightly tart and mildly bitter. Finishes crisp and mostly clean. Off-aromas and flavors galore. Huh uh. Nope. Never again.
tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
It has a strong chocolate and malty smell. It pours a deep brown, opaque hue. The taste is super malty with caramel and a bit of coffee/mocha tones. It leaves a bit to be desired on the back end, as it gets too bitter and sour and has really no palate. Very thin. Had higher hopes for it honestly.
MiP (14519) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, 6.5%. Roasted spicy aroma, hint of chocolate. Cloudy, almost muddy amber colour. Nice semi-stable tan head. Roasted flavour, strange. Chocolate, also a bit strange, like Nesquick. Tart and faintly vinous finish. A very strange beer.
GRM (3372) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown bottle, 650 ml, bottled on 111109, purchased at Bangor Wine and Cheese on August 17 2010, savoured on August 23 2010; eye: auburn, clear, average effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: malt, nutty, ink, burnt malt, chocolate; mouth: malt, nutty, burnt malt, slight caramel, chocolate, vanilla, finale in malt with presence of burnt malt, medium body, average carbonation, slightly sweet, lightly oily texture; overall: fine
Bouteille brune, 650 ml, embouteillée le 111109, achetée chez Bangor Wine and Cheese le 17 août 2010, savourée le 23 août 2010; œil : auburn, claire, effervescence moyenne, petit anneau de mousse beige, très légère dentelle; nez : malt, noix, encre, malt brûlé, chocolat; bouche : malt, noix, malt brûlé, très léger caramel, chocolat, vanille, finale en malt avec présence de malt brûlé, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, très légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement huileuse; en résumé : bien