Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A small off-white head settles above the totally clear pale amber body, certainly very light-coloured for a dubbel. Nevertheless, it has chocolate powder notes in the nose together with crude, unripe fruit esters (green banana, green strawberries, pear skin) combined with a white sugar and doughy bread. Altogether, an aroma that could be more mature and developed. In mouth, the same flavour profil goes on with the hops taking a bit more room with their herbal and floral undertones finishing with a surprisingly strong bitterness matching the malt’s graininess roughly. Feeling a bit raw and unpolished, lacking in malt depth and structure. Has little to do with a Scotch ale reminiscent Belgian Dubbel that’s for sure, but even as a straightforward Belgian pale ale, this is overrun by most of the competition.
chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle was a gift from Duane. I have been pleasantly surprised by Highland in the past and looked forward to this brew. It poured a cloudy golden caramel. Small with head dissipated quickly. Aroma was graham crackers with mild fruit and honey and yeast. A hint of spice and grain. Medium carbonation with a very smooth texture. Creamy. Soft banana and a hit of spice. The flavor was bready with a touch of honey sweetness and a mild spicy finish. Very tasty. No off notes at all. One the my favorite dubbels so far. Good job Highland. I was sorry my brother gave me only one. I will look for this one soon.
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep red color with a thin off-white head. The aroman is sweet with some fruit and floral notes. Sweet malty flavor with a touch of spice that seems common in Belgian beers that I have tried. Pretty decent overall but the style is not my favorite. A good change of pace beer.
decaturstevo (5536) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour with creamy white head and lace. Bread and Belgian yeast. Light toasted bread, sweet malt, and a light bitter.Medium bodied with watery finish.
jcwattsrugger (11613) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle-thanks decaturstevo-pours an offwhite head with amber color. Aroma is sweet light/medium malt, yeast, some herbal. Taste is sweet light/medium malt, yeast, 2nd herbal hops.
Velkyal (315) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Perhaps a touch on the pale side for a dubbel, but a nice combination of malty sweetness and that classic Belgian yeast thing. Easy to drink and tasty to boot. A tasty drop.
Ratman197 (11546) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured a hazy orange amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of carmel, pear, apple and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a watery finish. Flavors of carmel, pear, spice and light apple with a crisp watery lingering spiced finish.
bhensonb (12795) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Bruisin Ales. Pours copper with a one finger foamy off-white head. Aromas of roast malt and kandi. Med maybe body with mild carbonation. Flavor is roast malt, and kandi, and a touch of yeast/spice. Certainly Belgian, and not of light flavor, but somehow it seems a combo of dubbel and tripel. On the other hand it drinks quite well.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sampled at 2010 Brewer’s Jam. Nice brown color with quick beige head. The aroma is clove, a little bit of yeasty fruit, and some dusty caramel. The flavor is semi-sweet cocoa, hints of banana and clove, and a little bit of bready yeast. Kind of a safe approach without much creativity, but decent nonetheless.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from a local store in Hatteras.
Aroma: There is a light bit of skunk, vanilla, caramel, green vegetal note, and spice bread.
Appearance: It pours a crystal clear amber color with a small frothy, off-white head. I was disappointed to see this brew wasn’t bottle conditioned.
Taste: There is some caramel malt and spice. Actually lots of spice, clove especially. There is a hint of dark fruit, vanilla, and rum lurking in the back. Even with all of that, it lacks the depth of a true dubbel and comes across as flat.
Palate: Medium bodied with slighter more than average of slightly softer than average carbonation leading to a lingering spiced finish.
Overall: It reminds me why the an abbey does a dubbel best. A decent attempt that comes up short.