lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Butters. Clear amber orange, off white bubbles. Malty, caramel sweet aroma, dull. Taste is spicy, caramel, toffee.
aracauna (3052) - Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one is a really nice color, crystal clear somewhere between amber and copper. The aroma is spicy, reminding me of cinnamon. The flavor is surprisingly crisp. This doesn’t have the body of a normal dubbel.
Rustyham (1720) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2010
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled at Guess Who’s Back..." tasting. Appearance of apple juice, flat, aroma is grains. Flavor very bitter and very oily, like medicinal snake oil salesman kind of oily. No malt discernible. ew.
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light transparent copper in color. Smells Belgian. They got that part right. Tastes malty and spicy. Herbal as well. I’m not a fan. But they did it right.
Butters (3745) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the Guess Who’s Back tasting. Pretty much what to expect for an americanmade belgian style. Kind of watered down. Sweet and brown and dubbel. american. eh.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a fading fading beige head with a deep golden body. Aromas of grass, yeast, fruit, clove. Flavor is the same. Thin body, hint of tin and grain.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is very similar to the AR Ales Premier Rouge. It has a crisp aroma and a medium head. Very carbonated when opened. The flavor has a fruity banana-yeast base with noticeable spiciness.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle - pours an amber color with a thin head. Aroma of caramel, malt, sugar and bread. Taste has some spiciness to it - along with some roasted malts, earthy/grassy/floral notes - finishing with some clove. Pretty light in appearance for a dubbel but it isn’t light on flavor - very nice.
ChainGangGuy (4359) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Arrived at my end of the bar a clear, amber-hued body with a ¾ inch head comprised of off-white foam that left delicate sheets of fine lace on the descent. It’s certainly a far cry from the typical turbid brown bodies most of these dubbels exhibit.
Smell: The aroma of these seven (7) sisters serves up an initial uprush of fruit-based and spice scents to escort the less punchy notes of sweetish bready malts and additional thin traces of alcohol.
Taste: Moderately sweet bready and pale malts with candied influences of light caramel and quality sugars. Variety of fruity flavors - a little banana, a little pear, even a little apple. Spiciness akin to ground coriander seeds. Faint noble hop character underneath the malts and yeast-derived flavors provides some additional hints of spice as well as a bit of bitterness. Noted alcohol warmth on the semi-dry, estery finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Drinkability: A solid Belgian-style offering. I was wondering when we’d eventually see one from Highland. Exhibits decent drinkability, as, from it’s appearance to mouthfeel, it just seems a bit lighter than many others with "Dubbel" slapped across the bottle.
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay Goblet. Pours from the bottle a nice copper orange color, light to no white head formation. Aromas of fruit and slight hops. Flavors of sweet malt and caramel, with the malty flavor intensifying upon swallowing. No lacing at all throughout. Overall this was a nice beer that was not only easy to drink, but also had a pleasant flavor. It kind of reminded me of a Hefe in a weird way...