chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber golden color with little to no head which quickly dissipated. Caramel malts with some hints of cinnamon and a nice mouthfeel. Very sweet on finish, not bad.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ TacoMac, Windward. Deep amber color. Thin off-white head. Bready flavor. tastes like raw bread dough, toasted malt. Aroma of Belgian Abbey yeast. Dough and malt. Finishes dry.
Cybercat (5046) - Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is strong, yeasty and rubbery with smoky and fruity undertones. It pours a pretty clear golden amber with a decent white head that does not stick around too long. Mouth-filling flavor is yeasty, somewhat like a wheat beer, with a strong fruity-brandy undertone and hints of caramel. Texture is smooth and fairly fizzy, leaving a pleasant yeasty and slightly bitter finish.
bubbleflubber (2156) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a burnt orange into the glass, with a diminished head that leaves sparse lace. The nose has some Candi Sugars, yeasty notes, esters and spices. A spicy yeast mingles with toasted caramel malts, bready notes and Belgian Candi Sugars on the tongue, finishing with spice notes and maybe the slightest hint of alcohol. The palate is medium-light and smooth, with a decent texture and gentle carbonation. A decent Abbey Dubbel, but nothing that I’m going to specially search out again.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet caramel malts, candi sugar with a hint of mustiness in the nose. Pours an amber golden color with little to no head. Spicy caramel malts, hints of roasted malts, grassy earthy bitterness, with clove and cinnamon. Looks very light, but packs loads of flavor! Not bad.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not my style but the wife likes these. Dark orange color, slight off white head. Scent of fruits and spices. Taste is light spice and fruit, not overly sweet. Not overpowering.
NachlamSie (3244) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz from Bruisin’. Pours a bold copper and its clarity makes it obviously filtered. The aroma gives me hope. It seems to steer clear from being overly sweet or too ester-heavy. Pleasant notes of honey, cardamom, figs, licorice and more are noted. I take a sip to be mildly let down. It is a bit too sweet with noticeable stickiness, but its relatively light body keep things from getting out of control. I suppose there just isn’t enough hop or malt flavor to truly compete with the yeast, but this is still pretty decent, especially considering this is Highland’s first real Belgian styled ale. Overall, this is a pretty decent change of pace from the brewery. It is a flavorful, medium bodied ale true to most of their offerings, but the flavor profile with hints at banana, clove, cardamom and honey is unlike the rest of their lineup.
phaleslu (9305) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle as an extra in a trade with JCB- thanks again, Jason! Pours a clear copper color with some visible carbonation and a small eggshell white head. Aroma of bready malts, yeast, banana, caramel, and mild spices. Flavor of bready and caramel malts, yeast, spices, banana, hops, and leaves. Medium-bodied, with soft carbonation and a sweet, bready mouthfeel. Sweet finish. A different take on the style but not anything special.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark, clear golden with smallish head. Nose of sweet fruits, caramel, some slight banana esters. Similar taste. Not too metallic, as some dubbels tend to be. Tasty and refreshing, especially for the style. I like the idea of a refreshing, lower-alcohol summer abbey beer... and this is it. Nice one.
SSSteve (4006) - - APR 15, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. dark gold under a small white head. subtle aroma with some sweet malt and hints of fruit and cola. flavor is moderately sweet with toffee, fruits, and a bit of spicy cinnamon or something. high carbonation. warming.