Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby red with an off white head. Smells of dark fruit, rosey, some caramel. Tastes of dark fruit, some residual sugar, molasses, some toffee, cognac. Enjoyable.
Rastacouere (6162) - 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.
Suttree (5682) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coppery brown, dense, compact off-white head. Nice aroma - rather sweet, with notes of cinnamon and spices and dark bread. Very sweet and decadent flavor, Some caramel, some yeasty notes. . Pretty enjoyable stuff.
decaturstevo (5580) - 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.
ChainGangGuy (4595) - Woodstock, 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.
emacgee (4450) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Porus a clean and clear toasted gold with a one finger creamy offwhite. Nose is a bit spicy with some candied fruit, a little citrus zest, pepper, not super pungent but some delicacies. Flavor is a bit spicy and zesty, some lemon rind, mild Belgian yeasty funk, earthy, mildly sweet. Palate has a nice carbonation, could take a bit more. Nice spice.
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.
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is mild with yeast, malt, incense, fruit, and spice. The appearance is light amber with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma and even better than expected. The palate is right for this beer. Overall a real winner.
Cybercat (4270) - 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.
SSSteve (4007) - - 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.