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 (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.
Suttree (5644) - 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 (5535) - 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 (4565) - 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.
emacgee (4427) - 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 (4315) - 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 (4175) - 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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Whole Foods, Chapel Hill. Pretty good new seasonal from the fine folks at Highland. I’ve not been in a huge dubbel mood of late, but there’s some more dry and fruity about the Highland version that certainly appeals as the weather warms. Pale amber pour, not the dark brown you’d expect, with a lively carbonation. Aroma is a bit generic, sweet bready malts, fruits, etc. But the taste features a nice combination of spice, dry hops, and candi malts that give the beer a crispness that was appealing. Nice.