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.
Butters (3990) - 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.
Nate (3826) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From bottle. Mild alcohol, raisin, caramel and bitter hop aroma; neutral fruity character. Dark amber to light brown clear with some haze, topped with thin off-white head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts medium sweet with caramel and raisin, sugary tang, and light acidity. A bit of oxidation flavor. Mild nutty hop bitter finish, rounded sweetness and neutral fruity after.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the River City Beer Festival at the Diamond on 05/22/2010. Clear copper body with a large persistent creamy off-white had. Sweet candi sugar and light malt aroma. Sugary flavor with belgian spice and light fruit. Dry finish. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.
CanIHave4Beers (3673) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sent my way by Durhambeer. Pours golden with a small head. The aroma is some copper and some banana with a good bit of fruit and orange zest. There is some mild yeast spiciness in there as well. the flavor is nicely malty with some fruitiness coming from all sides (fruity malt, fruity hops, fruity yeastiness). There are some mild dusty flavors and a bit of baguette breadiness. Nice little beer, but an odd labeling as a dubbel.
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.
aracauna (3317) - 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.
SpringsLicker (3288) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear coppery gold body under a small white head. Poor lacing.
Fruity spicy aroma with some sweet malts.
The flavor follows the aroma.
This doesn’t have the body I expect from a Dubbel; it’s more of a Belgian Blonde to me.
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, 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 (3060) - 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.