SHIG (3280) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a mahogany colored burnt orange with a fluffy off white to tan head. Aroma is dark fruit of plum, sweet caramel malt, and light chocolate. Taste is a dry dark fruit and chocolate, lively caramel malt that leaves just enough sweetness.
wildbeercat (267) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml/26floz bottle into a tulip glass. Served cool.
Aroma: A little chocolate. Yeasty. Cherries too, kind of like a kriek.
Appearance: Very hazy, near opaque, dark amber body. Not a lot of head.
Taste: Definitely there is chocolate and caramel. Also some tartness to round it out. Dried fruit flavors; I swear I’m tasting cherry.
Palate: Medium-full bodied. Good long, tart finish.
Overall: Pretty nice! Some classic Belgian-style flavors with some new ones tied in. Did enjoy and would enjoy again.
rederic (2790) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, hazy brown hue, with a frothy creamy beige head, with a nice yeasty, spicy, fruity nose, with some cinnamon, nutmeg, plum, dried raisin, fig, bready, biscuity, caramel, toasted malt accents, with some light date squares, toffee, caramel pudding, brown chocolate, soft date cookie notes with a hint of banana purée and raisin pie in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good yeasty, spicy dried plum, raisin, fig, soft cinnamon fig-apple cookie, brown chocolate, toffee character, with some faint sponge toffee, sweet bready, caramelized, toasted, biscuity malty, coffee, raisin pie flavous, with a light caramel pudding, crème brulée undertone, leading towards a yeasty, nutmeg, cinnamon spiciness, plummy, dried raisin, fig fruitiness, chocolatey, toasted, caramelized, bready maltiness, lingering toffee, caramel finish.
BeerandBlues2 (8459) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Victoria Gastro Pub. Pours clear dark brown with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is toast and nutty malt, dates and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with Belgian spices and esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
superspak (1908) - Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, plum, fig, pear, apple, grape, clove, pepper, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of yeast notes with a fair amount of malt presence; and good strength. A bit too fruity on the nose. Taste of caramel, plum, fig, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, clove, herbal, light chocolate, brown bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, brown bread, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity yeast and dark malt flavors; with a good malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall the is a very good Dubbel style. Good balance and robustness of malt and fruity ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Boutip (4292) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry caramelized malt with light fruity ester and some dry raisins and plum notes is not as rich and enticing as I had expected. Taste is also dominated by dry caramelized malt with some light fruity ester and some dry raisins and plums notes. Residual sugar is quite lower then I would have expected for the style. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad overall but not as rich and sweet as I was expecting.
TaktikMTL (5389) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel fruité avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque avec une forte densité de bulles. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe de raisin et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #5051)
yngwie (11755) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost clear, amber. Dense, small light beige head. Raisins, caramel, malts, dark sugar and a hoppy touch in the aroma. Mostly dried fruits in the flavor, with a little bitterness. Pleasant. Full body, lightly warming, with a nice carbonation level. Bitter finish. A quite pleasant American style dubbel. 130817
BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rusted penny pour with a small eggshell head that left spotty lacing inside the glass. A bit of fruitiness, yeastiness, maltiness, and breadiness. Just nothing to distinguish this from others...somewhat average across the board. Meh.
Mora2000 (5147) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Medium amber color with a tan head. The aroma is full of toffee notes and not too much else. The flavor has some toffee, candy sugar, yeast and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
DedicatedToFun (1595) - SoCal, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Awesome brew on tap! Pours with a deep bronze body with no head. Aromas are very spicy (belgian yeast), mild fruity notes, with some brown sugar.