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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Brewed in the style of a Belgian monestary, it has a distinct aroma of plum and pears. The flavor has the sweetness of dark Belgian candy sugar paired with nuances of fruit and spice. A dense, rocky head sits atop this mahogany colored ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3272) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2010
750 ml bottle that I received as a gift from my friend J. Another bottle from my cellar that I wanted to drink this week. Pours a hazy brown that still has a bit of transparency with a thin-moderate tan head that lasted through the first two sips and left light lace. Very pleasant aroma that is very fruity with pears most notably. Some candi sugar sweetness in the nose as well. The flavor has some light fruit, but is nowhere near as fruity as the aroma, along with some malt and some mild spice. A bit spritzy in the body; I tend to think of dubbels as more rich and a bit fuller bodied. Otherwise, a decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2010
In short: A muddy, dirty, nutty brown Belgian ale. Meh.
How: (Tap? Bottle?) at BCTC 2010
The look: Cloudy brown body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is quite nutty, toasted and yeasty. Taste is a litlle too dirty for me. Yeast, toasted nuts, some dark fruits and some toffee all come together in a muddy way. Like an old tired beer. I would assume that the brewery didn’t serve old stuff at a beer festival but it taste a bit tired and amateurish to me. Body was a bit lifeless too, especially considering what a Belgian Dubbel body should feel like. Oh well, at least I didn’t buy a full bottle (Iron Hill bottles are pricey). That’s what beer festivals are for, getting ratings on stuff that I would not normally buy. Also we had a great sunny and dry day for this outdoor festival but the stupid weather channel won’t let me rate it. For the record, I give the weather at BCTC 2010 a 4.2.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2010
20100926 tap at Wilmington. Cloudy dark green-golden with ample off-white head that lasts. Aroma is full of banana and yeasty esters but also a fusel dose. Crazily thick on the palate and quite sweet without much hop or malt/roast astringency to offset. Lingering alcohol and toffee. Okay, but a bit much for more than a sample.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (2465) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Draft. Brown pour with some white head. Sweet and bready malts, candied sugar, and dark fruits notes. A little too sweet for my taste in this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 29, 2010
On tap at Iron Hill Newark. Pours a slightly hazy mahogany color with a minimal light tan head and scattered lacing. The aroma has strong dark fruits, caramel malt, brown sugar, and a distinct spiciness. The flavor follows suit throughout with a nice smoothness. Endind with a light spiciness in the finish with lingering fruity sweetness. A delicious dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (1932) - USA - MAR 27, 2010
Light fruity aroma. I could taste banana, apple, clove, esters, and a little bubble gum. I like a good dubbel, and this was a very nice one. On tap at the Wilmington brewpub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Draft. Pours a copper toned crimson body with a whtie head. Fruity and bread y body with some light doughy notes and apples tones. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (3754) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Draft at Maple Shade. Poured a muddy brown with an average sized off white head. Aroma was sweet and fruity with an underlying chocolate base. Medium to thinner bodied with strong carbonation. Flavor was similar to the aroma with lots of sugary chocolate and dark fruit. Once again another great beer from IH.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KornDogg (520) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Draft at IH of Lancaster. Cloudy amber body with a candied plum aroma. Flavor is sweet and filled with hints of banana, cherries and spice. very smooth, sweet finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCastner (112) - New York, USA - JUN 26, 2009
On tap in Phoenixville. Dark brown amber with faint white head. Aroma of cherries, and various dried fruit, raisins and some spice. Bitter at the front with a lot of sweetness in the middle with a smooth finish. Not as complex as others but enjoyable.

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