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RATINGS: 831   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
A rich brown ale inspired by the enigmatic monastic brews of Belgium, and the mysterious mist shrouded jungles of the tropics. Brewed with real cacao, and spiced with cinnamon and sweet orange peel for a sensual delight. A brew to be sipped, savored, and enjoyed!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
At first, some part of my brain really appreciated the unique, complex, shifting flavors of this brew...fruit sugar to citrus bite to mulled spice to fig pudding and on and on...but that pronounced Flemish/Farmhouse extra-sourdough bread dipped in cheap vinegar note eventually drove me away. All I can say is this: For the people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like....but that’s not me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Medium sized, rocky and frothy light brown head. Great retention. Caramel malts dominate the arpma, but also fairly expressive are notes of yeast, many spices(including cinnamon, coriander and nutmeg), toffee, sharp alcohol in moderation and melted brown sugar. Flavor is a bit cloying, but otherwise more of the same, with additions of banana esters and vanilla, possibly some tannic bite; that could be Brett or barrel, unidentifiable behind all the spice. Light bitterness enters at the same time as more dark sugars and spices. Finishes semi-sweet, very bitter and somewhat drying. Palate is medium to full and heavily carbonated, but fun nonetheless. An exciting adventure in taste from a fun brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Light brett aroma with some malt scents--a nice aroma for sure. Murky reddish brown body with a thin head. The palate is medium to full for the style. Tastes are of tree bark, oak, brett and some dark malts. You get a faint hint of the spices--but thankfully they do not overrun the beer. Leaves a lingering "woody" aftertaste in your mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2007
750mL bottle, no date from Archer Liquors. Pours a hazy orange caramel with a one finger fizzy fading beige head. Aroma up front has the typical JP oaky funky sourness I get in all their beers with some unripe granny smiths. Since I read the bottle I can pick out the milk chocolate and cinnamon, and I dunno about sweet orange but there is some tart and bitter orange in there. The chocolate and cinnamon are pretty darn faint. Nothing dubbel about it, however it is nice. The flavor is still pretty tart with some sweet tobacco leaves, and I can’t pick up on any cacao or cinnamon. Too bad this is only 7.5% and I can fairly easily pick up on the alcohol--me no likey. The finish is dry but with some bready malts. Update--After the aftertaste towards the end of my first glass some cinnamon and vanilla began to build up in my mouth. Light to moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. This is not an Abbey Dubbel, though I still liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Got some slight caramel malt,light fruits and a hint of sourness.Pours a dark murky copper with a medium off white head.Sweet malt,sour fruits and some oak stood out in the flavors.Mouthfeel was medium with a slight sweet and sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (2004) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2007
A huge, large-celled head reduces quickly to a thick, tan film & halo over a hazy, reddish/orange body. Wooden, oaky aroma with orange zest, pine and a soapy floral aroma that comes out heavily after the sediment pours in. I couldn’t pick out the cacao or cinnamon if you paid me. Upon tasting, I may detect a hint of chocolate, but the underlying vinous sourness really takes it over. Mild acidity to the belly while the palate finishes dry. While not as intense as, say, a Rodenbach, I still feel this would be better classed as a "Sour" than a "Dubbel".

<font size=-4>Purchased at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Chicago, IL 60638</font>

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2007
750ml bottle shared with a friend - Pours dark brown with a nice thick tan head that stayed pretty well and laced good. Aromas of strong caramel and chocolate, blended with good sour cherries and some apple notes. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, oak, tart cherries, some granny smith apples, a touch of cocoa, and a little orange. Palate is soft well carbonated and a tad to the sour side on the finish. A quite unique and complex brew..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2007 pured dark brown,red like an amber, thin layer of off-white head, apple-fruity-yeasty type aroma, taste nothing like it looks though…sour tasting albeit very refreshing....turned less sour as it warmed…haven’t had anything quite like it...quite drinkable after getiing past the initial sourness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - FEB 4, 2007
This beer is awesome...and I am sad to see the ratings of JP beers have been declining. Pours nut brown with a big foamy earthy head. Aroma is spice and sour...funk and wood. Flavor is the similar...perfect sweet, sour, wood balance. Mouthfeel is perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours hazy orange ruby, off white head. Aroma is whiskey, raisin, wheat, bleu cheese. Flavor is tart, wheat, bleu cheese, slight meat, creamy finish. Very well-balanced.

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