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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
A brown, Belgian-style abbey ale. Caramel, banana, biscuit and fruity-aromas contribute to the balance of this strong, complex beer. A sweet, bready and caramel flavor follows with a silky, creamy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Many bottles brought to the Labor Day gathering by Pailhead and Styles:

Reddish hued with an oily film and not much head, some lacing. The nose detected some oxidition even though this one is not that old. Also found aroma’s of currant, pear, banana, clove and an interest combination of yeast esters (earthy, salty and flowery). The taste is wonderfully fruity with notes of both tart and fleshy fruits. A bit yeasty and caramel character as well. The finish is slick and pepper hints appear. The feel is oily and warming, sticky on the palate. A solid brew with good depth but still did not rock my world. It is more a Strong Ale than Abbey Dubbel IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3048) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Bottle Pours a murky redish brown with no head and only a trace of lacing. Aroma os appled cider, cinimon, apricots and alcohol. Flavor is a nice spicy musty combo. Some apple butter and cinimon. Moderately heavy feel and the alcohol comes through much more now on later sips. Darn near flat and a slightly bitter woody aftertaste. Thanks to Pailhead for this one

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2005
12oz - thanks Pailhead - Aroma is sweet raisins, prune, yeast, and a touch of carmel malt. Pours a murky dark brown with little head and decent lacing. Flavor is bitter prune and raisin. Only after the alcohol taste fades does the sweet carmel show up. Palate is crisp and sticky. Different and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Thanks to odeed for sharing. aroma is bananas, with caramel, and sugar. taste is bananas with a hint of coffee and vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 31, 2005
(bonus brew from styles)poured a dark brown with no head.aroma is mostly ripe banannas.flavor is again,bannanas,with some malt and chocolate.THIS SHIT IS BANNANAS!B-A-N......

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Dark fruits and all spice in the aroma. Deep brown in color. Head is small and fades away almost immediately. Harsh tasting concentrated fruit/syrup flavors and it tastes of bigger alcohol than it is listed with 9%. Some mashed fruit-grapes stand out- and even some rum raisin bread creaminess, but it is way out of balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1739) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Dark brown, with a small, tan head. Aromas are fruit, spice, and brown sugar. Flavors are a lot like the aroma, fruity, with spice, some chocolate, raisins, and brown sugar. Body this thinner than expected. Thanks to Brad for this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2005
12-oz. bottle courtesy of Syles (you rock, Chris!) Deep murky cola brown in color with a dusty grey head. Aroma is heavenly, laden with chocolate, bananas, cloves, pepper, prunes and nutmeg. Nice rich chocolate flavor with leather accolades. Toffee and caramel mesh with tobacco and singed walnuts. Often times reminds me of a Chocolate-pumpernickel dinner roll interspersed with raisins. Seems to invert the taste buds and seep into their crevices. Nice display of malt complexity, finishing with chocolate, hot alcohol and earthen characteristics including leather and tobacco once more. Worthy of its early high marks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1146) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2005
from a fresh bottle. this beer is utterly underwhelming. it is one of very few kuhnhenn beers i have only had from the bottle, and it does not perform lke i would expect it to. this particular specimen is moderately spicy, moderately alcoholic, and at best it’s a decently spicy belgian-style beer. i hope other people like it more than i do.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2005
On tap at the brewery into a tulip glass. Finally, a Kuhnhenn beer that I don’t like as much as most raters. First of all, it was served way too cold, so I had to wait for it to warm. Murky dark yellowish brown with an amber glow in the glass. Tan head mostly diminishes to a spotty dusting and a thin ring around the outside. Lacing breaks apart in steps, and then into evenly spaced islands, as if by design. Racing is deep and full. Very uninteresting and uncouth aroma of brown sugar, sugar cane, and musty bread, highlighted with some stinging alcohol. Bready dark grains, crisp and slightly bitter hops, and mint leaves to finish the flavor. Moderately acidic flavors of tangerine and dark grapes in the middle with warming alcohol. Brown sugar seems to be all through the flavor and acts to integrate the stages and in some cases dominate the complexity. Maibock-ish grainy flavor emerges into finish which starts salty, gets faintly sweet and then reveals the alcohol in a dry astringency. Medium to full body with soft carbonation at a nice level. Sugary in texture, almost like sugar in suspension that isn’t completely disolved. I agree with Ernest’s overall impression that this isn’t a bad beer, just kind of blase.

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