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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Sampled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival. BIG sweet fruity aroma, black in color, with a light tan head. Can’t see through the glass, and I’m trying to look through a 3 oz. sample. Sweet, fruity, camel tasting with a smooth ending. I’ll defiantly get back to this beer to spend some quality time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2013
On tap at Torst. Pours a light brown color with an oil slick head. Aroma of dark fruit, bananas, and caramel. Lots of flavor. Caramel, alcohol, spice and some chocolate notes mixed in. Excellent dubbel. Challenges Westy 8.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Dark brown with scant head and lacing (aged bottle) / Rich nose of dark fruit, caramel, sherry, nut, banana / Full body, somewhat hot, smooth, fine balance / Flavors of banana, prune, date, chocolate, oak, biscuit / Really fine, although my bottle was hand-sealed and, after a year, may have changed more than intended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Bottle from Brad. Pours a beautiful brown color with almost no head, some light fizziness though. Nose is bananas, dough, light alcohol and caramel. Taste is a wonderful banana bread mixed with light alcohol. Makes your lips smack and your palate velvety.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 Sampled on draught @ Kuhnhenn Brewing Company in Warren, Michigan. Dark ruby color with bountiful, creamy and lasting foam. Unbelievably full body with a creamy texture. A delectable range of flavors with a soft yeast character, leathery tones, bready malts with hints of banana, clove, raisins, chocolate and caramel. The brewers at Kuhnhenn are very versatile. This is a very nicely brewed Belgian Ale.

Bottled version: Not nearly as good as when on draught at Kuhnhenn, but my rating still stands.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3137) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Pours clear honey amber, like lighter brandy with a sandy head. Aroma and flavor punch you in the face equally with huge spicy malty flavors, sweet with impressions of barrel aging even, crazy. Obviously so big for a dubbel it wasn’t brewed in Belgium, it is so smooth it is uncanny for the boozy notes. The yeast is there to maintain the style but actually eclipsed by the big malty and spicy aspects.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6376) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2005 On tap: Lots of banana in the aroma with almost a fruit punch smell the barely sneaks by the banana. Hazy reddish-brown with no transparency. Tons of banana in the flavor. Chocolate and light caramel is pretty much dominated by the banana with some raison. Finishes with a light tartness and moderate alcohol presence. Very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2006
The menu listed this as 10.5% ABV. This poured a deep brown with a great mocha head. The nose is full of chocolate, fudge brownies, ice cream sundae, hot fudge with lesser notes of caramel and butterscotch and vanilla beans. Wow. The body leans more towards the dark fruits, with plums and raisans mingling with lots more vanilla. Nut and caramel as well. The finish is real yeasty and fruity. This is just great from start to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2011
Aliased under the 9 Dark Belgian Strong, Very good beer. It pours very dark and it has a nice aroma of yeasty and bread and banana notes. I really enjoyed how this one tasted, It even had some sweetness to it but not much but it was a good one. Give it a try if you have the chance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JRock72 (605) - - MAY 2, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Very strong malty and belgian yeast flavours up front with little backbone. As you sample more, a dry chocolate flavour takes over. This was excellent. One of my favourites from that day.

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