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Brewed by InBev Belgium
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Leuven, Belgium

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 1663   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A traditional Belgian abbey beer with a deep brown colour and a full, sweet and fruity aroma.
Ingredients: dark and torrefied malt, corn, water, hop and yeast.


3.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5180) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 Dec, 2002 I love this stuff. When travelling in Northern Europe itís readily available in most bars, and is better than a lot of the beer offered (Jupiler or Stella). In France it is regarded quite highly as they have a taste for smooth, sweet malty beer, and this is much better than their own Adelscott or Pelforth. It is an Abbey beer by licence, the Abbey Notre Dame de Leffe hadnít produced any beer for years and didnít have the equipment to do so. In the 1950ís they hired out their name to a local brewer, and then the brewery giant Interbrew bought the name. This is brewed less in line with tradition than with an eye to the commercial market. All sourness, rough edges and individual awkwardness are left out of the recipe, leaving a very pleasant and easy drinking beer that still manages to satisfy. There are a number of flavours: apples, cloves, brown sugar, etc, but these flavours donít shift their intensity from one glass to the next - it is a consistent beer. As such some may find this boring, while others will find it reliable. Each beer has itís own time and place - if you sit at home sniffing and sipping this on your own you may find it a bit bland; but as an everyday social drink or something to accompany lunch in a French or Belgian bar, it is more than delightful. [3.8]
June, 2003 I love this beer! [4.0]
Nov, 2005 Smokey aroma. Clean, sweet, smokey flavour with lingering bitter hops. That strange barley sugar flavour of pasteurised beer. But also, that wonderful harmonious blend of sweet and bitter that is so popular with drinkers in Northern Europe. I know this is pasteurised. I can taste it is pasteurised. But I canít help myself. I love this in the same way I love smoked processed cheese. Even the odd sharp plastic notes I find attractive. I canít help myself. Oh - I bet this would be heavenly served cask conditioned. J.D. Wetherspoon - please make this your next cask special! [3.7]

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4482) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2003 Excellent Belgian ale. Great afternoon beer or as an aftermeal beverage.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 (On tap in London, Ont) Dark brown, beige head. Sweet caramel aroma. Sweet carmels in flavour. However nitro affect changes beer. Dry bitter in finish. Cloying sweetness near the end. Was a 3.9 would be way better with out nitro on tap.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 29, 2002
Well known type of aroma typical for all decent Belgians. Dark deep amber with nice tough foam. Gentle soft velvety but so persuasive . Delicious .

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2002
Dark brown with a certain red brightness shining through, a nice tan head atop the shine. Nose first of all typically Belgian - spice, yeast and fruit - and then, whatís this? hints of smoke and sweet malt. Body is initially roasty, comes across spritzy. Alcohol is present as well as yeast. Finishes somewhat sweet with light drying hops and maybe even a hint of ripe banana. An interesting dubbel, a little spritzy for itís own good, but complex nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2002
a beautiful fruity belgian, good with a hearty meal in the fall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2002
Well, this is an Old Faithful. Not a sporty flashy dropÖ but damn! You get solid consistency. We believe (unfortunately) that this beer will become the favourites of your Balmoral or eastern suburb 6 figure yuppies andÖ thus killing the true appreciation for this drop. Great for the brewer, but bad for R&D. this drop can still be developed. Has great potential for the novice market. Great colour, distinctive Belge character. A favourite of ours. Still good.....

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shorlin (636) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - NOV 4, 2002
Dark black/brown. Nice head. Warming up it acquires a sweet, malty aroma. Some dryness in the palate. Tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2002
A nice rich fruity, caramely flavor. A nice complement to the blonde.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2003 it is a dark brown beer with a sweet fruity tast.


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