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Brewed by InBev Belgium
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Leuven, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1719   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.


Kurtos' rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kurtos (101) - Sydney, - SEP 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cola like colour. Aroma. Aroma mainly of sweet roasted malts. Taste. The taste follows the aroma, also i notice some espresso flavours as well as a nice smokey flavour. Palate. This is quite a full and thick on the palate. Overall quite a good beer with a strong malt dominance, but nothing that makes it overbearing or too sweet.


4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rjplumer (412) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Spicy sweet caramel and root beer aroma that’s intoxicating. Deep clear brown with a rich foam head. Mild sweet and toasty character. Rich sweet malt feel. Leaves a sweet toasted after taste in the mouth.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
spacecube (903) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2014
750 ml corked bottle, pours deep ruby with an off white head. Aroma has chocolate, caramel, wheat malt flavours, raisin and dried fruit notes with a kind of vegeatal note running alongside, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, average carbonation. More like the Leffe blonde than other Abbey Dubbels. Great value though and very drinkable.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alengrin (2180) - BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2014
Belgium’s most popular ’dubbel’, made under license from the Leffe abbey since the fifties but fallen into the clutches of AB InBev (then Interbrew) through a history of brewery acquisitions, as there have been many in 20th-century Belgian beer culture. It’s all over the place here, and in the absence of anything better - fortunately a rare occasion in Belgium - I have tasted this many times from 33 cl bottle and from tap. For this rating, I pour it from a 50 cl can - which I suspect is a packing aimed at alcoholics, or in any way not the most flattering packing for an abbey beer. Medium thick and thinning but more or less stable, lacing, dense, light beige head over a deep red brown, cristal clear beer with almost no visible fizz. Aroma has that off-putting cooked pasteurization dominance as expected from the brand, lots of artificial caramel, iron (even dominating initially), freshly cut grass, cardboard, nutmeg powder, dry cocoa powder, liquorice, raw cauliflower, biscuit, cooked corn, coffee with milk, dried leaves, old cookies. Taste begins with a candied but one-dimensional and bland fruity sweetness, simple and straightforward, with minerally carbonation effect, lots of artificial caramel, vague nutty malts in the background but mostly pale maltiness as in a bland standard lager, sweetish, cornish, very metallic with a slick and actually rather thin mouthfeel, some roasted maltiness in the end but low hop bitterness, somewhat watery. I am happy to buy the rumour that this is actually a pimped lager nowadays - I get practically no fruity esters when smelling this, it has the smell and feel of a straightforward Dunkel - and not even a good one. In any case: this is just as bland as I had expected it to be, even under objective analysis. I stubbornly refuse to understand why people still seem to like this and why it is rated so high on this site. This is an off-putting, industrial strong Euro lager in disguise, if you ask me. The mere fact that I have a principle of not wasting anything consumable kept me from pouring it down the drain. Never liked it, never will.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
luisfelizola (50) - Campinas, BRAZIL - OCT 24, 2014
Marrom escuro com boa espuma persistente. Aroma de caramelo e fruta. Boa acidez e carbonatação. Na boca ataque doce, caramelo. Leve amargor no final com boa persistência. Boa drinkabilidade.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patlab (23) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Great beer that I very often enjoy as a night cap. It pours a nice dark rich brown and it has a great texture and taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (5985) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"had this on tap in Hawaii of all places. quite pleasant, just what you’d expect of a dubble, nothing more, nothing less. it was a solid B, and worth trying if you’re curious."

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Abijen (1504) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2014
Pours a brown beer with a good white tan head. Smells malts, fruity and sweet. Tastes the same. Average carbo, thin body and a sticky texture.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elosop (162) - SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2014
Mäktigt, brunfärgad skumkrona över mörk mahogany. Aromen lite tunn (lite förkyld?), men smaken bred, karamelligt söt. Lite bränd kastanj i eftersmaken. Klart godare än den ljusa (eller påverkar årstiden smaken).

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freretoc (740) - Besançon, FRANCE - OCT 16, 2014
Bue à la pression en 25cl en terrasse du Bar de l’U à Besançon, couleur brune caramel, une mousse parfaite. En bouche attaque sur le caramel et les malts grillés, continuité crémeuse et fin gros caramel noix. Excellente pour une industrielle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PsychoGunnar (200) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2014
From 12/1 2013. A classic. Smooth mouth feel, oyster and soy oil both in the palate and the main taste. Pruny aftertaste with a slightly dark sense of fruit. Endurant, stays good for a long time. Further down the glass a christmassy maltiness and hints of glühwein.


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