durhambeer (2394) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Saw JCBís rating and forgot that I had this as well. Not very impressive. Not super "Belgium" in my opinion. Sweet caramel malts, chestnut, a bit too much generic spice. Some cinnamon. Cloying.
JCB (3792) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at Samís, Durham. I think this is the brew that was once labeled a "Belgium style ale," if thatís any indication of its distinctiveness. Sort of a boring amber-brown pour, with a fairly minimal carbonation. Sweet malts and generic Dubbel yeast in the nose, along with some indistinct additions. Thinnish body, and the taste was like an overdone, over-spiced seasonal ale poured into a homebrewed dubbel. Not my cuppa.
maxwelldeux (2209) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber color with a relatively thin head. Nose is very malty and almost roasty with a hint of sweetness in there. Taste is much sweeter with some spice notes to it. Interesting, but Iím not a huge fan of the style.