EithCubes (5148) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz, corked and caged, smudged dating but it looks something like BOTTLED 3/19/13. Nose is wonderfully fruity, dates, figs, and raisins coming through perfectly clearly, strong sherry and pleasant oxidation, strong maltiness, some brown sugar and toffee, tawny port character with some time. Stone fruit all the way, including peaches, and some light cherry. Pours dark garnet with a foamy beige head. Taste semi-sweet, plenty of heavy alcohol but it’s relatively gentle and hidden, dries to toastier and bread crustier tones as the chest slowly begins to warm, lots of raisins and cherry, candied fruit character. That Munich-y character is sublime and not overplayed. Light bitterness but this is still decidedly malt-forward, a smooth but still-crisp full body, but not fat. Mineral character is extremely light, yeast is clean and not airy, which I often find detrimental in this style. Candied character is complementary and does not cloy; it bears repeating, there’s initial sweetness but it dries out extremely quickly. Overall mature, balanced, and deeply satisfying. Without going back and checking my notes, this is better than every Belgian-made Dubbel I’ve had [edit: it is indeed the highest-rated of now 40 Dubbels] and ranks up there with the best of the American and Belgian Quads -- was it good fortune to wait on this bottle, or would I enjoy a fresh one more?
bth122 (1315) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Torpedo bottle. Cloudy brownish color with small head. Aroma of cherry, candy, candied fruits, dark fruits, figs, Belgium yeast. Medium light sweetness. Warming alcohol. Great beer.
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Beergeek23322 (2587) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.16/2014. From bottle. Cloudy brown with a tan head. Dried fruit aromas, light spice, honey, raisins. Sweet fruity flavors, hints of alcohol and spices. Sweet finish, a bit of hops and some acidity.
maxwelldeux (4025) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy darker brown color with a rather thick brown head on there. Nose is darkly fruity and the raisin really comes through. Taste is quite sweet and heavily laden with raisins and just a bit of candied sugar.
solidfunk (4774) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice stuff. Some raisin and floral yeast. Pours hazy light brown with OK head and lacing. Good balance. Light sweet finish. Bottle.
Lilja (1894) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska ölföreningen 2014. Smak och doft av torkad frukt, karamell, farinsocker, humle med toner av belgisk jäst och nötter. Lagom sötma, fin beska.
BOSSbrewer (2245) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at their place in Escondido. Pours a reddish brown with a thin tan head. Bitter. Aroma is malty. Really nice beer.
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melush (1114) - SPAIN - OCT 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2014 Botella de 75 cl, adquirida en tienda XXXII. Color ambar oscuro. Sabor a levadura, malta, dulce.
60minuteman (965) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby-red, off white lace, some yeast spots. Aroma is chocolate, malt, yeast, raisins and mild spice. Taste is same, figs and chocolate. Some spice. Really nice. Kind of like a tootsie pop.
AdiBeer (1742) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: intense caramel malts, Appearance: hazy amber, no head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: heavy sweets carry-on, intense caramel, bread, some dry bitters coming up in the finish. Pint at Lost Abbey/Port Brewing, San Marcos.