UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very light feel on the mouth. I felt there was a lot of fruit flavor, specifically banana. The malt and hop balanced very nicely. Extremely delicious and well done beer.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber brown w/ a full semi creamy froth. Aroma of dried dark fruits and malt. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. Flavors are rich and malty. Strong and dense w/ dried dark fruit flavors including tobacco, black cherry, plumb, peach, grapes, leather, roasted coffee bean, vanilla bean, tart cocoa, and spice. Finishes w/ heavy fruit and a slight bittering. Overall: strong flavored and dense like a jungle of fruit trees. Very Belgian. Well done.
intriqken (3) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark copper fills the glass topped with a 2 fingers of tan foam disappears quickly.
Aromas are belgium yeast and candied sugars with dark alcohol soaked fruits.
Tastes of dark, dark malts with lots of raisins, plums, prunes and a alcohol burn on the aftertaste.
Really enjoyable sipping afterdinner type belgium.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromatic notes of rum soaked raisins, prunes and figs sweetly waft to my nose as I pour this brew. It is well carbonated and forms a frothy, initially four-finger thick, amber tan colored head. The beer shows a brilliantly clear, amber plum color as I pour it into my tulip glass, otherwise it sits an opaque, plum tinted, dark amber color. When I dig more into the aroma I get a vibrant fruity note that is made up of a combination of plums, apples and of course the prior mentioned concentrated, dark fruit notes. There is a nice malty layer in the nose as well that makes me think of notes of caramel, sweet breads and a hint of brown sugar. There is something like a low, underlying tartness here as well; the combination of tartness and fruitiness reminds me of tamarind.
The taste is sweet up front, yet it is quickly balanced by a spicy finish. There is a certain full mouthfeel here that coats the palate a bit. There are lots of flavors that definitely linger in the mouth. I get spicy notes of pepper, clove and ginger as well as a zippy carbonation which helps the spice notes to linger on in the tongue. Rum and fruit notes provide a sweetness & and a satiating heft to this brew; this is definitely working as an after dinner treat right now. The mix of alcohol and dark fruity notes remind me of a rich, dark, candied fruit laden and Rum soaked cake that has a spicy side to it. A touch of chalkiness is also here and it almost makes me thing that this has a certain musty quality, though not quite.
This is really quite tasty. It is much richer, in many ways, than I was expecting. It does not have the dryness that one would expect from a good Belgian version, but it is far from cloying (like many American interpretations often are). This is a great beer for the colder months, even here in Arizona. I am really enjoying this brew; it is one of those beers whose parts (which are quite good already) combine to create a whole that is better than any of the individual components.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from the cooler at Papago: Pours to a mostly opaque dark copper/brown color, does show bits of amber when held to the light. The head is medium height, tan colored, and sticks nicely atop the beer. The aroma is dark fruits, raisin, plum, more prune/plum than raisin really, showing plenty of sugary/thick malt scents in the nose, some carrots, mild spice. Taste is sweet, but not overly so, showing a very malty sweetness as the groundwork - carrot, figs, raisins, light molasses-soaked bread - with some hints of light smoke, yeast, light spice, and some mild esters. Medium-full bodied, lively carbonated. This one is good but doesn’t quite live up to some of the better Belgian abbey dubbels out there. For some reason this tastes like a homebrewer’s attempt to clone a classic dubbel. It’s quite good, but somehow there’s something missing that I just can’t quite put my finger on. Perhaps it’s something in the body, too clean of a yeast character, or something else. It hits close to the mark and is well worth your time, but there are better out there.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Toronado. Pours with a dark, copper color. The aroma is dominated by spices and a bit of floweriness.
The flavors are complex: spices, raisins,
hops, bubblegum and some sweet malts. Nice body, excellent finish.
FoolishMortal (983) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. Deep dark red-brown with a medium sized tan head. Doughy raisinbread aroma with some bubblegum and estery spiciness. Rich plumy alefruit is met by ruddy caramel and some fruity esters. Slightly spicy finish with residual raisin bubblegum flavors. Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, somewhat chewy.
SDalkoholic (2003) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle: Pours a dark nearly opaque leather colored brown. Head is a short lived fizz. The aroma is sweet and has a bubblegum smell with small reminders that spice and dried fruit are to also be given some attention. The flavor is tart and bitter and maybe is a little to fresh to be enoyed right off the shelf. Not much things to be said about the flavor except a small presence of yeast and dried fruit. Overall an average abbey dubbel that was only so so.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is hazy brown with a thin tan head...smell is fruity with raisins and plums and yeast...flavor is sweet with nice farmhouse dryness...well done...
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle bought from Pizza Port, Solana Beach. I don’t know if this is a good dubbel or an excellent brown ale. Dark fruits a bit of chocolate and burned sugar. The palate is smooth and slightly fizzy with almost no bitterness in the aftertaste. On the bottom of the bottle is a thick lovely layer of yeast, and it pours slightly hazy with a stable rocky head. Brilliant! I miss some complexity and yeast-funk found in the best Belgian dubbels, but this is definitely worth trying!