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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
This new beer is inspired by the dubbels made in the abbeys of Belgium. Abbey Special melds flavors and aromas reminiscent of raisins, cloves, sarsaparilla, and dried herbs. Creamy carbonation and a crisp dry finish round out this very rare and special brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
On tap after an 8 year hiatus. Pours with a clear, light bronze hued body with a lasting off-white head. Aromas are grainy, wheat, cereal, warm and malty, with mild esters (very mild for a dubbel). Flavors are of fig newtons, malty, nutty, soil, mild esters. Odd fruit flavor that I can not place. Persimmons maybe? Very lively bubbles, dry on the mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thetmaxx (896) - West Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 Re rating this based on tasting at brewery. aroma is cereal. The beer is warm now. Flavor is banana. Finishes sweet. Original rating: On tap at streets if London. Rating this based on a sip of my brothers beer. Aroma is of banana. Some caramel. Flavor is really similar. Finished slightly dry, and is thick and oily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monk191 (1683) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2012
A very good belgian style. Pours a deep red, with not much head, and a fruity smell. Very smooth drink, with a fruity aftertaste. Enjoyed. Had on tap at Marin Brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BuckeyeSammy (599) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Color of maple syrup. Fluffy head. Spices overwhelm the palate. Light piney hops. Pretty one dimensional. Don’t taste the dark fruit I would expect from this style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13737) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Pours very dark amber with a creamy beige head. Roast malt aroma with a hint of spice. Med body. Flavor is roast malt with yeast/spice. Somewhat tangy. Tasty. Not dry, but not very sugary either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Draft. Brown with a beige head. Roasted malt and spice aroma. Very fruity, malty, spicey, yeasty flavor. Rich and complex. Lingering esters. Medium body and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Draft at brewpub, my version had fermented out to a solid 7.7. Deep brownish burgundy color. Raisiny aroma, but not strong. Belgian yeast notes were faint in the mouth, woven with dark fruits and a good malt body. It was good, but somehow not quite distinctive enough. Perhaps needs a funkier yeast?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Cask at the RAF 2003: Great yeasty aroma, though more like a tripel than a dubbel. . . Dark red brown, not too much spice in the flavour, but fruit and malt are very nice on the palate. Though a strange dubbel a beer I would do again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2003
The yeastiness didn't seem to mix with the red fruitiness (plum, grape, raspberry) and made it seem like a jumbled mess. Something was missing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1827) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Deep dark brown. A kind of medicinal rubber quality. Fairly thin in the palate. Dark, malty, and grapes.

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