Darkmagus82 (2003) - - JAN 6, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with some ruby highlights and a small off white head of fizzy foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a nice big fruity smell of a darker fruit nature, with plenty of raisin, plum, and some cherry. Along with these aromas are a nice blend of a yeasty smell as well as some aromas of a more roasted malt smell with some aromas of a coriander and clove mixed in along side. A little bit of a boozy smell is there as well, creating a nice fruity and warming dubbel aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a good dark fruit flavor of raisin and plum predominantly, with some lighter hints of cherry as well. Along with the fruit there is a little bit of a roasted taste as well as a very light boozy flavor. As the taste advances, the booziness increases all while fruitiness decays a little bit. At the same time, some yeast and spice of coriander and clove and a hint of banana and bubblegum come to the tongue. Some boozy tastes and a resurgence of the dark fruit occur at the end, leaving one with a fruity and warming dubbel flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. For the mix of fruity, yeasty, and boozy flavor of the brew, the feel is rather nice and does a good job of balancing the booze with the sweet fruit, making for a good moderate pace drinking dubbel.
Overall – A rather nice Abbey style ale overall with a nice drinkability and a good blend of fruit, booze, and yeasty spice. A rather well done dubbel that is quite nicely priced. A good go to dubbel style ale.
boxofrane (2415) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish brown with a large khaki colored head. The aroma has dark fruit, raisin, fig, brown sugar, burned malt. The taste has plenty of sweetness, raisin, brown sugar, molasses. Not bad.
JMCtime (75) - Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good. Similar to Spaten Optimator and Unibroue La Fin du Monde but, unfortunately for the Abbey Dubbel, those are better and more flavorful. Otherwise it’s pretty good.
geeklimit (252) - USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark reddish-brown. Plenty of carbonation on a wispy head. Strong yeast aroma. Strong yeast flavor on a floral & citrus back. Slightly bubblegum aftertaste on a reasonably clean palate.
DCLawyer (1864) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle->trappist. Dark amber with big frothy offwhite head. A: sweet candied fruit, Belgian yeast, banana, cloves. T: raisins, clove, brown sugar, dark fruit. No real depth, and has some metallic notes.
Block (1706) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’m not sure. I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer. It’s malty sweet with roasted malts and caramel notes. The finish was just a little weird to me.
Sarlacc83 (1364) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle.A: Borderline red with a thin creme colored head. Some lacing.N: Big raisin and toffee. Biscuit and clove. Massive banana. Esters. Some toast and peppercorn. T: Banana sweetness. Na? much bitterness. M: Medium body. Firm carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden . O: A solid beer. Nose is superior to taste, though if you have a banana fetish, this will...you know.
Namespayne (64) - - NOV 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle: maybe a hair below the best I’ve had in Belgium (westvleteren XII) and I’ve been five times. This is definitely on a par with Rochefort and I think even better. Extremely pleasant.
Zymurgeist2 (1280) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, dark fruit aroma. Layers of complexity. Clear brown with an off-white head. Taste is rich caramel and slight bubblegum, with layers of dark fruit. Slightly thinish mouthfeel.
mikedevilsfan (225) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Descent example of the style, but definitely an American take. Smell of sweet fruits and dark fruit. Taste is slightly sweet and malty. Overall good dubbel