dfearnley (1032) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to plastic cup
Banana, malt, caramel, brown sugar, and yeast. Reddish amber with a thin, very creamy tan head. Taste is caramel, molasses, malt, bread, cookie, and yeast.
crajun (976) - , Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle to glass; need to try again - aroma was good, but different for style - spices, malts, banana? nice darker cloudy amber pour. taste was good but not sure it was dubbel; will try again and give more details
pkmd1 (23) - - AUG 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darker brown color with medium white head, flavor full with some bitter flavors with good balance. Would continue to be a New Belgium fan.
tectactoe (2041) - Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Rich chestnut & copper body with very mild clarity; chunky, voluptuous ecru cap slowly recedes & leaves some fat lacing spots behind. Aroma of musty bubblegum, doughy yeast esters, faint perfume, stale caramel, & a hint of some dark fruits. Taste is more clove-y & bubblegum forwards, lots of sharp yeast out of the gate. Prunes, red grape, caramel, toast, chunky yeast, & subtle esters linger into the finish. A touch of phenol with a mild medicinal astringency towards the back-end that I don’t exactly dig. A decent dubbel but hard to choose this when so many better, authentic examples are readily available.
rollerton (60) - SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good abbey beer with this lovely caramel taste and smell. A really good beer.
gschrade (757) - Collinsville, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours reddish brown with a off white head. Taste belgian yeast, Carmel, fruity. I thought this was good. I would drink this again.
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swesson (238) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Spoke at DIA. Dark ruby red pour and a thin beige head. Smells of yeast and dark fruits. Tastes very malty and bready like an abbey double should.
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dnoaksson (700) - , SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Låt mig få klargöra att jag vanligtvis inte är bananfientlig, men när vi tillåter frukt och öl att gifta sig som om det vore något naturligt, då måste jag ställa mig på min retoriks pickupflak och hytta med näven åt den här jävla liberala inställningen till vår gamla hederliga öltradition. Annat var det på min tid, när öl var öl och frukt var frukt och ingen ifrågasatte den ordningen.
BierMeHoos (119) - Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear ruby red color with a brief tan head. Aroma is nice. Taste is of yeast, malt and a touch of sourness. Finish is fairly clean, a little of the yeast sticks around. Interesting and good.
NachlamSie (2784) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle best before April 2015. I’ve pretty much sworn off this style, especially from Americans. I’m glad I gave this one a shot because it has opened me up to dubbels again. The pour is a lovely shade of red with a tall white head. It’s pretty clear for the style. The aroma is so tasteful, complex and not overdone. It irks me when Belgian style beers are sticky, overly clovey and lacking the defining nuances and delicacy. New Belgium has nailed it. It’s estery, but not aggressive. It’s floral, fruity with a tasteful level of spices. Malts are complex as well, bready, sweet and almost chocolatey. The palate is fairly full, yet soft on the tongue. Rich notes of cherry come out which fade to a perfect level of clove. This is a fairly sweet beer, but done so well. I normally want dry, but man this is good. It never seems sugary or candyish. It’s teeming with natural flavors of dessert such as sweet bread, pie, fruits and floral tea. All this is sprinkled with a tasteful level of spice from the yeast. Really great beer. I probably wouldn’t want more than one in a session, but I could enjoy the one any time, any day.