BrownALEx (195) - Portland, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of caramel and Belgian yeast. Ruby brown pour. Nice malty sweet taste. Palate is medium bodied. Overall a balanced well put together beer. Cheers to beers.
weihenweizen (1383) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle (with glasses on the label not a monk) poured into a trappist glass. Pours crimson red with medium beige head which dissapates fairly quickly. Medium carbonation, light body, and dark candy sugar aroma. Taste is dark fruit, dark candy sugar, and caramel. Less complex, but easier to drink than most dubbels. This is good.
UncleKorm (473) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a clear orange-brown hue w/ beige head diminishing to a thin cap and excellent lacing. Big aromas of yeast, banana, clove, raisin, brown sugar, caramel and toffee. Initial flavor is a moderate sweet w/ a light dry sweet finish. Tastes are malty, fruity flavor with Belgian accents of bananas, cloves, and spices. Medium body, lively carbonation.
cyclonite (1) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle into chalice glass.
Aroma: Dark fruits and caramel with a moderately pronounced Belgian yeast flair. Nice, but a little lacking for a dubbel.
Appearance: Brilliantly clear dark copper with a 1 finger off white head that doesn’t stick around for more than 30 seconds or so. Moderate lacing, but nowhere near most Belgian dubbels.
Taste: Caramel maltiness with dark stone fruits (plum/prune, cherry), raisin, and fig, and a faint hop character in the background. Good Belgian yeast character, but not as pronounced as it could be. A small bit of peppery spice from the yeast. Slight roast on the finish. Character lacks some depth.
Palate: Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Easy drinking, a good sessionable dubbel. Finish is just a hair on the bitter side.
Overall: Very good beer - won’t compete with an authentic Belgian dubbel, but worth going after since American dubbels are hard to find and are significantly cheaper than authentic Belgians. Flavor is better and more pronounced as it warms up a bit. Suggest 45F or so serving temperature.
SmokeyDaBear (121) - - MAY 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle. Beer is dark red with tan head. Very sweet taste with possible chocolate after Taste.
CasinoBoogie (18) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is like a desert. I has a sweet introduction, an carmel center, and a delicious afterglow. Nice.
rangerred (784) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle into a goblet.
Pours a crystal clear deep ruby with a half finger tan head that goes away farily quickly. There is some wispy lacing left on the surface with a little lace clinging to the sides of the glass.
The aroma is full of swee, dark fruits along with a little bit of roasted malt. Some clove and banana from the yeast tying everything together. A really nice smelling beer.
More roast up front than I was expecting in the flavor with dark fruit quickly following behind. Molasses and brown sugar as well. The yeast characteristics stay buried until the finish where they quickly spring forward to become the dominant flavor. There is a light bitterness and moderate sweetness on the finish but the mouthfeel is not as soft as I was hoping for.
Overall, a decent attempt at a Dubbel by New Belgium and I really think they pulled it off. It is still a little rough around the edges but for the availability and price it is hard to beat.
marv3mania (127) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Appearance is a translucent dark copper with thin off-white head. Aroma is rich malt and dark fruits. Taste is similar, with a yeasty flavor as well. Not the best dubbel ever, but still pretty good.
edgallow (1440) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma is sweet, yeast, bread and spice. Taste is sweet, fruit and grain.
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crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper pour. Aroma of dried fruit, brown sugar and a tiny bit of yeasty funk. Flavor is about the same. I like this beer, but it seems a little clean, and sanitary compared to the best belgian examples of the style. Great value though.