peteysmu (63) - USA - DEC 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
biznizness (1121) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Winter variety pack. Quite good example of the style. Nice balance of malt, subdued hops, and fruity belgian yeast flavors. Thumbs up.
geologyguy (813) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet malty smell like vanilla, smooth, flavorful, malty, sweeter finish, tasty ...
Darkmagus82 (1855) - - 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 (2272) - 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 (24) - 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 itís pretty good.
geeklimit (215) - 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 (1559) - 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 (1547) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Iím not sure. I wasnít a huge fan of this beer. Itís malty sweet with roasted malts and caramel notes. The finish was just a little weird to me.
Sarlacc83 (1014) - 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 (57) - - 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 Iíve had in Belgium (westvleteren XII) and Iíve been five times. This is definitely on a par with Rochefort and I think even better. Extremely pleasant.