dougdecinces (109) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. So far I have not been a big fan of beers brewed with Belgian yeasts, but I keep trying; so here goes.
Pours a brilliant copper with creamy off-white head. Flawless. Belgian yeast aroma is a bit overpowering at first, but after the beer had a chance to settle, the aroma has become fairly pleasant. Aroma is mostly of apples and pears. Some phenolics. The Belgian flavor is not too pronounced. A big, malty backbone helps keep the yeast flavors in line. Some butterscotch flavors, too. Low-ish carbonation and a smooth, almost overly slick body. Still, I am more impressed with this beer than I thought I would be. I would try this again.
SmokeyDaBear (42) - - 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 (9) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2013 does not count
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 (660) - 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 (66) - 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 (1083) - 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 (365) - 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.
GSH1976 (125) - Delaware, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brownish, copper with lots of khaki colored head that dissipated quickly. If I look closely there are some particles floating around but not many. Aroma is typical for the style with yeast, spice and a little banana. Taste follows the nose. It is a good value but nothing special.
drewaha (118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok double. Nothing over the top but a good value. Six pack for ten bucks. Typical Belgian yeasty smell and flavor profile. Palate is a little less carbonAted than I am accustomed to and like. But overall a nice flavor and beer that is easy to drink.
MadRobin (998) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle at New Belgium Hub in Denver airport.
Aroma: Yeast, banana, clove, raisin, brown sugar, spicy, caramel and toffee.
Appearance: Nearly opaque dark red brown with average creamy head that lingered & excellent lacing.
Taste: Rich yeasty, earthy, malty, fruity flavor with Belgian accents of bananas, cloves & spices.
Palate: Medium body & somewhat fizzy.
Overall: very lightly sweet, richly flavored & delicious.
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bubbleflubber (1423) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours caramel-amber into the glass, with a sudsy off-white head that leaves medium soapy lacing. The nose is explicitly of Bazooka bubblegum. Flavors have bubblegum sugars, sweet malt, melon, some light doughy yeast, finishing with bubblegum effervescence and a tiny balancing bitter/white flour note. The mouthfeel is semi-active, with appropriate carbonation and is medium-light bodied; slick to the palate. Decent Abbey Dubbel, but possibly gets lost in the midst of the genre.