Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pleasant - although somewhat light-colored - double, NB Abbey has a nose of fruity esters, yeast, and subtle spice. The flavors are more of the same, but with greater detail: the fruit resolves itself into a hint of cherry, citrus, and banana, malt and bread from the yeast, and an ever-so-slight and not-unpleasant bite from the alcohol. Glad I finally got hold this while visiting Seattle.
badhack (483) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very malty, spice and dark fruit, but too much brown sugar and caramel. Still a good beer. Medium heavy palate, brown head.
superspak (4230) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 10/23/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian dubbel style! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
stevoj (3535) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Albertsons. Nice looking pour, fluffy off white head on clear dark brown body. Taste follows the smell, both providing too much candy sugar sweetness. Some chocolate, some savory spice, too sweet, not enough fruitiness. Close but no cigar
xfire73 (70) - - MAR 10, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark amber color
long lasting head
yeasty aroma, hint of spices and alcohol
taste malty, spicy, a bit of dried dark fruits
light to medium body and spicy finish
hockey9930 (237) - - FEB 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep mahogany with thin dissipating head. Aroma of dark fruits such as plum and raisins and toffee. Taste is similar with a mixture of dark fruit and toffee. Great dubbel for the price.
Obfuscate (436) - Minneapolis, - FEB 6, 2016
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Just not a style for me. The clove ruins anything for my tastes. Do get some nice banana notes though.
skazhy (8) - LATVIA - JAN 24, 2016 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a light off-white head. Light flavor of dried fruit & malty aroma. Nothing too exciting.
biirusaikou (2201) - - JAN 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared. Toffee, dried fruit, dough, quite yeasty, bit of spice, fairly sweet finish with boozy notes. Not so impressive nor balanced for this classic style, seems they do a better job at hoppy and funky sour brews.
Svesse (7620) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Reddish brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with dried fruit, dark bread, ginger, some chocolate, hazel-nuts, orange peel and a touch of wort. Malty, fruity taste with notes of dried fruit, caramel, ginger, treacle-toffee, brown sugar, hazel-nuts, orange peel and a gentle spicy bitterness. Medium body, with a balanced sweetness. Really tasty and well made example of the style. Very nice.
tennisjoel (1299) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown pour. Thin white head. Basic Abbey dubbel style. Flavors of caramel, roasted nuts, Drinkable, but slightly artificial tasting. Does not hold a candle to authentic belgians. Thinking Westmalle, etc.