BadAprilia1000 (395) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma is very sweet and tons of clove. Appearance is a dark ruby red. The flavor of the beer is completely different from the aroma. Very spicy beer, some cinnamon and a lot of nutmeg. Clove comes through on the taste. One of my least favorite Lips of Faith sadly, was looking forward to this and it fell through. The black pepper that it says you will get does not come through at all, a true lack of shisandra berries.
jeremyh70 (1025) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear garnet brown with a big tan head with good lacing. Aroma is sweet with bubblegum and malt and spicy with cinnamon. Taste is sweet at first with caramel, some fruit and toastiness. Bubblegum flavor, spicy cinnamon and pepper mid taste. Finishes semi dry. Mouthfeel is crisp with a medium body and moderate high carbonation. Good dubbel with a spicy kick.
b3shine (7746) - Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a translucent dark amberish brown with foamy off-white head that slowly dissipates into sticky lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, clove, and mild dark fruit. Tastes like it smells, but with more spices. What almost seems like a bit of cinnamon too. Average on the palate. A solid example of the style.
Gachupines (1212) - USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown with a thin lacing of white head. Aroma is a little sweet with just a slight touch of funk. Flavor is a little sweet and bready with just a touch of dark fruit. A little pepper in the finish, but a bit thin in body.
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of nuts, caramel, toffee, some slight funky and earthy notes, hints of slight vinegar in there. Taste is a mix of nuts, earth, spice, some vinegar, touch of caramel, toffee, slight oak, funk, finishing slightly bitter.
drjay44 (3271) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, poorly retained, light beige head, over a clear ruby brown (SRM 24) body....nose is sweet malts, with light dried fruits including fig, date, cinnamon, hints of funk.....taste is slightly sweet, cola tones, leading to barnyard funk, light cinnamon, light pepper tingle, finishing semi sweet.....mouth feel light of medium, quite sticky, alcohol hidden, carbonation low. This is really not a Dubbel. The simple malt back bone is not forward enough and lacks complexity in both aroma and flavor. It has a very light mouth feel, and the exotic ingredient adds little. Another unsuccessful experiment from New Belgium. BJCP 6/2/12/4/5
BrettTaylor (727) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured as taster at Ft. Collins site - mild aroma -maybe too cold - coffee, raisin, farmhouse, raisins, toffee, molasses, funk
ChainGangGuy (4708) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle - $8.48 at Sherlock’s in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, garnet-hued body with an initially foamy, but, quickly receding, off-white head. Slim lace coating.
Smell: Sweet-scented, moderately spicy, and with transient, less-than-potent notes of pink peppercorn, cinnamon, tobacco, chocolate, brown sugar, and bubblegum-flavored vodka.
Taste: Sour berries enveloped generously in brown sugar and spice atop some light toast, light chocolate. Bubblegum. A little snap of sharp herb. Fairly sweet, still. Pepper, tobacco on the back half and into the spicy-sweet, warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit silken.
Overall: Wild˛. Not bad, but certainly not great, either. Like the film Prometheus, I’m just happy to have made my way through it.
dwyerpg (5327) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a strange dubbel/strong as it definitely has some tartness and funk, mostly up front. An okay beer. Definitely different than most Belgians.
JDBaker11058 (1770) - Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: dark clear purple with one finger of very creamy light tan head, poured into a chimay goblet. Aroma: very fruity, with cherries, raisin, fig, prunes, all in syrup, with cinnamon, clove, and graham cracker; hint of leather and pipe tobacco. Taste: as the aroma indicates--pretty sweet, with fruit, clove, and dark brown bread. Finish: fruity and lightly sweet, with light dryness and lasting yeasty clove. Notes: Interesting. They bill it as a dubbel, but some of the traditional dubbel maltiness and candi sugar notes were definitely absent in favor of increased fruitiness. Nevertheless, the interesting fruit characteristics made this a pretty decent beer. Beerdvent 2013, day 24.