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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This wild Colorado version of the Belgian Dubbel ropes you in with clove and dark fruit aromas. Deeply rich and malty, every sip has a creamy texture true to Belgian tradition before it rides off with hints of black pepper and cinnamon from the addition of shisandra berries.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GriffDaddy (85) - - DEC 7, 2014
Translucent copper pour, short brownish head. Sweet hard candy nose, burned sugar on the tongue. Not expecting the sweetness, fruity bubblegum. Low carb, could use some balance to the sweet but very drinkable. Somewhat sour finish. Would I drink again? yes. Would I order again? probably not.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (5154) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2014
Clear deep nutty golden color with a thick off white head. Nice lacing. Balanced nice aroma. Fruity and nutty. Medium + body. Tad sweet and an ok bitterness. Soft carbonation. Candy, yeast, toffee, nutty and fruity flavor. Nice balanced and tasty ale.
[On tap at Belle Epoque in Malmö, Sweden]

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5151) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bomber. Nose is wild and yeasty, dirt road, lightly metallic, lots of lightly tart berry, spice, pepper, medium phenol impact. Pours light amber-brown with some pinkish tint, more like a deep bloody under light, with a considerable, foamy tan head with light lace and legs. Taste lightly tart, lightly sweet, but very gentle with both; the yeast character here is great, wild and Bretty, has a horse-and-trail grit, especially at the end, generic berry and ester content with elevated phenols. Dries out extremely, light metal collapses somewhat, bit of soft wheat, lightly scratchy finish with gentle warming only after the initial probing (alcohol is dangerously hidden overall). Light-medium body, not watery, but not malty, either. The Dubbel aspect is rather subtle, very lightly roasty-chocolaty, and takes some searching. Overall, I think the base beer is weak and too weak in the mix, and that the yeast or shisandra, whichever is most responsible for the spice and texture, is at too high a level relative to the grist and struggles to carry the beer by itself; unusual and absolutely worth a try, but I don’t think I’ll be buying it again. [2.9]

Major plus point: not terribly moreish, but you could drink a half-gallon of this an not feel heavy, and ask for more.

Update at the end: man, the Brett makes it totally worth it, once again -- really elevates modest material. [3.4]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Prufrockstar (1318) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle shared by Nick. Clear garnet pour with white head, irregular lacing. Aroma: garbage. Sweet caramel, dough, dark fruits cloves all sitting atop a rotting pail of garbage. Taste: dark fruits ... Moderately sweet, surprisingly dry finish. Clove spice finish. Palate: slick oily texture, medium body, average carbonation. Overall: by "garbage" I don’t mean "infected" -- I mean it smells to me completely unappealing and gross. Just to be clear -- I think this is bad, not necessarily flawed.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4300) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2014
The aroma is weak but has nice caramel malt, spice, and fruit. The appearance is brown with a thin head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall not bad and the alcohol is well hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Dark Mahogany with decent head and good lacing. Nice dark fruit aroma. Taste doesn’t match aroma: surprisingly dry with light tanins; pleasant though. Clean finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (1359) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Majority of a 22 oz. bottle. Sweet, slightly funky, yeasty, tart aroma features scents of candy sugar, banana, cinnamon, and lip gloss. Complex and enjoyable smell. Pours a clear, medium brown with an amber hue and a moderate to large amount of taupe head. Produces extensive lacing. Looks good in the glass. Flavors of leather, spices, bark, pine needles, gin, chocolate milk, and lemon. Slightly savory. I do get a hint of non-descript berry sweetness. Dry, spicy finish. Okay tasting but doesn’t go far enough for a wild beer. Medium to full body. Frothy in the palate. Ordinary palate effects. A mixed bag (or should I say a mixed bottle?) overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1312) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle from ABC Lake wales. Nose is cherries, dark fruits, some light spices, Belgian yeast. Flavors are less fruity but very similar. It’s a good dubbel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2408) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber,Thanks Nick. Starts with a noticeable funk, dark stone fruits, cherries. This is unbalanced towards the funky side making it hard for me to drink.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VsXsV (2597) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2014
Sample at SBWF ’14. Bottle. Almost clear brown liquid with small white head. Aroma of light vinegar, dried fruit, red berries, raw sugar and grain. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of dried fruit and light vinegar. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Not that good...


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