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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mensch (287) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2013
It’s like a spiced mix of the Abbey and the Grand Cru. Cinnamon and raisin aroma. Sweet brown sugar malt, all the dark fruity notes of the regular version. Add a subdued funkiness, and finishes dry and peppery. I love it, but would like a whole lot more funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnurda (1207) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 29, 2015
Bottled sample from happy harrys. Great dubbel and the addition of the berries are a nice touch. Loved the burgundy colour...what a treat

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4013) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Sampled February 2014
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich red-stained, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma has lots of fruit character to it that is accentuated by clove like yeast spiciness; notes of ripe, concentrated plums, touches of watermelon, perhaps a hint of sweet vegetable like note, some touches of berry leaning prickly pear. Once you start to really dissect the nose you also get a bit of plastic leaning phenolic character in the finish.

Soft and creamy, but light enough still, there is soft, prickly carbonation here as well, but the texture really lingers on in the finish with a creamy heft to it. Lightly sweet, which is amplified by the ample fruit character; floral plum notes, 5-spice scented fig jam (without the sweetness), date butter, as well as caramelized, brown bread character, and sweet, red-grain crackers. There is a touch of savory quality here, even perhaps a bit of smokiness, both of these might be contributed by a bit of a phenolic character in this beer. A touch of plastic like character lingers through to the finish.

Not bad, quite drinkable actually, and I like the texture that this has. Though the light, phenolic plastic note in the finish throws things off just a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (347) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Originally sampled on 1/7/14- Dark, red-tinted brown, 1/2 finger of mostly white head. OK retention. Fades to film. Slight lacing.Aromas of Belgian yeasts, dark fruit with mere suggestions of raisin & spice notes with clove, lighter cinnamon. Flavors of roasted malt up front with muted fruit notes. Yeast forward. Clove, allspice, cinnamon. Some leather and chocolate pop up at the end. Alcohol is well hidden, moderately high carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (5166) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: NK Bar, Stockholm.
Appearance: Clear dark brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Spices, earthy, malt, bread, yeast.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Alcohol, spices, malt, bread, caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (4195) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2015
150618 Bottle at NK Bar, Stockholm. Clear deep amber beer with an beige head. Malty fruity spicy aroma. Spicy malty fruity caramell flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (14698) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle at NK Bar, Stockholm. Clear dark amber beer with a nice beige head. Malty spicy aroma, fruity, bready notes, caramel, yeast notes. Spicy flavor, bready, caramel, pepper, fruity notes, cinnamon. Rather thin for the ABV.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (3239) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2015
From bottle. Wild yeast is more obvious (too obvious) in the aroma than in the flavor. Distinct, moderately complex flavor. Very nice mouthfeel with medium body and medium high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (1617) - Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Interesting brew. Weak brown red color. Hay, funk, tart berries, big spices, Clove, yeast, brown sugar. Yup lots going on....not necessarily super well balanced. Strange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Bomber at the brewery. Garnet with a tan head. Horse blanket and dark sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (4820) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2015
22 oz. bottle. Dark brown color with small head. Aroma is odd type berries, black pepper and yeast.

Flavor starts with mild black pepper, has an cowhide or burnt malt note, light grape notes. Medium body with a lively mouthfeel. good chewy yeast character.

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