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RATINGS: 179   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.


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mensch (262) - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
connor0415 (11) - - MAR 1, 2015
More wild ale than dubbel, smells of Brett and the taste is reminiscent of it too. Little bits of dubbel sweetness but mostly dry Brett characteristics, some berry notes and barnyard funk in there. Great beer but should be labeled as a wild ale much more than a dubbel

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (531) - CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
Pours clear medium amber with one finger of beige head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Nose is funky hay and brett, caramel malt, dark fruit, cinnamon. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderate bitter, mild tart. (7/10) Medium slightly thin body, moderate carbonation, off-dry mild bitter finish. (4/5) Smells great and tastes OK - but the taste is actually a bit of a disappointment, after the smell. It smells a bit like an oude bruin, with some vinegar tartness and wild yeast aroma, but then the taste falls a bit short and the body comes across a little thin. The black pepper spiciness on the finish is nice, though, so that’s good. All things considered, it’s pretty darned good - but it feels like it could’ve been so much more. (15/20)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neongolden (651) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2015
(On tap at VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Jan 23 2014) Clear deep cola with big fluffy off-white head and carpet of lace. Aroma of caramel malt, wet hay, lightly toasted, spice box, weird fruity berry note too. Palate has the caramel core of a dubbel with cinnamon and bread but also a barnyard hay and Brett character, becoming quite bitter on the finish with black pepper spiciness. I think there is this shisandra berry thing going on in the aftertaste, since there’s a fruitiness I can’t place and I’ve never had a schisandra berry. Really dry at the end which is odd for a dubbel, but not bad. Lightish body and soft carbonation, not that thick and malty for the style. An interesting twist on what isn’t always my favourite style, worth trying though I may not have it again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6537) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2015
bottle from Bruisin Ales, asheville. Brown/cola colored pour. Nutty, malty, cloves, malted milk balls, chocolate, raisins and light cinnamon. Decent dubbel with a little twist

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9796) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Brown pour, tan head. Really cool beer! A neat mix of a belgian beer and a funky wild ale. Yeasty, fruity, caramel, bread. Tasty!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoth (556) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Pours clear dark brown with a thin beige head, good retention, very fine lacing. Farmyard aroma with toast, caramel, hay, spice. Medium-light body, velvety, hides alcohol content well. Mildly sweet, medium brett funk, and a gentle bitter finish with some black pepper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9382) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2014
22oz bottle. Poured a deep amber color, almost brown with a smaller sized off white head. Fruity/bananas, berries, spices and some earthiness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GriffDaddy (78) - - 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 (5084) - 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 (5138) - 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]


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