SmokeyDaBear (150) - - NOV 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle. Has dark amber color. Light tan head. Beer has a very creamy texture in the mouth. Quite malty and hoppy. Some chocolate taste.
hockeybeerguy (532) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The appearance has a pure dark black colored body with a thin half fingered white foamy head that dies within about thirty seconds. Lacing concaves decently around the sides of the glass.
The smell is interesting as its slightly sour almost like sour cherries, yet still a light sweet element of dark chocolate.
The taste is mainly sweet still has that sour element comes back to just put a light punch on the tastebuds. There is a light sour cherry - perhaps closer to just fruity berries (I’m guessing its this East Asian berry called "schisandra"). I get this same fruitiness in the aftertaste with a light dry sweet finish.
On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body with a carbonation that is decent for the style of a dubbel and does show a decent acceptability of the "sour" style of harshness pervading the tongue; not really sessionable - its a sipper.
Overall, I think New Belgium did what they wanted to do with this - its a dubbel and shows enough qualities of one and still shows some light qualities of a "sour" but aren’t overbearing from the "sour" style. For me, well, actually, sours aren’t my true beer of style but since this one actually stays closer to a dubbel, I think I could do this again.
dbeatdano (6) - - MAR 6, 2014 does not count
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance - Pours chocolate brown with foamy light tan moderate head.
Aroma- Not very strong aroma. Faint scent of figs, dates, dark berries.
Taste- Malt hits first with a bubblegum taste. In the finish, sour berries, hints of black pepper and a minimal amount of hops.
Palate - the full flavor hits and vanishes quickly. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.
As far as dubbels go, not my favorite but not the worst. Just not a fan of that sweet bubblegum taste.
nearbeer (3374) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. Pours a lightly foggy chestnut color with a lasting spongy half inch of foam. Big aroma of clove, date, banana and raisin with touches of earthy toasted grain and wood. Initial tastes of spicy raisin, prune and banana with some toasted grain are excellent. These flavors give way to a finish that has a little too much cinnamon and cardboard, but fortunately it’s not too overpowering or distracting. Small hints of white pepper and red wine are nice. Medium body is soft and smooth, and finishes pretty dry given all the malty richness. Pretty good, but aging might help to take the cinnamon edge off this one.
Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It has a lot of ingredients, so it has to be complex, right? Eh, not so much. Just a muddled mess. pass.
robforbes (2030) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a clear dark mahogany with a thin tan head that goes away, and a little lacing.
smell is of dark fruits, wild yeast, and spice.
taste is creamy, pepper, dark fruits, cinnamon and other spices, malt, and a few hops. ends thick.
akoeninger (317) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish color dark fruit, leathery aroma. Malty and sweet taste with lots of ripe dark fruit and Belgian spice that ends with a peppery bite. Medium to full body. A nice Belgian dark ale with an interesting twist.
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SudsMcDuff (5644) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pleasantly surprised . i liked this. more than others and rats. .. pours sharon brown .. solid foam .. . light berry, leather, hay, and brown bread juice .. . medium body .. . light finish .. . . why wouldn’t i want extra bacon on that?
krompt (611) - - FEB 26, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one might be one of the last ones that I try for a while. I sound like a broken record. Just a little underwhelmed.
shrubber85 (6803) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Berry, licorice, light black pepper, and toffee malt aroma. Dark brown with moderate head. Sweet milk chocolate/caramel malt flavor up front with a subdued black pepper finish. Lightly bitter herbal aftertaste. Definitely not a typical dubbel but still pretty good.
airrick2003 (388) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: looks like a deep maroon color when held up to the light, otherwise it looks pretty black, pours with a light tan head that's relatively small
Aroma: interesting, cherry, graham cracker, pumpkin spice, maybe a hint of funk
Taste: has a warm taste initially, maybe from the pepper, can taste the cherries throughout as well, some bitterness on the finish, hints of tang
Palate: leaves minimal aftertaste, has kind of a dry mouthfeel, average to soft carbonation, heavier mouthfeel,
Overall: I really like this because it's something different, it's basically a neutered sour with some very faint pepper and cinnamon
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