mensch (259) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
krumbum (523) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Carmel brown color with a light head. Smells sweet and shisandra and slight fruitiness. It tastes roasted yet sweet the shisandra comes in nice with a slight tart. Balanced, smooth and ends clean.
mikedR (1346) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredibly unique; exceptionally good. This is really a clove-forward beer with a hint of Belgian yeast not a dubbel in the typical sense at all. Unusual and it works!
onceblind (4577) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear nutty amber with a thin off-white head, foamy and laceful. Nose is estery and earthy at the same time, makes me think of the first hostel I stayed in, in Scotland. A bit earthy, mild astringency, lots of yeast ester, plums, and a touch of red grape skin. Flavor is swell, and very belgianesque with notes of raisin and red grapes mixed with dark earthy esters, sweet mild maltiness, and a nice little fruity undertone I can’t describe.
Steverus0 (199) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow did New Belgium nail this one.
Rich spicy, fruity notes accompany a dark mahogany pour with rapidly dissipating but lingering head.
Mouthfeel is malty effervescence in perfect balance with subtle fruits and spice.
This is a dubbel that should be enjoyed with spicy food, as its lingering pepper notes really work.
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Braudog (5902) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Big, dark pour, accompanied by a firm, solid head of off-white foam. The aroma is definitely laced with an earthy component. Onto the tongue, this has a decidedly herbal flavor component, with a healthy undertow of dark fruit and sweetness. Another great offering. (#5345, 12/3/2013)
crossovert (7909) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour, nice head. The smell is slightly tart, fruity, plenty of schisandra. The flavor is real good. Has notes of juniper, cedar, and brett. Slight bubblegum aftertaste. Nothing like a dubbel but a nice brew.
EamonTheGreat (154) - USA - APR 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aged a few months in a bomber. Pours dark brown with a medium white head. The aroma is a very great type of dubbel with hints of banana and cinnamon. The taste is very complex with dark fruits shinning through and more banana and cinnamon flavors. The black pepper is very slight but adds more depth to this complex ale. Overall another great beer from New Belgium's lips of faith series.
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BeerKurve (509) - - JUL 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark fruits, plums, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar and Belgian yeasts. Overall a pretty good tasting beer.
BrettTaylor (543) - 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