firstsip (681) - Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery. Dark red. Spotty lacing. Clovey nose. Spicy body of clove, slight banana and bubblegum. Wine barrel character mellows as it warms.
Meilby (9625) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ HopCat, Ann Arbor, MI
Pours hazy deep amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of mal,t caramel, dried fruits, white wine and hint of funk. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long vinous, caramel, dried fruity and slightly funky finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
yngwie (15379) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Hop Cat, Ann Arbor. Itís a clear, chestnut cooked beer with a small lucky beige head. The aroma has a light caramel touch, nuts, bread, dried fruits and some grass. Itís full bodied and with a light warming touch and a pleasant carbonation. Caramel, dried fruits and some nuts in the flavor, lasting finish. A nice dubbel, but not much impact from the barrel. Some tannins and wine though. 150615
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home purchased at their pub in Grand Haven. Pours brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is slight malt and dark fruit. Flavor is tart and slightly sour. Some wineyness to it. Not at all a belg dub. Very much like a Flemish red or an American wild ale. Really nice.
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ChiGuy68 (448) - Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted from a 12oz. bottle. It poured a clear reddish brown hue with a bubbly beige head. Aroma of red wine and malt. You can defiantly taste the wine in this brew. Hard to place some of the other flavors. While I appreciate the creativity, this one just didnít click for me.
flatmatt (1258) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours red brown with a light tan head. Nutty redcurrant/red grape/raspberry aroma. Flavor also is rather nutty, oaky, and raisin. Nice, but maybe leans too much on the wine barrel flavors.
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle... Lost my offline notes for this one, but I didnít like it all that much. Seemed like there was just too much misplaced bitterness for the style. Bitter, simply for the sake of being a bitter, hopped-up dubbel? I found no real trace of the wine barrel in here either. Still, cleanly-brewed with no technical flaws. I didnít hate it. An unnecessary abundance of hops just isnít my thing. Great dubbel for hop-heads? Bottle courtesy of FlandersNed!
jtw (1140) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dubbel? aroma strongly suggests something along the lines of a flemish sour, with huge woody winey and tart notes. cherry and other dark-skinned and pitted fruit. neat brew, but definitely not a dubbel especially for its price tag. maybe it just needs to be re-branded as a sour...
arminjewell (8606) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour on tap at One Eyed Bettys, hazy dark reddish brown pour with white head, aroma brought notes of bread cocoa, caramel, nuts, hints of spice, some slight oak and red grape notes. Taste is a mix of red fruit, wine, oak, vanilla, touch of vinegar into a bit of yeast, nuts, some bready notes, finishing fairly dry. Not bad, but a bit off.
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2014 Bottle: Deep, crimson & ruby body with a light-tan head, foamy & chunky, that slowly settles down to a moderate film. Aroma is more like a Flanders red than a dubbel at all. Lots of wet wood, vinous grape skins, sour cherry, pleasant tartness, hint of lacto, a touch of alcohol, & a solid base of dark, toasted malts. Taste is not as tart or sour as the aroma might indicate. Still doesnít taste like a dubbel at all, though. Just a very woody & barrel heavy Flanders still. Dry wood, very vinous grape & plum notes, hint of sharp cherry skin, touch of raisin maybe. But very woody. Some vinous booziness. Kind of astringent, a little rough around the edges. The aroma had some promise but the taste fell a little flat for me.