Brewed by Van Den Bossche
Style: Belgian Ale
St. Lievens-Esse/Herzele, Belgium


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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Water, malts, hops, yeast, candi sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (2754) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle from De Hopduvel. Dark brown colour, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Aroma of dark fruit, cocoa, caramel and chocolate. Medium sweet, Bitter finish. Good Dubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (4528) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2014
(Pater Lieven Bruin) Bottle 330 ml at home, into a tulip glass. ABV 6.5% Deep dark brown colour on the body with ruby shades when light passes through it. Two fingers of thick, beige head, with very good retention, leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, raisins. Nice taste, fruity, with caramel, raisins, port wine hints. Carbonation with a bite, medium body. Slightly sticky palate. Overall a very good belgian ale, I hadn’t had a Bruin in a while and this one was a good "back to the basics" beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fkoolen (862) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2014 Almost black dark brown colour, off-white foamy head. Thin aroma, seems a bit off (iron-ish). Taste has some good tones of chocolate, raisins, burnt malts and sugars. Body is a bit watery, lively carbonation, dry but soft mouthfeel and aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1405) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2014
Een heel lekker donker bier met een goede, volle smaak aan zoals het hoort bij een donker bier

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bonkiedeaap (591) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle from de Bierschuur in Poppel. The beer has a dark brown color and a beige head, with a lot of bubbles. The aroma is mixture of tones from dark chocolate with nuts, cacao, oatmeal and a light sweetness from the raisins. The taste starts with a medium bitterness from the cacao and chocolate and changes in a light sweetness which reminds me licorice. The finish is a little sweet and has a light bitterness from the cacao. Despite this beer is a little watery, it’s actually a good Abbey Dubbel which is well drinkable and not too strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
seynie (329) - Tienen, BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2014
Chestnut with a great creamy top. Toffee with caramelised nuts, sweet but not overly sweet. Medium body with a sweet but not sticky finish. Decent brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9018) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2014
330ml bottle form (I think) Beers of Europe. Pours clear brown, thin off-white head. Light banana at first on the aroma, some spice and dark sugar. Tatse has more fruit, spice, yeast, candi sugar. Medium body, decent balance. Yeah, liked that one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (4993) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2014
33cl bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - chestnut with an amber tinge. Good head. Nose - honey and general candy sugar sweetness. Taste - slightly grapey or appley but apart from that, there’s toffee and not much else. Palate - medium bodied with a sweet sugar texture in the middle and there’s a decently balanced finish. Overall - nice but slightly one-dimensional even if that dimension is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McWorta (1339) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 4, 2014
Dark brown to brown with deep amber ruby red reflexions. Offers a tan head lasting until it fades in a smooth coverage. Noses of nuts, cocoa powder, chocolate and hints of raisin and dried dark fruits. At first the beer develops a prickling bit lively texture which lasts and develops a light-medium body. Sweet notes are intermingled wit nutty cocoa powder flavours offering some bitterness and dryness. The finish is light and lasts a while still providing cocoa flavours. Well balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - MAY 28, 2014
Nose is wood chip, mediumbroad malt, weak leather, red apple zest, card board, feel is quite watery, taste is stale cola, red apple, mediumsweet malt notes, late leaves

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