DConMan (113) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared a 1 PINT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this w/ friends @ 4 Hands Brewing Co. Poured from the Bronze colored bottle w/ a White Pelican on the front into a 12oz- 4 Hands Brewing Co Snifter Glass. Has 2008 on the front of the bottle but no other bottled date.
Aroma- Easy on the nose. Well blended malts, very light sour characteristics but not barnyard/goat, mild sherry like attribute, and some caramel. Looks like much has died away over time.
Appearance- Pours almost no head at all with a semi-aggressive pour. Has a dark, reddish brown body with good clarity. Leaves no lacing behind.
Flavor- Has a ton of malt and light fruity flavors but most of the sour notes have faded. Light sherry taste again and a bit of musk at the finish.
Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, and finishes sweet and a bit tart on the palate. Nice! Finally some sour character!
Overall Impression- Not quite what I was looking for in an aged Oud Bruin, but maybe this is what happens to some? Still very nice and easy sour with a light brown ale background. Very smooth and above average for the style. Would like to try some of this fresh to compare!
jckp64 (347) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a very light beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, brown sugar, a hint of Belgian yeast and spice. Flavor is brown sugar, chocolate, caramel malts and vanilla. Has a nice finish. Not too sweet. Very little carbonation.
michaelinwa (453) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours medium dark brown, with a large head consisting of large bubble. Carbonations is high, a bit much for me. Aroma is almost entirely spicy and slight "sour" in character; I’m not a fan. Taste is pleasant, dark Belgium ale, which is good, but the finish is very odd; maybe umami....sort of cardboardish...although admittedly with some nice back-of-the-palate tanginess that I like. I don’t care for it overall and I would pass on this one in the future.
mcberko (4044) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, pours a hazy reddish dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel malts, Belgian spices and yeast. Flavour of yeast, slightly sour vinous notes, brown sugar, and some spices. Medium bodied with medium complexity. Very good.
marcus (4989) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish brown witn a massive beige head that settles quickly, and a brown ale aroma. There is a slightly sour dark malt flavor that is a bit herbal.
bhensonb (8954) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from Malt & Vine. Pours dark ruddy brown with a good foamy beige head. Aroma is slightly sour with celery. Full bodied. Flavor is just a touch sour with roast malt and some herb/veg. Goes well with Chimay Grand Cru. Points out beer is heading towards Chimay. Nice ale.
50belair (1327) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the District. Musty nose. Brown pour with an off white head. Sweet and dry with peppery notes. Maybe Saison yeast?? Not your traditional dubbel..
hopscotch (8212) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Pours brown with a mid-sized, fizzy, off-white head. Good retention. The aroma presents chocolate malt, dark raisins and subtle, spicy, saison yeast phenols. Medium-bodied with jazzy carbonation. Sweet toasted malt flavor with a nice, mild acidity and a raisiny, fruity element. Sweet, dark-fruity, mildly tangy finish.
MartinT (6928) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line :
Doughy Saison yeast meets cocoa shavings, dried cranberries and raisins in this comely Dubbel.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam tops the hazy light brown.
-Carbonation is expansive and feels too effervescent for the delicate flavor profile, tending to overshadow most flavors early on. This one needs to breathe a bit.
-Banana ester undertones help complexity.
-The nose was dominated by Saison yeast, which is quite surprising once the Dubbel flavors come through upon sipping.
-This is a quite memorable interpretation of the style, but it remains overshadowed both in their lineup (by their outstanding IPA, for example) and in its own style category.
Bottle. Thx for sharing, Eric!
CheersMate (1292) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle from Bottleworks. Not much head sticks around. Dark brown body is pleasing to look at. Lots of raisin, dough, figs, dates, sugar, and yeast hit my nostrils. It’s quite sweet smelling. The aforementioned aromas seem to play less and less of a role as I continue to smell this. Very light at first, but the fruitiness is quite nice, and not overpowering, as I thought it would be. Less sugar, and more dough and fruit, taste wise. Prickly carbonation is a bit distracting, quite honestly. Nice depth, but way too fucking carbonated. Instantly foams in my mouth, which isn’t allowing my taste buds to grab on to much. Bits of raisin and yeast are hitting my taste buds, but sadly, not much else. Great start, but a not so great finish. There’s some great stuff going on here; just ease up on the carbonation, yo.