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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This medium-bodied ale is deep red-brown in color and has a nice malty sweetness with a chocolate-like caramel aroma that finishes with a light hop flavor.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3509) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.
Pours very attractively with a deep reddish brown color and a very large tight tan-colored head.

The aroma is really very sweet, but also very pleasant. I get more fruitiness than anything, most specifically cherry and pear. As it sits it getís a bit of creme brule, caramel, chocolate, and overripe banana.

The flavor is more classic "to style" than I generally expect for a US brewed version of a Dubbel. It is sweet and there is an alcohol twang to it... but there is a lot of balance happening here nuttiness, light bitterness, light leafy hoppiness, a touch of roast, some chocolate, some lightly burnt sugar... all the while nothing is overwhelming or out of place. As it warms tart cherries and pears are detected, all the while the bit of spiciness tends to calm the sweet character of the beer.

Iím terribly impressed here really, I have next to no expectation for any Dubbel, particularly one made outside of Belgium to be very good... and while I like Potosi, I donít ever expect good Belgian styles form them... not sure why to be honest, and this certainly changes that for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3816) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
12 oz. bottle. It pours a dark orange color with a shrinking orange head. The aroma is pleasant with rich dark fruit. Plums, raisins, figs along with some banana and sweet bubblegum from the yeast and some toast and cocoa. The flavor is sweet and full bodied with more raisins and plum with heavy bubblegum. The finish is a bit too sweet with more bubblegum and flabby maltiness. Mild spice and fruit. Decent beer, but not close to the classics of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1516) - Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle thanks to gas4uguy. Dirty, hazy garnet with an almost instantly dissipating beige head. Bread, dried dark fruit aromas. Vanilla, toffee, cherries and plums.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby red, very light lacing. Spice cake and gingerbread aroma. Heavy sweetness right away, wow. More spice, a bit of dried cherry, and sweet chocolate notes. There is a little tang in the finish. I love sweet and malty, although this one takes it to another level. Enjoyable but very heavy.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle:   Deep amber, small to moderate sudsy off-white head, little lacing.   Soft biscuit and caramel on the nose.   A little musty.   Biscuity with a touch of cough syrup right up front.   Has that immediate intense syrupy sweetness, but it goes away quickly.   Not as barnish or musty on the tongue.   Pretty simple, bready, some caramel, a bit nutty, biscuit, with a quick cough syrup flavor, all while being a touch thin.   Not as rich or heavy as I would have thought for a Dubbel.   Lacks dark pitted fruit.   Tiz okay, but seems a bit light.   Thanks Bob!


3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drdisque (611) - Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2013
From a 12 oz bottle poured in a tulip. Pours flat cloudy dark ruby with no head and no lacing. Almost no aroma. Flavor is clean and fruity and slightly sweet. Notes of vanilla and caramel. Abrupt watery finish. Inoffensive but unexceptional - itís just a little too clean and polished, could stand to be more tart, juicy, or even bitter. It almost tastes like a bock.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Copper with a thin tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, toffee, fruit and yeast. Taste of bubblegum, dark fruits, Belgian yeast and caramel. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2716) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a Jolly Pumpkin & Maui Brewing Sobrehumano tulip. Pours a ruby brown with a small head that fades quickly. Too dark to see through the beer. Aroma is strong with uncontrolled Belgian yeast esters (sweet rotten pear) and some mild earthiness trying to take the edge off the crazy sweet candy esters. Flavor is a bit more doable with slightly subdued esters that come off more like very ripe pear mixed with estery caramel. Has a bit of a spritzy finish, again to take the edge off the beer. Bottom line: another American beer that doesnít know what to do with a Belgian yeast, particularly for a dubbel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarinEvelyn (640) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Yeast, spices, dark fruit, a little sweet. Tastes similar. Sweet, malty. Very smooth and creamy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbaaron (1524) - Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Pour from bottle. Unclear ruby brown. Small lasting off-white head - full ring around glass. Nice full Belgian aroma, Malty sweet, yeast, spices, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate. Medium body. Soft. Nice sweetness, malty, fruity. Accompanying spices are well balanced. Alcohol is noticeable and almost gets in the way but not quite. Tasty. Glad I picked some up.


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