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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Influenced by a Belgian yeast and good old fashion brewer creativity. Ah yes, lay this one down in your cellars for years to come. Enjoy this one alone for its malt and hop complexity. For entertaining suggestions try a sweet pairing of raisins or sugar coated dates. For a meal start with a soft spreadable herb cheese from fresh cows milk on a nice toasted piece of baguette. Then serve Carbonnade of Beef (Belgian national stew) with candied yams and pan fried green beans tossed with butter and sliced almonds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle at the Funky 8, Brooklyn, NYC. Rich. Great chocolate cake character. Very well balanced. I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 22 oz bomber. This beer pours to a murky, deep caramel to brown color, with a tall, rocky, tan head, and a moderate carbonation. Lots going on in this nose here, with big aromas of sweet and caramel malts, prune, light roast, dark chocolate, and some spicy yeast. Like with the nose, alot going on here, The palate is firm, with lots of big sweet malt, chocolate, raisins, prune, and flavors of coffee and roast. There is also an underpinning of rock candy/rum like sweetness, that leads into a peppery/yeasty finish that lingers yeasty and spicy. No dobut a riddle, this beer can be a bit overwhelming and a bit confusing on the palate. There is just so much going on here. That being said, this beer is a fun ride, and worth a try in my opinion. When all was said and done, I enjoyed drinking this one, and has liked "working" on this beer, as I sipped and savored.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
22 oz bottle from Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars. Deep brown in color with some ruby highlights and a small to medium tan head. Aroma- yeasty and phenolic, with some fruity esters and alot of caramel sweetness- as well as some dark fruit, light floral/spicy hops and light to moderate notes of ethanol. I am suprised that this is classified here as a Belgian Strong because I thought I had it pegged as an Abbey Dubbel. Taste is yeasty, estery, and mildly phenolic with alot of caramel and moderate special B malt sweetness-medium on the palate, finishes spicy, with a light hop bitterness, and lightly sweet. light metallic hints. Overall I thought this was a bit under-rated, or maybe it is just starting to round itself out. Regardless, definitely worth the 3 bucks and change I spent on the bomber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2007
Vermont Brewers Fest ’07. Deep amber brown beer. Aroma is lightly spicy with soft clove and a rich caramelly sweetness. Toasted malts, molasses and plummy special B sweetness as well. Fruity malts, licorice, molasses and softly toasted graininess. Peppery spice toward the back with the ethanol popping up a bit. A light rummy character that I quite enjoy. Once the ethanol settles down a bit, it will be even better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2554) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving traces of lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is caramel and molasses, smooth, balanced not bitter. $3.49 for a 22oz bottle from Cabot Quechee Store Quechee, VT.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (2077) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Mild yeast aroma with sweet malts. Clear amber color with a large head. Sweet and bitter throughout. Finishes with a slightly fruity Belgian malt taste. Slightly creamy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
canary dog (743) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 11, 2007
An uncomplicated American Dubbel, but very smooth and enjoyable. There is some bitterness there, but it has to be coaxed out by holding and slowly swishing the beer around in your mouth. A good, solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2009
Thanks to josarah for this beer. Pours a rich caramel color with very thin tan head. Aroamas of sweet malts, raisins, caramel and toffee. Flavors of roasted beans, chocolate, and hazelnuts. Nice bitter hop flavors as well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Enjoyable beer after a long day. Thanks Joe!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Bottle... Clear ruby ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Good retention. The aroma is of a sweet, Brooklyn, NY chocolate egg cream; Hershey’s syrup with a touch of lactic acid. Chocolaty, Belgian dubbel flavor. No European yeast complexity, but a nice, malty experience nonetheless. Hints of dark raisins and lactic acidity. Full-bodied and lightly oily with medium carbonation. Gently bitter, mineral, dry finish. Bottle provided by growler. Thanks Scott!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Ruddy muddy medium brown pour with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma of roasty malt, cherries, brown sugar, slight cacao, some funky notes, and some maple syrup notes. Tastes malty, spicy, on the dry side, with brown sugary cacao notes and some finishing funk. Also noted were late sesame and cognacy notes.

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