Jethro6191 (418) - Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper to brown color. The wispy light tan head laces the glass. Spicy nose with Belgian yeast, raisin, and dried fruit aromas. Sweet malt flavor nicely balanced by hop bitterness. Spicy fruit, raisin,dark fruit, caramel, and candy sugar notes. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Would definitely recommend trying this one.
Tmoney99 (10399) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy caramel and yeast aroma. Medium body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium well balanced sweet fruit flavor with a medium complex sweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew.
radagast83 (4409) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Poured a dark amber-brown color with a medium sized off-white head that dissipates to wisps soon afterward. Aroma is raisins, other dried fruits, caramel, yeast. Flavor is dried fruits (raisins), yeast, caramel notes, touch of maple, spice. Body is surprisingly smooth, since I’ve run into my fair share of dubbels that are heavy and hard to consume. I actually drank this entire 750 myself without a problem. Great.
brenn79 (1467) - Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle- Pours what looks dark reddish brown but is ruby red when held up to the light, head is smaller than expected, reducing to a collar and a couple of islands of foam, lacework blankets the glass. The aroma is Belgian candy sugar and yeast, some banana, nice. The flavor is much mellower than the real thing, but has a deep complex body, sweet, sugary, banana esters and apple. Body is full, carbonation is high, finish is syrupy. Overall the true trappist dubbels are superior, but this is a nice first attempt at a Belgium beer, can’t wait for the saison and the quad. Cheers!
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
She’s alright... Smells and tastes like pure caramelized sugar and cinnamon. This is a good example of a beer that really needs food to extenuate its excellence. I’m thinking barbecue pork or duck would go perfectly with this dubbel.
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (finally getting around to rating this). Pours with a somewhat murky, effervescent copper to deep bronze body with a thick, tall, creamy, tan head of foam that stays for the duration and leaves pretty good lacing. Aromas of esters and phenols: clove, banana, pear, prunes, rum-raisin, candi sugar, spicy. Smells pretty dry. Perhaps a bit earthy and there is a light alcohol note. Malt aroma is far in the background compared to the yeast in the nose. Flavors are smooth and a bit more malt forward than in the nose: bready, toasty, complex. Some candi sugar notes in the finish. Raisins, rum and a bit more restraint of esters and phenols than on the nose. Dark fruits, clove and pepper. Rich nut well attenuated. Balance is found in dryness instead of by hops. Very dry. Long duration of flavors, dry finish. Creamy and high carbonation carries a medium body. Some warmth. Very dry.
ansermadide (1497) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This has a dark amber/brown color with a light brown head. A yeasty sweet, almost candy-like, sticky aroma (that’s actually kinda good). The yeast carries through to the flavor, diminishing quickly with a malty sweet, almost sour, wash and nearly no finish other than a lightly soured malt. Easy to drink, and not what you’re used to drinking from SN. Different, but good!
JStax (2772) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a tulip glass from a bomber. Appearance is a dark hazy brown with a dense cloud of nearly white foam. Head lingers the life of the beer. Aroma is figs, dates, prunes, and sweet malts. Has kind of a cheesy aroma to it as well. Taste is initially the prunes, dates, and figs but moves toward a creamy, malty yet tart presence. Smooth mouthfeel and very quaffable. Perhaps even a new favorite in the dubbel category. Very well put together.
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours amber with an off white head. The aroma is sweet, light with Belgian yeast and dark fruits like an Abbey Dubbel does. It has the flavor of a bubbly lightly malty sweet Abbey Dubbel with the caramelized brown sugar as well. The mouthfeel is sensitive on the tongue, light smooth body.
notalush (4763) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly hazy amber - fizzy, short-lived head - nose of yeast, dough, raisin, earth, black pepper, light oxidation - medium body and carbonation - moderately dry after some initial toffee and raisin - dusty yeast and mild oxidation through the middle - becomes quite peppery on the tail end, with a touch of acidity - lingering yeast - a little watery in the finish - good, but not worth the money.