thornecb (3978) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours chestnut into a trappist glass. White head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Sweet pit fruit and clove aromas. Clove and pit fruit from front to back. Lasting dry sweet caramel finish.
TomDecapolis (4337) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle. Pours a hazy deep brown with amber notes and a medium creamy off white head that left sticky lacing. Aroma of clove, black pepper, dark fruits, caramel, toffee and various fruity notes. Flavor of black pepper, clove, caramel, toffee, nuts, dark fruits and tobacco. Lacks the complexity of a true Belgian Dubbel. Might gain that with some age.
StefanSD (1926) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a medium beige head that had good retention and some minor lacing. The aroma was moderately strong with cloves, pears, roasted grains and yeast. The flavor was rich and complex with roasted grains, molasses, wood, pears, dough, cloves, mild spices, biscuit and a touch of cola. The palate was full and creamy smooth with soft carbonation. Finished long with lingering spices. Overall: Outstanding dubbel, I loved it-- note that it made a great accompaniment to Gouda cheese.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bomber into a tiny plastic stein at Brew Fest in Athens, GA. This sat deep ruby beneath a pleasant head, though it’s tough to know whether that is intrinsic to the beer or merely the result of jostling en route to the festival grounds. Regardless, it looked nice, and tasted pleasant but not quite as nice as it looked. The flavors that should be there were there - stone fruit, robust yeast, a hint of quickbread - but it was neither as tasty nor as subtle as, say, Allagash’s dubbel.
TheEpeeist (3053) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Cloudy brown with a smooth beige head. Nose is brown sugar, clove and dough; hints of wet wood. Medium light with zesty carb. Taste is caramel, smoky cantaloupe, bitter yeast and nutmeg. A solid, if a bit uninspired, take on a dubbel.
changeup45 (1669) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darky murky amber-brown color with a thin frothy head on top that stays for good. Light Belgian yeast in the aroma with plum, sugary dried fruit, and caramelized apple. I like this beer. It has a spicy flavor that compliments the sweet dark fruit well. Plums, raisins, dates comprise of the fruit flavors. Slightly spritzy but not distracting or overdone. Fairly light-bodied for a dubbel but the total package is still quite nice. Could be a bit richer but no off flavors and definitely enjoyable.
DConn007 (22) - - APR 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light chocolate or ruby color with a thick caramel colored head. Smells lightly of brown sugar, with a light fruity touch. Thick on the palate, but very easy to drink. Tastes of a malty mix with an unidentified fruit flavor. Watch out, don’t drink it too fast......
Suttree (4742) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Man, I really wanted to like this more than I did. Brown, with a big foamy beige head. Faint aroma - kinda fruity, maybe some leathery notes? I’m not . bitter than I was expecting/sure/ Flavor is also a bit too understated. Finish was more bitter than I expected.
hopcult (2) - USA - APR 10, 2011 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nose of dates, bananas, and a bit of hickory. Flavor profile is similar with a bit of toffee. Finish is malty yet very short lived. Everything about this beer is good enough to drink, yet nothing about it is outstanding. It is thin in every way and the finish barely exists. If there was “more” of every thing it would benefit greatly.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber, very good head. Definite Belgian beer aroma with spices coming out in the drink. Finish isn’t very bitter. A good Belgian style.