sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 8/11/11. 750ml cork and cage bottle. The first pour is rather clear with a brown amber hue. Dense cream colored head. Aromas of cooked sugar and dark berries. Medium to full bodied with a sweet malt note and a bitter astringent effervescence. Really nice fruity nuances and a spicy kick in the middle palate. Good roll between the sweet, bitter and tart flavors. The tingling carbonation lingers in the finish along with a sticky, cloying estery flavor. Well done!
superspak (2481) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 2/21/2011. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample from 2011 notes. Pours a cloudy amber brown color with a medium plus sized foamy beige head. The aroma had caramel,spices, Belgian yeast, pepper, fruits, raisins, plums with a splash of chocolate. Flavor had caramel malts, candi sugar, spices, pepper, raisins and plums. Medium bodied, with average carbonation and good mouthfeel.
badhack (302) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells and tastes of cracked pepper, and light bread that’s been toasted toasted. Medium pallet, maybe slightly oily. Brown with some red. Some fruitiness on the darker side. Tiny bit of cherry and sugar.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 cork & caged bottle -
I was completely suprised to find this bottle at my local grocery store. This store is EXTREMELY small, and carry most macro crap, so when I spotted this for under $5.00 a bottle, I jumped on it. And what a really nice beer it was.
The beer pours out a murky dark brown body with some soft ruby highlights around the edges. Sitting atop the body was a large, fluffy, 3-finger, off-white head. As the beer was consumed, it left behind a nice array of lacing. The aroma has a nice Belgian spicy yeast intro, steady raisins/figs and candy-ish brown sugar notes. Flavor starts out with some light to medium malty sweetness, a little nutty and raisins and it unfolds into a nice Belgian spice character that reminded me a little of a good English tea. Unfortunately, it did lack some complexity of a great Belgian abbey dubbel like Westmalle or Chimay.
monk191 (838) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not as interesting as we hoped. Pours a very nice deep red/brown with a thin white head. Smells of malts and a bit of caramel. Taste is a bit empty, lots of malt, with a tiny bit of spice. Can't taste any hops whatsoever. Had in the bottle.
Darkmagus82 (560) - - JUN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review from 6-3-12 -
Poured from bottle into chalice glass
Appearance – Pours a hazy brown color with a hue of red. Upon pouring there is a big off white head that has a very decent retention. Eventually it fades to give a light level of lacing.
Smell – A strong brown bread aroma is the heaviest in the nose. This breadiness is mixed with darker fruit aromas of cherry and some prune, a strong yeast smell and a medium boozy smell.
Taste – The taste starts out with a dry bready flavor. Towards the middle some flavors of dark fruits and a good bit of yeast cake come to the tongue. These flavors sweeten the brew a bit, but overall it is still rather dry. At the end these flavors are met with an alcohol flavor that leaves a slight booze burn on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the creamier side with a medium level of carbonation. With it being more on the dry side a bit more carbonation may have been better, but overall it’s not too bad.
Overall – It is an OK dubbel, but nothing too spectacular. It has a more subtle flavor profile and for what you pay for this one you could find other more common dubbel’s that are better overall.
daleharshman (888) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml corked and caged bottle purchased 18 months ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($2.97). Opens with a loud pop and pours a reddish brown hue with a finger and a half of cream-colored foam. AROMA of brown sugar, candied figs and raisins, and caramel malts. FLAVOR of dark fruits, some dry spice, with light cherry and toffee. Only lightly sweet. Despite the moderately large ABV for the style, it still has a somewhat watery mouthfeel. Been quite a while since I have had a dubbel and this was okay, but a less rich version of the style which was a bit disappointing. I was hoping that the aging would do more for this. (516, 866)
BeerFunGuy (616) - California, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is rich brown in color with a hint of red. I has a very sweet aroma of fruit. It has a rich easy going flavor.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 7-23-2011 (Corked and caged bottle) The appearance is a medium sized frothy, fizzy tan head with a short retention, reddish brown transparent body, fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is malt, sugary, light hops, sweet, dark fruits, and mildly spicy. The taste is sweet, sugary, malty, dark fruits, hops, and light spice. The mouthfeel is semi-lively and this beer is medium bodied. This beer is very quaffable and the flavors blend together very well. This beer is worth trying and a beer I would drink again.
ineedbeer (666) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is fairly fruity with raisin, fig and prune. Light oxidation notes of honey and faint cardboard. Medium caramel and toffee. Faint banana note with medium clove phenolics.
Pours a fairly clear amber with some copper and ruby notes. Medium thick, tan head that recedes somewhat quickly to the edges where it lingers. Light lacing and small legs.
Flavor has a light sweetness to it with quit a bit of fruit character. Raisin, figs, prunes and even some overripe stone fruit are all present. Light clove character. Medium low bitterness dries out the finish just a bit and prevents it from being sticky. Some light honey character.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall an alright, dubbel but also somewhat bland and watery. Good fruit esters and phenolics, but its lacking the malt complexity and depth that I would expect. Easy drinking though.