stoutnick (164) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a terribly inspiring beer this one. It isnít unpleasant, just a tad bland. And too sickly sweet for my tastes.
viverlee (18) - - JAN 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013
The big boys want to lump Ė at the bottom mind you Ė this brew with the Abbey Dubbels. Iím going to make my own call here. Itís a seasonal brew with the marketing to match. Plus the spice bite, delicate sweetness, and semi-robust ABV just arenít there.
STYLE: Winter Warmer
LOOK: The body really isnít there either. A rich, oaky brown carries the load. Soft head, softer lacing and retention.
NOSE: Whoppers, raisins, cherries.
MOUTH: Fizz deep in the back of my throat Ė thatís my first impression. Not the staid malt, not the toffee dash. Odd because I remember liking it more on Xmas Eve and even thinking it better than what it replaced, my local Xmas Ale, Christkindl. Jammy toast and small purple fruits let you know what could be. But overall a little too balanced for this style.
Beeradvocate Rating: 84
ratebeer Rating: 81
Hayward Abbey Rating: 77
Iphonephan (1228) - Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at rustico in arlington. Pours a medium amber with an off white head. Aroma of dish water. Thin mouthfeel. Not too impressive.
jmm635 (745) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours medium brown with a small head. Fruity berry aroma with done very light spicy. Flavor was too sweet. Not that closely related to a Belgian dubbel, hardly a winter seasonal either.
DoublEE (509) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice American-style dubbel with a nice Belgian flair. Nothing outstanding about this, but it is a nice winter beer. It is also readily available through the colder months, so that helps as well
Emeister84 (442) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity esters redolent of dark berries, raisins, and cider, subtle cocoa, and some floral notes. Appearance is very dark brown with ruby highlights, and khaki head foam of little retention. Tastes a bit malty, a bit fruity, and a bit boozy, with flavors of nuts, dried figs, and subtle blackberry notes. Medium-full body, lively carbonation, finishes clean, leaving behind some residual malt and ester flavors, with a slight bitterness.
trapped (336) - TURKEY - JAN 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Reddısh amber color, small foamy beige head, cheesy aroma, bitter taste with a hint of coffee, high carbonation, long finish. Almost like a porter, very interesting.
Beerathon (598) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells just like a Vienna lager to me. Semi-sweet malts. Honestly I was expecting more. Didnít taste much like a Belgian dubbel to me, disappointing.
bubbleflubber (1423) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a muddy dark brick hue into the glass, with a nice eggshell head that reduces to a thin ring-lace cap. The nose is of yeast, sourdough, light dank basement and lots of (yeasty) sours. Flavors are of deep, dark malts, caramel, rye bread, and finishing with a very light pepper. The body is round, with a satiating, but lightly active mouthfeel. A good brew, honestly. Everything comes together, well-balanced (skewed on the malty side for the season). It goes down well on a cold winterís evening.
Senka (118) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
6*33cl, NY. Note from my visit to USA. It was pleasurable, hoppy, dense beer. Not as good as Grottenbier Bruin *(my fav.) but still is an excellent brew nontheless.