Emeister84 (1040) - 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.
Darkmagus82 (1731) - - AUG 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-13-12-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer was served a dark brown color with a little bit of ruby highlights when held to the light. Upon serving there was a one finger cream colored head that faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a lighter level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma was sweet and fruity. Cherries, raisin, and a bit of apple were mixed with a caramel and brown sugar smell. With these aromas was a lighter roasted malt smell.
Taste – The flavor begins with a dark roasted brown bread and dark fruit flavor. While there are flavors of cherry and apple in the taste, they are much lighter then the nose would have let on. While supposedly brewed with no spices light spiced flavors quickly come to the tongue with them initially being of a more allspice and ginger flavor. Toward the end the flavor sweetens a bit with some caramel flavors coming to the tongue. These flavors are accompanied by a bitter cocoa and which when combined with the rest take the taste to its end.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was average in terms of creaminess/thickness with a carbonation level that was rather average as well. A slightly thicker body may have been a bit better, but all in all the mouthfeel was fine.
Overall – A nice blend of malt, sweet fruit and sugar tastes. It is a rather balanced winter style ale that is well worth a try.
nakedwhendrunk (2199) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a chalice a couple of times and a tulip on other occasions. The head was slightly larger in the tulip.
The rest of the appearance was based on this: a nice ruddy brown complexion with gentle orange to amber tinges along the sides of the glasses. Once the head died off, the lacing was somewhat clingy and slightly foamy.
The smell had a nice light blend of sweet to earthy and rustic spices that gently allocates some light brown sugar, caramel and toffee notes in the aroma.
The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and seemed to blend them into a decent yeasty/somewhat bread texture coating my taste buds.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body to make it fairly sessionable. The carbonation seemed appropriately styled and lent a light harshness to the tongue without overdoing it.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good American made dubbel. On the side note, this made a great dessert along side some Germany chocolate cake and also one of my friends used an expired one of these in a BBQ sauce and wow that was absolutely amazing sauce.
ejh8 (75) - - MAY 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice winter ale served in a bottle. Warm brown amber color, lighter than most winter ales but still retains that rich dark taste to warm one in front of the fire on a cold winters night. Not dry either, this Smuttyhouse ale serves up the proper spices for the winter season. Delicious.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DrinkinWell (274) - - MAY 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown, amber with frothy white head. Spices, oak, caramel on the nose. Sweet Belgian malts, caramel, honey, slight bitterness. A nice take on the Belgian dubbel.
Dacrza (525) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
DATE TASTED: April 23, 2014... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint... OCCASION: Easter The Desolation of Smaug on spring break--thanks, Shan!... APPEARANCE: velvety dark amber red body; frothy, creamy off-white head; strong, cloudy lacing... AROMA: doughy, bready malts early; cinnamon, nutmeg and some floral pine resin too--with a hint of clove; a pleasure to breath in...PALATE: medium-bodied, creamy and lively--warming and substantial...TASTE: soft, rounded, almost nutty malted finish; buttery too; more subtle flavors of indistinguishable fruits than the aroma suggests, with the main influence on the taste buds being the malts... OVERALL: a solidly-built, easy-sipping ale that feels right on a windy, cold April night....
crossovert (7581) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle. Best before tomorrow. Stunning red mohagany color. Big lasting head. Aroma is extremely clean for a dubbel. Dark fruits and some bread. Flavor is light, sweet, toasted notes, dark fruit, light bitterness. Tasty beer, not sure if its a dubbel. Feels like an easter beer.
arojewski (49) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent pour with a nice head and deep dark amber color. A light sweetness, which isn’t familiar to a brown ale.
AirForceHops (3298) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from Top Shelf Brews at a good price. Dark brown color with no head and soft carbonation. Aroma is light Belgian yeast and caramel malts.
Flavor starts with darker malts, hints of dark fruits, traces of yeast. Light mild spice in the finish. Hops also adds needed bitterness to round off the sweet malts and yeast. Medium grain in body with a chewy texture. Overall not the prototypical Dubbel but for the lower ABV makes it a easier session type brew for sure. Decent on the shelf beer.
patrick767 (3584) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle - Pours dark amber with a thick light tan head. It has a lightly roasted malt aroma with a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is similar with a little roast and dark fruit. It’s sweet, bubbly, and seems oxidized. Decent at best.
Bierkrug (2133) - - MAR 20, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
355 ml bottle in Margate FL. Pours a light brown with a red hue and no head. Some sweetness on the nose but not much else. Dull cherry flavor along with some other dark fruits and an oddly bitter bite in the palate.