edgallow (2848) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of malt and sweetness. Taste is sweet malts.
BeerKurve (518) - - SEP 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 Dark crimson red with no lacing and a fizzy brown head that fades away immediately after pouring. Nose consists of licorice, plums, mild hops, caramel and grassy/earthiness. Flavor is mainly plums, licorice, raisins/grapes, caramelized malt sweetness and a slight resin hoppiness. Aftertaste is quite dry. Body is light but the carbonation is a bit too strong for my liking. Quite disappointing for Dubbel Ale.
bhensonb (12467) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bobby’s in Santa Clara, CA. Pours ruddy dark amber with a creamy beige head. Rich malty aroma. Suggests a little brown sugar. Hint of yeast. Med body. Flavor is malty, yeasty, mixed fruit esters. It’s got a little bitterness, but it’s not really dry. Pretty good taste.
jmalecki05 (24) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with aggressive pour. Aroma screams of sour cherry upon the first pour. Getting some yeast notes as well as some light funky / sour aromas (not as pungent as a geuse). Dark red beet color. Head is a dirty ivory / white color. Almost a buttermilk aroma lingers on the nose. Incredibly soft and creamy on the pallet. Tounge is mixed between sweet and sour on the first sip. Aggressive pour gives two off white shades on the head before merging. Middle of the mouth is all over the place with complexities of sweet cherry and essences of dark fruit. Finish lingers with lasting notes of plum and a slight hint of alcohol soaked bread. You can even see the bits of yeast floating in the beer. This is an awesome dubbel!! Hats off to Sprecher on this one. Wouldja - Yes
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to TURDFERGUSON: Poured a carbonated black with loads of bubbles, the head was light brown but left fast to a whispery head. Aroma is tobacco, dark fruits of dates and prunes, and sweet caramel malt. Taste is a bold dark fruit with strong burnt caramel malts, left a sticky feeling to the tongue.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasty, dark red color, thin white head. Aroma and flavor are both nicely sweet without being over the top. Very nice.
Sammy (9563) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewery, put away for 7 months. Pours a darker brown, with a small white head. A richer malt aroma, perfume and a little boozy. Medium mouthfeel,and a good drinkabiliy from a rich malty taste, the yeast is in the secondary. Not too sweet, closer to an old ale. Very nice.
EastBayPints (20) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Reddish brown, thin khaki head dissipates quickly. Opaque, Deep reddish leather hues.
Smell: Dark fruits, leather. Esters. Caramel. Bready doughy. Molasses, fig, cognac.
Taste: Burnt sugar, deep roasted malts. Chestnut and belgian yeast. Lingering hops on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Dark Malts. Strong alcohol presence. Medium carbonation. Smooth finish. A tad light.
Overall: Good but not great. I won’t be able to find this easily but I am glad I tried their 25th anniversary brew.
TheAlum (6297) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at the Reserve Tasting at the brewery (Glendale, WI). Pours a rich brownish hazed hue, touches of fiery copper, good reddish orange glow. A bigger cakey tannish almost light brown head atop cakes well, laces ok. Sticks around. A very nice reddish copper brown deep hue. Aromas are red licorice, touches of cherry and toffee, caramel, and gentle brown sugar. Mellow touches of spice, yeasty life, and Candi sugar. Biscuits and toffee come in fierce, just a touch of cocoa dusting. Initial is medium bodied, giving a slick sticky feeling on the tounge up front. Hanging on with toffee, vanilla, brown sugar. Biscuits, toffee, and caramel. Gentle sweet bread, toast, and mellow fruity esters offer just a touch of banana bread, some mellow red fruit. A touch of sweetness. Backend offers some red fruit, touches of ABV heat and sticky red fruit and caramel, gentle spice. Finish is mellow, red fruit, almost a touch cough syrupy and cherry/raspberry. A bit strange into the finish. During parts I quite enjoyed it. But it got a bit medicinal at times.
BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle purchased at Sprecher to a pint glass. Pours fairly brown with some copper. Very little head. Lot of apple on the nose. Very sweet. Not my favorite style, but a pretty well put together beer.