rangerred (976) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle into a goblet.
Pours a slightly hazy dark brown due to the sediment that got into the glass with a half finger fluffy white head. Really good head retention and decent lacing.
Aroma is a little bit weak but I really can pick out brown sugar and vanilla. There is also a slightly musty odor but it is more complimentary than it is distracting.
The brown sugar is more muted in the flavor allowing the the banana/clove Belgian yeast character to shine through. More vanilla that is subdued but there is a noticeable lack of complexity compared to some other versions of the style. Mouthfeel is on the watery side with a little bit of stickyness left on the finish.
Overall, I am not very impressed by this Dubbel. It really lacks complexity and depth of flavor along with a weak mouthfeel. I feel like this could be a whole lot better with a little bit of work.
ebarnes (254) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from a sample pack. Pours darker than the 12, 8 or tripel. Almost no head. Aroma has very slight notes of spice must. Taste is smooth. No hint at all of the ABV. Maybe the best of the St. Bernardus beers.
cokolwiek11 (37) - - FEB 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark reddish brown beer, cloudy, with white head.
Aroma: Sharp aroma of belgian yeasts, some basement/barnyard, spices, than fruity-wine aromas.
Taste: Mainly sour. Flavors same as in aroma: spice herbs, wine.
Body: medium, short, sour finish.
Really nice Belgian Dubbel. Definitly what I’m expecting in this style.
Hallstein (175) - Skogn, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark ruby red with a small head. On the nose i get banana, and the beer also has nice yeasty and bready character. Flavor is quite good and complex with flavors of caramel, dusty leather, candi syrup with a quite nice carbonated mouthfeel. Beer has a quite dry finish and is nicely balanced.
BrewGoblin (517) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - FEB 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
As if I could not love a St. Bernardus brew! Even though this brewski kicks it pretty dang hard, she’s still not quite in a lofty "loved it" category. A cloudy, barnyard-mud brown with an incredibly frothy beige head pours from the monk-adorned bottle. Earthy fall leaves, leather, brown sugar, raisins, basement and spicy herbal hops are exuded from my glass. The taste matches nicely, a bright carbonation and dry feel tickle the tongue. There just isn’t as much flavour as I was hoping for. Still delicious though.
Ned33137 (8) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - FEB 25, 2015 does not count
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Small head, plenty of sediment, almost nontransparent. Taste is pretty odd (maybe it applies to the specific bottle I had) and reminds me homebrew: a little of yeast, of alcohol, a lot of wine. Not bad, not really good either.
CRock (84) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I could definitely get the caramel aroma from this. Fitting as the colour of the beer also reminds me of caramel. Great drink!
SinH4 (491) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color wih big head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is spicy and a bit of a tart fruit. Taste is malty, but not too sweet, more spices. Complex and just Bernardus quality!
kustie (257) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a light brown head. Aroma has yeast, coffee, sour elements and malt. Taste is malty with a bit sour and somewhat bitter aftertaste. Earthy flavors with malt, yeast, spices and some banana.
Salmaneser (13) - BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl. bottle @home. Dark brown beer, can’t make much of the aroma. Taste and palate are very good, very well balanced beer.
Eberndt (228) - - FEB 16, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark color with caramel head. Lots of malt flavor. Bready aroma and a strong mouthfeel.