Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Watou, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Deep hazy-brown colour, big body, malt palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 28, 2007
Draught at The White Horse on Parsons Green (London), a deep colour with ruby tints and a creamy off-white head. A subtle nutty aroma, not quite what I was expecting. Full bodied, with an alcohol presense and both chocolate and coffee flavours. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 Boozy, raisiny, brandyish snout. Smoothly roasty malt and creamy liquorice. Possibly a wisp of smokiness. Imparts a metallic sensation on the tongue. Mildly Marmite-yeasty, underwhelming at first, but becoming increasingly complex as it warms. Smoky, smooth, yeasty and malty. And that’s enough for me. (re-rate, 23/04/08, previously 7/3/8/4/16) Heady nose of booze, chewy dried fruit, sticky prune, Westy8 nuttiness and choc, a pinch of aniseed. Alcohol big and glowy, but smoothed out with berry fruit, currant, liquorice, peaty malt. Late savoury breadiness (smudged with Marmite), again like the dark Westies, but without the hop spike on the end. An eggcup of Everards Original (?).Tasty ale, a touch too sweet and alcohol-accented to break my top...91.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 22, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a nice big long lasting light brown head. Medium roasted maltiness in the aroma, moderate caramel, dark fruits and yeast. Flavour is smooth with a bready like maltiness, good fruitiness, caramel, plums and raisins, bit of alcohol, some hops. Sweet malty bit dry finish. Great tasting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 15, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2013 Re-rate 11/13: Bottle sample at a tasting at Norma Jean. Bottled 2006. Hazy brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, malt, a bit of chocolate, nuts, yeast, caramel, candy-ish notes. Sweet flavor, malty, fruity, caramelly, yeasty, finishes a bit spicy and alcoholic. Medium-bodied. 6/3/6/3/13=3.1

Re-rate 7/10: Bottle. Clear deep reddish-brown with a huge beige head. Decent lacing. Vinous aroma of dark fruits, alcohol, caramel and some licorice notes. Sweet flavor of brown sugar, some prunes and raisins, some dark bread, yeast and a drier alcoholic finish with some spiciness, licorice and herbal notes. Medium-full body. 7/4/6/4/13=3.4

(Re-rated on 6/9/07. Numbers are the same. Added a bit to the description). Bottle. Dark brown color. A big head that disapears rather fast. Aroma is malt, caramel and spices. Sweet malts, spices and dark fruits (mostly plums) in the flavor. Finish is rather dry, a bit bitter, with a bit of alcohol. A medium body. 7/4/7/4/15=3.7

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a hzy ruby-brown color, with a good 3" of almost pinkish tan head. The foam looks a lot like soft soap suds. Good lacing. Bread dough, beer yeast, and alcohol in the aroma. Very flavorful with sweet fig, brown sugar, wheat bread, toffee, and mild chocolate malt. Dry spice and alcohol in the finish. Somewhere between medium and full bodied, moderately carbonated

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 9, 2007
11.2 oz bottle - Clear dark brown/ruby red color with medium sized creamy off white head. Aroma is full of cherries, hints of caramel, bit of vanilla, dates, figs, red grapes. Flavor is malty, fair amount of light caramel, bit of dates and oak, with a relatively sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Cloudy dark amber with a thick, tight white head. Malty body with a sweet, plumlike finish.Notes of raisin, candied sugar, wood. Very pleasant lingering aftertaste. Very full on the palate. Very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Nice, rich malty flavor. Just a bit shy of being as good as the 12. Definitely worth a try if you like the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 Dark burgundy body. Initially large head that quickly diminishes to a long-lasting thin off-white layer. Aroma of toasted bread and coffee-shop. Taste has a lot of toasted malts, light chocolate (not the dark bitter type), some nuts. The beer is only moderately fruity with some raisins and maybe plums flavours. Very little hop presence and almost no bitterness. No alcohol flavour at all. This is a rather smooth round beer, not aggressive at all, with a soft foamy body. As good as it may be it lacks something to make it stand out, to give it its own character. High quality, reliable, well put together but ultimately unexceptional. The Mazda 6 of Belgian beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
poursa cloudy amber hue with a light, slight off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, some oats and some yeasty goodenss. Mouthfeel is medium -light bodied with flavors remiscent of the 12, but very soft. Raisins, caramel, some orange peel and a hint of bitter-sweet chocolate.

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