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


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RATINGS: 2069   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Deep hazy-brown colour, big body, malt palate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
75 cl Bottle. Nice head, brown dark colour. Little aroma, hints of dried fruit. Taste like a dubbel, notes of roasted barley and choclate. But overall the taste lack of some harmonie in the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Burgundy-bronze body with moderate carbonation and a thick, frothy beige head. Interesting aroma of toffee, chocolate, raspberries, mild tobacco, and earth. Nice depth of flavor with toffee, butterscotch, light smoke, and some fig. Medium sweet and not cloying. Mild bitterness with some lightly detectable tartness. Creamy texture. Excellent beer all-around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11665) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2005
Deep, unclear red-brown with a lasting off-white head. Complex aroma with dried fruit, flowers, oak-wood, dirt and the slightest hint of alcohol. Sweet, malty flavour with a bit of bitterness (anise-like) and a dry finish. Very soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2005
Beer #30 at Croydon Draught Belgian Beer Festival. My notes say " a pleasant fruity beer (plums and damsons), with some underlying chewy malt. Sweetish.". Pleasant isn’t really a word I’d use to describe a world class beer. Good but not great. I have a bottle tucked away, so I’ll re-evaluate to see whether it shows better than on draught.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown. Fine lasting head. Aromas of plums, prunes and other dried fruits. Also evident yeast notes. Full-bodied and soft on the palate. Nice warmth from the alcohol finishes off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2005
pours our thick and brown with a huge light brown head. taste is sweet, yesty, and not very strong at all. (not a bad thing). smells like oak, yeast, and malts. this is a beer that i found myself almost gulping because it was going down so well. there really wasnt much to it, it was a damn good beer, but it wasnt exactly what i was expecting. maybe a little too drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5618) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2005
750 ml corked (champagne style) brown silk print bottle, bought in Denmark. Brown colour with a slight haziness, pours with a large fluffy off-white head. Very nice aroma of oak, leather, yeast, brown sugar, dried fruits and spices, hints of barnyard. Flavour has plenty of brown sugar, malts, oak and figs, hints of sour berries. Some spices and a certain alcoholic bite in the finish. I had to struggle to finish the big bottle by myself, which means that the brown sugar sweetness combined with 8% ABV becomes a little too much in the end. The big bottles are for sharing! Still - this is another solid abbey beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Pours a brownish color with minimal head. Aroma and taste is dominated by raisons/plums. Finishes sweet and is enjoyable. Still, it’s no 12.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwik-lime (1461) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2005
A beer that seems to get better and better through the glass. Dark brown colour with a decent sized slightly off-white head that lasts throughout the drink. The head is bigger in the middle but unlike some other trappists is still there round the edges just less thick. Aroma is wonderful, deep fruity smell, plums, raspberries and grapes all seem to be there. Taste wise it is very warming with hints of fruit, spices and alcohol though not as interesting or strong as some other trappists. Overall an excellent beer I’d say probably best suited to the winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MiP (14257) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2011 Bottle. Dark chestnut brown colour, small light brown head. Malty, vinous, brown sugar flavour with liquorice aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel. An almost perfect dubbel IMHO. I want another!

Bottle, 8%, 1.5 years past BB date. A lot like my initial rating, but of course with a little oxidation. It has a hint of paper, but it is quite mellow even though the alcohol is still prominent. I guess I would prefer this beer around its BB date.

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