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

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RATINGS: 1902   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Deep hazy-brown colour, big body, malt palate.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2003
Oops. Opened the bottle of this one and ended up with 1/4 of it over myself. Huge flowing head out of the bottle. Once it was in the glass (eventually) it had a great muddy/cloudy brown colour with medium browny long lasting head. Lovely aroma of dark fruit with hints of caramel. Very fruity. Great body, hint of alcohol in the taste even at room temp serving (around 15). Nice fruity taste, slightly yeasty. Dark fruit in the taste too. Nice balanced drop. Loses 2 overall points from me though for the excessive bottle carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2003 A great beer.Raisin bubblegum, caramel are a few of the flavors I taste. Aroma is strong. Finishes bold at the end but still has carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2003
An excellent beer. I love tha tguy on the label too...he makes good beer typically. Dark, murky in color, average head. Fruity and yeasty....simple and to the point, but very well balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 22, 2003
Bottle. Brown, big head, sloshy pour. Tastes more like an excellent dubble than anything else to me. Bready, thick, yeasty, excellent. So why do Belgian breweries number most of their beers with even numbers? St. Bernardus does have a Triple 9. What about a triple 6? Or maybe an abt 7?

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2003
A curious beer that meets many of my expectations but proves disappointing in a few respects. It pours with a slightly-looser than idea head (not creamy though moderately small bubbles). The body is cloudy brown, though an off-brown through the light. The aroma is the strong suit—lovely flavors jumping out, raisin and bubblegum, but also caramel, vinous and sweet. The flavor is surprisingly more dry with a particularly salty note that was the biggest disappointment to my tongue, not to mention a hint of “chicken fajitas”. The palate remains vigorous, in part because of the tongue-curdling saltiness but also because of continuing zinging carbonation. In the end, it is bold enough and lively enough to be an enjoyable beer-hunting experience, but not quite the well-rounded composition of the top tier of Belgians.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... It has a forbidding murky copper hue and a large, rocky & creamy khaki-colored head. The head is everlasting and leaves excellent, thick lacework on the glass. The aroma is incredible and complex. Moderately malty & hoppy and very yeasty. Notes of dark bread dough, butter, English toffee, milk chocolate, herbs, flowers, grass, alcohol, lye soap, earth, mildew, dark raisins, cask-aged tawny port and alcohol. Underneath it all is a very small note of cola. The flavor is very rich and malty with bursts of warm alcohol and buttery caramel up front. EXTREMELY WELL BALANCED with just the right amount of bitter and pungent hops, warm alcohol and a prunish, slightly tart combo on the backside. The flavor and balance reminds me a lot of Westvleteren Extra 8. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and slightly lively carbonation. Long, acrid, dry finish with a shot of clover and caramel at the wee end. Thanks go out to Britt Rife in Annapolis for this one. Thanks!!! Excellent beer!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 6, 2003
Heavy alcohol aroma but thankfully not as prevalent in flavoring. Great brown coloring with a chocolate colored head. Lots of residual sugar on the palate. More maltiness would help.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2003
Quickly diminishing light brown head. Very dark brown in color. Fairly strong aroma of alcohol. The alcohol is not nearly as apparent in the flavor as the aroma would have indicated. Flavor complexity increases exponentially as it warms, as can be expected. A little bit of a sweetness emerges along with some yeastiness. I think I can taste some plums, raisins, currents kind of flavors in there. Not bad, all together.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2003
This beer poured a dark amber color and formed an off white foamy head that disapted leaving circular lace. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt and caramel. A flavor of malt, caramel and slight touch of butterscotch. A fairly light finish to it, with little elements present that make up the flavor and aroma. A good beer, but not the best by this brewer, however.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Bespeckled mohagany color with a tall light tan head. Heavy malt aroma with undertones of light fruit and alcohol. This is a double with a kick. Light sweetness in the start with flavor of exotic fruits. Finishes with a rum and brandy quality that reminds me of a "tom & jerry" on a cold winter night. Has some hints of iron and blood that add to the complexity. This is a true winter warmer.


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