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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1886   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Deep hazy-brown colour, big body, malt palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Hazy brown beer with a fantastic long lasting off white head. Dark fruit(plums and raisins) and malty aroma; followed by buttery(diacetyl) and slightly alcohol aromas; Cloves, yeast, and pepper also present, and with a slight banana ester. Very malty and alcoholic flavored, with the darker fruits behind the scene. The flavor is more peppery than cloves from a phenolic standpoint, but both are apparent but not overwhelming adding to complexity; Some yeastiness also shows as it warms. Very well balanced but slightly on the dry side as a finish and very clean aftertaste. Alcohol is warming, not burning; higher carbonation, although not as high as other Belgian styles, seems to lighten the medium body. At least is seems to be medium bodied, not full like the commercial description. Very nice overall mouthfeel, not harsh or astringent and very drinkable. In my opinion, this is the best St. Bernardus I've had of the 3 I've rated, but I do have to re rate one. I would say this is a dubbel rather than a strong ale, but very nicely made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Beautiful!!! This one came off of draft at Lucky Baldwins and appeared before me a dark dark dark ruby red color with a light tannish head. The aroma was very enticing with plums, malt, and cherries coming to mind. The taste is very smooth and clean finishing. Plum and malt dominate the taste, total black currant taste going on here...just wonderful. Very dry bittersweet ending given the plums with the alcohol hidden well until the very last sip. Very little carbonation to be found and incredibly smooth, just nice!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Pours a dark, cloudy brown color with a small, lingering off-white head. The aroma is strong and fruity, with touches of plums, raisons, yeast, spices, and a hint of alcohol. Full bodied, fruity, and very rich, the flavor is full of malts, plums, bananas,caramel, and yeast with a thick bready finish. A damn fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2003
Is that Sean Connery on the lable? Anyway pours a off-white head and a deep red-brown colour. Fairly complex fruity nose and all the triple falvours are there - plums in particular, has a nice sweet finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Sweet caramel aroma with a hint of alcohol.Flavors of candy sugar,bananas,bubble gum.Very mild hops at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (1008) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2003
The flavors of the triple and the abt are present but lighter. Wonderful option if you want something a bit more easy-drinking, perhaps with dinner. Save the Abt for dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Poured a deep brownish orange color. Chewy, hints of chocolate chip cookie dough, brown sugar. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2003
This poured with a generous head and everlasting active carbonation. Very dark - held it up to the light to see dark orange. Felt very foamy up front - not a sharp carbonation - soft. Medium thick chocolate and fruit (and of course, me, I taste some anise again). Finishes on the back-roof of the mouth - is there a little hops there too? Very clean on the tongue at the end. I liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Sweet/dark fruit and chocolate aroma. Very rich malt...very sweet candy sugar/ bubble gum flavor. Sweeter than I expected. Very soft mouthfeel. Decent balance...finish is sweet with hints of chocolate and bursts of fruit, especially banana...maybe a bit lingering as well. Not as good as the 12.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Alcohol evident with the spice (clove). Thiny mouthfeel but very fruity with yeasty characteristics. Estery palate at the end that I really like. I enjoyed the Abt 12 much more.

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