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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Deep hazy-brown colour, big body, malt palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrt (62) - USA - NOV 4, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Poured solid brown with a good amount of carbonation. I could easily make out fruit, nut, and caramel flavors, as well as a potent maltiness. Not overly sweet,though. Very satisfying and drinkable; the best Bernardus Iíve tried so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
Nearly opaque brown in color. Aroma is of freshly baked fruitcake or something, a little unusual but not unpleasant. SOme good malt presense in the flavor. Definitely a winter warmer. Like most booze, thereís the cheap stuff which is harsh, and thereís the good stuff which is smooth. By that token, their brews are in the smoother category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2005
Dark brown and red color, big beige head. Sweetness, brown sugar, mild spices and alcohol in aroma. Medium to full bodied. Spicy, very sweet, medium alcohol and chocolate in flavor, creamy palate. Alcohol lasts in aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Poured a murky dark mahogany with a large frothy off-white head. Aroma of sweet grapes, cinnamon, and alcohol. Taste is aggressive and vinous with touches of grapes, alcohol, a hint of caramel and molasses. Dry finish, felt perhaps a little too dry for eight percent. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2005
Deep brown-red, nice head. Yeasty cider or even chardonnay or champagne, marzipan, pear, honey-flavoured yoghurt, orange rind, toffee, banana and something herbal, but the aroma is too yeasty-phenolic for my liking. Seems like thereís potential for something really good there, though. Quite powerful in the mouth - marzipan, bitter cocoa, brandy, stale milk and a bit of roast. Quite alcoholic, and carb is relatively low (though Iíve had both a massive gusher and a dead flat bottle of this before so who knows whatís going on.) Quite good, but not in the upper echelon of Belgian stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
This stuff is really tastey. A lot like a dopplebock or a porter in terms of malt character and mouthfeel. Looked great in the glass, with the really smooth, creamy head of the Belgian ales. Tastey stuff this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2005
Lively nut-brown beer, creamy beige foam. Soft yeast aroma, nutty, caramel, cakes and hops. Taste is malty sweet, cake like, breaddy and has a good hoppy finish. Aftertaste is tuning a little dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2010 10/18/2005: 750 ml bottle, it pours to a clear reddish brown body with a creamy foamy off-white head with excellent lacing. The aroma is sorta soapy with some strange sweet malts that almost comes off as cement "rust". Strange but not unappealing. The flavor is a oaked molasses and currants. It has some sorta strange dank earthyness. The palate is creamy, fizzy, watery. Overall, I wonder if this is just an old bottle? Iím not a huge fan. Itís not "bad", just that I donít think this is as good as others believe. 6, 4, 7, 3, 13 = 3.3
05/04/2010: ~12 oz bottle. Was a gusher, but that was likely due to the beer not being chilled. Pours to a deep brown body with a soapy looking light khaki head. The aroma is very big and malty. Toasted hay and caramel. Earthy yeast. Light vanilla. The flavor has a medium sweetness with a bit of earthy umami. Very much like Westmalle Dubbel. Very clean palate has a nice medium body with a surprisingly soft carbonation. Slick velvety texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2005
a deep brown color w/ hints of red and a tall thick off white head well laced. Smells a touch soapy belgian yeast some odd fruits spices, and some other odd fruity aromas. Highly carbonated avg coating... Flavor is typical belgian yeast some sweet malts and light fruits.. I think this is pretty over rated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2005
[bottle from kulminator, tasted comparing this and westvleteren 8] Very Dark with a tan head. fruity complex nose, raisin, plum, lots of malt. full body slightly sweet finish. prefered westvleteren because the body was slightly fuller and was slightly more complex.

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