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

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common

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RATINGS: 1895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Deep hazy-brown colour, big body, malt palate.


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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Plums and brown sugar dominate the flavor. Smells like cherries and other fruits. Pretty decent beer - mild and easy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4835) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2003
This smells and tastes a lot like pez, and I LOVES me some pez! Big malt nose, hazy brown, highly carbonated. Yeasty flavor with lots of fruits - raisins, bananas, cherries, etc. The marriage of beer and candy. Reminds me quite a bit of Westy 8, but not quite as good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - MAR 8, 2003
Quality belgian, yet outclassed by others in its arena. I would definitely suggest you try it. Could very well see this being somebody's fave. :)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2003
Great Belgian ale. Flavors of plums malt and spice. Finishes dry, clean, and bittersweet. Recomended.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Thick dark brown with a voluptuous head. Sweet caramel yeasty aroma with some candi sugar. Body is rich and fulfilling with good complexity and a smooth, sweet oak finish. Very little alcohol is noticeable.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Has a very cloudy reddish brown color with heavy carbonation and smells of alcohol. Taste is of alcohol and has a similar finish, but the alcohol flavors are not as strong as the Abt 12. Overall again the Belgian ale does not seem to be something I like too much, which is a shame because everyone else on the site seems to enjoy them so much. Perhaps it will come in time.

4.2
   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.


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