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

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RATINGS: 1927   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Deep hazy-brown colour, big body, malt palate.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - APR 23, 2007
Very deep amber pour with decent head. Aroma is mild but good, dark and sour. Flavor is yeasty and sour with a dark maltiness. Very good. Palate is nice too, not too thick like the 12.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2124) - BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2014
The smaller brother of the famed Sint-Bernardus Abt 12, with a thick, moussy, light beige, very lacing head, very stable, and a deep, dark bronze colour, clear but hazy with deposit, as expected. Aroma of bitter chocolate, molasses, raisins, dried plums, grass, leather, straw, iron, black pepper, dried banana, caramel, bourbon, soapy hops, nutmeg and quite strong liquorice. Taste begins with a refinedly sweet, dried fruitiness, raisins, dried banana again, apple, medium but still minerally carbonation, slick and slightly oily mouthfeel, deep caramelly and somewhat nutty and chocolatey malts, lots of spicy yeastiness in an elegant way, dry finish with grassy, leafy ’European’ hops along with the chocolate maltiness lingering on and a warming, whisky-like alcohol effect, on the brink of becoming wry but just managing to avoid that. Another great Sint-Bernardus, relating to its bigger brother in much the same way as Westvleteren 8 relates to Westvleteren 12: leaner, lighter, more dry and a tad more restrained, with a less ’attacking’ bouquet. Still a great beer in which malts, hops and yeastiness are balanced to perfection. I will do a side-by-side tasting of this with Westvleteren 8 soon, and I’ll do the same thing with Sint-Bernardus Abt 12 and Westvleteren 12 the same day. Do not (completely) believe the people who tell you this is an easy-to-find alternative for Westvleteren 8: though the similarities are striking, this still is a great beer in its own right, and I am quite convinced I can tell the two apart in a blind tasting. Same for the bigger versions, I’d like to add.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inbreak (2194) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2014
Old rating rerated 22.10.2014, 0,33l bottle shared with a colleague @ hotel room in Ulsteinvik:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is mild fruity, yeast, banana, caramel malts, dried dark fruits, grass, sugar bread, almonds. Taste is slightly dry and harsh boozy, grass, almond essence, old leafs, harsh yeast, paper, banana, sugar. Medium bitterness, harsh mouthfeel. Fair enough.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DW78715816 (63) - Kansas, USA - OCT 24, 2014
So smooth and easy to drink. Taste is very clean. Wonderful Dubbel. Malty aroma with some fruit aroma and malty complex flavor. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Rein242 (5) - - OCT 20, 2014 does not count
Flesje, 33cl. Kleur is niet transparant roodbruin met een dikke offwhite schuimkraag die lang blijft staan. Zeer zwakke wat moutige geur. In eerste instantie wat weinig smaak, de bittere hop smaak komt wat later door eindigt in een wat zoete nasmaak. Wat mij betreft iets meer body, geur en smaak.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
borre_m (297) - NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Pours dark amber, with a frothy head. Aroma is complex, nuts, dark fruity, alcohol. Taste also complex, fruity, somme roastedness. very nice.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fashawn (122) - Montesarchio, ITALY - OCT 18, 2014
Color castagna, marrone rossiccio con schiuma beige fine, non troppo ampia ma velatamente persistente. Bellissimo e complesso l’odore. Cereali, biscottini al burro, frutta candita. Poi mele alle castagne e pere, cioccolata , mosto dell’uva. Sul.finire cannella e coriandolo. C’è di tutto ed è duraturo. In bocca sento prugne, poi cioccolata e biscotti al burro. Il finale è alle castagne, ma astringente. Qualche sentore di frutta. Corpo pieno e carbonatazione massiccia, è cremosa in bocca. Non richiede una bevuta continua ma meditativa. Il retrogusto è di biscottini ai cinque cereali glassati con il cioccolato al latte. Per i miei gusti top dei top. Ottima

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1231) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2014
330mL BB 24.6.18 Murky bronze body with a good sized beige head hanging about. Big whiff of yeast character on the nose; proving bread dough, clove, overly ripe bananas and pears, earthy dark brown candy sugar, toasty nutty malts, sultana, fig, touch of booze. Lively carbonation, creamy rich body. Palate deliver plenty of figgy, dark brown sugar, dried fruitiness, with undertones of earthy spicy hop, vinous fruits & peppery phenolics. Slight booze dries out the finish. Tremendously good, though it must be said it lacks that little bit of extra oomph that the best Belgian/Trappist ales possess.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (268) - CANADA - OCT 16, 2014
Pours clear (first glass) to muddy and particulate-laden (second glass) ruby-tinged deep amber with two fingers of loose off-white head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, light lacing (3/5). Nose is dark caramel malt, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, some vanilla. (8/10). Taste is moderate brown sugar sweet, mild bitter, alcohol (8/10). Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, with a smooth, lightly boozy finish (4/5). A decent abbey dubbel that doesn’t get me all that excited. Decent dark flavour and boozy finish, but ultimately falls just a little short. I’m not sure exactly what’s not doing it for me, but I just can’t rank this above the 8/10 "world class" line. (15/20)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlisle (57) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Draft. Dark brown with hints of bronze color. Initially thick tan head with substantial lacing. Fruit aroma with spicy notes. Light; some dark fruit followed by toasted--even a little smoky--maltiness. Medium to long finish with plum notes and some bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fajry (708) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 15, 2014
Flasa. Tmavsia jantarova farba, pena skoro ziadna. Vona ovocna, citrusova. V chuti sladovost, citrusove a kvetinove tony, alkohol, horkost v pozadi.


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