Brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Melle, Belgium


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RATINGS: 333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Deep amber color, toasty toffee/caramel nose, with layers of soft malt and hops. A big beer without being heavy. Extremely well balanced. Brewed under license of the Duinen Monestary by the family owned Huyghe-Melle Brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2528) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 Replacing festival tasting with full sample, with much higher numbers: Nice darkish amber, with plummish tint. Chocolatey, lightly raisiny. Interesting touch of cocoa. Very dry almost puckering finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
This beer rocks. Heavy malt, lightly yeasty aroma. Banana bread and a carameled apple in the nose. Very nice. Medium, hazy amber color with a medium sized, creamy head. Fully lasting. Good lacing. Very malty and slightly sweet upon first entering the mouth, then the light hops hit and balance the ale right out. Hints of caramel and prune. Full bodied with a fizzy, oily mouthfeel. Long, medium dry, crisp finish. Just a touch pungent. Very nice ale. A must try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2002
All sorts of floaties in this one, medium reddish body, almost no head, candy-like vinous sweetness in the nose. Very smooth mouthfeel with minimal carbonation; sweet flavor with the usual suspects: plums, grapes, caramel, wine. Some alcohol presence. Very good, although judging from the lack of head and the other reviews here mentioning good head, lacing, and carbonation, mine may have been a bit over the hill.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2626) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 19, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2003 Terrific aroma; vinous, a little sweet (caramel), a touch of yeast, and that wonderful type of soft, almost candy-like Belgian fruitiness found in your finer dark ales from that country. Deep, garnet red color, with very 'defined' bubbles composing the light tan head. Terrific lacing. Flavor has some nice complexity; toffee, plums, red grape and a fantastic complimentary sweetness. Finishes very malty, hops are subdued in this beer, but still noticeable towards the end. A touch of alcohol warmth and a little tartness. Body is medium. OH YEAH, this is good stuff. I can't believe this isn't up there with your Rocheforts, etc. average rating-wise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2002
Faintly hazy deep purple-red under a large, quickly dissipating tan head. Bubble-gum, caramel, sour mash whiskey alcohol, dried fruit, floral hops and some ketone and ester organics. Medium smooth clean body. Big caramel malt and bitter start masking the high ABV reasonably well. Middle is medium bitter fading to sweetish finish and aftertaste. Maybe a bit soft but still quite good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 20, 2002
Nice malt nose.Caramel colored with a thin tan head. Hides the alcohol exceptionally well. Let a coors lighter try it and even he enjoyed it. Very good malty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 Bottled, May 2007, 2.8: Cane sugar, vanilla and spices aroma. Brown color, beige head, fair lace. Light sweet, light bitter to bitter in the finish, light roasted, hints of coffee, some fruity sourness, laurel, cane sugar, hint of vanilla. Medium body, little warming. Not bad but certainly not my kind of flavors. Bottled, 3.9, July 2002: Light tart, fruity and complex aroma. Dark brown colour, few lace. Light sweet, prune, moderate full, complex but not my kind of flavor. Long lasting nasty bitterness in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2002
Nice toffe nose with a hint of caramel. Caramel comes through slightly in body with enough sweetness to balance the 8%. A very smooth beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2002
Nice, dare I say it, ’lighter-style’ Dubbel. I’d expect a more complex flavor profile; and possibly some more body. Nice aroma (slight cork), great ZESTY head, deep copper-brown color. Flavor is as expected, but the yeast doesn’t offer a whole hell of alot more. Balanced well. Enjoyable. Very nice overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2002
Great head and color. Sour and yeasty.I thought this was an excellent beer.

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