Brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Melle, Belgium


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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Smells like mincemeat...slightly spicy, with apples, nuts and raisins. Love the sticky brown sugar-like quality that accompanies the fruity aspect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2003
spritzy raisin aroma with hints of choclate malt, deep brown hue and giant head, lots of alcohol, raisins and a hint of hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3600) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2003
Cloudy brown color,tan head.Sour tart malt nose. Carmel malt flavor with hardly noticeable alcohol heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Aroma of brown sugar,spices and alcohol then got mildly fruity as it warmed up.Sweet flavors of pinapple,raisins,candy sugar,cherries and a touch of chocolate with slight hop bitterness towards the finish.The complexity of this beer suprised me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Nice aroma. Smells like Kasteel. Lightly sween toffe-raisin flavor. Up to that point it’s great. It goes downhill with the finish. Finish is burnt and bitter. Bottle did not have any pop when opened, but pour produced a nice head. Bad bottle?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Light aroma, inviting when discernable. The flavor is wonderful caramel with spice. The hint of sourness works well with the creamy palate. Not extremely complex but terribly enjoyable. I would buy this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2625) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Bottle. Dark red in color with a tan head. A sour red fruit aroma with some hints of sweetness. Malty, acidic, candy, and dark fruits in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 Pour produces almost zero head. Color is a nice amber brown. Aroma is date and/or raisin mixed with caramel. Flavor is sweet and has probably the best balance of any beer that I have tasted for some time. Finish is a bit like a fine single malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2002
Lots and lots of fruits and esters. Carmelized, perfumy aroma. I want to say bubblegum although I feel it’s out of place. Lots of alchohol in the mix, but it’s well complimented by the burnt sugar. The sweet malt stays on the palate for quite a while, refusing to let it’s presence be forgotten. Definitely a beer for malt enthusiasts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Re-Rate 11/24/02: The beer pours a beautiful translucent dark ruby red with a creamy head that is impressive in size, the lace fine sticky sheets to coat the glass. Nose is malt, sweet bubble gum and ripe banana also light hits of caramel, one fine smelling beer to please the senses. Front is ambrosial with a skimpy top and a tart finish that is also bitingly acidic, the hop presence pronounced. The beer is a pleasure to drink, and a bit of a “Winter Warmer” for sure as the high ABV, will “Warm” the “Tummy. Ranks #173 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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