OldMrCrow (1870) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of DocLock -- thanks!
Pours dark cola with a fine head. Nice dried-fruity aroma, cloves, toffee. Spicy, clove-driven flavor, not at all too sweet (though not exactly dry either, just balanced). Easy drinking, and a pleasure to go through 750 mls. This is probably the best American-brewed dubbel that I’ve had to date.
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Stoudt’s Brewing. Pours a deep brown colour with a thick moussey dark brown head. The aroma is quite rich and plummy. Deep rich molassesy character, soft plums with light cherry and chewy malt base. Very softly sweet. Palate is rich and sweet, but not at all cloying. White raisin, cherry, caramel and brown sugar with a light chocolate flavour as well. Very well-balanced dubbel. Soft and chewy with a great balance of the yeast and the malt. Really awesome brew.
LinusStick (2869) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Abbey Dubbel is the one style of beer I don’t think the American brewers have been able to pin down. The aroma was average. Dark fruit, spice and wine. Pour was a beautiful deep dark brown with a huge pillowy tan head. Taste was very flat and somewhat weak. Raisin, brown sugar and plum with a very watery aftertaste. Little to no carbonation in this one. Subpar.
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle...not sure of the year...but it’s at least 4 years old or more at the point I opened it. Pours a nice deep brown with a bunch of ruby red notes and a medium bubbly/creamy off white head that left some nice lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, tobacco, some oxidation setting in, fruity notes, some molasses and Belgian yeast spicy notes. Flavor of mixed dark fruits, caramel, toffee, candi sugar, malty sweetness, clove, nice mix of Belgian yeast esters. This Dubbel held up nicely.
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stoudts Brewery. Dark brown pour with tan small foam head. Mix of spice and fruits with a nice malty feel. Good texture and body, fresh and smooth with a little bite - some sweetness. Fresh and tasty, loved this on tap with fresh Stoudts brewery made bread to dip!
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown with slight head and carbonation. flavor is of sweet malt and candy sugar. a nice balance and a solid depth for an american belgian. a solid beer
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Poured a Dark brown color with a frothy tan head. Aroma was that of caramel and malt. Flavor was a good fruity/spicy combo with nice balance and a smooth finish. I would definitely enjoy this one again.
b33r (675) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage date: 03/06/02
Nice dark amber brown color with small cream head and little lacing. Aroma is very rich, malty and vinous with strong grape notes. Flavor is intensely vinous, sharp fruits, and malty with a light roasty finish. Warming alcohol tingle is nice, but not overwhelming. Excellent vintage beer...found it for $6.99 at Chuck’s in the cooler doors!
Skyview (5242) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the RBSG ’07 Grand Tasting room. Pours a clear light amber brew with just a fine film for head. Aroma of dried fruit, nutty caramel malt, and a touch of oak wood. Taste is full bodied, very light carbonation, with flavors of deep dark fruit, caramel malt and some citrus hop aftertate. Finish is slightly sweet and short.
JK (4520) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 07. Light brown color and no visible sediment. A standard quality dubbel that is solid but doesn’t do anything to impress. It definitely does have a Belgian character, primarily from the yeast, but also the sweet malt flavor with some fruit. It does taste quite good, even if it doesn’t offer anything new.