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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Maimed in an accident that left him with a hunched back, Brother Joseph Zoettl worked in the St. Bernard Abbey power plant shoveling coal. In his spare time, Brother Joseph used found objects such as marbles and chunks of concrete and tile to build miniature shrines and buildings on the Abbey grounds. Over 40 years, he created 125 different models and replicas. Today, the Ave Maria Grotto covers three acres and is world-renowned as both a fun roadside attraction and an awe-inspiring collection of folk art. We have named our Belgian dubbel after Brother Joseph as a testament to his perseverance, his hard work, and his indomitable spirit. A full-flavored abbey-style ale with a complex taste and aroma, Brother Joseph’s Dubbel is filled with specialty malt and dark fruit character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
LiMuBai (174) - - SEP 10, 2014
Pours a deep copper, with the aroma of grass and grain. The flavor has a horse blanket, leather quality and a slightly sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3722) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2014
12 oz. can. Pours a mostly clear, ruby-tinged copper with a lasting disc of cream. Aroma of toffee, metallic raisin, bready yeast and a bit of spicy banana. Tastes of raisin, clove, merlot, brown sugar, wheat and a bit of dark, sourish cherry. Medium body has a bit too much fizz at times and shows a bit of booziness, but remains mostly smooth and drinkable with a nice balance. Not great, but not a bad take on the style. I’d like to see what a bit of cellaring does to this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5542) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Atlanta, Ga. - Hop City - 12 oz can. Dark copper pour, little to no head. Aroma of bubble gum and molasses. Flavor has some bubble gum, some maple syrup and a touch of molasses. Thick enough mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Reddish brown, loose white head. Smells like molasses, cola, caramel, and oak. Palate is not overly heavy, perhaps even a little fizzy, which I actually kind of like. Plenty of rich molasses, raisin, and caramel. Not bad at all...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
snoworsummer (2144) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Can at the brewery. Pours clear copper brown with a fizzy white head. Tastes like light nuttyness, toasted malts, alcohol. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like light alcohol, roasted malts, and light nuttyness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
dhj (1) - Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2014 does not count
This is a very disappointing beer. Very vigorous pour gives less than one finger of head -- not much carbonation. Thin alcohol taste, but sweet. Reminds me of a Killians Red, and I never want to be reminded of a Killians Red. Their Monkeynaught IPA is very good, but this one falls flat on so many levels. At first I thought I had a bad batch, but similar reviews confirm that this one should have been scrapped at the brewery. That or they need to work on quality control.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2245) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Dark mahogany colored pour. Small off white head. Little bit of lacing. Big malt and dark fruit aroma. Taste is the same with some fig and raisin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (3670) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Poured into thin brown color with aromas of malt, cinnamon, light bread and some yeast. Flavors are caramel and malt with some light spice and cinnamon in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Imaena (1823) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Draught. This is a not so impressive dubbel - but its drinkable and its flaws are in what it lacks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3315) - Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Pours a dark mahogany, somewhat translucent, with a decent light tan head. Malty aroma has hints of caramel and cinnamon. Flavor starts with a malty core and hangs caramel, cinnamon and horehound notes on that for a fairly bold taste. Texture is smooth and somewhat fizzy, nothing special but OK. Definitely worthy.

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