jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber. Pours a hazy deep orangey-gold/brown with a medium-thick and persistent white head that leaves haphazard swaths of lace on the glass. The aroma is a little fruity with some grainy malt sweetness, some peppery character (phenols?), and a touch of ethanol. The flavor is very grainy and surprisingly not that interesting. A touch of toasted bread and ethanol in there. The finish is lightly fruity/estery but also continues to be grainy throughout - into a dry and surprisingly bitter finish. Finish/after-taste is short with some alcohol, some graininess, and hints of neutral bitterness (a lot of the bitterness tastes like alcohol, not hops). Mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated - too much like club soda. The alcohol is a bit astringent on the tongue, too. Overall, a bit of a disappointment. This brewery makes some amazing brews, but this, unfortunately, isnít one of them. Itís by no means terrible and is still reasonably drinkable. But itís not what I had hoped...
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip at OCAF Wine Fest in Watkinsville, GA, this russet red liquid looked beautiful against the autumn sun. It also felt lovely in the mouth, with a smooth texture and subtle carbonation. Unfortunately, that was as good as it got. Aromas and flavors included apricot, sour plum, and Belgian funk, leaving a flavor that was sourer than I associate with this style. Certainly not a bad beer, but Terrapin makes some better ones.
NachlamSie (2612) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber hand numbered 26101/6168 (how is that even possible?)from Greenís on Ponce. oh boy, here is further evidence that Terrapin doesnít particularly excel at Belgian styles. This one suffers in the same way so many other American attempts do: itís way too sweet and has way too much yeast flavor. This is a sticky, super-fruity mess. Sugar and apples are all over the aroma and flavor with some faint clove spice if I search hard enough. Iím having a tough time polishing off a tulip glass of this stuff. It reminds me of stale candied fruit.
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tasting from the keg at the Decatur Beer Festival on 10/16/10. deep orange pour with a 1/4" white head. sweet nose with raisins and figs. very sweet body - so much so that its too sweet... tons of candi sugar. the sweetness really dominates the beer. some layers of dark fruits sneak through, but end up being an afterthought. sweet finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber, courtesy Redlight. The pour gives a burnt-orange to reddish amber body that is mostly clear, save for a very slight frost. A thin blanket of smooth beige foam sits at the head, receding quickly to a thin ring at the outer edge, and leaving just trace spotting behind on the glass. The nose is based in dark candy sugar and stale cereal grain, showing notes of sweet bubblegum and grains of paradise. Bready Belgian yeast keeps the aroma somewhat dry. Flavors include more candy sugar, caramel, and mild grain of paradise spicing, hinting perhaps at some very faintly peppery, aged floral hops. A general graininess in the background is inescapable. Thin and watery in the mouth, with moderate carbonation and a semi-sticky finish, the palate disappoints. Overall, itís a pretty boring dubbel. Thereís a serious lack of deeply developed, rich, fruity malt that the best of the genre have, and the staleness and weak body donít help either.
unclemattie (3995) - Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Session Two: Bottle 2199/6168
Foil wrapped, boxed 22oz bottle. cloudy brown color. Aroma of fig, dates, barley malt syrup. A touch of yeast scent. Flavor is a bit plain. Flat beer. Essence of toasted grains. Is for a good cause, even if I didnít get the golden ticket.
AR (982) - Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small head and not too aromatic for a dubbel. The beer has a medium body and a mixture of flavors. These include banana, orange, bubblegum, and grapes.
Gachupines (785) - USA - SEP 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber appearance with a thin white head. Aroma is slightly fruity with some malt. Flavor is strong dark fruit without much else going on. Body is thin and thereís not much of a malt profile. Overall, itís just ok and a bit too simple.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask sampled at Aromas. Poured a muddy ruby brown, with a smallish creamy head. Nose of candied fruit, dark fruit, spice, yeast, booze. Drinks a bit heavy with a good bit of booze. Flavors included spice, dark fruit - raisin/date, yeast. Body was full and carbonation was mild. Overall, a decent ale. Bottled version may be a little better, though the cask was strong.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours surprisingly light for a dubbel - slightly hazy orangish amber with a small beige head that recedes to thin collar and leaves only a bit of lacing.
The aroma is seriously sweet with lots of candi sugar and fruit. The fruit isnít quite dark fruit - more like pears than raisins.
The taste is sweet - honey, sugar, pears and apples. Lots of caramel malts and Belgian yeast as well. Itís not quite as complex as I was expecting, maybe a bit watery
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for the style and seemed a bit lacking in the body. The carbonation is light and a bit slick.
This is a decent dubbel but pretty light bodied for the style. Not bad but not one of my favorites from the style.