Norton (327) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Large corked bottle. Tan crackly large bubbled head. Deep burgundy almost brown colored liquid. Sweet malt. Semi bitter vaguely nutty bitterness. Nondescript and indistinct. A bit of a letdown, so maybe it ages better
taalhiker (189) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Pours classic hazy Belgian brown with generous head. Aromas of sweet malt and mild spices. Sweet dark fruit and malt and alcohol. May need some time for the flavors to meld together. Sweet finish. For the price, it is a very good beer. Will put a few away for a year or two and retry.
bhensonb (9869) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle c&c. Hazy rubyish color with a multifinger beige head. Aromas of medium dark fruits, spices and roasted malt. Medium plus body with coarsely creamy carbonation. Flavor is rather spicey, pretty strongly spicey, and that goes well with the dark fruit. The dark malt is sort of covered by all the other flavors. Very Belgian. Fairly dubbel. Excellent continuation of the series. And it was only $4.99?
demitriustown (1013) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Aroma is fruity, clove, yeast, some dark fruit, and some caramel notes. Appearance is a very cloudy almost fresh cider look to it with a really carbonated head that does not stick around for too long. Taste has got some dark fruit again, yeast, and some very light caramel notes intermingled. Pretty straight forward but good stuff none the less. Palate is very bubbly on the tongue, some stick caramel notes on the back of the throat, and the aftertaste has some lingering carbonation and the dark fruits. Overall, decent stuff, but not as good as the other Vintages. Will check back with this on in a year or so.
pkbites (622) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a gorgeous dark brownish red. The head is thick and yeasty that attacks the top of the glass. Moderate my ass! Malt and alcohol nose. Burnt caramel and candied fruit flavor. High alcohol is not detected in the palate. Probably the best offering from trader Joes ever.
mjg74 (2435) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 Bottle from La Mesa store. Dark ruby in color upon pouring. Moderate foamy head. Slightly sweet and dry aroma with a bit of dark fruit. Rich dark fruit aroma with some malts. Slightly sweet. A little bit of a spiced quality. Fairly dry and prickly. Some roastiness in the finish. Not a bad sipper.
thegreenrooster (2982) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a dark brown with an average fizzy white head. Aroma is brown sugar, Unibroue yeast and alcohol. Flavor is some dark fruit with candi sugar and spice. Alcohol is hidden in the flavor but i can feel a warming presence. This is a pretty good beer and especially for only 5 bucks.
Metalhead (615) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a semi creamy head.
Obviously most of us know this is brewed for T.G by Unibroue. I agree that there is just not enough there to call this a dubbel. However it does remind me of one of the Uni anniversery beers of the last few years.
Not sure which one tho as I’m too lazy to go back and do a search. This was tasty , easy to drink and at $5 a corky a must buy in my book. Six more on my shelf and a case at payday. Nice!
vyvvy (3422) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark chestnut brown with a light tan head. The aroma has bready caramel / toffee malt, Unibroue yeastiness, light spiciness, hints of anise and dark fruits (mainly raisins). Medium body with quite a bit of the overcarbonation that comes with many Unibroue beers. The flavor starts off with dark Belgium malts with no roast, plenty of the dark fruit traits, anise, lots of phenolic spiciness, Unibroue’s Belgium yeast and a bit of sourness. The finish has much of the same. While the bottle states this is an abbey dubbel this strikes me more like a Belgium Strong Ale because there isn’t enough distinct about this beer to make me think it’s a dubbel, but it definitely has the Belgium traits.