Trafalgar Abbey Belgian
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Brewed by Trafalgar Ales and Meads
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Oakville, Canada


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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
The flavour of Belgian style ales is unique in the world of beer. Trafalgar's version runs to rich and spicy with citrus notes and complex flavours. As dictated by the style, the hop bouquet is very subtle. The higher alcohol results in a gentle sweetness that lends itself to after dinner sipping with desserts and fine chocolate.

ghawener's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ghawener (1567) - San Salvador, - APR 26, 2008
Thanks to RSamayoa. Bottle: Spiced belgian abbey, sweet, bready base with light hints of corriander, clove and nutmeg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mullet2007 (209) - St. Johns, Newfoundland, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
Bottle is at least 8 months old, bottle says best before March 09. Poured a brown color with ruby red highlights when held up to light. No head to speak of. Nose is strong. Lots of spice and dark malts, some hints of yeast. For an older bottle, the smell is excellent. Flavour is sweet, but with plenty of spice present. Some cloves, and maybe a bit of nutmeg or cinnamon. Very sweet, plenty of malts. Some molasses or brown sugar. Not much hops to speak of. Carbonation is low, but fitting. Beer is reasonably creamy, but not thick and oily. Actually a pretty nice beer, I really didn’t have much expectations for this, even when it was fresher.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2009
Very strong sweet and fruity nose with some licorice and plenty of roastiness. I have to say the aroma is really not very appealing. Dark brown body topped by a very shy tan head that recedes rapidly and fully. Dark malts counter the sticky sweetness in the flavour but it is still overly sweet. Dark malts in the aftertaste. Watery texture to the body with pretty strong carbonation. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased at the LCBO at Lynden Park Mall in Brantford in May-08.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2009
650ml bottle from the LCBO Pours a dark brown with NO head or lacing looks like coca cola The aroma is really nice lots of malt and fruits alas the taste does not live up to the aroma bland and thin malt and a touch spicy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2008
650mL bomber from the LCBO. I would not have bought this if it was not fresh, and I had not had my first positive experience with ANYTHING from this brewery recently. Pours a coca cola colour with no head. Smells like home brewed amber ale of sorts. Not bad, but only with the slightest hint of anything Belgian like in it. Flavour is, decent, not infected, just kind of bland. Decent caramalts, maybe a small hint of spices, almost making it Belgian like. Some dryness in the finish hints at Earthy herbal hops and makes it passable as a Belgian. The alcohol is present but not in a cloying way. It is actually not a bad beer, it is just not really an Abbey Dubbel. At best it is a home brewed Belgian Amber Ale, though I know people who could brew a better one. Quite an accomplishment for Trafalgar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2008
Man that smells good! Malts, raisin, beery and a bit of smoke. Dark brown clear pour with little head. Watery at the start but full at the end. Very malty, some spice, something clove like in the finish. A pretty nice mix but could be sweeter and more consistant but still very nice. Nice to know it’s a local as well. Oh, there is something in the aftertaste that is a little too tart and a bit mediciney. Really wish that wasn’t there, it pretty much kills the beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Maltybones (62) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2008
Pours a dark-red brown, with no head and the least amount of carbonation I have ever seen. Aroma is a wierd mix of breads, dark fruits and what I can only describe as cooked gelatin for anyone who has ever worked in a lab. Flavour isn’t much better with artifical, chemically tasting sweetness and spices followed by a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is way too thin for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie de Blankboy. De couleur brune-rouge foncée et claire. Nez de levures fruitées (prunes), d’épices (coriandre, traces de muscade), moyen de malt légèrement rôti, léger de sucre brun et avec des notes de houblon herbeux, de pain et de chocolat. Mince-moyenne en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-bas et une texture moyennement huileuse, légèrement crémeuse et aqueuse. Léger goût de levures fruitées (prunes, traces de raisins) accompagné d’un goût épicé (coriandre, traces de clou de girofle et de muscade) et de notes de légumes bouillis lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un moyen goût malté de caramel sucré et léger-moyen rôti ainsi que des notes de pain, de chocolat et de sucre brun puis en finale l’on retrouve une légère amertume de houblon herbeux (herbes mouillées) ainsi que des traces de noix asséchantes. Post-goût moyen aux petites notes sèches, légèrement amer de houblon herbeux, de rôti avec des notes de chocolat, de levures fruitées (pelures de prunes, notes de moût de raisins) et de noix.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
22 oz bomber. When I tried to open this the whole cap and neck of the bottle came off in my hand... looks like it broke clean so hopefully I don’t swallow shards of glass. If I do though, blame these bastards. Deep brown beer with very light carbonation. Aroma is nutty and oxidized with lots of coriander and an aroma that reminds me of the bad old days at Trafalgar. A touch of plum and prune, but the infection has really taken this over leaving a thin sour mess of a beer. Blech.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - APR 26, 2008
Thanks to Samayoa. Pours a deep burgundy color. Medium bodied, very spicey at the beginning then sweet at the end. More like a scotch ale.

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