Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Paraparaumu, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Perhaps its time to discuss putting beer down. No were not insulting the object of our love and livelihood, were talking cellaring. With the different malts and house-made Belgian candy sugar, this classic Dubbel could benefit from 6 to 30 months of repose in a quiet, cool place. If you can bear the wait youll find the plum and raisin characters, the characteristic phenolics and the hints of dark chocolate reconciled to perfection. ABV from 8.5% to 7.5%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
waiake (532) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 6, 2015
fine 650ml bottle poured dark brown & lacy with a clear but indistinct malty aroma, the taste is more interesting with fruity plum port & malt flavours with quite a long finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hop2Clancys (6) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2014 does not count
It looks great deep red and brown colour with a frothy head and smells fantastic. But I was a little let down with the flavor, still a great beer to drink but not as full on as a typical Belgian dubbel. Id never turn it down but I wanted more out of it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShaneJ (771) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle from Beer Cartel (Jan 2014). Deep copper/red, small creamy tan head, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, sweet cherries, chocolate, vanilla, oak, mild bitterness, medium body, slippery thin texture. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer-yum (989) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 29, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2015 An immensely impressive effort from Tuatara. Lacks just a little of the subtlety of the Belgian benchmarks - and that will likely come with time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1076) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2014
650ml bottle. Pours a fairly clear ruby amber, with a small off-white head, which lasts quite well, and leaves decent lacing. Plum, candied fruits, hints of black cherry and port make up the aroma. Mild fruity and spice hops up front give way to port and plums leading into the mid-palate, where the plum flavour is more pronounced, and joined by a touch of chocolate. Black cherry and muscat give it a smooth, dark finish. This is a nice, solid dubbel. If anything, it could do with a touch more weight to the body, but the flavours are lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pdubyah (553) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 18, 2013
I liked this, it was what it said it was. Then I thought it might have been a bit shy on the malt, a bit thin in the middle and didnt finish with as much tang as I thought it might. Having said that I wish I had the patience to keep one aside for a few months just in case it gets a lot better. Id easily buy this again and have no hesitation in being one a gift for a friend, even if its not a top marks beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omega (844) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 24, 2013
I am typically a fan of the seasonal releases but this one did little for me. Palate is a bit on the subdued side and cant say the flavours lingers for any significant period of time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rangi (661) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 26, 2013
Clear deep copper poor. High carbonation and a soapy sustainable white head. Aroma was bready and rich. Flavor was rich deep I found bready yeast at first but after warming slightly there was very slightu chocholate and dark fruits. Enjoyable drink that was very smooth and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 19, 2013
rating from backlog. a very standard tasty dubbel, with all the belgian yeasts, banana, and raisins youd expect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 26, 2013
Aha, got you you little bugger! Coppery brown colour with plentiful carbonation and a smattering of whitish-cream coloured head. Authentic caramel and powdered cocoa aromas along with faint dusty basement aromas typical of the style. The flavour more or less mirrors the aroma. This beer has been done well and leaves a lingering hankering for another. A little out of style with the abv, but this is mere nitpicking on a beer that I found to be gratifyingly tasty,

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