Rangi (670) - - OCT 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
GarrettGotu (9) - - JAN 8, 2016 does not count
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bitter burnt coffee chocolate taste on the initial taste, aroma of burnt chocolate hops.
Really shines though with its after taste, roasted coffee and chocolate, super smooth, really heavy and high abv, moderate bitterness.
Would try again, rather heavy though.
UjoKlobasa (518) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. I wouldn’t recognize that this is not from Belgium. Aroma of coffee and cognac. Very good.
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
Hop2Clancys (6) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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. I’d never turn it down but I wanted more out of it
ShaneJ (820) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
beer-yum (1263) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
ComradeK (1100) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Pdubyah (614) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 didn’t 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. I’d easily buy this again and have no hesitation in being one a gift for a friend, even if it’s not a top marks beer.
omega (886) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 can’t say the flavours lingers for any significant period of time.