Brewed by Brasserie de l’Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Aubel, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 529   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
A sample of one of my favorite styles from an as-yet untried brewer...this is always fun! Color is a deep, dark, gorgeous red, and the head is a thick, full, frothy off-whitish hue. Aroma: jam-packed with with spice, vanilla, cola nuts. (I can’t shake off a certain similarity to Coca-Cola, as much as I’d like to!) Lush and luscious mouthfeel, fueled by tingly, sparkling hops. Aflood with earthy, yeasty feeling, and rich, satisfying malt. Just delicious! Tantalizing on the tongue, with flavor fully realized. This little stubby 11.2 oz. bottle depletes far too briefly!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8232) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2004
Thick, creamy, coffee-cream coloured head, slightly irregular; opaque dark brown but with amber shine at the edges. Bit of (sweet) chocolate in the nose; fresh, herbal smell, also musky, but not very powerfull. Sweet, liquorice-like taste, even with a flavour as the aroma of stale, old dry black tea. Again, faint sweet chocolate. Remarkably thinnish texture, I suspect lots of candi sugar, not necessarily dark, fully attenuated. But it ill fits the character of the beer. Sorry to say, but this is lacklustre without being bad on any point. Dreary, even inbalanced, whereas microbrewers ought to excell if they want to concurrence the big ones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (1025) - USA - AUG 4, 2004
Easy to drink given the abv, the taste is dominated by malts, but consistency is a bit thinner than expected. Worth trying again, but it didn’t leave a major impression on me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 26, 2004
33cl bottle BBD 05/05 Brown Bier, nice head, gorgeous lacing, well carbonated. Maltific beauty of a nose, aromatic. It has depth, going beyond just a malty nose...Taste is a bit curt w/ slight metallic/staleness in the quick finish...maybe just a bit cold here at first...Timeout while it warms...begins to come around w/ a softer bittersweet finish, sits dry at the end...light bodied, but maybe it stuffs its bra...makes ya think there’s more there...earthy, bit o’ pepper & floralness(clover honey?) come together to make an easy drinking strong ale w/ some nice nuance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 Head is initially average sized, creamy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is hazy light brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, nuts), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of plum, orange, banana, and clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (972) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Amber brown body was a bit hazy. The head was small in size and short lived. The lacing on the side of the glass was thin, but sticky. The aroma was typical dubbel with spices, brown sugar, roasty malt, and cookie dough. The taste was just what the aroma promised with a sweet and spicy front, a dry roasty middle, and mildly bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is strong at 8%, but is not apparent in the flavor profile. This is a nice beer, fitting very nicely among the now crowded rows of Belgian style bottles lining the shelves of Green’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Saw this at my local beer shope-type place today and decided to give it a try. Not too bad. A good brown. Makes me feel happy in the head!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1733) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2004
On tap at Monk’s in Philly. Pours brown, with a malty aroma Fruit anf malt flavors prevail. Body is thin, too thin. Didn’t taste like 8%.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2004
Bottled. This beer has a dodgy smoky aroma. It is a lovely dark brown with a nice big, slow diminshing head. The taste is malty but is very thin for a dubbel of this strength. Disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2004
What a great brew! This brewery is not bad. This brew pours a lovely dark dark brown almost black with a white white head. Smells much like the tripel from this brewery only with a much more caramelly sweet presence. Taste is excellent. Notes of currants, tobacco and chocolate. On the uptake it is very much like a regula belgian ale. On the back of the tongue post gulp it is much like a sweet stout. Good mouthfeel. Slighty watery but not too awful good brew Grat

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