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

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RATINGS: 502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2002
A warming burn as it goes down your throat. You’d think it’s 10% abv based on the warmth. Nice brown color and good balance, but the alcohol must be better hidden. Not sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1666) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2002
A reddish, orange color. Flat head. Good carbination. A sweet alcohol taste on the tongue. Not bitter at all. Sweet flavor with a little roasted malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2002
Reddish brown, medium tan head, malty brown bread in the nose, with some chocolately notes. Coffee comes through in the mouth, with some chocolate and dark bread. This is not very sweet, but I chilled this thing a lot on this hot night, so I might be cheating it. ;) Goes down easily with nary a hint of alcohol; very nice ale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2002
Funky ruby red brown crystal clear under a majestic light tan head generating some sporadic lace. Cured meat yeast, hops, raw alcohol, faint raisin, soap, fresh fruit and raw potato starch. Smooth fruity caramel sweet start. Light to soft body but still covers the highish ABV very well. Caramel, chocolate, port winey sweet and some bitter middle. Finishes sweetly but is clean and not too cloying at any stage. Perhaps a bit light for my taste but still a ’pick me up again’ beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
Chocolate coated bananas…Buttery caramel and mixed nuts…I love their products…

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 29, 2002
not to bad. very malty smell and aroma with a hint of alcohol in each. definately a bit of sweetness to the flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2002
Sweet and complex, almost candy-like on the lips and tip of the tongue, but instead of being cloying, it remains teasing and lip smacking good. Excellent complexity with chocolate notes.

2.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - MAY 4, 2002
Intriguing aroma with malty prune, chocolate, earth, and yeast aromas. Attractive deep purple/brown body beneath a rocky beige head, which couples with the bouquet to create anticipation of a memorable beer. Unfortunately, the enticing aroma that is so lush with malt and fruit is noticeably and disappointingly absent from the flavor profile. Bready with subtle plum and underripe strawberry flavors, the character is overall muted and surpressed, enabling water and yeast to be the dominant characteristics. The quick finish helps this fade quickly from memory. Sad, considering the quality of the ancillary components.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2497) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2002
Pepper, bananas, and other tropical fruits are quite evident in the aroma. Heavy carbonation hits the mouth and a plethora of flavors soon follow, including pepper, cardboard, bazooka gum?, lemon, and tea-like hops. It finishes semi-dry and has a soft mouthfeel. Some oxidation was noticed but this is unusual since this has been in my cellar for 8 months and it doesnt expire umtil 8-2-03. Other than tha, this is one of the most flavorful Brunes I have tried, and rather complex. I would rather coin this a dubbel however. extremely fruity and lacking the firmness I expect from this style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2002
Nutty, caramel, turpentine (that’s right) aroma. Deep amber brown with a slightly diminishing head. Decent amount of small yeast particles floating around. Flavor was that of a beer with more alcohol that what this one actually has. Nice nutty, molasses/caramel finish. Less than medium body. Definitely not worth the $3+ that I paid.


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