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Valley Brew Aud Dubbel Kriek

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Valley Brew Aud Dubbel Kriek
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Brewed in a very limited batch in 2004 to commemerate our 10th anniversary. It is a combination of our Decadence 8 Dubbel fermented with fresh Bing Cherries from the San Joaquin Valley and aged for one year. 2nd Place Silver, Specialty Ales, 2004 California State Fair.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2008
12/31/07, 12oz bottle, thanks to pantanap for this one. pours dark red with off white head. nose of caramel, cherry pit, brown sugar, oak. flavor of vanilla, red fruit, toffee, brown sugar. mouth feel is bit thin. good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2008
bottle thanks to KrausenJockey..... poured an opaque reddish brown with an off-white head....aromas of sweet caramel malt and just the slightest hint of cherrries. very strong on the caramel and vanilla front......flavors of caramel and hints of cherries. very malt-forward and wished that more of the fruit came through in this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Another very generous gift from Aspidites. 2004. WOW. THANKS MIKE. Hand bottle shared with a few people by me at the Cleveland tasting...We did it all incognito in the driveway even! I cant give an accurate pour description, because it was dark. Sorry. This was a very interesting beer. Very interesting combo of two styles, one I like (dubbel) one I am not fond of (Krieks) but this blended well. Sweet taste of malts and cherries. Tasted like a cherry sweet tart! Thanks again for sharing this with us Mike!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2007
(Bottle, courtesy of KrausenJockey) Pours a murky reddish-brown body with a spare ring of off-white bubbles atop. Aroma of cherry Robitussin, some dark chocolate, biscuit, and caramel. Flavor of cherry cough syrup, toasted malt, and caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2007
From "handbottle" - Beautiful deep very red amber chestnut colored body with a big beige head; Quite big nose with lots of caramel malty aromas, very sweet creme caramel with some watery cherry skin and meat aromas that thins the nose more then it adds to it; Strange body, very soft texture, very soft carbonation, somehow it has a strange bitting bitterness and lots of crushed cherry pit harshness, almost like soft tannin; Quite long finish where the pit harshness stays all the way through, caramel sweet, some acidity as well, overripe (meaning to ripe) cheery meat aromas, malty with a slight alcohol scent as well, This might be the strangest composed beer I ever had. Thanks!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2007
12oz - hand bottled by Steve of VB - Aroma of sweet chocolate malts, cherry and red licorice. Pours ruby red with a small head and good lacing. Flavor is mostly cherries with creamy milk chocolate maltiness smoothing it all out. Palate is creamy and smooth. A nice brew to be sure.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy dark amber colour with a reddish shine and with a weak head. Aroma of dried fruit, oak sweetness and maltness. Also flavour of maltness, alcohol, dried fruit and somewhat a very speciel aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 (Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of KrausenJockey. Pours a hazy, reddish amber with a small, beige head. Sweetínítart fruit aroma with berry-like hints. Medium in body, sweetish fruity with some roasted malt and a wee touch of diacetyl I believe. No real bitterness. 090407

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 11, 2007
Bottled. An unclear dark amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of over ripe fruits as well as some herbal notes. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel and light notes of cherries. The mouthfeel is quite dry. Not as good as Iíd expected, but thanks to Papso for sharing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2007
2004 bottle, very generously provided by KrausenJockey. Drunk on 3/2/07
Perfect color for a dubbel. Auburn-chestnut with black cherry hues and some duller beiges. The beer is sparklingly clear, with bubbles clinging to the glass and tiny bubbles rising constantly. Beige-off-white head is small, receding steadily to partial cover.
Extremely enticing aroma is subtle and dark. Cherry pit spiciness, with sweet, black cherry meatiness is wonderfully fresh and authentic. Just like ripe fruit. Malt smells thick and very nicely extracted, with lots of chewy English toffee and very light chocolate-covered caramels that complement the zesty cherry notes perfectly. Sweet vanilla and light honey sit pleasingly in the background, adding another layer of malt complexity. Nice strength of aroma too, with no alcohol or flaws.
Ok, I canít hold off drinking it any longer....Damn. Beautifully-aged medium and dark malts provide a touch of tobacco, dark chocolate with toffee and sherry. Cherries are perfectly done, this definitely is a dubbel not a cherry beer with a touch of Belgian character. Wow, where to go next? How about the esters and phenols? Really well-integrated in to the flavor, with very light cinnamon, black pepper, cherries, strawberries, banana and light vanilla. It balances the choco-caramel sweetness and leaves a light tingle on the finish. Spicy cherry character joins the mix with a bit of fruit tannin-like tart/dryness. All the while, there is a lightly chewy malt texture that never allows any wateriness or thinning. Light alcohol warmth on the end further helps dry things and you get the best of both worlds (sweet malt up front, chewy, malty texture, with a dry, spicy, warm finish).
Thank you so much for letting me try this, Steve (hint: make more of this!).
My 100th fruit beer and a damned fine one!


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