gd4evr (13) - Mar Vista, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
In a word, RICH as a good dubbel ought to be. Tough to find this beauty down in Socal but picked some up at City Beer Store in San Francisco.
Dark fruit notes from sniff to swallow complemented by a soothing alcoholic warmth. Tremendous local version of an age old style.
bhensonb (12449) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from the Co-Op in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown with a foamy 3 finger beige head. Warm dark malt aromas. Near full bodied. Flavor evinces a touch of heat, but mostly a lot of malt, dark, and I think there’s a lingering note of kandi. Very lightly spicey. I’d suggest it’s not undeserving of consideration as an abbey ale. It’s certainly very good, though perhaps a bit light on spice. There’s just a little. Yummy.
fordest (2026) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great beer from Valley Brew. Sweet malty aromas and flavors. Caramel brown sugar and touches of fruitiness. Nice
dalekliz (899) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, sampled at Woodshop Quad, thanks to AgentSteve! Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a white ring. Rich sweet aroma, of fruit, cherries, malt, and pine. Big sweet and sharp taste, of malt, pine, herbs, and berries. Lingering sweet sharpness. Really tasty.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from AgentSteve (via Steve the brewer) tried at at Woodshop Quad. I think one of 3 bottles left in existence, with the other two being held by the brewer. Amber color. Malty. Mellowed, but not obvious oxidation. Possible a small hint of sour, but not unpleasant.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from agentsteve at the woodshop quad. Pours reddish with no head. Nose is sweetish. Taste is sweet and malty and boozy. Very nice.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very nice double...great malty flavor and clean mouthfeel I can taste the candy sugar and it is not cloying at all
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(sample from agentsteve at the woodshop tasting.)malty with hings of candy sugar with a slightly hoppy finish.
perrysliquor (1) - livermore, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to agentsteve nice nose of choclate, huge tase of licorice and coffee. very smotth beer did not taste like dubbel.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, little caramel, little wood, little licorice.