Elwood (3161) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a straight forward brown color with a small tan head. The nose is mostly dark malt with a hint of smoke on the back end. The flavor follows suit with slight earthy notes, a hint of wood, and a little malt sweetness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A little more smoke presence would do wonders for this brew, but it’s still pretty decent.
Huhzubendah (2511) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.
The beer is light brown with a half inch of tan head that leaves sparse lacing. The aroma is smoke, peat, campfire. Just what one would expect from a beer of this ilk. Good flavor. A notch below the authentic examples of the style, particularly Aecht Schlenkerla, who reigns supreme. That said, this is a fine rauchbier from an American brewery, albeit one that is about as close to Germany as possible...maybe there’s something to that. Medium bodied, with a lasting smokiness on the palate. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-12-2011
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a cloudy red-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, smoke, vanilla, and some spices.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel and darker malts with some dark fruits, and some spices. Through the middle, the smoke comes through with some more Belgian yeast flavors including some more spices and some dark fruits. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, smoke, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spices, and a hint of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, smokey, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Good complexity and balance. The smoke on top of the dubbel is a nice touch.
Beerenberger (1440) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smoke and a hint of wood in the nose. Pours a cloudy tea color with an off-white mostly diminishing head. Taste is a combination smoke and sweetness. Hints of honey combined with a woody smokiness provides a smooth bodied and soft carbonation beer. Overall, very drinkable but not one that I would want to one after the other.
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UDBeernut (1708) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the BA Buffalo Bottleshare. Pours dark mahogany shade amber with small foamy off white head. Bready and smoke in the nose. Taste contiurs with the smoke adds slight toffee and biscuit. Full body but drinkable.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Beechwood smoke and light bread evolve in a dryish mouthfeel, leading to a peppery ending.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the hazy red.
-Carbonation feels natural, which is perfect for this type of refined flavor profile.
-Drinkability is quite high despite this brew’s strength.
-Body is lean and clean.
pushkinwow (2006) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Hazy ruby amber with a dark biege head. Peat and smoke, some memories of montreal smoked meat, smoked malts, bit of nuttiness, some brown sugar. Moderate carbonation and body, light bitterness, becomes nice and dry with a pleasant smoke ending.
rejtable (1296) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Doesn’t work for me. Pours pale brown with an initial head hat fades to nothing and no lacing. Aromas of campfire, some sour, maybe some background brown bread. Tastes are similar. Light body with medium carbonation.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kind of a weak smoked beer to be honest. Scent is rather bland, has a little smoke/tobacco. Has a nice smoke flavor, but very light body.
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ansermadide (1520) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I prefer to age smoked beers a year to cut the edge off of the smoke, and as relatively low of a review this beer gets on average I felt that it might help to let it age a little before I reviewed it to help not only mellow the beer out, but also allow the characteristics to blend more. Because I haven’t had this beer fresh before, I won’t be able to tell whether or not aging really helped this beer.
It pours an almost foggy deep brown, walnut color with a thin, slippery off-white head and lacing. Its aroma is definitely interesting. It smells like what it is: a Dubbel. But with an odd character in the aroma that reminds me more of a toy store than smoke. It might be the combination of smoke and Belgian candi sugar that makes this smell something like a combination of baby wipes and toy plastic - regardless, it’s not that impressive of an aroma. What a shame. Well, if you think about it, adding smoked malts to a Belgian Dubbel should really only be done in moderation. Otherwise, you’re asking for trouble.
The flavor is an accurate reflection of the aroma, but with one difference: a lingering finish of baby wipes and toy stores. In the mouth it’s somewhat soft and creamy, but the intense result of the smoke and sweet and yeasty Belgian ingredients invade your palate’s attention and really spoil the drink. I wish I liked this more, but I just don’t. It will be a little difficult to finish this. After a while, though, once the weird finish wears off, you actually catch a glimpse of something cherry-like wafting its way up your sinuses... something that reminds me of cherry throat lozenges. Ah, well. I tried.