EithCubes (5242) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 pint, 9.36 oz. bottle. Malty-yeasty nose with light spice, sparkling fruity Belgian yeast out in front of a touch of yellow sunshine, but there’s light and dark roast, too. Pours a hazy amber that settles brown with transparency around the hips, rocky tan head, just gorgeous on the whole. Lightish body, beautiful Belgian yeast at the fore, alcohol extremely well hidden, fruit is extremely bright. Light malty chocolate and herbal notes in with the mineral. Restrained sweetness, low bitterness but it’s a very tasty one in the aftertaste. Advertised as having the spiciness of a trippel, maltiness of a dubbel, but they also seemed to have plucked the best of each yeast variation; this is a great example of wonderful subtlety in the soft middle and on the margins.
radio_nowhere (1145) - Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2013 On-cask at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD. Served in a Trappist glass, dark brown color with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast malt, caramel and dark fruit. Taste adds malt sweetness, some hop bitterness, spices and some booze. Heavy-medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good.
odinstyr (604) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a 2-fingered tan head. Smells of chocolate, spices, herbs. Taste is sweet & bitter, chocolate, nutmeg, mild hops.
callmemickey (3625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2013 It’s back! Dark brown body, healthy pale tan head, good soapy lacing. Nose show dark fruity malts, caramel, and a little chocolate. Some spicy/spicy Belgian yeast. Flavor is similar, perhaps, less yeasty than expected for this hybrid style beer. Medium to full bodied, smooth carbonation, finish lingers slightly.
keepersj12 (2932) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown with a lacing tan head. Quiet nice looking. The aroma has caramel, roast malt and some wood. The flavor is similar but a bit too sweet for me. The booze is nowhere to be found, rich and warming.
NikkTwist (2008) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2013 Draft at Moriartys. Pitch brown pour (darker than a Dubbel) with a large foamy head that left some unusual fizzy marsmallow lace. Clean medium-dark malt flavors. Some red fruits. Some burnt caramel. Bit of coffee and chocolate. Coke syrup. Otherwise complex notes, though they a bit shallow. Little thicker body than most dark ales. Update: Have had this a few times now and beginning to like it more than I did at first. Finding it with a creamier mouthfeel. Nice semi-dry finish for a malty dark ale.
Capa (2307) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruby with a firm head. Aroma is dark fruits, candied malts, toffee, raisin. Mouth is much more creamy than expected. A light carbonation bite but mostly smooth, thick, creamy. Flavor is dark, ripe fruit, candied sugar malts, toffee, and just a hint if alcohol in the finish. Highly enjoyable brew. The 9% is well hidden, which meant I drank it a bit faster than I would normally have. Very good. (Firkin)
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewery. Poured a very dark brown with thin head and lacing. Dominated by candi sugar. Notes of dark fruit, molasses. Pretty boozy.
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours a deep brown with hints of ruby, beighe white head. Very complex nose - Toffee, dried fruits and a hint of pine. Taste is much the same with a medium bitter grapefruit that persists through the finish. Very good.
italianjohn (2489) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Firkin Pour .... Dark brown pour almost black tan creamy head .... aroma of dark fruits and belgian candi sugar and sweet malts .... taste of dark fruits and belgian candi sugar little chocolate and sweet malty taste cherries as well, with a malty dark fruity finish ... a good combo with more dubbel qualities a great brew ... abv hidden well