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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
This is our Christmas and Holiday beer! A deep red/brown Abbey Ale often called the Burgundy of Belgium. Its a rich but crisp Trappist style dark ale with a flavor like no other beer. It is brewed with a special Belgian yeast that imparts fruity and almost wine-like flavors and aromas due to aromatic esters and complex alcohols that are the byproducts of fermentation. Very aromatic and slightly malty with some residual sweetness and tartness and a low hop bitterness/aroma. This is a warming high gravity beer made to be sipped and enjoyed in the colder months.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2006
2004 bottle per TBC2. The beer pours to a murky brown body with a lasting creamy tan head. The aroma is very hoppy. Floral and interesting. Not my thing however. The flavor is floral and odd. Also, not to my liking. Perhaps a touch old?

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
Objectively speaking: Straightforward dubbel which goes off track with its ridiculously overamped carbonation. Whirling the glass does not completly heal it. A bit disappointing as an introduction to 5 Seasons Brewing.
I like: Interesting yeast strain matches Belgium’s for its peppery spiciness and fruity ester production. Vinous aroma with prune, caramel and chocolate notes.
I dislike: You know it’s going to be overcarbonated from the very nose. Biting, murderous carbonation kills the flavour development. Nothing is left behind this storm. It even fails to produce a decent foam.

beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2008
Murky brown pour with a thin tan head. Interesting aroma of caramel, raisins and spices. The flavor isn’t bad, caramel, raisins and spices, but the enjoyment is affected by the boring mouthfeel and the over expressive carbonation.

TaktikMTL (8012) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2008
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Glouglouburp. Arôme: Odeur de fruit sucré avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée voilée. Présence d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel fruité avce une pointe de figues. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture minérale. Forte effervescence en bouche. (Rating #1599)

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 In short: Standard Dubbel with standard nutty/caramel flavours. Unfortunately over-carbonated.
How: Bottle, 750ml, fresh. Back from Europe tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Cloudy light-brown body with a small beige head
In long: Despite a general impression that the beer is a bit lacking in the malt department it still manages to provide pleasant nutty flavours and crunchy caramel. Only a light fruity presence (dark fruits). Finish is a bit peppery. Body is somewhat fluffy and the carbonation is WAY over-the-top. The carbonation really kills the lighter flavours and the beer probably feels less complex than it really is. I haven’t seen so many bubbles since that night in the Jacuzzi after a long day of drinking Lambics.

BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 6, 2008
This is absolutely one of the finest domestic dubbels I have ever tried. The spices are just right and balanced with the rest of the niceties this beers is offering. Delectable brown sugar and candi flavors, dark fruits and a finish reminiscent of bubblegum. A perfect winter warmer.

ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 1, 2008
On tap at the GLB. Poured a dark rich amber color with a little bubble head. Very fruity aroma and taste, but SUPER smooth! This beer was like drinking silk!

Cybercat (6516) - Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2008
A beautiful, cloudy, reddish-brown with a nice thick tan head. Aroma is strong, malty and hoppy, with a good alcohol edge and fruit hints. Flavor is exceptionally smooth, more like a fine bourbon than a beer, with hints of fruit and butterscotch. It has a nice alcohol edge to it so you know that it is a high-gravity beer. This is one to be sipped and savored.

unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
tap. light brown-purple hue. Big belgian aroma, yeasty. Raisins, dates, plum juice. Lots of sugar in the aroma. Flavors of plums, big malts. Very balanced. Super enjoyable.

MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 My Bottom Line:
An inviting doughy, fruity Belgian yeast character permeates the malt’s generous cocoa offering, building a lustful body for this textbook Dubbel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam dwindles into the cloudy reddish-brown.
-The fruitiness is redolent of dates and figs.
-This is not the most complex Dubbel, but it is ever so satisfying for lovers of the style.
-I was expecting the bottled version to be a tad better than the tap, but its carbonation was so expansive that it marred the body somewhat. Otherwise, the beer was as satisfying.

On tap at the brewpub and from the bottle.

pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Burgandy in color, just as advertised. Very sweet smell. The flavor is strong with Belgian esters. Sweet, candy sugar and banana bread. A tad thin is the only drawback.

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