cgarvieuk (25736) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 16, 2013
bottle at the anderson ...deep brown ... bubbly tan head ... soft dark roast ...sweet chocolate nose... chewy roast .... sweet toffee malts ... light brownsuger Ocean82 (82) - Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours hazy dark brown with a thick frothy head. Toffee, dark fruits mixed with some spice and pepper. Highly carbonated and full mouth. It's a decent Belgian though not complex or interesting.
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33 cl. bottle @ De Kelk. Drank in a La Corne horn, thx! to agreeing to this unusual request, I just wanted to try something in that glass. Dark brown amber, reasonably big, nice beige head. Light touch of iron in the nose, sweet caramel malts, dark sugar, tad sticky, dark fruits,… Taste is caramel, high on the Belgium sweetness side, brown sugar, sweet upfront, dark fruits, sweet caramel & yeast, dark fruit, quite a bit of syrup. M/m body – not too bad. cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Smells like dark fruit, alcohol and a bit of a funk. It has a brick-red color with a tan head that’s pretty dense. It has a sweet-sour flavor, like a Flanders red. It has a very lively mouthfeel that finishes fairly clean. It’s delicious! ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 1/3/2013. Thanks to Jay for the bottle! 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a cloudy burgundy color with evident carbonation rising up to the top. Seeing as I intentionally poured the bottle to maximize the head, it was a five finger light mocha color. The retention is weird - instead of just gradually fading, the texture just becomes more bubbly, until it collapses in on itself. The end result is a much creamier looking one finger mocha-colored head that leaves massive clumps of lacing on the glass. If any beer was made for a Duvel tulip, this one is it.
S: Apple, pear, chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Rather simple by BSDA standards, with a weird metallic note detracting some.
T: There’s an initial quality of apple/pear yeast esters, before the beer finishes with notes of chocolate, raisin, and brown sugar sweetness. Occasionally, a bit of hops appear. This is definitely on the dubbel side of the BSDA fence. There’s very little thought provoking complexity, rather it fits into the category of simple refreshment.
M: The vibrant carbonation gives this a light, airy texture. Actually, the vibrant carbonation makes this one really scratchy and even harsh. It’s pretty difficult to focus on the initial smoothness of the malt structure when the palate is being bombarded with carbonation and - to a lesser extent - astringency. Aftertaste is a touch sweet after a while, but this manages to subdue the booze quite well.
O: Certainly, it won’t give Rochefort 8 any fits, but it’s not a bad choice for a BSDA. Keeping in mind its flaws (rampant overcarbonation, simple flavors, metallic aroma), it’s still decent.
Noctilucus (107) - All over Belgium, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2013
Deep burgundy, a tad cloudy, beige head.
The nose is a bit subdued, red fruits, something sweet in there, with some bitterness underneath all of that.
The taste itself is more bitter than the nose, quite alcoholic and not sweet at all, also contains some roasted malts. Still, it could have been a bit stronger for an 8.5% beer.
The aftertaste is rather straightforward with an alcoholic afterglow (though not excessive) and a bit of roast and bitterness lingering.
A solid Dubbel, nothing breath taking but balanced, enjoyable and with enough body for its strength. Definitely an interesting move from Roman to put this on the market. mnoud (318) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
2013.01.01 - Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale. 11.2oz bottle in goblet. Pours deep red to brown. A full inch head settles to a mere 1cm foamy head with lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and mild pepper. Taste is sweet malt, a bit of a bite, carbonation on finish. Overall, slightly sweet. Not the best Belgian but good. Thompson (710) - - DEC 22, 2012
Old rating bottle was shared long ago with benzai at buitenlust... Dark brown in color.. smell dark fruits caramel. taste malts caramel somewhat sweet bit fruity MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle. Not bad, it’s getting some poor rating, but I enjoyed it.
Definite notes of bread, dark fruits such as rasins and prune. Toffee sweet finish with honey, I do detect that meattalic taste that others are complaining about. For me, that is the only downside. undercurrent25 (2190) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2012
Dark brown in colour, malty, yeasty and only slight sourness, ok but not my favourite tipple