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RATINGS: 1093   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
A reddish-brown abbey ale brewed with dark malts. The secondary fermentation gives a fruity aroma and a unique spicy character with a distinctive aftertaste. Secondary fermentation in the bottle. (Serving temperature: 8-10C)

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2007 Pours a deep amber-brown with a thick tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer of tiny bubbles that remain to the end of the beer. The beer would be beautiful were it not for the yeast - which clumps together into opaque clods, never dissolving but instead settling to the bottom of the glass, waiting for your last sip. The aroma is interesting - some strong fruitiness (citrus, banana), some strong sweet malt aromas with caramel and toffee, and a distinct solvent-like smell of alcohol. The more you sniff the glass, the more these many distinct aromas blend into one - into one rich, fruity, and exotic smell. It is actually quite reminiscent of a manzanilla sherry. There are also hints of chocolate and of spice (nutmeg). The flavor starts bittersweet with hints of tartness - strong malt flavors with hints of roasted grain and chocolate combined with a good bit of soft fruit and yeast. The middle of the tongue definitely begins to detect the warming sensation of alcohol, along with malts, more caramel, yeast, and fruit. The back of the tongue picks up some sweet malts and some sour/bitter fruity notes. There is a strange character to the beer that is detectable from front all the way to back of the tongue: it tastes a little dusty. The beer finishes slightly dry with some bitter cocoa and fruit - as well as a healthy dose of alcohol warming the throat as you swallow. After several swallows, a distinct impression of sherry and brandy comes through the flavor. The after-taste is fruity, spicey, malty, and distinctly Belgian. There is also some cocoa in the after-taste. The mouthfeel is quite light and a bit over-carbonated (even after agitating the liquid with a spoon in an attempt to release some of the excess carbon dioxide).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jainsv (113) - USA - FEB 6, 2007
Pours a strong amber/tan color with a frothy beige head. Smells of spice and fruit and malt. Tastes as it smells initially, with its many flavors assaulting your tastebuds, but then leaves you lingering with an uncalled for bitter aftertaste. A decent dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (12931) - Albertslund, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2007
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a nice beige head. Aroma and flavour of spice, caramel, fruit, chocolate and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 3, 2007
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. Opaque reddish-brown in color with a deep dark beige head. Lots of fruit in the aroma, with the big one for me being apricots and bread dough. Flavors of chocolate roasted malts, sweet candied pears and even almond nuttiness. Yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2007
330ml Bottle: Pours copper in colour, decent head and lacing. Aroma is elaborate, but offering noticeable alcohol to the nose. Add in coriander, cloves, fruits, bread, oranges, and caramel. The flavour is a burst of orange peel, coriander, some black peppery bite. As expected, and quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2007
On tap at Loosje, Adam. A very brown dubbel with sweet, caramel taste. Malty, peppery and prickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a clear deep brown, topped by about two inches of sudsy tan foam. Very good head retention, adequate lacing. Mild sweet malt and brown sugar in the aroma. Flavors are tasty but a little mild - grain, light chocolate malt, raisin. A trace of leather in the finish. Medium body, lots and lots of gentle yet prickly carbonation. A grainy bitterness lingers for a minute in the aftertaste. Tasty, entertaining, but not great

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Pours a dark brown with hints of red. Moderate head. Aroma of dark malts, pepper, spice, alcohol, and raisins. Flavor is sweet, with raisins, spices and malts. Very nice, smooth mouthfeel. Why isnt this rated higher?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
charlotte (5225) - rdovre, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2007
coluor brown with a nice head who stays lond,has a fruit aroma and a sweet tast.But i like the blond better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2007
big corked bottle... this double is a little lighter and more carbonated than most. The flavors are all there... nutty, cloves, raisins... not bad, but the body should be much heavier. This went well with some pesto chicken and veggie pizza.

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