gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great dark brown with small head. Dark fruit such as plum sweet with a decent alchol kick. Creamy with just a hint of coffee Another solid Bells brew.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím with everyone else on this one. For an abbey dubbel,there was very little fruity ester,more of a grainy and dark unsweetened bakers chocolate,also got some kind of tang,like there is wheat or rye present. Tastes like two different styles were dumped together. Its not a bad tasting beer,just hard to catagorize
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body with nice tan head. Interesting aroma of roasted chocolate, a little espresso and loads of licorice. Flavor is nicely balanced between a dry roasted smokey malt, dark fruits and floral hops.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 12 oz bottle via shigadeyo (thanks Craig!). Chilled almost 2 hours. Served approx 48 degrees. This pours a near black with large tan head. Nose is malty with some fruity esters and floral hops. Taste is very hard to describe. Malty taste with some anise, plums, chocolate, banannas, licorice and a bit of hoppiness. And many flavors i cannot put my finger. THis is a complex and tastey beer. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle in a trade. Abbey Dubbel?? I would have expected much more from Bells in a Double but I was sadly letdown by this. I will try another bottle. The flavors were muddled.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
black pour thick tan well laced head. Aroma of light annice some syrupy malts.. pretty light. Palate has a nice body and is fairly thick. Flavor has some odd spiced yeast notes light smokey flavor some well roasted malts touch of chocolate light banannas. Odd and not all that great.
hopscotch (10999) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!...Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. Decent retention. The complex aroma is a swirl of dried plum, wood, blackstrap molasses, chocolate, banana and smoky, spicy phenols. Roasted, dark fruit flavors with charred bitterness. Very little, if any, residual sweetness. Full-bodied and creamy with medium carbonation. Lengthy, smoky, bitter finish. Another world class brew from Bells! Kudos to moejuck for the bottle!
Zeswaft (1756) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 Very thick and rich. Smells a lot like black licorice. Some chocolate flavor and a little belgian flavor. Seemed like some sort of stout to me. another great beer from bells.
Rerate. still the same.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown/nearly black, much like a stout, and only a very smallish, almost nonexistant head on it. Strongly spicy nose, very full aroma: with lots of smokiness in both the aroma and the flavor. It is probably the smokiest dubbel Iíve ever had. Quite sweet and malty too, but not syrupy. I expected the alcohol to be greater, but this is a very smooth beer, even slightly "creamy" mouthfeel. Decent beer.
notalush (5836) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to moejuck for this - very dark burgundy color, nearly opaque, with thick tan lace around the glass - the aroma is lightly smokey, with some plum, light spice and floral notes, and dark chocolate - moderate roasted malts in the flavor, with hints of chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark fruit flavors - fairly thick mouthfeel for this style - finishes slightly bitter, to cut the sweetness, with lingering smoke - quite a hefty, tasty interpretation of the style.