Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Draft. Pours a nice amber color with a light tan head. The nose has boozy fruit, sweet malt, bread, and a touch of roastiness as well. Medium carbonation with a medium-rich mouthfeel. Alcohol, ripe fruit, earth, and mineral make up a complex palate. Medium-long finish with some lingering alcohol and hop bitterness. A different but good take on a dubbel. bubbleflubber (2235) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2009
On draught at the Floyd Fandango ’09. Pours deep mahogany with a nice full tan head that sticks around, leaving soapy lace. The nose is of caramel and bread, a comfort honestly. There are big malty flavors, with caramel upfront, esters and spices introduced mid-palate, and solid hopping accompanied by a touch of alcohol to the finish. Linear and complex, the mouthfeel is substantive and slick... not quite boozy, as the ABV and carbonation levels work together well to liven the palate. Good American interpretation on the Abbey Dubbel. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of crellmoset poured into a tulip.
Pours dark, dark brown in the glass underneath a big fluffy off-white head that leaves solid lacing along the sides. The color is a deep, clear copper when held up to the light.
The aroma is very sweet with lots of sweet Belgian yeast and some complimentary dark fruit, especially raisins. There is also a solid caramel malt presence in the nose and it all lends itself to a cola-like aroma.
The taste is just as sweet with the cola-like character. There’s plenty of caramel and dark fruits on top of a sweet/spicy Belgian yeast backbone. The finish is interesting with lots of hoppy bitterness combined with a toasted dark malt base.
The mouthfeel is actively carbonated with a light to medium body for the style.
This is a good representation of the style though there are some interesting malt and hop characteristics that are not too common with a dubbel. I’d definitely recommend this to folks as it’s an interesting take on the style. merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Bottle pours a murky dark brown body with a handsome beige head that retains well at two fingers. Aroma of toasted caramel and herbal and citrus hops. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is herbal hoppy but not dry. toasted brown bread notes with dark fruit hints. Sorta hoppy for a dubbel, but not at all bad. MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2009
(Sample Date: 3/12/2009 Source:Capital Ale House - Innsbrook) Beer dinner with Taylor Smack. Light spiciness with hints of sugar, coriander, chocolate. Dark amber very clear with frothy tan head. Spicy, almost a bit of tootsie roll qualities. Medium body with fairly high carbonation. Spicy dry peppery finish. Belgian pale malts and candy sugar adds color and body.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAY 17, 2009
thanks to Bboyshatter for sending this one along in the under 100 BIF
Bottle poured into my Portsmouth tulip glass produced a finger worth of off white head that transformed to a thick lace. The body is a great dark brown with burgandy highlights’.
The aromas of sweet dark fruits and Belgian yeast are wonderful in my nose. There is a little bit of alcohol in the nose as well
The taste follows the nose but with a nice balance with the sweetness and the heat from the alcohol. A medium feel in my mouth with light carbonation on my tongue
A good representation of a Belgian Dubbel not the best but a solid one at that I drink it again and say it is worth the try. One is enough at a sitting due to the heat on this one Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Sampled via 12-oz bottle during Dark Lord Day ’09 at table 1. Pours a clear dark cola brown brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind a thin ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted dark caramel malt, a light molasses and some yeast. Taste is medium bodied, some light carbonation with a thick caramel flavor with flavors of yeast, raisin, some brown sugar and chocolate. Finish is a tad watery, slightly lighter and gritty compared to most other dubbels I’ve tried. beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2009
Different I like this one. Nice malts on in the aroma with a very subtle bit of fruit in there. You can also smell the sweetness. I like the malt in this one pronounced up front and stays with you in the aftertaste. Beautiful dark deep ruby red color. Medium bodied with a bit of head which does not stick around long at all. Nice one would have again. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2009
Mahogany appearance with a small, beige head and decent lacing. Late developing yeasty, fruity, malty aroma. Taste was spicy, with dark fruit and grainy, roasted malts. Medium bodied, well carbonated, generously hopped mouthfeel leading to a long lasting finish. phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Dark brown with foamy tan head. Aroma was of raisin and roasted malt. Flavor was dry with a pleasantly sweet finish.