kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of yobdoog. Thanks, Trevor! Pours a murky cola color; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Plenty of cola, brown sugar, and pleasant yeastiness in the aroma; soft and cola-driven nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy sugar, dried dark fruits, and cola upfront; good levels of carbonation; very pleasant, soft yeast character coupled to a toasty vanilla note. Lengthy finish: toasty grains, cola, and brown sugar; again, soft throughout with toasty vanillaness. Drake (14058) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Nice bonus from BrianK. Chocolate brown pour with a medium fizzy head. Earthy aroma of raisins, figs, yeast. Malty taste with notes of toffee, raisins, yeast and tea. Slightly bitter finish. Lively effervescence. Very nice. And, my first New Jersey brew! jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a foamy briefly then dissipating tan head and deep red/mahogany color. Aroma is medium malt-roasty, leathery/earthy, fruit, spicy. Taste is dark/medium malt-roasty/some chocolate notes, fruity-cherry, secondary earthy/spice /grass/hay-hops. A decent beer that is an interesting interpretation that’s a bit more bitter, less sweet malt and less yeast impact than standard. OK carbonation. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Bottle pours a dark brown body with some amber hues and a light tan head. Aroma is sweet maltiness, caramel malt, some spicy yeast. Some sweet dark fruit like raisin and plum a salty flavor quickly drying your mouth. A very interesting dubbel and certainly an easy choice as an extra. Solid with a nice abv kick heck i’d be more then happy to have again. Nice NJ.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 7, 2008
12 oz bottle thanks to dmac. Thank you dave. Rich malty yeasty flavors that I enjoy. Very good and thank you for sharing.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Pours deep dark brown,,with a small fizzy tan head. Strong aroma of burnt brown sugar and alcohol. Flavor is mainly of roasted/burnt bready malts, with a slight sweetness, and a hefty doseof booze. Palate is slightly astringent, and a little too hot for only 7.4. Has potential, maybe the next batch will be a bit more balanced. bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2008
(Bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of prunes, grape juice, nuts, and toasted malt. Flavor of raisins, plum, caramel, nuts, toasted malt, and light herbal characteristics. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2008
12 oz bottle, via BrianK I think. Pours a dark amber to brown body with a small fizzy beige head that vanished rather quickly. The nose is quite odd for a Dubbel, not a whole lot of malty sweetness, esters, and yeast as expected, just a slight garbage juice note, with some minimal dark fruits. The flavor really doesn’t resemble a Dubbel either, there’s a good bit of cooked celery and a gritty maltiness that reminds me of rye flour. There’s a light smoked malt quality to the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly clingy texture and a little too much fizzy carbonation. Overall, not really sure what to think of this beer. Bad bottle, or just a bad beer? Underhook (162) - Lincoln Park, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Really excited to find this at my local beer store in both a six pack and single 12 oz. bottles. No bombers were available. I remembered reading an article about the beer and brewery in the Newark Star Ledger some months back, so I picked this up to try it out. Contrary to some reviews, I can’t seem to get much of an aroma out of it. It looks like it could be mistaken for a glass of soda. Fizzy, soda-like head that’s gone within seconds. Still cold- lots of carbonation, very malty taste. As it is warming, more of the flavor comes through. Lots of raisin, a little bit of caramel. Hints of earthiness as well. Too much fizzy carbonation kills the beer for me. It’s a quality beer, but I’m glad I picked up a single instead of a six, I’m a bit disappointed. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2008
Classic dubbel yeastiness; I can smell the earthy spiciness (clove, almost!) from a few feet away. There is a big yeast blob in the neck of the bottle.Excellent, thick ecru head, lasts a long time. Very dark brown, almost impenetrable. Flavor is a whirlwind of alcohol, iron and molasses, fruity brown sugar and nuts (nut meat, walnut specifically). Raisin sweetness charges in at 60 deg (I started at 55 deg). Quite spritzy carbonation, almost too much. Pretty true to style. Thanks to hophead75 for the bottle.