DocLock (10831) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2016 cazort (565) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Eulogy. I imagine that not everyone would like this as it is highly atypical for an Abbey Dubbel, but I loved this beer. It’s exceptionally light; the lightest Dubbel I’ve had. But the aroma is very intense and complex: fruity, with both tones of dried fruit as raisin, apricot, and dates, as well as fresher berry-like nuances. A deep maltiness is equally present, with a hint of musky tones, and a strong wood presence, but less resinous than some barrel-aged beers. My friend said she could really taste the whiskey aroma in this one, but I found I it less whiskey-like than other beers. Less wine-like than is typical for a Dubbel or other higher-alcohol Belgian-style beers. What really sells me on this beer is how clean and light it is. I have never had a beer with this powerful and multifaceted an aroma, which is simultaneously so clean and light. Alcohol is very well-masked, unusual for anything getting up around 7% like this beer. Absolutely lovely. And it leaves one feeling quite delightful, I found.
Draft at Capones. Poured hazy amber with tan head. Nose was oaky bourbon, vanilla, malt. Tasted of caramel, wood, bourbon, vanlla. hopdog (12816) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2016
On tap at Capone’s. Poured an amber color with a small sized head. Vanilla, woody, very light whiskey (but had to reach deep for it), and lighter fruits. Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2016
ACBF 2016. Poured a hazy Amber color with a small foamy off white head. Aroma of wood, toasted grain, vanilla bean, hints of lemon. Taste is grainy, caramel malt sweetness, lemon, vanilla, and slightly woody. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Pours a clear dark brown body with a small wispy beige head. The nose is sweet with lots of vanilla and chocolate over a caramel malt base and belgian fruitiness. The flavor is very sweet, but I really like it. It’s like a vanilla chocolate candy. Caramel sweetness, a little bit of roast. Medium bodied and not very clingy with soft fizzy carbonation. Nice beer, best one that I’ve ever had from Boaks. Hard to believe that this was their Two Blind Monks, its a totally different animal. DiarmaidBHK (5367) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Sample at brewfest. Pours brown with a big white head. Leaves a lot of lacing. Lots of vanilla on the nose. I get vanilla and wood on the tongue with a hint of the whiskey. Finished clean. Nice!
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katrinaez (2138) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Aroma had some toffee and light malt. Deep brown amber. Taste is vanilla with a little Belgium abbey. Not your normal dubbel. Very cool though. Has a slight funk but the sweet takes it away. The ending taste lingers with a nutty brown. Tap. conway (2210) - - APR 7, 2015
Draft. Dark cola with a solid tan head. Vanilla bean is very dominant in both aroma and taste. Tasty but lacking depth. Really nice creamy mouthfeel. If the vanilla bean was dialed back a bit this could be really awesome, but it’s tasty enough in its current state. Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Aroma of sour mash, vanilla wafers, fresh ginger and a sour yeast. Pours murky brown with a medium tan head. Taste is like sasparilla. Notes of creme soda, vanilla, gingerbread, and sour whisky. Almost like a birch beer and Jack. Very interesting. HoppityHop (206) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2012
The Vanilla beans and aging really transform the flavor, mainly by muting some of the Belgian character of Two Blind Monks and replacing them with Vanilla and Oak. Nice twist to an already nice beer. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Draft. Dark pour with a touch of head. Some wood, whiskey, chocolate flavors. Smoother than expected. Aroma is woody and of slight whiskey tones.