Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Ertvelde, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 1021   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Before as 8%.
Very dark, coffee color - full rich body - staying head - effervescent nose - soft velvet feeling in the mouth - luscious. Malt character with a hoppy aftertouch. Monks used to fast on this type of beer for 40 days! No food, only beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Cloudy amber color with a huge foamy head. Roasted malt flavor with a hint of raisins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2006
seemed more bitter than the triple, leading to a little less enjoyment. same monster head, same lemon notes, darker but not as nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14659) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is light caramel malt and some roastiness. The flavour has the same elements, but alittle bit anonymous.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chicagobears (467) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Dark ruby. big toffee head. Aroma is yeasty and roasted. I cant imagine living of this for 40 days. This is bitter and toffee like. Not a whole lot going on. A full beer and heavy on the malt

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16882) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2006
Bottled. Dark, reddish-brown, sparkling beer, with a lasting off-white head. Light caramel, malt and roastiness in the aroma. Candi-sweet flavor with caramel, spices and some roastiness. Light fizzy mouthfeel and alcohol and bitterness in the finish. An ok beer, but a bit too anonymous. (060422)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IThinkImBuzzed (18) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2006
Dark, oak, cloudy pour with a substantial head. Aroma of spices with a spicy citrusy taste. Malty, but well balanced by the alcohol and carbonation. A bit tart, but still works well. A fine dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3372) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus, pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma of spices, citrus, fruit, sweet malts, and alcohol. Flavor is sweet, fruit, and smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2006
Earthy, old rotting roots scents dominate the aroma. Hazy medium brown proposes ruby reflects and a smallish off-dimensioned bubbles cover that doesnt last too long despite agressive carbonation. Thoughts derive toward powdered cocoa and old leaves, bark, licorice dark flavors that dont feel too malty. Strongly metallic notes grow even stronger in mouth. Not necessarily thin, but the chaotic strong carbonation certainly comes in the way of the malt roundness. No alcohol flavor comes through, the palate hesitates between sweet and dry, very timid esters, never really developping the fruitiness I expected. Warming, its inherent tartness becomes stronger, herbal and vegetal/leafy/barky, eventually hinting at olives. Eewww, a really poor bottle I fell on hopefully, totally shy on its limited strenghts and growing expressive on its flaws. At 4$ a bottle, I would never consider buying this again, especially when there are plenty of smaller, more artisanal breweries around whod do better stuff with my money.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 18, 2006
Pictured bottle, but with a Black and Blue lable. Poured a dark plum-red with a cocais head. Lots of carb ub the nose. Nose is a straight forward leathered dark fruit and clove. Taste brings in some alchohol, and mellows out quickly to be as straightforward as the nose. Dark fruits, malts, clove and some banana, but nothing complex. Dont expect to work too hard with this one. Somewhat of the Chimay Blue charachter but without the ample chewiness. I see SoLan covered the abomb like head on this thing. Might wanna pour it at a tilt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2006
From a capped stubby 330ml. brown bottle with what I am guessing is a coded lot/bottled/package number on the back label, 01FE. Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy red hued brown with a large fluffy, foamy beige head that very slowly settled into a creamy thin lacing, I believe this is what you call Brussels lacing, very good carbonation. Had a raisin fruity nose with a little herbal spiciness and whiffs of alcohol. A smooth, carbonated medium bodied mouth feel, above average drinkability. Carbonated tart, sweet fruity taste, a subtle herbalness, a mellow hop bitterness, a dry yeastiness showing up towards the end and a dry mildly tart fruity, malty finish. The carbonation does a good job of masking the alcoholic warmth. A decent Dubbel, mild tasting and drinkable, a little over carbonated in my opinion.

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