FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Originally reviewed 5/16/2009...
Let this one (750) warm while trying something else. Corked & caged with a fairly hefty pop of the cork. Into an Ommegang chalice it goes.
Pours what can be described as a murky bourbon color. With a little less red it would resemble a dunkel. Almost a full-finger of bleached ginger-colored head, but it goes quickly, leaving slight yeasty wisps in its wake. Sparse, moderate-speed carbonation.
A slight Belgian sourness is in the forefront at first, but peelin’ the onion back, but there’s plenty of dried and ripe dark fruits backing this deal up. The usual suspects...dates, plums...even a few prunes in there. A little cinnamon and clove with even a touch of praline sweetness behind it all and some dark muscat notes. This is what a Dubbel should be. Still, light-bodied enough not to scare anyone away.
Grain profile is rather hearty, but the taste and body are a little lean...at first. Sure, everything’s in there from the nose but it’s more aromatic and may not deliver the impact as it rolls down the gullet. Grains and light stewy roast (is there Special B in here? New to the whole brewing deal but it seems like that’s the ticket) are full-bodied as mentioned but overall weight class may be a bit lean. Good, but lean. The carbonation drives the spice home nicely with only a slight saltiness. Mental note: Let this one warm quite a bit. Would like just a little more sweetness - it actually seems a bit peppery...but it’s still quite good. Yeast electricity still shines.
This one plays lighter than expected - we have the carbonation to thank for that. Deep dark stewiness is countered by spritely carbonation and pepperiness and other spice along with yeast electricity to dance on the palate and enjoy the ride down. Finish is clean for a normally hefty style.
I have been meaning to review this for a few days but have had to go back to get more at the store. Y’know why? ’Cause I enjoy drinking it immensely and writing about it gets in the way of its enjoyment. Whaddya think about that? It’s damn good.
Beamer (6) - - MAY 23, 2017 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Voor mij bijna zelfde smaak als zijn blauwe broertje, maar de blauwe versie heeft meer smaak. Al met al is dit best een lekker relatief licht biertje.
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Fanni (19) - HUNGARY - MAY 21, 2017
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not very spicy, but a bit sweet, and bitter. It’s a perfect belgian brown beer. The head is big at the beggening, but appears fast. The color cloudy brown.
dimeon (83) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 21, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Brown with a big beige head
N: Medium roast barley, caramel
T: caramel and toast, later a full blend of spiciest
O: Satisfying Belgian, but not as complex as many of the other Trappist offerings I have had.
Jabic (531) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 21, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ar: Plums and raisins; hints of orange spice and black pepper; deep toast and cake. Ap: Slightly hazy deep amber; large off-white head with phenomenal retention, leaving a picturesque Belgian lace on the glass sides and a thick cap of frothy foam. T: Cake, cotton candy, and peach up front, with a low sweetness; medium-high bitterness, fairly clean, herbal and spicy; raisin and peach, with some tartness; tart peaches on the finish. P: Medium-light body with very high carbonation; big mouthfeel of carbonation, somewhat rounded; finish is dry. O: An abbey dubbel with all the classic flavors--plum, peach, toasted malt; bitterness is quite firm and noticeable, but stops short of any harshness; overall, a solid beer.
beton (585) - Tarnobrzeg, POLAND - MAY 19, 2017
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Piwo skonsumowane. Ocena na podstawie retrospekcji w celu uzupełnienia profilu.
stephvdm (2) - - MAY 19, 2017 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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theprof (880) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma caramel, cereal, toast, citrus, dough, banana, Pours dark amber with tan lace top. Taste is sweet with caramel malt predominating Body is medium as is carbonation. What surprised me was the relatively brief finish. It’s not as heavy as the bottle it came in. A good rather than a great example of why Belgian beer is so special and different from the English version.
irenecus (766) - - MAY 11, 2017
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Na zdrowie, Salud, Kampai, Prost, Skaal, Zivjeli, Fenékig, На здоровь& Na zdravi
brewberg (10) - Drammen, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2017
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clean aroma with fresh citrus in the beginning and a subtle caramel-malty end, also hints of yeast. The color is dark brown (cloudy) with resemblance to melted sugar, and the ale has a big frothing creamy top. The aroma is clear, but without a relatively short finish.
The taste is prominently sweet (medium) and malty through the beginning with a clear bitter (medium), but with a crisp freshness to it throughout.
Not the heaviest of ales, but certainly not light either as it feels nice and fatty in the mouth. A lively ale which might help the freshness come through.
The only negative thing I could find with this beer was the color being a little cloudy, which I personally isn’t a big fan of. Despite being a fairly heavy ale it was almost as drinkable as a light lager, which was surprising considering its sweetness. The tastes were clear and pleasant, but with more complexity to it if you are in mood for some searching. No wonder people join monasteries!
Fabrypepe (12) - Milano, ITALY - MAY 6, 2017
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma marcato con ottima schiuma persistente un’ottima birra trappista bevuta in bottiglia