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.
il_vosa (19) - Torino, ITALY - JAN 16, 2017
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tipica trappista, "never disappoints"! Colore intenso, schiuma corposa. Si nota da subito un odore fruttato che si riscontra anche nel sapore, ben equilibrato con un retrogusto amarognolo. Davvero buona.
DraftMonger34 (6) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2017 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
taste was strong. cloudy buthe it was a cold temperature. but not over strong and goodl colour
jerkybill2 (3) - Cumberland, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2017 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer which I hold over all others. From the aroma of first opening the bottle- buy the larger bottle with the cork- The sublime smell that brings peace to mind. Allowing it to breathe for the briefest of moments, pouring slowly into the appropriate glass and smell the mild fruity aroma ( i disagree with the apricot I.D., but I have no words to fit the description)The copper tinted beer pours well into the glass- collaring a perfect head of just-off-cream colored (and textured) froth. The fast is balanced- beginning with a sweetish malty-ness and ending with just the briefest bitter. I search out this bottle wherever I shop, and when it’s been too long- demand it. Worth the cost. Worth the experience.
Towey1989 (2093) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2017
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Den Engel, Leek. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber colour with a fluffy white head. Aroma of red fruits, cherry, apricot, some blackcurrant, slight Belgian yeast, a little brown sugar and subtle wood. Taste of red fruits, cherry, Belgian yeast, some bready malts, slight metal, a little brown sugar and subtle spice. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A dry, subtly yeasty, fruity bitterness in the finish. Not what I was expecting, a lot fruitier than a regular dubbel. Subtle metallic hint is a put off but it’s so drinkable and light for a 7%er. Decent.
NordicV (2100) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dimmig brun öl med beige skum. Doft av kryddig jäst, mörka frukter, banan, karamell och honung. Maltighet och viss beska tillkommer i smaken.
gingertipple (28) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2017
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank the Premiere with meal of cold and smoked meats, a perfect accompaniment. It is all you could expect from Chimay. Only down was too much foam at the recommended temperature.
drjoeng (1044) - SINGAPORE - JAN 1, 2017
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
7% ABV. Belgian ale.
Poured out amber. 16°SRM.
Nose is Belgian with dusty wood and stone dust. Mothballs. Not unpleasant but just for me so "Belgian".
Mouthfeel is beery. Palate is nutty with chestnuts and acorns, wheat toast with light honey. Palate is bready with wheat bread coming to the fore the most obviously.
Finish is alcohol then sweet then off.
Little stone dust bitter with a hint of raw minerality.
Larry_Duffman (445) - - DEC 31, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured it from the bottle into a glass. It pours reddish brown with a fluffy off-white head and lacing. The aroma is toast, cherry, and alcohol. The taste is toast, cherry, raisin, and wine. It’s pretty smooth. This is good but overrated and a bit overpriced.
Martin243 (1063) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not sure why this a top 50 dubbel. Not actively unpleasant, but inoffensive to the point of bland: A Belgian from central casting
jzi (310) - POLAND - DEC 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.