GMCC2181 (1613) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Bottle via SL.. Pours a murkey dark red/black color. Not what I was expecting. Decent little head, nothing to brag about. Nice aroma. Reminds me of chicory stout. I dont know WTF myrica, amaranth and some other ingrediants taste like but its a pretty smooth abbey dubbel. Kind of coffee, roasted malts taste. Big malt backbone.... I cant pick up any hops but its well balanced. Taste like a stout, but has a body of a dubbel. Very easy to drink for an 8 percenter.... drowland (8955) - Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2012
5/31/12. 750mL bottle. Good ratings. This better be good, DFH, because I’m tired of your shit when it comes to these special release beers. Brown/amber/red pour with a nice creamy khaki head that sticks and laces decently. A nice combination of aromas that includes chocolate, grainy malts, fruity, yeast, and candy sugar. A better flavor that shows plenty of chocolate and nuttiness with undertones of grain and a bit of a green astringent aspect. There’s also a touch of light fruitiness, Belgian yeast, candy sugar, and a hint of coffee. Not bad, DFH. User29624 (1683) - - MAY 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, dark fruit, chocolate. Nice flavor, sweet, and very nicely done. TheBeerGod (6253) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Dark mahogany pour with a tall, fizzy tan head that’s reduced to a short ring of foam within minutes. Aroma is dark fruit notes, soft chocolate , cocoa, toasted malt, and dusty yeast. Taste is chocolate covered fruit, dark fruit notes, powdery cocoa, dusty yeast, roasted malt, and light coffee notes. Body is medium with a full, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more chocolate notes, sweet malt, cocoa, dark fruit and soft, dusty yeast. Nice! ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2012
A - Pours a dark mahogany-ruby color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet dark fruits, honey, coffee, chocolate, pine, herbs, spices, and Belgian yeast.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet raisin and dark fruit with some Belgian yeast and spices with a touch of honey. Through the middle, some chocolate and coffee comes through alongside some pine and herbs. The finish is a mix of dark fruit, Belgian yeasts, earthy spices and herbs, and a bit of honey.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet lightly spicy finish.
D - Very drinkable. Lots of different flavors and ingredients, but the end result comes together really nicely.
radagast83 (8301) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Drank most of a 750ml bottle. Poured a slightly cloudy brown color with a nice off-white head. Aroma is various strange ingredients, a touch of nutty notes, with a bit of yeast. Flavor brought out a bit of chocolate, a touch of nutty malts, yeast, and a touch of dried fruits. Interesting. bhensonb (15617) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Capped 750 from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fred’s the beer guy. Pours dark brown with a foamy/creamy/bubbly beige head. Aroma is floral and chocolate. Near full bodied. Flavor is chocolate and cherry. Clearly. Weird. Some dark malt, but for me this is chocolate and cherry. Lots of other things going on, but c&c dominates. It has dark malt, and the finish is less than dry, but it is quite delicious. DHB may have gone so complex that the flavors are indecipherable. But the taste is good. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Poured into a snifter.
3.0 A: Black color. Three fingers of tan frothy/creamy head. Retention is a bit below average and no lacing is left.
4.5 S: This has a great nose. Through and through this is a solid dubbel first. Lots of caramel, dark fruits, and light peppery spiciness. Fruits include plum, date, raisin, currants, and tobacco. The honey is mild, but there. After that, there’s some stuff that I can’t really indentify (since I don’t know what half the ingredients taste like), but it all works seemlessly into the brew. I can identify the rooibos, which in more complementary than I ever would have expected.
4.0 T: In the taste, the adjuncts hold a much larger presence. While the result is very tasty, the dubbel gets pushed aside, which is sad since it smells quite nice. Anyway, lots of caramel again with all the fruits mentioned in the smell. Rooibos does great things again (I’m going to have to brew with this sometime) while the collective other ingredients give an herbal, somewhat nutty, earthiness. Mild pepper again from the yeast. Definitely unique, which DFH does so well, but also extremely well integrated. I’m impressed.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. This doesn’t have the archaetypical Belgian mouthfeel. The carbonation isn’t much spritzy at all. Rather, it’s more of a mellow carbonation that doesn’t poke or prod the tongue. It’s like the tea is controlling this. Still, decent enough.
4.0 D: Tasty beer, but at $12 a pop, it’s hard to justify another purchase. This is a once a year type beer for me. I highly recommend giving it a go though.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-19-2012 01:40:29 obguthr (6590) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Fig and almond aroma. Clear brown, medium tan head. Roasted malt, almost smoky withfigs and plums Amaretto at midpalate and beyond. Fizzy mouthfeel and a little warm. Nice take on the style, not too weird, but certainly good. Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a hint of ruby along the edges... Rich aromas of malts, chocolate, earthy notes and a touch of sweet Belgian sugar. This beer is damn good... definitely rides the Dubbel style with rich sweet malts but the different flavor attributes from the numerous ingredients really make this a complex beer. Great chocolate, plum, black tea flavors and the mouthfeel on this one is perfect.