otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
A beautiful brushed tan head covers liquid depths that speak of worn mahogany and cherry woods.
vvesside (256) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bark, sage, figs, exotic mushrooms. Raw peppercorns in the back. Western saddles and broken in leather. Essence of farm dust and grazing livestock – massive musk without the poop. Taro root. Dried figs, juniper, and black root. Star anise.
Out of nowhere I am left with tart apples that pucker the cheeks and tickle the tastebuds. The Wild West meets old Europe meets the herbalist meets the rainforest in a crazy mélange of flavors that tastes of time itself. Very rustic and musky in the back with endless forests of bark, trees, and fallen foliage. Dry brittle parching baker’s chocolate along the edges. Rich spicy earthy peppery Bordeaux and Zinfandel grapes in the middle. A gin-ish essence pervades the palate with star anise while wild mushrooms grow underneath. Caraway seeds. Old red wine soaked leather sacks. A mysterious mixture of green herbs in the middle. Touch of old black earth in the back. Very parching.
A perplexing thought-provoking beer from the folks at Dogfish Head that leaves me still wondering if I liked the beer or I like the experience. Maybe I’ll have to find another bottle to decide. Either way, if Mother Nature and Father Time had a baby, its name would be URKontinent.
(An original written work by Beer Ambassador, LLC. Plagiarism is not tolerated)
On tap @ Pizza Inferno in SF. Some interesting flavors in this one. Dark, malty, sweet and a little earthy. Good abbey dubbel. SoberDave (182) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Dark amber colour with a white head. Sweet aroma. Powerful dark malt flavour with hints of red and black licorice. Smooth with some carbination on the tongue. DiarmaidBHK (5921) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. Pours brown with a thin khaki head. Nice aromatics on the nose. Definitely malt on the tongue but also other awesome herbs and spices mixed in. This stuff is fucking fantastic. weihenweizen (4127) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle poured into a tulip. Pours dark brown with big light brown head. Aroma is sweet and roasty. Taste is chocolate, dark belgian sugar, some earthy, some coffee, hint of honey, and hazelnut. Really complex and not that hard to drink. Good dubbel that is also part chocolate stout and part nut brown ale. Becomes more dubbel as it warms and less nut brown ale & chocolate stout.
ganache (6057) - New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottled 750. Nose is sweet with plenty of rich roast and underlying chocolate, there’s some frozen syrup / candi / molasses for complexity, mild plums, roasted seeds. A really vibrant earthy/grainy feel! Even some sweet malted milk balls. Noisy pour, deepest dark ruby with a frothing tan head. In the mouth, malted milk toward the front and various roastings pushed way to the back, lots more cherry and red berry, light black currants and mineral strokes. Faintest of herbal qualities, somewhat indistinct; very low bitterness and medium sweetness. Medium body yields gentle slow warming and a gorgeous velvety malty feel. I love reading off the special ingredients used, as they’re among my favorite ’occasionals’ in the kitchen; here they go utterly unnoticed in the mouth (though may contribute to some of the roasty aromatics) and prove the gimmick unnecessary -- this is nothing more than a really good dubbel! decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2013
Dark brown pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma is brown sugar and rock candi. Flavor is sweet brown sugar on the front. Sweet chocolate and a hinto coffee. Light medium bitter finish. Lingering after taste of sweet maltiness. redpooba (411) - Texas, USA - APR 25, 2013
A very dark-ruby red with a off-white head. The nose is strong with wild sugars and floral notes. The taste is very complex and multi-layered. The candied sugar is difficult to relate to other things. Again Dogfish has struck me with awe and I love it. JDBaker11058 (2351) - Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2013
Appearance: very dark brown with reddish highlights, a half-finger of tan head, and minimal lacing. Aroma: smells like a dubbel mixed with a roasty coffee stout. Taste: tastes like a belgian dark strong ale with stout-like roast and the herbal character of an old ale or gruit. Finish: lingering dubbel sweetness with a bit of herbal astringency. Notes: Very interesting concept and a solid, but not exceptional execution. Glad I tried it, and I continue to appreciate DFH’s use of interesting ingredients.
Reynolds314 (3477) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Fairly well made dubbel here. Dont know whats so ancient unique or crazy about this. Its just your ol’ run of the mill dubbel with no real flaws. Nutty, spicy and chocolatey.