Livid (49) - - JAN 8, 2012
22 oz bottle, 2011. Pours dark amber, almost brown, very little head that retreats to a white ring, no lacing to speak of. Smells sweet, malty, caramel, mild alcohol. Tastes malty, caramel, gingerbread?, mild bitterness at the finish. Full bodied mouthfeel. Not bad for an american interpretation of the dubbel style. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
(22oz bottle, 2010 vintage, courtesy of blutt59) clear rich copper, few fine white bubbles. Nose of brown sugar, raisin, Belgian yeast and spices. Taste of candied orange, light cream, Belgian yeast, quite spicy. 502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - MAY 11, 2011
Bomber. Meh. Not my favorite style an not close to a top example of it. It would be a nice macro conversion beer though. ilovedarkbeer (2748) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Pours a light brown color with almost no head. Tastes of karo syrup, faint spices, and burnt biscuits. watery mouthfeel. No thanks. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Pours a very dark ruby color with plum colored edges and a one finger off-white head immediately settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Sweet, slightly spicy aroma With lots of sweet roasted malts and estery dark fruit notes. There’s also a syrupy, medicinal presence that is kind of off-putting. Lots of zesty pepper followed by biscuity, caramel malt along with hints of plum, raisin and other dark fruit.
Medium bodied with a balance of zesty spice, toasted malt and sweet fruit. The syrupy medicinal presence from the nose is evident but not as prominent as expected. Still, it takes away from the flavor of the beer because it’s metallic and not very pleasant. Lots of peppery spice followed by sweet malt, giving off hints of rye, biscuit and caramel. This is complimented by the sweet dark fruits, especially date, plum and raisin. Some boozy sweetness/heat in the finish but overall the ABV is decently masked.
Overall this is an average interpretation of the style. The spice character is a bit heavy and the medicinal qualities really hurt the flavor. Kind of a mess that needs more balance.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle from Majestic on Pioneer. Brown pour with a big off-white head. Aroma is dry, grainy, and cardboard. Taste is a little chocolate, kinda grainy, watery, and maybe earthy. J_man (1022) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
2011 version. Starts off with an aroma of sourness and dirty gym socks. Not what I was expecting. Very pretty dark amber with a small off-white head. Taste was very sour at first but lessened as it warmed up and then revealed some sweet caramel and toasted malt flavors. Still, it left an overall sour flavor coating my mouth. Had to check the other reviews now and I don’t see anyone mentioning sour, so I have to assume I got a bad bottle. I’ll see if I can find another one to re-rate. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
A - pours dark red brown tan foam son lacing.
S - aromas of grains/wheat, yeast, and honey .
Mf - light feel simple palatte with some carb. lingering malty ending. Dry overall.
T - Grains/wheat on the nose. Notes of honey and bready yeasts on the palate. Simple malty sweet ending.
O - Overall a good clean drinkable dubbel.
5 jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to adnielsen for sending. Pours a mahogany color with white head. Malty, toast, slight yeast aromas. Biscuit, malty, and a little caramel in the flavor with a touch of sourness at the end. A little off for a belgian dubbel. Not my favorite. JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear red/orange pour with a thin off-white head. Dank and musty malt aroma with some banana. Cloying sweet flavor with caramel, cherry and banana character. Not my thing.