Gage Roads ’Abstinence’ Belgian Dubbel Chocolate Ale

Formerly brewed at Gage Roads Brewing Company
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Perth, WA, Australia


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Gage Roads have yet again produced a limited release ale that will test your willpower, no matter how strong. Abstinence Belgian Dubbel Chocolate Ale pours a wonderful deep, dark and decadent colour which develops a dense and creamy head. Dark chocolate notes with caramel aromas cascade out of the glass where a nice hint of noble hops is layered throughout. Margaret River’s Gabriel Chocolate have lent their expertise is crafting this truly remarkable Abbey inspired ale that is truly complex, robust and decadent.

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THE_Beergod (5) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2013 does not count
Interesting beer with a very caramel chocolate flavor. Very heavy beer and I struggled to drink a bottle.. I found the sweetness too much. Still, if you are in the mood for a single beer and something different, give it a shot.

themarvel2004 (5) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2013 does not count
Belgian isn’t always my thing - nwevee sure about the slight sourness - is it ’right’ or ’off’. Anyway, this poured dark copper-brown, with a thick off whit head that dissipated quickly. Initial flavour is has an almost milky edge, but clearly notes of chocolate and caramel followed on the palette. A heavy beer but enjoyable to drink. Big bottle a bonus too - a proper pint! :-) I might even drink it again! Definitely worth a try if you enjoy different beers.

davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Nice vanilla beer. Aromas of vanilla and chocolate. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Velvety, and medium bodied. Brown, with no head.

Dredd (938) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2013
This one doesn’t do it for me, pour is mahogany with thin tan head. Aroma is mostly sweet vanilla and kahlua. Flavor is again almost kahlua with some chocolate and a bit of hop finish but quite subdued given the degree of sweetness.

Bif (2242) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Pours dark amber color with a decent off-white head that fades to bits of lacing. Aroma of mi ok chocolate, with some dark fruit and spice. Taste of milk chocolate, some dark fruit and spice. A subtle bitterness that helps to mute a lingering chocolate sweetness. Medium body, smooth and creamy. Nice balance but a bit too much chocolate. The 7.4% ABV is well hidden. Nice beer but a bit too much chocolate to really enjoy.

Kurtos (200) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dirty red colour with. Has aromas of milky chocolate with also notes of cinnamon and other sweet flavours i can’t specify. Taste. On entry there is a mixture of hop and chocolate like bitterness, followed by a smooth milky chocolate flavours finished with a slightly candied sugar flavour. Overall. A good beer, but nothing special.

Pyobon (1398) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2013
(Bottle) Clear ruby brown with good off white head. Fairly subtle aroma, but definitely chocolate. Beautiful palate, medium bodied with carbonation that conspires to be both velvety and bright. The flavour is dominated (in a good way) by chocolate, a really pleasant chocolate which is surprisingly milk, rather than bitter dark chocolate. There are some nice estery tastes typical of a Belgian beer and some spicey hints. There’s also a touch of gentle bitterness in the finish, however this doesn’t really provide a crisp finish as the rich chocolate and, in the finish, distinct caramel notes last a long time. Overall, this is a superb chocolate beer, but it is more chocolatey than most, however the flavours are so good and work so well together.

BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2013
Chocolate flavoured beers have always been a bit hit & miss for me, but this beer really does well with it. It has a good milk choc aroma and flavour that doesn’t taste artificial. On top of that the base dubbel beer is very nice, has great malt character and the belgian yeast flavour still comes through. Very nice indeed.

imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2013
Pours clear amber ruby with big foamy off white head that diminishes slowly. Aromas of dates, sweet malts, light chocolate. Light noble hops, almost medicinal notes, stale cheese notes seem to sour the experience. Medium light body, med carbonation, lightly chewy mouthfeel finishing a bit light With Light sweetness cherries and pitted fruits lingering

Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2013
640mL bottle. Pours a wonderful ruby red with a decent off white head that fades quickly.Very nice sweet fruit + nut chocolate aroma, the creamy cocoa follows through to the flavour with a slight spice/fruityness. I haven’t tried many dubbels but this is quite nice.

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