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: 23   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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crazymorton (29) - AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2014
a very tasty drop. nice chocolate after taste. i had this before some slow cooked lamb shanks. perfect!

davidm (2081) - 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.

StevieT (2039) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2014
From a 640ml bottle. Pours a cloudy brown, thin off white head, rich chocolate aroma, smooth with rich flavours of caramel and a mild hops bitterness. This is a very, very good beer that I will gladly drink again.

Grumbo (3952) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s, brought to UK by Vinnie. Pours a deep dark ruby red colour with an off white head. Lovely aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, plum, date, malt and subtle spice. Medium bodied, slightly oily texture, milky chocolate finish. Very nice.

Pyobon (1496) - 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.

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.

Lunkie (1960) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2013
Rich chocolate malt aroma. Clear deep red amber colour with poor head and lacing. Chocolate malt herbal flavour . Smooth lingering palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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.

Bif (2342) - 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.

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