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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imaragingbull (579) - Sydney, - 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

Grumbo (4252) - 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.

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.

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

TourDeBeer (123) - your mummas pants, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2014
taste : chocolate, lively carbonation , medium to low sweetness. texture is thin.. defiantly some roasty malt in there. Beer is well filtered and dark amber in appearance. it rounds off quite crisp. head didnt last 3 seconds.

ShaneJ (903) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Rich mahogany with a creamy off-white head, strong chocolate aroma and flavour, some vanilla and toffee, Belgian yeast, low bitterness, quite sweet. Nothing special.

varanid99 (1399) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2013
Copper pour with a half inch beige head. Very pronounced chocolate smell, a little sickly sweet. Taste is vanilla and a bit sickly, milky chocolate, which is unfortunate because the chocolate they’ve used is good quality.

KeefOz (1948) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle 640ml BB 1/2/14. Poured a translucent coppery colour with a two- to three-finger off white foamy heads that retained OK then dropped to a bubble ring. Laced poorly. Medium carbonation as seen by medium sized bubbles forming trails. Aroma of nice sweet dark chocolate that lasts. Taste of pleasant sweet dark chocolate and underlying sweet vanilla. Medium body. Smooth with a lingering chocolate finish but overall a bit too sweet.

vanvenlo (1924) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2013
Dan Murphy bottle (28-Aug-13) Sweet choc malt aroma. Brown red colour, poor head and sheet lacing. Sweet tangy choc vanilla flavour. Tangy sweet vanilla spice finish and candy sweet toffee aftertaste

Lunkie (1965) - 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

cjldm (165) - - AUG 9, 2013
Picked up on the cheap at BWS (which tends to overcharge for mainstream 33cl singles, yet more unusual Aussie craft beers are often available at a comparatively very good price) into my Belgians, but not expecting too much from this; then again - lost abbey's tripel wasn't too bad so I felt this was worth a go as the only 'quality' dark beer in the shop. Appearance: 1-finger or less of head, hazel brown colour. No residual lacing whatsoever. Aroma: some cheap chocolate, a bit of nut and spice too. Probably it's least-worse quality. Taste: sweet upfront, quite boozy and a touch of lingering chocolate at the end. Unpleasant bitterness. The flavour doesn't really follow the aroma particularly well. Mouthfeel: not too pleasant, medium carbonation, yet there's a lack of lingering character that washes away what taste there is. Not dubbel-worthy. I wanted to like this and I really appreciate that the brewer is trying to mix things up out here. One day someone will get it right; fair play for trying, but anyone willing to try this most likely already knows what real Belgians taste like. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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