HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2006
I saw this in a liquor store in Lawrence Kansas and just thought I’d give it a try. 12 oz. Bottle. It pours murky light red with a quickly dissipating head and no lacing. The nose consists of raisin, plum and brown sugar. It has robust brown sugar, fruit, and raisin flavors. A little on the flat side but otherwise it is nice beer. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Dark multi brown. Frothy, off white head. Rich and roasty caramel malt, doughy yeast, dark fruits, candi sugar, cocoa powder, and subtle anise and alcohol. Full, smooth palate. Great brew after dinner with a mild cigar. User37895 (3042) - - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Original Rating: Was expecting a dubbel for some reason up through the pour. Poured the standard red-brown of a dubbel but with an unimpressive head. The aroma shocked me, as bananas jumped out with spices and yeast (I’m not used to bananas in dark malted Belgian beers and was wondering where the dark fruits were). Flavor was rich and spicey with dark fruits and candi sugar coming through. Bananas only in the background of the flavor and the alcohol came through a bit sharp. I’ll bet this one is a fine aged beer to drink after a few years (this sampling was only 7 mos old from bottling). I shoulda stored it away for a little while. Impatient me. Re-rate, 6/07, courtesy beerded_one at SL: Amber orangey bornw color pour, good head and lacing. The aroma/flavor was caramel, toasty nuts, sweet malts, light spices, fruity concoction. A decent brew. Thanks, Paul, for this re-rate! davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 Poured medium amber with a small white head. Malty, fruity aroma and subtle fruit taste. Stronger than it tastes. A bit pricey, but cheaper than a flight to Belgium, and right up there in taste. HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Poured hazy deep mahogany-copper with an average lasting foamy straw-coloured head. Sweet and spicy aroma, alcohol, apricot and and dusty dry butterscotch and light floral hops. Taste is mild, sweet, fruity, softly spicy, yeasty, a bit dry but sweet, the alcohol is sneaky, the finish is fast and wispy. Lightly sticky, slightly thin mouthfeel, not much carbonation. A pleasing attempt at BSA - a little sweet, needs to be livelier but strong and full of character.
hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2006
12oz bottle acquired in trade with iwantalambic (thanks!). Bottled on date of 4/16/04. Poured a deep orange color with a small sized off white head. Lots of small floaters. Aromas of yeast, caramel, oak/wood, and nutty. Tastes of caramel, lighter yeast, toffee, and nuts. Very light alcohol finish. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Thanks to hopdog for breaking this open...
Appears a dark amber with a small off white cap and small amounts of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, nuts, wood, raisins, and plum.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with caramel being the standout of the bunch.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, slightly sweet, and hiding that 9% nicely. wxman (1819) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Pours a cloudy pale brown, has a nice off white head with good lacing. Sweet maltly fruity aroma. Very sweet roasted malt flavor with hints of prunes and raisins. Mild hop bitterness as well. Some alcohol warmth after the swallow, but not overly assertive. Looks more like a dubbel than a triple, but it has the ABV of a triple. Very good effort. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2006
From a twisted cap long neck brown bottle with a blurb about the dubbel on the front label and a bottled on date on the back label, 02/16/05.
Made a very good appearance, poured a cloudy dark orange hued amber with a fluffy, foamy pale tannish head that settled into a thin, foamy, creamy-like lacing, small amount of sticking, good carbonation.
Had a caramelize sugar, toffee, fruity and dry Belgian yeasty nose with whiffs of spicy rum-like alcohol.
A crisp, creamy, carbonated smooth fullish bodied mouth feel, good drinkability.
Toffee and caramelized malts taste, plum fruity, yeasty, a good crispiness from the malts, a nice spicy alcohol warmth in the palate and a fruity and caramelized malty finish, with a yeasty and spicy alcohol warmth lingering in the palate.
Tasty and balanced Dubbel from Goose Island, another quaffable beer from a consistently good brewer.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2006
this was a pretty good beer. Had it at the LI beerfest. I wish I could have bought a bottle, the small taste was a real teaser.