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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Brewed in the style of a Belgian monestary, it has a distinct aroma of plum and pears. The flavor has the sweetness of dark Belgian candy sugar paired with nuances of fruit and spice. A dense, rocky head sits atop this mahogany colored ale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3247) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Draught at Maple Shade. Pours out an attractive mahogany color with a small white head. Aroma is of dark fruits, some alcohol, caramel and a lingering sweetness. Taste is smooth, some nice dark, dried fruits, light burnt caramel notes, plum, and some light alcohol on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leafs93 (2245) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Pours hazy orange. Aroma is belgian yeast, candied sugar, pears and some citrus. Taste is sweet with a hint of tartness. Smooth. Very nice dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2012
On tap at Phoenixville. Pours brown with tan head. Plums, caramel, candy. Medium creamy body. Moderately sweet with low bitterness. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (25571) - Malm, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeastysroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty flavor with hints of caramel. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (4510) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2011
Faint hints of raisin and toffee on the nose. Pours a dishwater brownish color from the tap. Rich complex taste with various spice notes undulating in my mouth which thankfully is legal in pa. Warms as you drink it. I actually prefer this one to the fe 10.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
28-Feb-11 (750-ml corked and caged bottle: Obtained 01-May-06 in trade with hopdog, thanks Steve!)
This is fairly good example of a Dubbel. The sweet, fruity entry of dates, figs, apples, and raisins leads into a more malty finish. Additional complexity is provided by flavors of caramelized sugar, chocolate, toast, dark bread, yeast, and fall leaves. Its very sweet throughout, though, and does tend to become cloying on the palate, which is full bodied with medium carbonation and a slightly drying finish to help combat the heavy, malty sweetness. The nose offers aromas of dried fruits, caramely malts, brown sugar, and alcohol. Red-amber in color and fairly clear with half an inch of beige-colored head that settles quickly to a wide ring. A pretty solid example of the style, but unfortunately, its just not a style I care for that much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2010
750 ml bottle that I received as a gift from my friend J. Another bottle from my cellar that I wanted to drink this week. Pours a hazy brown that still has a bit of transparency with a thin-moderate tan head that lasted through the first two sips and left light lace. Very pleasant aroma that is very fruity with pears most notably. Some candi sugar sweetness in the nose as well. The flavor has some light fruit, but is nowhere near as fruity as the aroma, along with some malt and some mild spice. A bit spritzy in the body; I tend to think of dubbels as more rich and a bit fuller bodied. Otherwise, a decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2010
In short: A muddy, dirty, nutty brown Belgian ale. Meh.
How: (Tap? Bottle?) at BCTC 2010
The look: Cloudy brown body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is quite nutty, toasted and yeasty. Taste is a litlle too dirty for me. Yeast, toasted nuts, some dark fruits and some toffee all come together in a muddy way. Like an old tired beer. I would assume that the brewery didnt serve old stuff at a beer festival but it taste a bit tired and amateurish to me. Body was a bit lifeless too, especially considering what a Belgian Dubbel body should feel like. Oh well, at least I didnt buy a full bottle (Iron Hill bottles are pricey). Thats what beer festivals are for, getting ratings on stuff that I would not normally buy. Also we had a great sunny and dry day for this outdoor festival but the stupid weather channel wont let me rate it. For the record, I give the weather at BCTC 2010 a 4.2.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2010
20100926 tap at Wilmington. Cloudy dark green-golden with ample off-white head that lasts. Aroma is full of banana and yeasty esters but also a fusel dose. Crazily thick on the palate and quite sweet without much hop or malt/roast astringency to offset. Lingering alcohol and toffee. Okay, but a bit much for more than a sample.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (7376) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Draft. Brown pour with some white head. Sweet and bready malts, candied sugar, and dark fruits notes. A little too sweet for my taste in this style.

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