lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 On tap in Phoenixville. Seems a little too sweet. Overall pretty well balanced, lots of candy sugar, a little banana and spice. Finishes very well. CJfromPhilly (140) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
25.3 oz bottle from the Media, PA location. Pours a hazy coppery-reddish color with a one finger heas that settles into a thick collar & sticks to the glass. Aroma is of sweet fruity red wine. At first sip, the flavor matches the aroma exactly. There’s an initial sweetness followed by a dry tartness. If I didn’t know better, i’d swear this was a glass of red wine and not beer! As the beer warms, the sweetness seems to fade and a dry spicyness becomes apparent. Mouthfeel is medium fullness with some sparlke from the carbonation. Overall, this is one damned fine brew IMHO! MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Tap at Wilmington. Hazy orange color. Tastes of yeast, brown sugar and an array of fruit; candied oranges and cherries. Medium to heavy bodied. Tangy finish. A very good dubbel. sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2008
smells medicinal and looks hazy but is a nice color. all aspects strongly influenced by coriander. its ok, i guess. Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
Blind tasting at Papsoe. Clear brown colour with a little head. Aroma of oak, wine-like, grapes and sweet maltness. Sweet smooth flavour with notes of malt, alcohol and very little chocolate and caramel.
adrian910ss (2604) - Doylestown, PA, USA - FEB 29, 2008
On draft at North Wales. Pours a dark mahogany with a medium white/beige head. Weak aroma of banana and clove. Taste is much the same- watery banana and clove. Nothing special. GMCC2181 (1617) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 28, 2008
On tap at Newark: Dark amber color. Nice lacing. Smelled sweet. Nice and smooth. Meduim texture. Good beer but nothing special. TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Draft in Lancaster Iron Hill. Small off white head, good lacing in glass goblet. Muddy orange color. Faint aroma of spice, fruit which carries into the pallet. Actually tastes less potent than the first time I had it, almost a little watery. Good finish but as I said more mellow, refreshing. afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2008
a dark amber color with a thin off-white head. light fruit and spice on the nose. fruity, yeasty flavor with a bit of spice. dry spicy finish. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Chocolatey malts hug prune and cherry esters right before doughy yeast and a smidgen of black pepper envelop the finish. This is a nourishing and authentic example of the Abbey Dubbel style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the reddish brown.
-The Abbey Ale yeast is rather obvious and perfectly positioned in the flavor profile.
-This is another well-rounded Iron Hill ale.
-Carbonation is comfortable and correctly emulates the Belgian style.
On tap at the Wilmington brewpub.