koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2017
750 mL bottle shared by ebone1988. The pour is a darker ruby brown with a thick cap of light tan head and a couple spots of lace that linger when it falls to a thick film and collar. The aroma is interesting. There is a good bit of dried and sugared grapes up front with a sweet maltiness. The Belgian yeast comes through on the back end a little more prominently. There is a bit of yeastiness and a light sweet malt. The light raisin comes through late and there’s a bit of a metallic zing to it that I’m not crazy about. The mouth feel is medium bodied and softly carbonated with a lingering raisin and dark fruit combined with a Belgian yeast and a sweet finish. Not bad. 7 4 7 4 15 ebone1988 (2165) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2017
Bottle from Merchants. Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is dry, dusty, yeasty, dark fruit, some booze, different. Appearance is reddish brown, light brown head, nice head retention, unclear. Taste is dry, roasted malt, nutty, dark fruit, boozy, dusty, good. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, dry roasted malt boozy dark fruit aftertaste. Overall, it's a solid Dubbel. hivemind (933) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2017
Draft at Barcade JC with Paul D. back in Oct 2015 (Mets in WS or NLCS). Looks dusty orange-brown. Malty aroma. Notes of dried fruit along with roasty pork fat (?). Dry with gritty quality to the mouthfeel. luttonm (6845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. Modest, off-white head on a mostly clear yellow-amber brown. Dark caramel and raisins on nose, leading to a moderately sweet and lightly dark fruit-tart body. Descends to nice bitter dubbel profile malts. Fruit pits, bitter fruit skin. Finishes on a lighter note, dry and relatively crisp. Lacking some of the richness - and even some of the sweetness, if I’m honest - that I would expect in a dubbel. Solid. ABS (1117) - Stokke, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2017
Bottle at Rickfifty's. Pours red to copper. Sugar, malt, caramel, malt. Bitter, some sweetness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Could be more interesting.
Bill Becker (1911) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 31, 2017
From Dec 2007 flatmatt (1621) - Northville, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2017
This pours from caged and corked 750ml bottle a clear deep amber/brown with a thick off white head of foam with lots of sticky lacing.
The smell is very fruity...lots of lemon and other citrus smells hit my nose. I also get some caramel malt, yeast, and some spice.(clove)
The taste has caramel malt, yeast, chocolate, raisin, plum, toffee, fig..err...very complex. It also has a slight earthiness to it. The mouthfeel is medium and it's medium to lightly carbonated. It finishes witha mix of chocolate and yeasty tones. I like it. Oh, and there's a bit of clove that I'm picking up now along with a touch of banana. The alcohol is fairly noticeable as a slight warming during and after the swallow. It's a *nice* sipper and one that I wouldn't mind seeking out again.Good stuff!
Edit: With the last pour, the appearance immediately became cloudy due to the sediment and that always means, for me, a better score in appearance for the style. Also, all of the flavours seem to have intensified bringing much more goodness to my palate. Why is it that the bottom third of a bottle of a Belgian or Belgian style ale always is the best part of the bottle??? Anywho, I've adjusted my rating accordingly.
750 mL bottle. Pours a lightly hazy amber with an off-white head. Raisiny earthy aroma with some yeastiness. Flavor is again raisin, earthy, nutty. Molasses and a touch of anise. Quite nice. nihtila (3954) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 28, 2017
On tap at the brewery. Dark rwddish brown. Nose is raisins, candied sugar, dried fruits. Tastes sugar sweet, dried fruits, ripe banana. Unfortunately not as good as nose, slightly one-dimensional. Learninbeer (654) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2017
The aroma is Belgium - banana/bubblegum, some raisin. Pours a golden copper/brown with creamy light tan head mostly diminishing and very good lacing. The taste is light/medium bitter-sweet. The body is medium/light, the texture a little thin, the carbonation lively and the finish short. RLiddell (142) - Valrico, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2017
Bottle picked up in Chicago. Pours a dark bronze with a small, sticky head. Taste is caramel and dark fruit, dates and raisins. Love Belgium dubbels and this is a good one.