pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2008
bottle from saints membership ’07.....murky caramel brown pour with a frothy off-white head....aroma of figs, prunes, and other dark fruits. some biscuity sweet malt as well.... flavors of sweet caramel malt, spices, and dark fruit with a lively well-carbonated mouthfeel. i detected a little alcohol in the finish. Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Shared w/ Exec board courtesy of Juart. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a reddish hue. Nose of raisins and some spice. A little bit of yeast and a lot of malt sweetness. Very malty flavor. Sweet raisins and fig with a nice bitter finish. A really good body that is kind of syrupy and very little carbonation. Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 C&C 750, no date. Pours into my trusty Chimay glass a clear, brilliant mahogany red with a thin beige head. Nose is spicy dark fruits - fig and raisin primarily, with allspice and light anise, touched with roasty malt. Flavor is quite different - spice really takes over, a weird funky note creeps in, like bad nuts. The fruitiness comes through a bit as it warms up, the anise and allspice coming on strong. Strange, and not one I’ll be on the lookout for.
Re-rate. Clear amber brown, small beige head. All of the above, less the bad nut flavor, this is delightful! Guess that first one was off... numbers based on second try. Taverner (1103) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
On first crack, it smells like you just opened a box of SunMaids... and it pours a completely opaque amber with some tan head that sticks around. On first taste, its like Fig Newtons with some raisins...but it finishes on a bitter, hoppy note.Good stuff! santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Thank dpjuart for sharing. Malty, sweet aroma. Rich and and full of caramel, dark fruits, and a hint of oxidation (cardboard). Beautiful red hue with beige head. Very young flavor. Hot hot hot alcohol throughout. Dark fruits and rum come to mind. The mouthfeel is syrupy and cloying, but oddly thin in the finish. A good beer for sure, but needs some time in a cool, dark place to develop. I just noticed this is a Dubbel. What? Says who? Cause this sure as hell didn’t taste like no Dubbel to me. Dubbel’s are meant to be smooth and drinkable - and this was damn near the polar opposite of that.
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
750 m. bottle from trade with Ty, shared with Exec Board. Pours brown w/ amber hues. Fizzy, beige head that quickly dissipates. Nose is caramel and toffee, raisin, touch of plum with some alcohol present. Taste is much the same, caramel and toffee, touch of roast, some fruity undertones, raisin, and lot of alcohol. Very hot. Mouthfeel is thin but sticky. Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Sampled from 750 courtesy of dpjuart. Sweet and smooth aroma, with raisin and plum and mild fig. Alcohol vapors, rich malty aroma. Aromatic with some carbonic gaseousness. Rich coppery red-brown clear, with absolutely no head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium-light carbonation. This one is still hot, but with a nice taste to it and oddly, a bit watery/thin. Nice malty flavor with raisin and caramel. Mild sweet malty finish with light chalky bitterness in the after. A tasty brew. patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2008
tap at the brewery - Pours lightly hazy reddish-brown with a thin head. It has a good malted fruit aroma with a similar flavor that also includes some mild hops. A medium bodied brew, the dark fruit notes in the background are probably the high point. doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Pours a dark reddish brown color from the bottle. Thin off-white head that is actually somewhat frothy and resiliant. I’m drinking this brew warmer than I normally prefer, so it’s probably the perfect temp, but the nose is a bit subdued. I get a bit of dark, wet fruitiness, also some dark malts in there. Tastes fruity... Deep, dark, fruitiness. Raisin and plum stand out. Neither of which I really like, but this brew is tasty and different. jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2008
on tap-pours a retaining off white head that laces and amber color. Aroma is funky wheat/medium malt, spices-pepper. Taste is funky wheat/medium malt, spices-pepper, yeasty, musty, sweetness. Not my style.