luttonm (6745) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2017 dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge aroma of apple, banana, plum, raisin, vanilla, brown sugar. Appears a crystal clear mahogany color with some reddish hues, and with a mountainous brown head that dissipates almost immediately. Flavor is figs and raisins at the start, with vanilla, bourbon, and oak in the middle, and ending with flavors of spiced fruitcake. Palate is quite dry. Overall, a good brew that could be made better with a bit more residual sweetness and a bit less of a dry mouthfeel.
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 (1108) - 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 (1773) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 31, 2017
From Dec 2007
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.
flatmatt (1608) - Northville, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2017
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 (3912) - 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 (639) - 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. Maersk (335) - MOLDOVA - SEP 10, 2017
Dark amber, almost bronze, hszy, small to medium creamy head. Dark fruit, caramel, some jam in the aroma. Light bodied despite 8 abv, refreshing. More fruit in the taste, bitter finish. Dubbels are just not my type. mephisto (1294) - TAIWAN - AUG 30, 2017
delicious offering found in whole foods in LA. fruity and tasty, it is well balanced. KevinReddirt (220) - Midland, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2017
I located this 750 ml bottle on a Cubs and Sox trip to Chicago and brought it home for a leisurely sampling. Poured into my newish Trappists Rochefort glass it delivers a dark liquid with reddish highlights around the edges along with a long lasting off-white top. For the nose I find pleasant notes, yellow raisin, dough and spun sugar. Let’s have a drink now. Like wow, really fine. Not as sweet as the scent, it gives me apricot, malt, nectarine, a touch of toffee, baked bread. Halfway through there comes this hit of bitterness that sticks around. A great dubbel, I would love to locate again.