JStax (7181) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
22 ounce bottle shared in the hotel room. Pours a darker brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has chocolate, coffee, figs, and a bit of light spice. Taste is sweet and darkly fruity. Bigger body and medium carbonation. thewolf (12803) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to a trader. Pours nice deep chestnut with a medium, frothy, white head. Aroma has nice esters, raisins, plums, hazelnuts, a touch of coffee. Medium carbonation, fine dry and very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lovely caramel, dark Belgian sugar, liqourice, raisins, plums. Lovely elegance. Good bitterness with this soft coffee note. Warming finish. Top class. SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle thanks to adnielsen: Poured a light brown with orange hints, head left a lacing off white residue to the glass. Aroma is fruity, bubblegum, yeast, and sweet malt. Taste is a bit toffee, malt, some fruit, and finished dry. weihenweizen (4128) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Refrigerated brown bomber compliments of adnielson poured into a tulip. Pours clear dark amber with medium amber bottom highlight and medium light brown head. Dark fruit aroma, medium carbonation, medium/light body, and some small bubble lacing. Taste is some dark fruit with some hops. Easy to drink, but hoped for more good flavor. snoworsummer (6076) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2013
From a 2011 bottle. Pours almost clear reddish brown with a very thin white head. Smells like malt, raisin, and some sweetness. Smooth feel. Tastes malty, with some syrup, citrus, and light hops. Medium body and low carbonation. Thanks beerandblues2!
sonnycheeba (6360) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2013
2011 bottle thanks to beerandblues2. Pours a dark, hazy amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is a heavy dose of mixed berries and vineous fruit with cookie and cereal malts, floral hops, faint sour notes, and faint booze. Flavor is a good balance of chewy bready malts, dark fruit esters, floral notes, and some light alcohol sweetness; dry finish. Medium/full body and low carbonation. chinchill (5319) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2013
22 oz bottle allowed to warm for about 40 min., then served in a snifter.
A: Pours a dark, clear, orange-mahogany with a smallish tan head. The head has poor retention, but moderate lacing is left on the glass.
Smell is a but subdued for style, but as expected, it’s fruity, spicy and yeasty. The flavor profile is complex, and suggests cherries, plums, raisins, nutmeg, cloves, yeast and medium malt. The high ABV is well-hidden. The flavor leans to the sweet side, like St. Bernadus. A bit of spice and baked dark bread, with plenty of dark fruit in the lingering aftertaste.
M: Very smooth and creamy; medium+ body; a bit sticky in the finish. Lightly warming.
O: In terms of flavor, mouthfeel and appearance, this could readily pass for a fine Belgian abbey ale -- is there a higher complement? I enjoyed this notably more than NB’s ’regular’ Abbey Ale. Highly recommended. hayduke (5677) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Courtesy of the New Belgian Kinetic Sculpture team and their fearless leader, Jen Stampley, the "pedaling pixie".. Thanks Jen. Pours a dark amber color with a foamy beige head. Nose of roasted malts and belgian yeast. Medium plus in body with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor of rich malts and there is some ripe fruit . Finishes generally on the sweet side, but right at the end a bitterness arrives. This is an easy drinking and flavorful beer with notobvious flaws. Like this one a lot. SDalkoholic (2431) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Poured a dense brass/copper liquid that showed evidence of sediment floating about while a delicate pillow of foam graced the top. In the aroma, my nose picks up on a semi sweet yet spicy scent of caramelized malts and authentic Belgian yeast. The drink has a heavy palate that is carried by a backbone of caramel malt and with mild spiced yeast that balances out this abbey dubbel while also staying true to monk recipe traditions. Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with a bready yeast is interesting. Taste is dominated by dry caramel malt notes with very subtle residual sugar notes and some bready notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol can be detected. I am not sure where all those high ratings are coming from. I was expecting more complexity from the yeast ester which I could find here and I thought the beer was too dry for the style.