BrewNinja (8) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2010 does not count
Wow! Great stuff. Had in Asheville on draft at Thirsty Monk. Great aromatics, complex and intense. Palate equals the experience, really like this brew. Favorite I’ve had from New Belgium for sure Reminds me a bit of Ommegangs Three Philosophers which rocks!!! dnstone (4177) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Wild yeast aroma. Deep copper in color. Funky wild yeast taste blending to a fantastic dubbel-like taste. This is probably the best New Belgium beer I’ve had!
Notes: Brewery visit during ’09 GABF unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2009
tap @ john’s creek tacomac. Medium brown color. Nice toasted aroma, lots of dark fruit. Flavor of sweet sugary malt. Caramelized fruit sugar flavors all through the finish. Wow, this is good. This is a textbook Abbey Dubbel. BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Tap at Stub & Herbs! Dark brown with faint white head. Incredibly floral aroma - I could smell the thing from 2 feet away before even touching the glass! A little berry in the bouquet as well. A sweet fruity malt with some banan character. Faint brett and sour intermingle towards the end and a very dry finish. Fantastic!!! swanmann (787) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Ok, it’s actually the Fall Wild Ale. I trekked the growler from Ft. C to Oklahoma, so the body suffered a little, but the flavor... It pours deep caramel brown with minimal head. Smells of intense caramel, syrupy fruits (figs, oranges?), cinnamon and alcohol all open up as it warms. You can definitely taste a strong ale here, nicely spiced and malty. I would say it’s full boded with adequate carb. Definitely warm and smooth, it’s a great pre-cursor to a formal winter ale. Don’t miss it on tap!
Cybercat (6586) - Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Pours a dark, nearly opaque mahogany with a thick, fine-bubbled, light tan head. Aroma is strongly of fresh bananas and just a little sweet with a malty undertone. Flavor is fruity, mainly banana and rather sweet with an underpinning of malt. Texture is tingly and fizzy and just a little smooth. durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2009
On tap at Tyler’s. Pours slightly hazy brown with thinnish off-white head. Nose fairly similar to traditional dubbel... caramel, both dark and summery fruits, Belgian yeast and sugar... and wait, what’s this? Bretty notes as well as some almost Scuppernong-like notes... I guess that’s the schisandra? Can’t believe this was 8.5%... I took down a pint without blinking and didn’t feel overwhelmed by either the sweetness or the alcohol. Damn fine offering from New Belgium. Hope they bottle it (and sell it at a decent price). JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2009
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. Really excellent brew, surprisingly so in fact. Dank, dusy brown pour with a decently strong head. The malt forward nose certainly lives up to the style designation, although the complexity of the funky yeast is there in the nose. Body is medium, with lightly prickly carbonation. Somehow the brett complements the fruit profile of the dubbel, and renders the style much more enjoyable and complex than I usually find it. Lovely dry fruit from the berry too. I dug it quite a bit. acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2009 Way off on my original rating; light amber, big pillowy white head. Sour, fruity aromas with some earthiness in the background. Very crisp, light and (dare I say?) refreshing flavor. Lovely.