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RATINGS: 2212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Deep burgundy color with a big, fluffy head. Complex fruit aromas with a layered sweetness (honey, then caramel, then toffee) with a hint of licorice and chocolate. A big, rich, abbey-style ale that dries out nicely on the finish.

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3.7
Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) Beautiful mahogany with a tint of red. Creamy, off-white head leaving some laces. Sophisticated, vinous aroma with distinct alcohol. The body is solid and full with plenty of roasted malt. Sweet, fruity notes - of dried fruit like raisins in particular. Also very warming alcohol in the finish. 291205

4.2
Leighton (23090) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2010 Draft and bottle, many times at many places. Delicious. Pours a reddish-brown color with a huge, thick beige head. Sweet, rich, fruity flavor with hints of caramel and raisin. Similar flavor profile. Overall outstanding. Update: I had some of a 2004 bottle at BCTC 2010. This beer ages well and the character calms down a bit. Extra points for the longevity.

3.9
Rasmus40 (22682) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle @ Malmö Brygghus Hamnmästaren. Hazy dark reddish brown with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit and yeasty. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. 240713

3.5
Koelschtrinker (22488) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUL 4, 2017
Spritzig hefiger, weich fruchtiger Antrunk. Angenehm würzig, recht trocken. Erhöhte Karbonisierung, hefig bleibend, vollmundig. 10/11/11/12/11/11

3.7
Theydon_Bois (21794) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle, from BOE, split at JF’s, 20/04/13. Hazed dark amber with a thin beige head. Nose is toffee, dark malts, brown sugar, light booze. Taste comprises toffee, yeast notes, dark malts, cocoa, dates, brown sugar, a little booze. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, touch of bitterness in the finish allied to booze. Decent enough dubbel, whilst the booze was evident it was never all encompassing.

3.5
fiulijn (21522) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2003
Hazy brown-amber color. Nice malt aroma. Good body, well structured, quite sweet in the front and correctly balanced later; caramel and liquorice.

3.6
mcberko (20253) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2011
750mL bottle, pours dark reddish brown with a big beige head that takes a while to settle. Nose is candied sugar, caramel malt and light dried fruits. Flavour of caramel, candied sugar and lots of yeast. Highly carbonated. Very nice - it’s like a toned version of Three Philosophers.

3.8
saxo (20024) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle. Nice head with excellent duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are rich with fruits, malt and spices.

3.3
harrisoni (19695) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle from The Bottle Shop Canterbury. Dark brown colour, lasting beige head. Like the Rare Vos, this has a metallic twang to the peppery hop finish. Less estery than the Vos, this is more like a strong brown beer. Hides the alcohol well. Some dubbel characteristics after a time. OK.

3.5
Oakes (19547) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 23, 2000
Fruity, firm dubbel, reminiscent of bananas dipped in chocolate, with a dry, yeasty finish.


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