Hamirubi (595) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2017
75cl bottle at home (4 VI 2017), shared with family. A good looking brew: redbrown, very red, clean ale with a very frothy, snowy, beige almost creamy collar. The flavours are build around a sweetish, classic-Belgian nose with bread notes. Some yeast and dust make up for a very dull, very basic character, alas. There is something very sugary - and thus not very promising - in there as well. The taste is very sweet, originating from an almost syrup mouthfeel. This Orvélo Dome comes with brown rock sugar and dull malts, maybe some figs and little hoppiness, which form an atmost classic, earthy brown ale atmosphere. There is not much going on in this over-sweetened, somewhat artificial even, yet typically plain dubbel-styled brew. The carbonation is rather subtle, the palate is well-balanced and correct. But oh so average to me, I’m afraid. Bontus (804) - Flanders, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2016
75 cl bottle at Waasmunster beerfestival. Pours caramel coloured with a strong nice malty aroma of cara malts. Well rounded, good palate. Nice one. Alengrin (5779) - BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2016
After the Orvélo Tripel, this dubbel version was added. Medium thick, moussy, regularly shaped, pale greyish tan head leaving light lacing and sitting atop a dark burgundy beer with vermillion hue, initially clear and fully translucent but hazy with deposit, with low fizz. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, coriander seed, overripe pear, dried tree leaves, chestnut, white pepper, dried banana, hints of ginger powder, stewed apple, milk chocolate bar, dry earth, liquorish and cinnamon - in all, very cliché for a Belgian dubbel, but fortunately free of off-flavours and in that sense quite inviting. Sweetish onset of candied fig, banana with brown sugar and raisin with only a basic sourishness for balance, but the sweetness remains restrained and elegant, not becoming cloying at any point; carbo is medium and just fit for this style, mouthfeel is lean, supple and a bit resinous. Full, pleasant caramelly malt sweetness is the main theme here, but it has a nutty and eventually even subtly toasted bitterish edge working well with the herbal, earthy, gentle hop bitterness in the end; aftertaste is therefore agreeably bittersweet, something which is further accentuated by the obligatory dosis of soapy coriander seed, with some lingering esters (yet quite subduedly so for a Belgian dubbel), a liquorish-like flavour and a glow of warming, brandy-like alcohol all the way at the back. Earthy and stereotypical, but otherwise fairly ’clean’ and technically very well-executed example of a Belgian dubbel, with a good balance of sweet and bitter. I quite like this, no matter how predictable it may be, and I would even recommend this as a perfect introduction to this style, though it would benefit from a tad less coriander, like so many other Belgian ales. Garrold (5673) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle share round at Richy’s. Bubbly, cream coloured head. Chocolate biscuit malts. Dark, cake fruits. Light caramel. Taste is light dry. Some brown sugar sweetness. Soft, rich, massaging palate. Finishes light sweet. BlackHaddock (7744) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2015
27th June 2015: 0.75 litre bottle (from De Bierboom, Brugge) split between five of us. Deep amber pour with a beige/off-white head. Malts first with this brew in both the aroma and taste: semi-sweet with toffee and caramel to the fore. Fruity feel within the flavours but mostly malty molasses being calmed down by a decent hop backing.
SarkyNorthener (4907) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2015
2nd annual Midlands tasting group. Bottle shared thanks to Blackhaddock, cheers Jeremy. Chestnut beer with medium head. Aroma of toffee, dark malts and candy sugar. Taste is caramel, dark malts, brown bread and some Demerara sugar. Good stuff, I like these non mainstream Belgian beers. s_hartshorne (2815) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle midlands tasting group. Aroma Lots of candy sugar caramel. Taste bready sweet malts caramel light hoppy bitters. Ok body. Good stuff RichTheVillan (8298) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle during 2nd Annual Midlands tasting group; dark amber pour with a bubbly beige head, toffee aroma, taste is sweet, with some dark fruits, malt loaf, light spice, chocolate. DutchDrebus (6238) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. "Donker bier" means clear amber I guess, with a medium sized off-white head. Smells banana, banana, slightly smoked. Disturbing. Tastes brown sugar, cinnamon, banana. Not an abbey double. Medium (sugary) body, low carbo. Benzai (16751) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ home shared with Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Hazy dark red-brown color with a medium to full sized beige to light brown head. Aroma is very sweet. Taste malts, sweet malts, sweet, sugar, slightly herbs or spices. Average body and carbonation. Meh.