walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
A nice depth of sweet flavors without being too sweet itself. Mollasses, caramel, raisin, dark Belgian yeast flavor. Alcohol comes through a little, medium speed drinking. Very dark for the style, but the darker flavors aren’t really present bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2009
(Draught) Pours a clear deep amber body with an average beige head. Aroma of raisins, plum, and molasses. Flavor of raisins, chocolate, brown sugar, plum, raisins, molasses, Belgian yeast, and light herbs. nickd717 (4769) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2009
On tap at GABF where this beer won a bronze medal. It is a solid dubbel. Medium reddish-brown color with a nice off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt and dark fruits. Flavor is nice, complex, and balanced, with sweet malt, brown sugar, plum, fig, raisin, and a touch of alcohol. Not too sweet, sticks pretty well to the style. Medium-full palate with soft carbonation. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2009
GABF 2009, Light to medium brown pour, Aroma is rich maltiness & dried fruits. Great dubbel IMO. Raisiny, dother dried fruits, great malt balance, sweet malts, smoth drinking. Very good interpretation of the style arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2009
On tap at RB Chicago (was titled "Abbey Ale (with raisins and molasses)" on the beer menu), into a goblet. Murky brown beer with a ring of fuzzy yellow taupe as the only remains of the head. Smell is uber-sweet: fruitcake, molasses, reminiscent of barley wine. Sweet and full in the mouth, but not syrupy. Lively but soft carbonation. The gliding sugars remind me of Corsendonk maybe, or a fuller/grainier Rochefort. Finish is dry and dirty, a very nice counterpoint to the sugariness up front. As the glass warms, I pick up some banana and maybe some corn in the finish, which detracts a bit. Overall, it seems a bit muddled, but tasty.
cgarvieuk (25224) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2009
Tap at brewpub pre DLD 09 ... Red copper ... sweet caramel and yeasty nose ... fruity and big berry fruit .. again yeasty breadyness ... some raisins User29624 (1683) - - MAR 21, 2009
Pours brown with almost no head. Served in a goblet. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit, and yeast. Sweet flavor - alcohol was well hidden. Banana, raisins, and sugar in the flavor. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Pours a nice lightly hazed brown with moderate offwhite head. Aromas are nice brown sugar, belgian yeast, and a lighty fruitiness. Molasses, raisins, and yum. Initial is belgian, darker sugars, and light dark fruits. Taste is similar, dark malts, ugars, and fruity. Some banana, molasses, darker fruits, and light bitterness in the finish. Decent. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2009
served in a goblet at RB Chicago...dark, semi-cloudy pour, raisin brown in nature with a wispy off-white head... dark fruit and sweet malty aroma..as flavors go banana and dark fruit with a little booze in the finish. medium carbonation and adequate mouthfeel. decent interpretation of the dubbel style. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Served in a goblet at the brewpub: This poured a deep mahogany body with a smallish head that didn’t even leave a film when it left shortly after the pour. The aroma is sweet with raisins, molasses, and dark malt and has some soapy, yeasty scents as well. Very smooth and warming drink, the flavor reflectging the nose with the addition of cookie dough and oranges. Very nice interpretation of the style.