garmonbozia (450) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - FEB 14, 2010 muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from Woodmans in Janesville, WI (May 2008), served at cellar temperature or so from an Isenbeck Pils glass. Murky caramel in complexion with only a tiny bit of frothy off-white foam that dies quickly into a faint ring....strong caramel-raisin nose with a touch of rum, just as the label states; yeast is subdued though there is a hint of "Belgian" character I suppose.....body is quite sweet also, but assertive tart/sour yeast is present throughout, cutting the sugariness and balancing things out quite nicely.....carbonation is fairly strong, the finish is significantly drier than the candyish front, even a little bitter/burnt.....body could be fuller but with little alcohol presence this is a readily quaffable session example of the style, if not terribly authentic.
Thanks to Headbanger for this beer. Man this was a nice surprise to say the least. Nice dry fruit and tons of malt. I let this warm as I drank and it became more complex as it did. Lots of caramel and toffee. Poured a dark amber with a creamy mouthfeel. Nice beer for sure after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2009
12-oz, Thanks, Headbanger! Pours a deeply cloudy, almost murky rubied medium amber with some bright highlights even in the center. Thick, creamy tan head that runs away as soon as it realizes it’s naked and people can see it. Big fruity nose, apple-y and a bit cherry-like, with a tannic note under that that’s almost sharply acetic. Creamy, thick, delectably wintry body. The rye shows through on the mid-palate, and the fruitiness is gone. The bready note is definitely a rich brown bread, though, not the sourdough that the brewer is promising. Mild nutty finish. The flavors are all over the map, but, man, that body is perfect. MrBunn (2867) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Bottle. Pour is a mahogany brown with lots of light coming through and a half inch or so of foam that dies down as I’m typing. Aromas are earthy, nutty and fruity. Flavor is a nice mix of the above, but there is a cherry theme to it that drowns out other stuff. Also, alcohol peeks through as a little bit of an astringent bite... I’d like to see it hidden (at least flavor-wise) a little better. CanIHave4Beers (4241) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 29, 2008
This is more like it, Schell waters their beers down for the Iowa market, it’s a kind enough gesture but leaves me under whelmed with a few of their nice seasonal selections. I picked this bottle up while in Illinois.
The aroma is faint but very nice; it has a nutty and lightly fruity character, with hints of cherries and raisin. I always hated the fact that this abbey ale didn’t have a head, but that was the watered down version, this has a nice big fluffy head that goes away a bit but then stays thick on top of the beer. The beer seems to be filtered as it is totally translucent but the color is a beautiful reddish brown color. The beer is delicious lightly nutty and well balanced with sweet and dry flavors. Some predominant flavors are of dried fruit raisins & prunes. The alcohol is very warming and nice; the beer is fantastically drinkable and soft on the tongue. The beer is very nice; it’s sort of like what a Belgian trappist would brew if he was stuck in Germany.... or something.
RSRIZZO (2034) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2008
(12oz. Bottle courtesy of Headbanger). Aroma is a roasted malt and alcohol scent. Color is a deep amber with light carbonation and a thin head. Taste is malty and toasted. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a smooth feel. Finish comes in with a malty caramel taste that has a slight toasted flavor and some nice fruity yeast tones. After taste is sweet with the caramel lingering in a bit. This is a very good brew.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Not a whole lot like the abbey dubbels I have had before. This was a spiced brew witha lot of carbonation followed by hints of dark fruit and sweet malt. Not exceptional but not bad. Will buy the 2008 when it comes out. hopscotch (11439) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle… Hazy, deep amber ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The nose provides caramel, dark fruit and fuzzy fruit esters. Medium-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. The flavor is mostly sweet with offerings of golden raisins, toffee, caramel and candy sugar. Mild bitterness. Finishes minerally and sweet. Kudos to headbanger for sliding this bottle my way! dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours copper with ruby red, fizzy, off white head that disappears quickly. Nose is caramel, toffee and raisin with some mild alcohol notes. Taste is caramel and dark fruits, grape, raisin and plum, with a good does of caramel and some brown sugar and molasses. Dry finish with some bitter and a mild tartness that lingers into the after. Not bad. Solid offering. akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2008
The beer was clear amber with quickly dissipating white foam. In the aroma and flavor I got sweet caramel malt, raisins, and alcohol. The caramel malt was very pronounced for an Abbey Dubbel.