chillhaze (5) - Cape May, Alabama, USA - SEP 8, 2010 does not count
Without a doubt, one of my favorite Winter Ales.
Aroma- nuts, caramel, bread, earthy, spicy
Appearance- Warm amber
Taste- pleasantly complex, sweetness-light to medium
Palate. Medium bodied, slightly creamy with average carbonation and a nice finish. FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy dark brown with light ruby highlights and a small dark tan head. The aroma was a lovely mix of sweet and tangy malts, cherry and cognac. Flavor was an enticing mix of tart, tangy lightly bitter malts mixed with ripe cherries, caramel and a touch of nutmeg and chocolate. The finish was long tart cherry and caramel. The mouthfeel was rather thick. Lovely. ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Amazingly I found a bottle in the "bahgin bin" at Spirit Haus in AMherst, MA. Beautiful ruby color. Raisiny aroma that reminds me of some of the better Belgians. Yummy smooth with a nice mixture of flavors that work well with each other. Good stuff. DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Pours dark red-brown with thick off-white head. Aromas of caramel, yeast, nuts and toast. Smooth palate had a nice baking spice character with caramel--sweetish without at all being cloying. Finish is nutty. Not severely heavy like some winter beers. Really, really....Really good. tramp55555 (61) - Lisbon, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2012
This is a truely wonderful beer. It’s not the best I’ve had but it rates close to the top. It has a very distinct ans serious taste, in a league of it’s own.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2014
The trick with this beer is not to think of it as a dubbel, but rather "reminiscent thereof." Am I getting a dubbel-y beer. No. Am I getting a wonderful beer. Yes. Solid dark malt notes. Flavorful beyond its abv. Highly recommended. dai1005a (8) - Havre de Grace, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2008 does not count
bottle, pours dark brown, very smooth flavor, slite bitterness towards the end, roasted malts, little citrus with fruity aromas and taste Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2010
THOUGHTS: It was like a dubbel Lite, at least in the ABV because there was a ton of flavor in this little beer. A very nutty, malty, Christmasy flavor without using any spices. Just a spiciness from the Belgian yeast. Also some chocolate. Would probably go nice with some cookies. I could drink this all night. Low ABV and tons of flavor. I was amazed by all the flavor. Not much hops — the way I like my Christmas/winter beers.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, dark reddish amber that appeared brown in the glass with an average to large, off-white head that mostly diminished, but left good lacing. The aroma was moderate, nutty, caramel and chocolate malt; a hint of roast; moderate spicy yeast; a little fruit and a little marciano cherry. The initial flavor was sweet and lightly acidic while the finish was rather sweet and lightly bitter with an average duration. There was caramel malt, nutty malt, spicy yeast, fruits, berry, hints of chocolate and some roast. The medium body was somewhat syrupy with tingly carbonation and a slightly chalky and ever so slightly astringent finish. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a clear very dark brown with an almost 2 finger head. Greate retention and lacing.
The smell is of roasted malt along with a bit of chocolate. A tiny bit of hoppiness there as well.
The taste is very roasty and chocolatey up front. This fades to some dark fruits along with a metallic taste. There is some hop flavor on the finish along with a fairly assertive bitterness.
Overall this is an enjoyable beer. Very well suited to the winter months.
MarkSachon (1062) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2014
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle on Rte. 8 in Pittsburgh. Plenty of body and nicely balanced with just the right amount of hops. Smuttynose did a nice job with this one.