Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Watou, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 2306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Deep hazy-brown colour, big body, malt palate.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 Dark burgundy body. Initially large head that quickly diminishes to a long-lasting thin off-white layer. Aroma of toasted bread and coffee-shop. Taste has a lot of toasted malts, light chocolate (not the dark bitter type), some nuts. The beer is only moderately fruity with some raisins and maybe plums flavours. Very little hop presence and almost no bitterness. No alcohol flavour at all. This is a rather smooth round beer, not aggressive at all, with a soft foamy body. As good as it may be it lacks something to make it stand out, to give it its own character. High quality, reliable, well put together but ultimately unexceptional. The Mazda 6 of Belgian beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
poursa cloudy amber hue with a light, slight off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, some oats and some yeasty goodenss. Mouthfeel is medium -light bodied with flavors remiscent of the 12, but very soft. Raisins, caramel, some orange peel and a hint of bitter-sweet chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (17968) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle. Nice big creamy tan head with good duration. Color is dark. Aroma is sweet and fruity with lots of spices. Taste is likewise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sojifio (11) - madison, Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Not quite the 12 but a enjoyable none the less. not a heavy body, nice off-white head, initial tastes of raisins and maybe grapefruit. nice smooth finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergface (56) - madison, Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Dark dark beer. Head poured over two fingers high (and I drink mine out of schooners, which look like giant goblets- they work well but dont have the slight taper). Not as bitter as many trappist ales, but also bit less overall body. It still has complexity though, a bit of caramel sweetness, raisins or perhaps fresh grapes, and maybe even a bit of citrus. Easily drinkable and alcohol is well-hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Poured from bottle...Murky brown with even an almost greenish tint to it. Very little head. Smell was sweet, yeasty. Taste was VERY light. Not what I was expecting...Tasted like waterd down apple cider...I really could have drunk it straight down. I preferred the number 6, I think. This one was a bit light for me...Maybe a bad bottle? As I detcted no after taste, no bitterness, nothing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2006
11.2 oz bottle- Poured a hazy, mirky brown color w/a moderate tan head & good lacing which lasted thru the brew. Light floral Belgian aroma. Clean crisp fruity flavor w/a touch of sweetness. Traces of lemon/lime, cotton candy, & spice. Light to medium finish w/ some malt bitterness. Good Ale, very drinkable. Alcohol was well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle (75cl) at work - shared with Jesper & Rune. Unclear brown - light yellow head. Licorice, yeast, wheat, malty, nice hopped, resin, grass, cirtus. Sommth finish - nice !!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2009 BB 04-11. Pour is hazy with noticeable, dark brown with deep red highlights; head is beige, average-sized, and pillowy/fizzy which settles quickly to a lasting creamy layer and leaves some nice lace. Nose is a scaled down version of the 12; Belgian chocolate, light caramel, raisin, plum, nutmeg, and light doughy yeast. Flavor is nice with light chocolate, plum, and raisin with some clove and brown sugar. Palate is medium-full, very lively, and almost round; a bit too carbonated. Finishes with some earthy bitterness but still sweet with light chocolate and plum and a moderate length. Much better than the 6 but nothing in comparison to the 12. Lacks the great richness and complexities, but is highly drinkable. Very nice strong Belgian, just not up to the level of the Abts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkBarnes (414) - Waterville, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2006
12 oz. bottle, part of a St. Bernardus sampler 4-pack, complete with logod Trappist glass. Excellent balance of all the dark fruit elements youd expect to find in a BSA, with spiciness and a wee bit of alcohol burn. Not *quite* Abt 12, but its a great concoction, and perhaps the next best thing?

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