detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a hazed brown amber, the color of strong Lipton iced tea, and topped by a quarter inch of sudsy foam. This reduces by more than half, but leaves good lacing. Stirring and dumping the yeast makes the beer cloudier. A raisin bread and dough yeast aroma is very pleasant.
Mmmm... sweet and tart fruit and toffee malt combine for an exceptional flavor. Setting the glass down, I tasted sugared dates and dried fig. Yeast and strong black tea are in the finish. Tangy fruit, mild hops, and carbonated bubbles hang in the aftertaste. Medium in both body and fizz. Very drinkable, very enjoyable. Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2010
Looks great!!! dark brown you can see all the elements. great head. Very funky cheese aroma smells amazing.
Soo complex fruit chocolate cheese, malt. candy and they donít clash at all it is like 100 tiny flavour expiriances all at onev. unique and special. This is great!!!!!!! jerohen (2277) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2004 Bottled. Cloudy dark red-brown coloured, small but lasting head. Lots of yeast (most of which i kept inside the bottle). Fantastic aroma, malts, coffee, chocolate, wood, some Madeira indeed. Thick mouthfeel, sweet, malty, alcoholic and even some cheese. Remarkably the flavour doesn't really improve when the beer warms up. Lasting bittersweet finish, dry and some alcohol. Overall a bit like an aged (2 or 3 year old) Chimay Bleu. Fantastic brew. Thank you caesar for suggesting it! ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Bottle from Sun Devil. Really surprising treat. Nose of brown banana and gentle nutmeg/cinnamon. Color is a muddy brown with neat tan head. Flavor begins as nose does, going from banana bread to coffee-toffee and finally a dry/foreign stout muddy dark quality. Highly variable and multifaceted beer, and a hell of a dubbel. hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2010
Purchased at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam. Pours a hazy orange with a large off white head. The aroma is amazing. Wow... Blue cheese in all itís funky earthy gloriousness. There was vanilla, dates, plums, and Belgian yeast on the nose as well. But I donít think I have ever smelled anything quit like that before. The flavor is quite fruity to start with, dark fruit, soft fruit, and then moves into an earthy, musty, blue cheesy place. A tart berry like finish. A great dubbel!
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2005 Clear pale copper, honest white film. Incredible dates nose, possibly the most intense date flavor I’ve encountered in a beer and I really like the effect in a dubbel, a style which seems to often border greatness without ever reaching it. So, plenty of dark fruits, very juicy nose containing heavy chocolate backing, mild cinnamon hints, nutmeg, heavier toasted maltiness. A sweet kiss from a sweet lady. Palate can’t help but being sweet though the moderate carbonation helps it being palatable. Figgy, overwhelming dates, wet yet trying to dry out. Juicy pancake stuffing. Medium bodied, mineral, fluffy carbonation, never close to biting, all in a smooth, sweet fruitiness. Greatness. tennisjoel (1448) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2007
Deep caramel, vanilla, oak flavors make their way through the air. t Smisje is not a highly recognized brewery, but Iíll tell you what, this was an overwhelming winner at a recent blind tasting of abbey dubbels. The flavor was the most complex of the 9 beers tried. After tasting, all four participants commented on how they loved this beer. Very nicely done on the sweet and just a touch of bitterness to round out the finish. This beer is better than Westmalle Dubbel, Achel 8, Chimay Red, St. Bernardus Pater 6, to name a few. Try a blind taste test and see for yourself. islay (2696) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2007 Sampled at a blind abbey dubbel tasting hosted by tennisjoel on 4-14-07, along with eight other beers. This was the seventh beer that we tasted. It finished in first place in my rankings, and it was first place in the group rankings. Originally poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. This beer was the overwhelming winner of the night, with Corsendonk Pater finishing a strong if distant second.
<P>Very strong, sharp, surprisingly hoppy smell. Chocolate and lemon scents make their presence felt. Superb aroma! Pours a deep, clear amber with little bubbling and a small amount of beige head. The port-like flavor features chocolate, raisins, and cider. Carmelized malt taste. Alcohol well masked. Delicious! Slightly bitter, even coffee-ish, finish. Medium body. Smooth and soft in the palate. Moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. ít Smisje Dubbel is really, really good. It paired well with M&Mís, and it presumably would pair well with other chocolates as well. This beer truly blew away the rest in the tasting, including all of the true Trappists that we tried. If you are in the market for an abbey dubbel, you would be hard-pressed to do better than ít Smisje Dubbel. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Poured into an Urthel tulip glass, the foam commands most of the space, a creamy, off-white inviting thing, huge and slow to settle, most attractive. Underneath, an opaque magenta. Very appealing.
Aroma is dark fruit (cherries, melons, grape) and spice. Not huge, but slowly unfolding, wide open and airy. Rich, yet mellow. Leaves me anticipating the same and more in the flavor.
In three words: bright and tasty. But Iím not one of few words, so letís throw out some more. Balanced. Full-bodied. Lovely.
I can imagine the dates and honey in here, but canít necessarily discern them. Sweet, but never too much so. This is an elegant beer, complex and sophisticated. A wonderful creation. Funky Belgian yeast at play amid fruit, spice and malt. Yum, yum.
9% abv? Well hidden.
Beautiful. We will meet again.
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2010
Bottle, thanks to hobbersr for the share! Pours hazy amber/brown, with a very thik, very rocky, very persistent off-white head. Good lacing, if clumpy. Nose is butter-rum, raisin, blue cheese, english pudding, cinnamon toast, prunes, melted butter, spice. Flavors of dried fig, spicecake, nuts, tight acidity, perfectly balanced. Dry & austere, yet very sumptuous if you dig deeper. Complex and brilliant.