DocLock (10705) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle from PUB’N. Pours a great shade of ruby with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is rich, complex, a nice figgy and berry-fruity nose with hints of spice, hops, and yeasty malt. Tastes malty, spicy, rather dry, with a lot of Grand Cruey fruity notes, figgy, cherry, spicy, and cobwebby old-aley esters. This one is outstanding, and I’d love to see this introduced all year round. I discovered Scratch 4, and I discovered this one, which I would call Musty Dusty Old Ale. AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Tap - @ RHP. Pours clear caramel-brown, nice medium fizzy whitish head, fully disappearing. Nice aromas of caramel, malted chocolate, roasted nuts, and dark sweet fruit, plums and figs. Tastes of malted vanilla, nice dark fruit, touch of bananas and other esters. Medium-full bodied, rather lively (belying its appearance) with long finish. Good brew. Belgian in ancestry fer shark. Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Decent. Nice malt blend and it’s beautiful to look at. Had it on tap at the brewery. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Smells like an awesome dubbel, great flavor, nutty and a great dry finish like it Reynolds314 (3450) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2012
This is a dubbel. Nutty, toasty, semi sweet, light fruit esters... Overall a solid brew but nothing too great.
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Tap at Frisco Taphouse in Columbia, MD. The pour is a hazy deep brune with a medium tan head. Small retention. Big Westmalle house yeast character, estery, cinnamon. Taste is richer, caramel, cinnamon stick, tart and spicy playoff. Nice silkier palate. Fall spiced character. Reminded me a lot more of an Abbey Dubbel than just a generic Belgian Strong Ale thus the category choice. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2011
On tap at Black Squirrel in DC...reminds me of an abbey ale or dubbel, but lighter than most of those, thinner and easier to drink.. Pretty sweet, good yeast provides a variety of flavors in the malt, Slightly sweet, mildly carbonated, with just a little roast and spice. rondphoto (4455) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Dark amber color with light head and lace. Sweet caramel malt in a very good way. Moving through the palate, toffee and maybe a little clove shows up. The finish is not about bittering, but rather about the dissipation of sweet. Even without the balance of sweet/bitter, it is a light and easy drinking dubbel. deyholla (11609) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle shared by Sean, thanks. Aroma pours a deep brown that is clear with a tan head that dissipates completely. Aroma has a lot of bread and toffee with a hint of sweet chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor begins with dark fruit and light spice with backing grains and bread. orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2012 A - Pours dark brown, with redish hints around the edges, with a dense two finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to almost nothing in just a few short minutes, leaving no lace down the glass. Within five minutes the beer was as flat as the 13th century earth...
S - Smells of spicy Belgian yeast, chocolate, clove, banana, candied sugar, and the ever present dark fruits; mostly figs and dates. My first glass of this was a bit one dimensional with the sweetness but the second time around was much better.
T - Starts off with a nice dose of spicy Belgian yeast quickly giving way to a mix of sweet chocolate and candied sugar, dark fruits, clove, banana, and some light booze heat. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light dryness, clinging to the pallet for some time. They sure do like to make these Belgian browns.
M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with very little carbonation. Sweet, chewy, feel with a dry finish. The booze is well hidden, only creeping in as the beer comes to room temperature.
O - When I first had this one I wasn’t very impressed as it went dead flat on me in under five minutes. The second time I got one the carbonation was a little better, allowing some of the more subtle flavors to appear. It is worth a shot for sure. I hear the bottles have much better carbonation, I look forward to trying them and revisiting this one.