Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company (DB Breweries)
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Paraparaumu, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
The bottle of Waterloo
If you can bear the wait, this classic Dubbel will truely come into its own after 6 to 30 months of repose in a quiet, cool place to allow the already promenant plum, raisin notes to reconcile to perfection.

Taste: Rich complex malt characters, caramel sweetness with spicy phenolics, notes of dark chocolate.
Look: Light mahogany
Aroma: Sweet, dark candy aroma with spicy Belgium esters & phenolics
Try With: Wild game
Hops: Pacific Jade, Goldings
Malt: NZ lager, NZ Dark Crystal, NZ Brown, Redback, Aurora

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Rangi (672) - - OCT 26, 2013
Clear deep copper poor. High carbonation and a soapy sustainable white head. Aroma was bready and rich. Flavor was rich deep I found bready yeast at first but after warming slightly there was very slightu chocholate and dark fruits. Enjoyable drink that was very smooth and interesting.

Samtzu (417) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 22, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2017 500ml New Bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with lots of visable carbonation. Rich nose full of caramel and hints of spice. Medium body with strong notes of caramel, chocolate, and malts.

nickd717 (4648) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Bomber, lizard style. Dark brown in color with a lasting light beige head. Aroma is nutty, toasty, coffee, prune, plum. Flavor is dry, not that Belgian, almost like a brown ale, slightly bitter. Medium-bodied with high carbonation. Good but a bit off for the style.

GarrettGotu (9) - - JAN 8, 2016 does not count
Bitter burnt coffee chocolate taste on the initial taste, aroma of burnt chocolate hops. Really shines though with its after taste, roasted coffee and chocolate, super smooth, really heavy and high abv, moderate bitterness. Would try again, rather heavy though.

User369532 (907) - - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. I wouldn’t recognize that this is not from Belgium. Aroma of coffee and cognac. Very good.

waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 6, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2016 fine 650ml bottle poured dark brown & lacy taste is lovely went down well with some olympic superheavy weightlifting

Hop2Clancys (6) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2014 does not count
It looks great deep red and brown colour with a frothy head and smells fantastic. But I was a little let down with the flavor, still a great beer to drink but not as full on as a typical Belgian dubbel. I’d never turn it down but I wanted more out of it

ShaneJ (896) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle from Beer Cartel (Jan 2014). Deep copper/red, small creamy tan head, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, sweet cherries, chocolate, vanilla, oak, mild bitterness, medium body, slippery thin texture. Very good.

beer-yum (1656) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 29, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2015 An immensely impressive effort from Tuatara. Lacks just a little of the subtlety of the Belgian benchmarks - and that will likely come with time.

ComradeK (1230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2014
650ml bottle. Pours a fairly clear ruby amber, with a small off-white head, which lasts quite well, and leaves decent lacing. Plum, candied fruits, hints of black cherry and port make up the aroma. Mild fruity and spice hops up front give way to port and plums leading into the mid-palate, where the plum flavour is more pronounced, and joined by a touch of chocolate. Black cherry and muscat give it a smooth, dark finish. This is a nice, solid dubbel. If anything, it could do with a touch more weight to the body, but the flavours are lovely.

Pdubyah (724) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 18, 2013
I liked this, it was what it said it was. Then I thought it might have been a bit shy on the malt, a bit thin in the middle and didn’t finish with as much tang as I thought it might. Having said that I wish I had the patience to keep one aside for a few months just in case it gets a lot better. I’d easily buy this again and have no hesitation in being one a gift for a friend, even if it’s not a top marks beer.

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