azzurro (257) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a extremely hazy dark brown color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade with big bubbles. This causes the head to fade away in a semi-rapid fashion - however it still retains one finger of height extremely well.
S: This seems to feature more caramel and toffee than the typical BSDA. Other notes of candied sugar, white grapes, and apple round out the dark malt qualities. I could use a bit more chocolate on the nose, but I can’t complain about what I’m getting here.
T: Immediately I notice rich fruit esters, such as cherry, grape, and apple. There don’t seem to be any significant dark fruit qualities aside from a touch of raisin in the middle of the flavor profile. Some of the malt flavors pop up near the back end; like I suggested on the nose, it’s more caramel and toffee than chocolate (however I do pick up a bit of the latter from time to time). The balance of flavors is solid, and the alcohol is hidden spectacularly given its dry lightness.
M: It feels quite angular on the palate - I expected a bit more initial creaminess to balance the dry finish a bit. That’s to say nothing of the strong carbonation, either. It seems to be designed to be very drinkable, and in that regard, it’s extremely successful.
O: Okay, it’s not my favorite offering from Unibroue - but that’s a bit like saying this is the least attractive woman in a group of Miss America finalists. It’s still a solid BSDA focused on drinkability over depth. In addendum, this was likely an older bottle; I wonder if this would be sweeter/less dry fresh.
Got this one from the 6 pack around Easter. The alcohol is a bit too overwhelming. Not bad overall. toposito (6) - Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2017 does not count
This is perhaps the best Belgian-style strong dark ale produced in Canada. Amazing taste, you won't be disappointed!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Jabic (590) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 30, 2017
Ar: Fig, plum, and Christmas-spiced banana; some peachy sweetness. Ap: Deep amber and cloudy; small off-white head, recedes into a thin cap of foam. T: Bright banana, juicy peach, plums, and treacle; toasty-sweet melanoidins; cloves, black pepper, and cinnamon; medium-low bitterness, a slightly herbal flavor; finish is peach skins, cloves, and apricot. P: Medium body with very high carbonation; finish is dry. O: A very solid beer; great mixture of fruit, malt, and cooked-sugar flavors; nice mouthfeel, very firm and rich without being cloying; delicious! oobawa (1419) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2017 Big, rich Belgian Strong Ale, complex and ever-changing as it warms. Pours a deep, dark mahogany red-brown with a massive beige head and decent lacing. Nose offers plenty of yeasty esters, bread and clove on top of red apples. Taste is just as diverse, starting with a semisweet hint of dough and clove, then giving up a melange of overripe fruits, apples and bananas and peaches all tinged with the slightest toffee caramel sweetness. Finishes dark and clingy, yet the booze never comes into play. (Probably helps this bottle is at least two years old.) Wasn’t expecting this beer to be as delectable as it is, but, hell, it’s pretty tasty. beer-yum (1714) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 5, 2017
Laid back spicy fruit aroma in a copper pour. Similar spicy fruit body with a hint of banana and bubblegum. Pretty much what you want from a Belgian Dubbel.
dukeandduke (264) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2017
5/29/17 (Chicago, IL). 12 oz bottle poured into tulip. Cloudy copper brown pour, very generous white cloudy head. Spicy, bread, malt and yeast aroma. Taste included malt, bread, yeast, caramel, fruit and spices. Mild carbonation, feel smooth and creamy, good mouth feel and easy going down. Very good offering by Unibroue! erikaraeb (228) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2017 Very subtle aroma, though I’ll admit I was congested while drinking this. Complex tastes of caramel and malt. Not overly sweet at all. Slightly bitter, smoothly carbonated finish. Very clean dubbel from a consistently great brewery. dfinney23 (3323) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2017
And oldie but a goodie. Dark, murky orange pour with a creamy off-white head. Caramel, dark fruit, Belgian yeast. Good stuff. bwy (87) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Clean and carbonated. Has a champagne feel. Very balanced but flavor doesn’t pop.
Reviewed - A Brew With You, Ep. 34 gripweed57 (2463) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2017
From old tasting notes. Cloudy Amber orange color. Thick, rocky beige head. Sharp, yeasty, spicy malt nose. Interesting soft, silky sweet toasted malt flavor hints at peppercorns and currants. Bittersweet finish with a cloying malty aftertaste.