Dancin' Monks - Adelbert's Brewery
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Reviews by roblowther:
3.4/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
750ml corked and caged. It pours clear copper with a frothy light tan head that seems to be trying to talk somehow. Noisy stuff. The smell is grapes, leather, and a biscuitiness. Is that a word? The taste is bready/biscuitty, with something resonant of peanuts and a sharp dry maltiness to it and a slightly astringent finish. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and a tad thin. Overall, an interesting one. I'm not sure its going into the regular rotation but I wouldn't turn one down if it showed up naked and drunk.
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2012 20:49:27 | More by roblowther
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2.59/5 rDev -28.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork acquired earlier today at the Hancock Center HEB Grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm really in the mood for a good dubbel and I remember Adelbert's saison being pretty decent. "Bottle-Conditioned." Reviewed as a dubbel because it identifies as such on the label. 7.2% ABV confirmed. "Serve at 55-60 degrees." Batch No 006. Bottled 06/13/13.
Served chilled, not cold, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
The cork popped off easily by hand, yielding a satisfying pop. No beer surged out; carbonation seems adequate but not overdone.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. No creaminess at all. Not frothy either. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is decent - about 3+ minutes.
Body colour is a hazy copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Quite light for a dubbel. Nontransparent. Translucent.
Atypical of the dubbel style. I'm a bit concerned, but it looks appealing in a general sense. It's not unique or special, but aside from its departure from style conventions there's nothing overtly wrong with it.
Sm: Has a young maltiness, evoking wort. Plenty of residual unfermented sugars. Malty sweetness has a vague fruitiness along with notes of honey, flowery nectar, and pear. Hopping is modest in strength and floral in character. Clove. Some zest. No real yeast presence. I don't detect any alcohol either. Fermentation doesn't seem as clean as the Belgian yeast should make it. Hints of spiciness and biscuity malts typical of a Belgian style beer. I'm not finding the dark fruit notes found in the best dubbels; there's no plum, dates, figs, etc. Some toffee, I guess.
An unrefined raw aroma of moderate strength. Misses the mark inasmuch as adherence to the dubbel style is concerned. I'm optimistic.
T/Mf: Definitely raw and young as suggested by the aroma. Also somewhat reticent and muted; the depth of flavour is horridly shallow for the style. Even the flavour duration is disappointing; it's hardly got any presence at all. Plenty of raw honey and nectary notes provide a sweetness alongside the biscuity malts and Belgian pale malts. Has a vague fruitiness including unevocative orange zest, vague pear, apple, and barely noticeable white plum. None of the dark fruit you'd want in a good dubbel. Unrefined sugars abound. The flavour profile itself is pretty flat, bordering on bland, without much differentiation or development of flavour from open to finish. Not gestalt, but it does have a loose cohesion. Still, I wouldn't call it balanced. Feels thrown together without focus; I'm not certain the brewers were in control of this one. Has a minimal floral hop presence. Too sweet.
No explicit yeast character comes through. No alcohol or other off flavours are present.
Smooth and wet. A bit too thick, with a slight lumpy honey-like viscosity. Nicely carbonated; bottle conditioning was an excellent choice. Presence on the palate is poor; the mouthfeel does not accentuate the flavour profile nor does it even fully facilitate delivery of flavours. Texture suits the taste only generally; there is no evidence here of custom-tailoring the mouthfeel to the flavour profile. Body is neither full nor satisfying. Unrefreshing.
Not oily, gushed, harsh, hot, or boozy.
Dr: An amateur attempt at a complex style. It's drinkable enough, but I expect far better at this price point. I definitely wouldn't want this again, and finishing the bottle won't be particularly enjoyable. There's little here that works, even considering the beer apart from the style. I'd recommend Adelbert's throw out this recipe and start anew. If this is their dubbel, I'm very hesitant to try their quadrupel. Shockingly subpar. I wouldn't recommend this to friends or trade partners. Fans of the style should look elsewhere; this won't scratch your dubbel itch.
Aging might help slightly.
Serving type: bottle
09-21-2013 01:45:00 | More by kojevergas
3.66/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a snifter and got a dark golden/amber beer that was mildly murky and filled with plenty of carbonation. Its topped off with a nice thick tan head that quickly thins into a thin smooth layer of bubbles. Very thick lacing makes the ale look more inviting. Mild malt and hops aromas come through mixed in with plenty of sugar, apple and berry smells. Over all, the aroma is pleasant and sweet. Its medium bodied and really envelopes your mouth, there is a good bitterness to it and some spices are present up front. The malts come out well, I cannot taste any hops and there is a slight buttery flavor in its aftertaste. Over not a bad dubbel
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2013 04:58:38 | More by vickersspitfire
3.43/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.
Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this bottle!
Damn needy Tunnel Man... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunrise amber topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises lightly-buttery biscuit and very light Belgian yeast. Gotta say, this is one of the blandest-smelling dubbels in recent memory (nevermind the gaps therein...). The taste holds notes of mild orange zest, cinnamon, light maple syrup, light toffee, and light clove. There we go, better. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a decent dubbel, though one that falls somewhat flat for me. It's barely there according to my nose, and sorta plain when my tongue gets involved. Still, it's far from bad.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2012 14:39:31 | More by TMoney2591
Dancin' Monks from Adelbert's Brewery
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