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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)

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3,428 Ratings

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Ratings: 3428
Reviews: 1618
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%

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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 Pt. 9.4 oz. bottle into a snifter. The beer was packaged in June of 2013.

The beer pours nicely, producing a thick 3-4 finger head that resembles what you'd see on a root beer float. The color on the beer is dark plum, resembling the skin on red grapes. The beer has a cloudy quality to it that complements the color well.

The smell immediately hits you with dark fruit such as plums and raisins, but more subtle aromas peek in, such as anise and coriander and hints of licorice. It's a promising nose and one that creates big expectations for the taste.

Fortunately, the flavor delivers. The fruitiness remains, but the spices pop up to add some intrigue, especially towards the finish where the anise and licorice add some kick. One thing I really appreciate about this ale is that the beer isn't heavy on yeast and the liquor is well disguised, features that often do average Belgian beers. There is at times an intense carbonation that I find in a lot of beers of this style, but this diminishes the longer I sip on the beer.

I have to say I'm quite pleased with this beer, one of the few I've tried from Ommegang despite their year-round availability here in Albuquerque. This beer has convinced me that Ommegang is adept at making Belgian-style/Trappist-style beers and that I should visit more of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 01:56:25 | More by ONovoMexicano
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4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ommegang has done the style well with their Abbey Ale. It poured a dark ruby brown with a substantial head that remained throughout my tasting. The aroma was full of Belgian yeast notes, cherries, and dark fruits that emanated from my glass as I allowed the beer to warm. There is a lot going on in this one and many different flavors revealed themselves with each taste. Hints of cherries, chocolate, dark fruits and caramel along with a slight Belgian yeast flavor melded themselves with a smooth creamy mouthfeel to create a magnificent tasting experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 17:43:38 | More by brurevu
Photo of atr2605

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a nice deep amber with a sudsy tan head with excellent retention
S-sweet caramel and a bit spicy, also hints of honey
T-more caramelized fruits and prune flavor finishing a bit spicy and dry
M-medium bodied, high carbonation
O-very easy drinking considering the abv, great representation of the style and delicous

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 01:52:45 | More by atr2605
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4.98/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hadn't written a review on this beer before now, but suffice to say Ommegangs Abbey Ale is probably my favorite beer.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice dark color with good head. Smells of apple, yeast, malt, and everything nice.

First sip has good carbonation but isn't harsh at all. Alcohol is masked well behind full favors of this beer.

Very drinkable and overall one if the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 00:02:49 | More by Ac2013
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A beautiful beer, if a bit hazy for the style. The color is a bight amber, and the head is a real show-stopper: Golden, glistening, tightly beaded, and long-lasting, with a smooth and creamy top.

Smell: Apricots are detected right away, followed by toasted malt and caramel. Some earthy spices can be drawn out of the mix with a few big whiffs. Fewer spices and dark fruit than expected.

Taste: Similar to the bouquet, the beer starts out incredibly sweet, with honey-drizzled dried apricots and caramel apples as the first detectable tastes. Toffee and toast follow, and then a mild hop bitterness shows up in the finish. Again, darker fruits are lacking, as are more complex malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Lighter and less carbonated than is usual for a Dubbel. In this case, however, it works, as the lower carbonation makes the beer less like a Hefeweizen or a Saison, which it could easily turn into with some more spices and/or tartness in the taste. Mild alcohol warming coats the sides of the tongue.

Overall: This is a very tasty beer, but it feels more like a Belgian Pale Ale/Dubbel hybrid than a true Dubbel. The carbonation, dark fruit, and malt complexity is lacking. While this style shouldn't be a real taste bomb, it still has a lighter, brighter character than is typical.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 19:02:56 | More by BethanyB
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4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Such an ambitious head it's a bit hard to finish a pour. Smells of caramel and a little like my dog on a good day ... That's not necessarily a bad thing. I swear I taste bar-b-q in the background. I might not seek out this beer, but I certainly wouldn't refuse a glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 14:46:27 | More by vpoxon
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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Could not distinguish between this and a true Belgian. Good flavor profile. Althought not my favorite type of beer. It lives up to its Belgian Monk Roots.
Deep brown/red color with a big, foamy head. Complex fruit aromas with a layered sweetness (honey, then caramel, then toffee) with a hint of licorice and chocolate. A big, rich, abbey-style ale that dries out nicely on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 21:03:15 | More by Lazy_Lizard
Photo of jifigz


3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big bottle poured into the best glass I can find here at this vacation house.

The appearance of this beer is a rich, dark brown color with a HUGE fluffy white head that refuses to leave. The aroma of this beer is ripe dark fruits, raisins, figs, and prunes. There are hints of clove and some alcohol and also a candy sweetness. The flavor of this beer is rich and sweet with hints of alcohol riding the tailcoats of the brew. The initial flavor is richly balanced with figs and bitterness provided by the hops that rounds out nicely. Their is some cloves and other spices available in the flavor profile as well. The MF is a medium-light bodied brew with moderate level of carbonation.

This is a solid brew, but I think that I have had better Dubbels. I will have to have it again at some point and give it another opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 19:42:26 | More by jifigz
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a murky looking red brown color with 3+ fingers of a light tan head. Great retention and lacing. Body is very dark with only a little bit of light showing around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Dark fruit, raisin, fig, candi sugar, some coriander and miscellaneous spices.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely. General dark fruit character, caramelized sugar, hint of booze. Finishes with notes of roasted malt that linger after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high-ish carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good abbey ale but I still prefer almost all of its authentic Belgian counterparts over this. Still though, its a good budget option if you don't fell like shelling out a premium for the Belgian stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 02:25:03 | More by Jonada
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New York

3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark, cloudy brown - as it should be.
S: Light Belgian spice, slight plum, raisin, maybe some very light chocolate or roast.
T: Raisin, chocolate, slight clove, not overly complex, but still solid flavor, drinkable even, for an 8.5% beer, especially drinkable, dangerous, even hard to believe. Dry enough. Very good.
M: Mostly dry, medium-light mouthfeel, it could be just a bit heavier, but that would detract from the drinkability. Appropriate for the style, similar to classic examples.
O: A very good example of a dubbel, fairly consistent with traditional Belgian styles. The high drinkability combined with the high alcohol is fairly amazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 02:46:15 | More by mattbk
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Ommegang 10 yr. anniversary glass. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

A- Pours a hazy, cherry-brown body with a huge, fluffy white head that reduces very slowly. Leaves some lacing.

S- Very nice and potent, I get raisons, plums, oranges, burnt sugar, ripe bananas, and spices, clove and coriander. Very inviting on the nose.

T- Wow, this is very nice! What a wide range of flavors, this is super complex. Starts off pretty fruit, with sweet fruity notes including banana, plums, white grapes, and oranges. This turns into a roasty, charred, toasted malt flavor. Spices compliment all of these flavors, including clove and allspice. Aftertaste is slightly metallic.

M- Rich, medium-heavy body. This is a dubbel? Could be a trippel easily. Medium carbonation.

I was very impressed with this beer. If you said that this was imported from Belgium I'd probably believe you. Ommegang has created a very good, very accurate version of the Belgian dubbel. Recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 04:14:22 | More by gcamparone
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why I haven't reviewed this guys yet but time to rectify.
appearance: Hazy caramel with a fat tan head.
smell: Delectable, rich, and malty. Hint of aromatic spice and fruit. Very nice.
taste: More of the same goodness in the nose.
mouthfeel: A bit thin.
overall: A wonderful concoction. Mellow, tasty and classic.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 23:19:33 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of jlindros


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strange somehow I never got around to reviewing this.

Pours a big fizzy fluffy tan color head, big fluffy lacing very hazy murky auburn brown color.

Nose sweet candy, molasses, brown sugar, Belgian candi sugar, nutty toffee, rich dense candy malts, dark fruits with fig and candied raisin, hint of warming booze and light esters, light bready biscuit, burnt sugar and creme brulee.

Taste starts with malts and dark fruits, dried fig, candied raisin, date, nutty toffee, into sweet characters, molasses, burnt brown sugar, candi sugar, etc, parallels the nose in some ways. The warming booze and esters come through with a phenolic kick and touch medicinal, into light bitter earthy hops. Finish is drier but a bit sweet, sticky, light more hot booze and light phenols, more dark fruits and sweet candy characters.

Mouth is big syrupy but not too sticky, decent carb, warming booze.

Overall quite nice. Pretty much the staple for American made Dubbel that is really well done like one would find in Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 12:54:11 | More by jlindros
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4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle served cold in glass beer challis.

A) Abundant off white billowy head takes its time to settle. Mahogany brown soup made cloudy with loads of suspended fine, bottle conditioned carbonation. Near perfection!

S) Sweet baked pastries, sour dough, raisons. Rich, complex and delicious

T) Cutting to the chase, this is perhaps the best American made example of the Belgian Dubbel. Orange citrus, dark cooked fruit, Belgian candy sugar, mild hops. It's all there and its there in proper proportion.

M) Complex, sticky sweet. Ample carbonation that lasts and lasts. Smooth with just a hint of hop-bitter after taste.

O) Excellent example of the Belgian style dubbel. Going right back to buy more.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 01:41:44 | More by bskrtz
Photo of KelsoSaaz


4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip

A: Pours a deep burgundy with a fine, khaki 1 finger head.

S: Sweet fruity aromas with bubble gum, clove, honey and licorice. Very complex and intriguing.

T: Rich malts and candi sugar. Spiciness at the back of the palate with clove and black pepper. Hints of earthy tones hiding behind candied fruit flavors. Starts off sweet but fades to mostly dry with yeasty notes in the finish.

M: Medium body with surprising levels of carbonation slightly reminiscent of sparkling wine. Slight warmth from alcohol.

O: Another Ommegang, another stellar beer. Abbey Ale is complex, super tasty and an excellent American interpretation of Belgian styles, exactly what you expect from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 05:42:51 | More by KelsoSaaz
Photo of Chico1985


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this many times but never reviewed. It has pretty much gained somewhat of a 'classic' reputation in my eyes.

12oz bottle poured to a tulip glass. Color is dark murky amber with some light able to show through. Big puffy beige head falls to a thick ring, patchy cap, good lace.

Scent is good but could use more strength and maybe complexities for a dubbel. On the sweeter side overall - some red grape, candi sugar, toasted bread.

Taste is fuller. Lots of red and white grape, dates, molasses, caramel apple, spice (clove and pepper), slight earthy tones. Yeast/bread is somewhat tame but there, otherwise quite authentic.

Mouthfeel feels light and smooth with high carbonation and good foaminess, hides its alcohol well, suits the style.

Definitely one the better (best) American dubbels out there, a little on the sweeter side but very good. I like bringing the 750ml to family events for sharing - affordable, available, authentic, drinkable - a good introduction for strong Belgians methinks.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 02:40:52 | More by Chico1985
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New York

4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua, NY.

Pours a dark, red-brown. Half inch head lingers for a while, not much lacing.

Smells like Belgian yeast, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Decadent, really.

Tastes incredible. Toasty caramelly malt, brown sugar, toffee, tobacco, raisins, currant, and tart apples.

Very full bodied. Well carbonated, and very drinkable.

My favorite Ommegang creation. A really good and tasty example of a dubbel. Awesome!

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 23:16:49 | More by GreesyFizeek
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Abbey Ale pours a deep, dark burgundy brown color. With a little yeast in the glass the consistency is a bit hazy, but overall the color is just very deep. A billowing tan head forms with the initial pour and sticks around in earnest for the entire glass. This is a good looking beer.

Up into my nose wanders dark bread, dried dark fruits, orange zest, and caramel notes. There is a fair amount of booze that comes with the smell as well. As with most Belgian styles, there is not a lot of change on range in the aroma, but the complexity is nice.

The flavor is better than the aroma for sure. There is a nice full bready malt profile up front, with a succinct but sharp brown sugar note. Some light nutty notes and raisins round out the front of the sip. Spices, from cinnamon and clove to exotic, add further depth to the flavor as the beer sits on my tongue. The finish remains on the sweet side and has a little flourish of ethyl alcohol.

The carbonation of this beer is full, but it is a bit more fizzy than creamy. There is an ever-present stickiness on my lips after my first sip, which is fairly natural for the style. The body is definitely there to support the 8.2% ABV, although some alcohol still comes through in the taste.

This is not my favorite style, even among Belgians, but I was impressed at the execution. The flavor of the beer really shines through, with the aroma and mouthfeel not quite as good. This is a beer that is definitely worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 20:35:26 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged bottle, cork shot off with a slight push of the thumb and bounced off the ceiling. The most 'lively' corked/caged beer I've opened so far, all the others have just been a dull pop, including Ommegang's Three Philosophers.
Poured into a chalice; deep amber-red (burgundy, as the bottle describes...) with a big gorgeous fluffy tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Smell is sweet dark fruit, raisins, booze, dried fruit, sweet bread, and some attenuated belgian yeast aroma. Taste is spicy; big sweet malt, with dark fruits. Cherries and raisins abound, with spice notes from the brewing spices (which the bottle lists as coriander, cumin, licorice, star anise, and orange peel). Very carbonated, which contributes to a huge creamy mouthfeel that is just awesome. Overall I think the carbonation mutes the flavors a bit, and I prefer Three Philosophers to this, but it's a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 02:24:00 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark copper ale, dense head of lovely foam that vanishes much too quickly. Little to no lacing effect.

Smell: Rich smells of malt, caramel, light coffee undertones.

Taste: Malt first and foremost, giving way to a subtle smokiness. Hops are there but they play a background role.

Mouthfeel: Light for the style. Clears from the palate quickly.

Overall: I much prefer tripels to dubbels, but this is unquestionably good. Ommegang has a good record of producing some fine ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 00:09:18 | More by Hunter
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4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red brownish color with lots of head with medium retention.
Nice aroma of Port wine, grains, molasses, pepper and dark fruits.
Flavor full of character, lots of dark fruits, licorice, very spicy Belgian yeast, orange peel and coriander. Notes of figs, prunes, wine and floral and pine hops giving a refreshing feeling. Dry aftertaste with some of its lingering notes.
Medium to full body with good carbonation with tiny bubbles and an effervescent finish that brings some banana. 8.5% ABV is perfectly harmonic, just giving a warming feeling but hardly felt at palate.
Excellent beer, very complex, grows over time, refreshing and full of character. In my opinion, this is up to par to its Belgian counterparties. I heard it has won over some world class Belgian ales in some international blind test contests. Anyway, it belongs to Duvel Moorgat...
Not sure how much longer I can wait to open its older brother now, Three Philosophers.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 00:36:51 | More by FLima
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 12 oz pilsner glass at Russell's Smokehouse in Denver. Cost was $6.00 USD.

A: Pours a half finger khaki colour head. Some creaminess. Nice thickness. Above average retention.

Body colour is a dark nontransparent non-opaque amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Creamy. Dark fruit (plum and fig). Biscuity yeast. Toasted and caramelized clean malts. Dark cherry. Subtle floral and fruity hop notes. Quite pleasant and inviting. I cna't wait to try it. The dark fruit is marvelous. Delightfully subtle all around. An aroma of mild strength.

T: Dark fruit, raisin, toasted malt, biscuity yeast, some bright fruit (likely contributed by the hops), cherry, cream, light subtle caramelization, and clean specialty malts - maybe biscuit and/or amber. Nicely balanced and built, with fruit at the forefront. A subtle, complex brew that maintains its drinkability impressively well. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Some creaminess. Yet it's coarse enough to aid flavour delivery - especially on the climax. Good thickness. Maybe a touch overcarbonated.

Dr: Very drinkable. Hides its ABV quite well. A nice brew in the style. Another solid beer from Ommegang. The fruit forward approach really works for it, but it does get a bit artificial feeling as you get nearer the bottom of your glass.

High B-/Borderline B

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2013 00:50:48 | More by kojevergas
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from The Cave, Glasgow:
Reddish brown colour with a two fingers sized, foamy head that is a creamy white colour and holds well.

Deep & complex with dark fruits coming through initially including some dates, cherries, apricot and a strong orange peel aroma. There is also some sweetness and a nice helping of caramel with some lighter malts and apple,.

Apricot and dark fruits to kick off. There is an initial alcohol kick as well plus some apples, a helping of orange from the nose and some sweet malts, not to mention some raisin, dates, fig and prunes all fighting to be noticed around the middle.

Medium & sweet with a lot of sugar and sweetness from the fruits plus a strongly carbonated middle on top of a fairly dry and alcohol laced finish.

Great combination of darker fruits and sweet malts with a lot more going on besides. Both the smell and the taste, particularly the smell, are wonderfully complex and very good from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 08:22:45 | More by flyingpig
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Dark burgundy/brown color. Easily forms a thick, dense, creamy, yellowish head. Sediment particles can be seen when held up to the light. Two centimeter cap of foam persists.

S: Dark fruit aromas, yeast, sweet sugar and malt.

T: Fig, raisin, and prune dark fruit flavors. Yeast and sugar. Notes of cherry also.

M: Fairly light with a drying finish.

O: A very good Belgian-style. It didn't blow me away, but it was very solid and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 03:24:59 | More by CMUbrew
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle to tulip. Purchased in an Ommegang sampler pack, with Hennepin, Three Philosophers, BPA, several months ago. I think it is close to 2 years old.

A:dark burgundy, blood orange at the edges. frothy, well-carbonated, 3-finger light brown sugar head dissipates within a few minutes, very minimal lacing.
S:typical belgian dubbel. malt, dark cherry, light candied sugar, fig, spicy yeast.
T:dark fruit, vinous, spice, alcohol lingers at finish, slight bitterness, slight tartness
M:dry finish

not as impressed as my first tasting

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 01:59:17 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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