JP (2009) | The Emerson Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Emerson Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by brendan13 on 08-11-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of laituegonflable
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky espresso colour with nice ochre head, sinks slowly, leaving a film of small bubbles on top and a pleasant ring of dense lace around the glass. Head retention could be better but nice colour and lace.

Needs my sweet warming embrace to extract fragrance. Smells pleasantly Belgian. A lot of Christmas character here, with dark fruits - blood plum, plump cherries and raisins giving way to a rich dark peppery spice, some hints of bitter chocolate as well, nice and warming with a hint of sour fruit on the back. A delight, really.

Taste leans more heavily on the dark. A lot of roasted malt characteristics with cocoa and unsweetened chocolate throughout that is a bit too dominant. Fruity flavours come through late-mid, plummy and cherry-y notes giving a rich sweetness leading into the finish which is the most Belgian part of the palate, giving me dry musty spice with hints of pepper, turmeric and paprika. It's kind of a dulled spice rather than a hot piquancy but is helped by a smooth tongue lick of boozey warmth that strokes the gullet.

Feel is thick and foamy with a pleasant dryness that lingers slightly. A pleasant sipper for colder weather. Just what I wanted, getting home on a miserable Sydney day.

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Photo of dgilks
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big dried fruit aroma. Lightly tart with some spicy notes. Quite good through the whole seems "fresh" rather than the rich aromas associated with the style.

Very dark with a smooth, creamy light tan head. Decent head retention.

The flavour is largely disconnected from the aroma but in a good way. The start is fruity before flowing into a big licorice flavour. The dark fruits play into the whole. The spicing is quite low which is suitable. Mild alcohol. Good.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. It's good and suits the beer. A slightly heavier boy may help to accentuate some parts of the beer.

On the whole this is a good beer. The flavours work well and are suitable for the style. Unfortunately, the licorice flavour is a bit intense for me a lets down the drinkability as I don't think I'll be jumping back for more in the near future.

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Photo of juju7
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darker than expected for sure. Head dissipated a little quick with minimal lacing. Nose is mostly chocolate with only a smidgen of plummy raisin in the background. Kind of nougat, creaminess on the palate mixed with some mocha like bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Not as Belgiany as you'd hope. There Belgian yeast is there but in the backseat.It's not bad, I like it but I expected a little more from this brewery.

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Photo of ADZA
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a impressive dark cola colour with really nice carbonation which leaves a thick creamy dense three finger head from a non agressive pour with clingy lacing everywhere very nice looking indeed,the aroma is very interesting with smells of candy,chocolate and some stonefruit,it has a nice full mouthfeel with big tastes of caramel coated candy,stone fruit and a little fruitcake taste right at the end,quite a nice beer and definately recommend it if you like your Dubbel's even though it is a little darker than most Dubbel's that ive tried.

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Photo of brendan13
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a Chimay goblet a very dark brown with a couple of centimtres of dark beige head that falls away fairly quickly leaving a bit of lacing.
S - Caramel malt flavour up front with a vauge dark fruit character and some nutty hints. A spicy touch This was spiced with star anise but to me it seems more typical belgian yeast phenolics.
T - Much like the smell; caramel maltiness with some dark fruit and nutty notes. The star anise comes through more in the taste as well as more spicy phenols.
M - Higher side of medium bodied and a medium carbonation.
D - A nice enough beer that I'd suggest trying but not something I'd be rushing out to buy again.

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JP (2009) from The Emerson Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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