93 Père Jacques, Goose Island Brewing Co. (IL) 2009. 8% ABV (4/09)
Luminous, deep copper color with a lacy manila head. Tangy peach marmalade, orange blossom honey and delicate date bread aromas follow through on a chewy, rich entry to a fruit-yet-dry medium-to-full body with peppery spice, cherry, roasted nut and caramel soufflé notes. Finishes with nice burnt sugar, mineral and nutshell-like astringency. A great “session” dubbel that will excel with grilled pork as well.

90 Brother David’s Double, Anderson Valley Brewing Co. (CA). 9% ABV (5/08)
Dark reddish copper mahogany color with a lacy taupe head. Brown sugar, chocolate-covered Montmorency cherry and dark, butter-roasted nut aromas follow through on a soft, satiny entry to a dryish medium-full body with an emphasis on the salty nuts and cocoa. Finishes with a tangy, nutty fade with subtle dried citrus peel-like hops in support. Well balanced and very drinkable. Try with venison chops or rabbit sausage.

90 Belgian Freeze, River Horse Brewery (NJ). 8% ABV (4/09)
Deep copper mahogany color with a taupe head. Aromas of roasted nuts, buttery caramel and dried orange follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with mocha and pear tart notes. Finishes with a delicate singed bread crust, mossy stone and toffee fade. A pleasant, easy-drinking version of the dubbel style.

89 Dubbel Vision, Bastone Brewery (MI). 7.5% ABV (4/09) %{Brewpub}
Cloudy mahogany color with a wispy head, Bread crust, nut skin and raw honey aromas follow through on a round entry to dry-yet-fruity medium body with mossy stone and brown sugar notes. Finishes with tangy raisin and pumpernickel fade. A fine example of a domestic dubbel.

87 Abbaye De Saint Martin Dark, Brasserie de Brunehaut (Belgium). 8% ABV (5/07)
Mahogany color. Buttery peanut brittle, orange marmalade and baker’s chocolate aromas follow through to a satiny medium body of rich Belgian milk chocolate-covered dried fruits, toffeed nuts and balanced delicate spices. Finishes with a cocoa-dusted nut and citrus peel fade. A silky sipping beer.

86 Heavy Seas Holy Sheet Abbey, Clipper City Brewing Co. (MD). 9% ABV (5/08)
Mahogany color. Very tangy chocolate-covered cherry, raisin and date aromas and flavors with spiced nuts, dried citrus and cheese in good balance.