Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale (Special Reserve)

750 mL Corked & Caged from Green’s on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. Non-descript cork.
I was a little wary of this simply because I am not a big fan of Dubbel’s, but this (at least HALF) broke the mould.
Poured into the Ommegang Chalice, the beer shows an exceptional color for a Dubbel. I am giving this a “5” for appearance based upon the fact that most Dubbel’s have a HORRIBLE, nasty dirty dishwasher appearance. This has much more clarity, a better “red” color and head and lace that is well above average.
Aroma has some Belgian yeast and some mild acidity. Pungent, but in a good way.
Very impressed with this Dubbel. NOT my favorite style by any stretch of the imagination, but this beer nicely treads the fine line between acidity and Belgian character. It pulls the combo off nicely with plenty of sugary notes, yeast character and a mouthfeel that holds the package together.
VERY nice, definitely one of my favorite Dubbels of all time. Strange that it took a non-Belgian brewer to do this, but perhaps I’m just not a huge fan of the authentic, and just prefer the slightly bastardized!
Tasty!

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05/10/2008
Brewery:
Ølfabrikken
Style:
Dubbel
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.5 %
Appearance: 5
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.38
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