Gr0ve (2038) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Dark reddish brown. Clear, but there was a lot of yeast in the bottle, which is not unlike what I’ve seen earlier. It’s been a very long time since I’ve tried this beer. And it was great the last time, as it is this time. Intense malty aroma with black pepper and ripe apples. Complex sugary flavours with toffee and caramel. Body is surprisingly light, which makes the beer very drinkable. Malty and rich. More apples in the finish, almost cidery, but not dry nor that sweet. Overall a fantastic Belgian dubbel-like beer. Awesome.
toadrush (9) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious malty aroma of dark fruits with a hint of chocolate. Can smell the alcohol a bit as well. Taste is delicious dark fruity malt - taste reminds me of a doppelbock as the Belgian yeast doesn’t seem to be as present as other Belgians I’ve tried. Bit of alcohol in the flavour as well. One of the easiest drinking and well-balanced Belgian ales I’ve had!
Meilby (4467) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 330ml @ home
Pours dark reddish brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, chocolate, caramel, alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long sweet caramel and fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
superspak (1473) - Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 2/12/2013. Pours moderately cloudy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, pepper, light clove, and earthy yeast spiciness. Incredible aromas with big complexity and great balance of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, fig, prune, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, pepper, light clove, brown bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, pepper, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of malt and spicy/fruity yeast esters; with a great balance of malt/spiciness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong dark ale! Great complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
mathieuc (275) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
First half of the bottle pours a clear brown (ruby maybe like the brewer would say) while second half is murky brown with a lot of floaters. Aroma is really nice with powerful molasse and raisins notes. Taste is quite sweet but not cloying. Flavors are spicy, with a bit of cinnamon and lots of cloves. A good beer and a beer that ages well it seems!
RuneStumo (1707) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - APR 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
15.04.2013. 0,33l Bottle. Vinmonopolet Haugesnd. Brown colour with white head. Unclear and hazy. Aroma of sweet dark malts. Very nice sweet rich body with good firm strength from both the malts and from alcohol. A real warmer. Soft carbonation and soft smooth bitterness. Very lovely and soft beer. My father died one and a half year ago, today would have been his sixty first birtday. Cheers dad!
ads135 (1572) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
About as good as dubbel’s get. Very rich, slick mouthfeel, some understated hoppyness but the flavor is dominated by the dark fruit and caramel malts.
andriesradu (162) - ROMANIA - APR 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0.33cl bottle. Pours dark brown with almost no head. Ohh what aromas and flavour. So aroma is fruity, sweet, some yeast. Flavour is very complex like all top rated Belgian beers: sweet, fruity (plums), maybe some chocolate but that was a quick feeling. Like all outstanding beers each time you take a sip you get a different flavour. Amazing
BenH (1334) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a nice reddish brown with nearly no head. Estery aroma, bubblegum, dark fruits amd dried fruits, leather. Taste has some alcohol, caramel, fruity esters. Quite sweet and full with a slightly bitter finish. Quite similar to westy 12 but not really my bag
4theluvofbeer (4) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity malt aroma. Pours brown with a tan head. Medium sweet, light bitter taste. Full bodied with a lingering finish. Very nice beer.