jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 33cl. slender long neck brown bottle with a notched bottled on date on the left side of label, 05/04, served in chalice, sampled at cellar temperature.
Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy caramel brown with a foamy beige head that settled in a thin foamy lacing, good carbonation.
Had a peppery, spicy and dark fruit, plums and dates, yeasty nose with a caramelized malty background and light whiffs of alcohol at the edges.
A crisp, carbonated smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability.
Plums and dates taste in the forefront, followed by caramelized malts with a brown bready quality, a peppery alcohol warmth and dry yeasty and caramelized malty finish, the spicy alcohol warmth lingers in the palate.
A nice Dubbel, well worth trying if you are exploring Belgian ales.
reebtogi (5068) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice pour indeed. Heavy brown ale with a fine head. Very malty with a fruity finish. Good carbonation seems to be a trait of Belgian Ales and this one is no exception. Greatly recommended Belgian Ale.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark and heavy with a thick foamy head. The aroma is so heavy with malt, that I expect a sweet heavy beer. The beer is very heavy, with a slight sweetness. The flavor of raisins and dried fruit dominate the flavor. The finish is long and a bit cloying.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle. Hazy, chunky brown color. Thick tan head. Fruity aroma...fig, banana, phenol spice hinting at perfumey flowers...mouthfeel is light & somewhat spritzy...dry-ish...raisins & dough...yeasty beer, and enjoyable for that reason...
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours mahagony with a tall foamy-fizzy tan head, lasting with sticky lacing. Aroma is alcohol, vinous, oak, yeast (earth, mold, cellar), malt (straw) and perfumey hop notes. Moderately acidic, alcohol burn, faint sweetness, medium bitter, finish is vinous and dry. Warm and full bodied, fizzy and dry palate.
EithCubes (5304) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 Bottle. Like the rest, dragged all the way back from Belgium to Leipzig, and no worse for wear. Beautiful moderately cloudy rubeous pour and thick off-white head. Achel really has the beautiful beer thing down. Sweetish malty aroma with a trace of fruitiness and alcohol, but by no means overpowering. Alcohol shines through less than in the blonde, and that’s to this brew’s favor. Still warming, though. Fruity, cascading with berries, but principally dry. Medium spicing, medium-bodied, sweet and malty. Quite subtler than the blonde, and mildly sweeter, though still not cloying. Were it half as strong, could drink this daily.
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy, brown pour with off-white, thin head. Strong, yeasty aroma with notes of raisins and citrus. The flavor was less sweet than I anticipated based on the aroma and yielded a bitter aftertaste. Still, there were notes of orange and fruits below a yeasty, earthy mustiness. Medium body and slightly dry finish. Nice.
DerWeg (1567) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2006 Very decent, w/ a rounded detailed malty profile that is not too sweet. Plummy dry fruit and brown sugar. I found this bottle perhaps a bit ’stunned’ from long bar-fridge storage, a bit constricted in the aroma, and the Blonde I’d had previously opened up a large bouquet of so many more aromas. Under-appreciated Trappists from Achel! ==slight re-rate== had it again, this beer MUST warm up considerably but then the aromas & flavors are really there. Order it with a pint of something else & let the Achel bottle stand 20 minutes! (+ 1 flavor + 1 aroma + 1 overall.)
Beerdedone (3058) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours cloudy orang\brown with a beige head. Aroma of spices, fruit, caramel, and yeast. Flavor is alcohol, fruit, citrus, carbonation, sweet and yeast.
SudsMcDuff (7256) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite red...foamy header...low lying head,has a ring...how trappist really should be...not to big and yeasty....drinkable!!!....i drank this quick, it was so good, a good belgium to get the beer vacation started!