hopdog (10910) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark, murky, reddish brown with an averaged sized tan head. Initially, lots of carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass. Aromas and tastes of spices, caramel, yeast, toffee and some plums. Starts off lightly sweet and ends on a nice, dry finish. Lively body. Another kick ass monk beer…
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown Coloring with Good Head. Some Prunes/Raisins.. Thick on the Tongue...but Disappointing Overall. Not Much for Taste.. Maybe a Bad Bottle.
Frank (3841) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruddy brown appearance with a slight reddish hue. Big head initially but it dissipates rather quickly to a thin skin. Nose is vibrant with dark malts and spice. Thick on the palate with rich, velvety carbonation. Very fruity with some yeast ethers, notes of raisin, molasses, pear, flower petals with a slight hint of surgical gauze (actually a bit reminiscent of the "Band Aid" flavor people talk about in Orval). Finishes rather dry though with a bit of sweetness and fruit coming through as well. Solid.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark muddy hue with a small off white head. Rich toffee like nose with nutty hints. Syrupy, tarty taste with caramel raisin and nut flavours. Fairly sweet with great complexities. Not a patch on Chimay though.
badgerben (4776) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a brown color with a towering, tan head. Very bready aroma. The taste just vanished. I was hoping that letting it get up towards room temp would help... not so much. Everything was missing. I seem to be hitting a rash of this with Belgians recently; it breaks my heart.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 Sampled at Zotte in Amsterdam, Holland.
Pleasantly aromatic, very subtle, milk chocolate and a fairly intense dark fruitiness.
Intensely fruity, cloying at times, pleasing at others. Soft, velvety backround. Mellow, woven fruit flavors of plums, mixes berries, orange and grape. The fruit flavor in this beer was stupendous. What was missing was the big, malty chocolate and caramel backround that I have come to expect in dark Belgians. With a little tweaking of the recipe, I can imagine this beers dominance.
DanielBrown (4336) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Deep darkness with an inch wo’th of undulating, linen-toned head. Dark berries: raspberry, blackberry, with some laundry also. Wheaty flavour, augmented with some silky, oliy brown sugar. Alcohol present towards the end, but the strength mostly fades. A little one-dimensional but has controlled power. Undecided on this.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light, reddish brown color, firm, proud, thick off-whitish head, lace-leaving.
Aroma: nutty, slightly sweet, minor caramel notes, small hints of spice, cocoa.
Taste: big, hoppy blast, quickly replaced by a full-ness of dark, rich malty flavors that totally dominates the palate. Rich, chewy, yeasty, sweet, just a trifle complex, even. A delicious melange of dark flavors, a well-matched blend of hops and malt. Very tasty. Medium to full in body, chocolatey finish, though brief, and overall enjoyable. Not a bad dubbel, but not spectacular. And tremendously overpriced in this instance, a whopping $5.69 for the bottle. Glad I tried it, but I won’t be going back, when I can find dubbels just as good or better for a better price.
Make no mistake, though, a really tasty beer here!
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - SEP 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
opaque dark brown, thick creamy off white head. definite fruity, malty, sweet taste flows into a smooth aftertaste. definitely a great beer.
JonMoore (2060) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Onlyfinebeer (08.05). Poured an opaque dark brown with a good sized off-white head. Great aroma, sweet, bananas, fruits and hops. Tastes, sweet, malty, fruity - excellent. Full bodied, great mouthfeel. I wonder at the relatively low average for this beer; if it’s not up with the Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort 10s of this world, it certainly is the 8s and the 6s.