StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle - pours reddish brown with a big, mountainous off-white head. Aroma of spiced dark fruit, cloves, some yeast. Quite nice. Unfortunately, there’s not as much going on in the flavour - some sour apples, a bit tart, and fairly sweet. Some sharpness. Mouthfeel is nice, effervescent and frothy. Fairly uncomplex, especially put next to Westmalle Dubbel or Chimay, etc. What’s there is nice, but needs more body as it’s a bit thin. Reminscent of some english pale ales. Good stuff, but far from the Holy Grail.
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice murky brown potent looking appearance. Aroma is nice, but light. An average belgian abbey - which means it is still tasty and nice.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle. Light brown clear colour with little but nice head. Aroma of malt and fruit, also some roastedness. Very unspecial dubbel flavour, very classic little sweet with some roastedness and some fruity too.
Tranquillity (1774) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thick beige head which stays all the way through the drinking process. Dark red/brown colour. Very harmonic bitterness, medium finish.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Brownish ruby red colour with a thick creamy off-white head that clings to the glass. Yeasty aroma with sharp hop character. Quite a sharp aroma. Dish water. Highly carbonated. Leaves a lot of carbonation in the mouth. Quite dry flavours, only slightly sweet with some sweet syrup in the background. Subtle watery finish with surprisingly little sweetness and hoppiness.
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark brown with a thick, persistent beige head. Big aromas of clove and apricot, with a hint of hops. Rather flat, one-dimensional flavor of amber malt. More like a pale ale as it lacks the complexity typical of a dubbel. Full bodied, weak, metallic finish.
Christian (12623) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2009 Hazy dark red-brown with a lasting off-white head. Fruity malt aroma, spicy notes and a touch of banana. Sweet caramel flavour, with some hop bitterness and a touch of roasted malts.
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chestnut brown, small head. Somewhat restrained aroma but a nice filling flavour.
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Abbey dobbel bought from Achel Kluis abbey store. Tasted this a couple of days ago and sadly cannot remember much of it. I do remember it was good, but as nothing much stuck on my mind, I have to assume it was quite generic.
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle... Cloudy, ruby ale with a mid-sized, frothy, khaki head. Everlasting retention. The nose is a cornucopia of all things weird; golden raisins, molasses, rye bread, rubbing alcohol and plastic bandage (phenols). Oddly, I sort of dig the smell. Flavor-wise, I’m not picking up much. It’s well-balanced, but thin for the style and the ABV. I expected more malt, I got less. I expected less hopping, I got more... or, at least, fresher hops (which is not necessarily a terrific thing when you’re talking dubbels or lambics). Medium-bodied and fizzy. Crisp, clean, finish. Sort of like Belgium’s answer to America’s Michelob Dark, just as Stella Artois is Belgium’s answer to America’s Miller Genuine Draft. I have no clue who sent this bottle to me, but step forward and I’ll throw some praise your way!