jgb9348 (4694) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice hazy amber colour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of malt and cherries. Medium-bodied; Malty flavour with nuts and cherries with a good caramel flavour. Overall, nice to try! I sampled this beer at Smokeless Joe’s after our May RB Party on 15-May-2004 in Toronto, Ontario.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ruby in color.
Nose is cherries with chocolate, raisins and molasses.
Dark fruits first followed by clove, buttered-toffee and a hop spicyness. The yeast strain is very clean.
This is a very simple and very dull dubbel. It isn’t as full in the mouth and lacks the complexity and flavor of most beers of the style.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A muddy brown color, faint off-white head. Aroma: seriously raisiny! Toss in some molasses, dark rum, sour cherries, maybe even dates? Sizzling hops on the palate,warm mouthfeel from the malt, and the yeasty, raisiny flavor is rich, full, delicious. More sour notes abide in the middle, and a candyish feeling runs through the finish.
A good dubbel, a fine enough drink, but far from great.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2004 Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from LCBO. Tasted in Affligem chalice Appearance is deep brown with a thin tan coloured head lacing the glass. Aroma is sweet, with hints of candied sugar and malt. Taste is very unbalanced. Tastes of wet cardboard and sickly sweetness with a ’tinny’ ending. I have another bottle to try, and unless this was just a bad sample, it was definitely not to my liking.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I did a side by side of two bottles I’d been aging: 2001, 2002
2001-pured deep brown with thin tan head...smelled tart like grapes, cocoa, astringent..tasted rich with a velvety mouthfeel...caramel, quite sweet with mild alcohol...finish quick and dry...this is the one I’m going to rate for numbers...
2002-poured lighter brown than 01, HUGE floaties and LOTS of them...sort of surprised me b/c the 01 had no floaties...smelled much more overpowering than the 01...caramel, nuts, very earthy...much more effervescent than 01...fizzy...sweet finish with sugar...
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A sharp and sweet drink from affligem. Ranks better than the blonde. The usual sweet fruit and caramels are here with a sharp aftertaste. Impressive.
Crockett (1007) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy red with a firm tan head. Cherry yeast aroma. Woody, musty, and earth. Cherry, apple, rasin. Some brown sugar. Some medicine (Cherry cough syrup). Sweet/sour finish. Good but not outstanding.
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2008 Average double. Flat aroma. Taste of fruit/caramel and spices. Finish dry indeed.
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2004 Nice vinous aroma with a hint of caramel and nuts. The pour was solidly carbonated, leaving a minimal but lasting head. The thick, chewy yeast was impossible to keep buried - despite the slow pour. The taste was thin compared to the bold aroma with no real dominant or distinctive flavor. Short finish nicely fitting between dry and sweet.
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Some light fruity notes and caramel in the aroma, not much malt, no distinct hoppy aroma. Reddish brown clear-cloudy with-without dregs. Off-white foamy lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts with some sweetness, malty, caramel, with yeasty flavor. Has mild dry bitterness to it. Finish is drier, with more chalkiness and watery malty sweetness. After is mild and doesn’t last.