Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 This is an excellent Abbey Dubbel and may even my best yet. Aroma is chocolate and caramel. Appearance looks about like every other Dubbel Ive had, brownish/red. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, apples, oranges, and berries complex for this style! The balance is perfect as the malt does not dominate. Palate is smooth with no evidence of the 7%. This is a top 10 beer for me!
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2008 (2/8/08, 750ml bottle, cork dated 10/07) Enormous rocky beige head atop hazy, deep amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, raisin, caramel, anise, some bread, orange, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin/plum, cola, some anise, yeast, light alcohol. Medium body, fairly smooth with some effervescence. (7/3/6/4/13) I can’t remember with certainty the beer I enjoyed so much nearly five years ago, but the clarity alone suggests that the two samples were very different.
(5/7/03) Opaque chestnut body with small tan head. Aroma and taste are wonderfully complex, and one and the same, strong and varied -- raisin, caramel, cherry, anise, orange, chocolate and slight alcohol. The combinations vary by sip and how far you are in the bottle. Nice full body, and the level of carbonation complements the flavors well. (8/4/9/5/18)
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Murky brown and a big tan head that disappears quickly. Fruit flavors a little pepper and oak. Very carbonated. Kind of blah.
thedm (4849) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew poured a light brown head of fine and medium sized bubbles that left a good lacing. It has a cloudy dark brown body and a strong raspberry aroma. It also has a strong raspberry taste and an acidic finish. Overall, this brew is just averagely impressive. I was more impressed by the unique packaging. I think it has been the only brew I have drank that was wrapped in a paper package and had a wire tied cork on the bottle.
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber color with a big lasting tan head! Complex malt flavour, almost wine like. By far the best Heineken i have tasted ;-)
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
02/01 Bottle: Pours a nice, dark ruby red color with a big, off-white lingering head. The aroma is strongly minty from the hops and mildly alcoholic. The palate is smooth, with a slightly thin body and medium carbonation. The flavor is mildly malty with a good, tangy/minty hop finish with notes of fruit and yeast. A decent Dubbel.
Balthazar (86) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This stuff is pretty good. The malts disguise the hops well. It was very smooth. Had a distinct tast of citris... grapes or plums
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This chocolate colored beer has amber glints and a rich, white head. The nose is incredibly winey, raisiny and nutty. The palate is very portlike, continuing the rich grapey and nutty qualities with an added slight spiciness (cinnamon?). A very rich expression. The finish is very earthy with rich yeastiness and intense grapiness.
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 29, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An enjoyable, if somewhat bland dark Belgian. I liked it.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 brownish, reddish, orange in color and cloudy..with a wiggly juiggly tan head of little bubbles..the aroma was of tart grapes..disappeared quickly though..spritzy..cardboardy malty grapes..some tartness at the end with grape skin bitterness..semi-full bodied..Lacks complexity.