GregClow (2975) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Affligem giftpack - purchased at LCBO. Slightly hazy copper-brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma is quite subdued, with notes of plum, pumpernickel, a bit of roasted malt, and a medicinal edge when it warms. Body is thin and fizzy. Flavour is kind of messy, with notes of brown sugar, whiskey, some earthiness - not bad per se, but it just doesn’t seem to come together. The finish is nice, though, with some peppery bitterness.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a sizable tan head. Smell had chocolate, caramel, toffee, apple cider and banana. Taste was the same with some white wine and gin and tonic added. White wine mouthfeel combined with apple cider and banana. Quite interesting. Alcohol was very well hidden. The white wine was pretty apparent in the finish. Overall I was pretty impressed but it doesn’t compete with the great Dubbels.
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (330ml). Poured slightly hazy reddish-brown with a good sized light brown fizzy, pillowy lasting head. Aroma of roast malt, chocolate, fruits, with hints of roasted nuts. Taste is ... somewhat metallic and strongly alcoholic - there’s caramel malt and some woodiness, but the nose was more promising than this unbalanced mash-up of bitterness and brown sugar, although an interesting black pepper character develops on warming. Mouthfeel is on the light side and quite fizzy. Not bad, but one of the weaker dubbels I’ve tried.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, with froth that is mocha. Tons of roast and malts in the aroma, fireside, and wood. Spicy flavour profile, sweet malty wood, some fig. Pretty smooth mouthfeel, creamy too. Some lacing for the entire drink. Watery finish. Good.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(BJCP Class) Strong candy Carmel aroma. Nice dark brown color light head. Strong malt presence and the flavor give off both the dry fruit and malt taste. Smooth/dry/nice beer. Not overwhelming in the alcohol. I liked this beer. Finally a Belgian I can drink and enjoy.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a great rusty brown color with a tan,fizzy head. The nose was of raisin roasted malts, citrus and hops resins. The taste was fruity, with a solid malt foundation. It’s a little sweet up front, but a tartness kicks in by the mid-taste and finished with a biting peppery finish. The feel was nice, slightly creamy with very little carbonation. Not really a world-class dubbel, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.
Hansen (7490) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown colour. Normal head. A fine dubbel, aroma has fine malty notes, flavor bitter-sweetish. Think it will get better storing it.
TBone (13850) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, alc. 6.8% (BB 05/2007)
Dark ruby color, good tanned creamy head, lace. Fruity, spicey licorice aroma with oaky notes. Medium-bodied, smooth . Spicey, dry, slightly alcoholic. Bitterish aftertaste. Reasonable balanced but aroma promises more than flavor gives.
Gachupines (1063) - USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark brown appearance with a thick lingering head. Taste is mild with a strong malt backbone and a somewhat spicy flavor. Not one of the best, but a solid example of the style.
mcscottmc (6) - USA - SEP 21, 2005 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Compared to other Belgian Abbey ales, this one is nothing to get excited about. A friend told me that this is being discontinued on my area (Atlanta, GA), so I got a good deal on it. Definitely better than the average beer, but if you are going to drink Belgian ale, get the really good stuff.