hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge, thick, lasting head, gives you a moustache! Aroma is very weak, somewhat fruity. Color is nice reddish brown, slightly murky. Taste is dry with nice aftertaste. Nothing special, but I would drink again.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
cloudy ruby brown color, tan dense foamy head that looks like the center of a crunchie bar. aroma is toffee/raisin/alcohol. watery/creamy mouthfeel. sweet malty flavor. raisin, bready flavor too. acidic alcohol finish, slightly whiskey-like
Lubiere (10721) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orangey brown ale with a thick bubbly caramel white head. Malty and fruity aroma with some yeast. Sweet rich malt with notes of coriander and licorice, dryish finish, but overall very pleasant dubbel with a medium body. Metallic hops drop quickly but is retained for some time in finish.
Tejas (908) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells like prunes & I hate prunes. I won’t hold that against the beer though. Tastes sour& dry to me. Not as dark as I expected from a Belgian Dubbel but has plenty of malt, that’s for sure. Not real crazy about the flavor in this one. Glad it only cost $3.99 for a 750ml b/c I poured it out.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured an eartyhy brown color with an instantaneously collapsing, unimpressive white head. The aroma is malty sweet with scents of dried, dark fruits and hints of chocolate. Light bodied, the taste is of sweet malts, sweet-sour fruit, and alcohol. This is a nice seasonal warmer, but nothing special.
JorisPPattyn (8224) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown beer, amber shine; thick & creamy yellow head. Roasted malts, Zachertorte, faint fruity nose (red grapes, plums) , chocolate. Sweet and roasted taste, again something fruity & sweet - Traubenzucker . Sweet, but balanced with both something fruity-sourish and roasted-bitter, which doesn’t spoil anything. Warming up, however does it a disservice - beer becomes more crude. Medium bodied, fruity acidity alleviates it, ends chewy all the same. Good Dubbel. Not at all BDS’ worst effort.
Gorbalev (2988) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Christmas 2004 LCBO gift pack. Amber-brown pour, big white head. Lots of yummy malt and yeast in aroma. Mouthfeel is medium yet quite active. Taste is spicy malt, with a long yeast finish (that can become slightly unpleasant after a while towards the end of the glass). The 6.8% is there, but not too strong or weak (I sound like the 3 bears). A very nice beer.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (best before 08-05-02) pours a thick brownish caramel, quite cloudy, large pillowy off-white head, with exceptional lacing. Barnyard, bready, and earthy aroma. Quite sweet as well with a hint of tobacco Smooth malty flavor, bready, dark and sweet, with a bit of dark pitted fruit flavor albeit quite subtle. Yeah, this is tasty. Moderate body with a fairly medium mouthfeel. Finishes sweet, bready, notes of earth and tobacco. The mild sweetness of this beer is what really makes it enjoyable. Glad I found one of the last ones in my area.
Sammy (9237) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange brown appearance, nice looking Belgium (sorry for redundancy). Fruity appetite inducing yeast aroma. Medium-full mouthfeel. Satisfying malty aftertaste. Good though not outstanding. Fresh smooth with graininess. 10% ABV you say?
pintbypint (2783) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml brown bottle. Surprisingly great mix of aromas in this one - tea, floral hop, bitter chocolate and fruit. Thick creamy off white head, tight beads. Leaves amazing streaky lacing in the Affligem glass. Beer is reddish brown and hazy. Caramel/dark malts up front, hops arrive mid way through and carry into the finish. Some yeasty aftertastes, and at times it seemed a bit to carbonated, but enjoyable nonetheless.