JorisPPattyn (8201) - 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 (2981) - 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 (9199) - 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 (2757) - 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.
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s good. Nice frothy chocolate, malt taste with an acidic palate. It’s allright, still more enjoyable to drink than the best american beers I’ve tried.
Metalhead (632) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty mediocre dubbel. Decent enogh dark amber with mild yeast and chocolate notes aroma. Mild chocolate,yeast and slight woodiness. Too thin body. Easy to drink but nothing special.
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2010 2010-05-18. Hazy red brown body with a modest beige head. 3+ Sweet aroma as herbal, anise like overtones. Sweet sugary malt, light alcohol. Flavour is similar, sugary malts, light herbal touches, quite fruity. Smooth average plus palate is well carbonated. Not the most robust Belgian brew, but it is flavourful, enjoyable. 7/3/7/3/15 - 3.5 Bottle six months old or more, from the LCBO
2005-01-XX. Crystal clear light brown body with a massive fluffy beige head punishing my carelessly vigorous pour. Sweet dark fruity aroma (prunes, plums) and some dark malt. Flavour is drier than expected but still sweetly malty, notes of caramel and an ephemeral glimpse of anise. Touch of warming alcohol in the finish. Palate is medium, average, but a bit lighter than my preference for the style. Pleasant. 7/4/5/7/3/14 - 3.5 Bottle. LCBO Giftpack Winter 2004.
TaktikMTL (6221) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille de 330 ml achetée à la LCBO. Arôme: Couleur ambrée tirant sur le orange. Pétillement normal. Large col mousseux beige qui dure très longtemps. Saveur: Amertume moyennement présente au début, diminuant tranquillement vers la fin. Palette: Présense d’alcool moyenne. Texture huileuse. Corps moyen. (Rating #53)
presario (4756) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First Affligem I was able to pour in one pour without being overwhlemed with the head. Another attractive beer, a rich very dark cedar with a thick orange-brown tinted head. Softer (browner) scent than the other 2 in the gift pack. Initial brown sugar taste, then spice and hops. Nice but not as smooth as the Blonde nor as complex as the triple. A touch watery.