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A reddish-brown abbey ale brewed with dark malts. The secondary fermentation gives a fruity aroma and a unique spicy character with a distinctive aftertaste. Secondary fermentation in the bottle. (Serving temperature: 8-10ºC)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Tastes similar to westmalle dubbel without such complexity. The head on this thing is quite amazing though. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2003
Bottled. Murky crimson colour with a larger beige crown. Unusual aroma in that it smelt like strewberried lead, pine shavings and strewberries. I sound like SilkT but this time its true. Tart start, astringent middle fruity finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazyvin (1861) - New York, USA - AUG 7, 2003
poured a nice dark brown color with a bone color head. A malty aroma with a roasted subltness too it. Taste was malty and mildly bitter and finished with a taste of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2003 33 cL bottle, goblet. Gigantic fizzy head is tan and somewhat lasting. Murky brown body has huge yeast particles. Caramel, nutty, toasted grain malts. Flowery hops play second fiddle. Yeast aroma is of cobwebs. Vanilla, alcohol, toffee aromas with a light hint of spice. Moderately sweet throughout, with light bitterness at the end. Some dark chocolate notes appear in the aftertaste, which is fairly long in duration. Medium-full body is creamy with fizzy carbonation. Flavor does not contain as many sharp notes as the aroma. The bottom line is: this is a rich and nutty double that's pleasant to the end. Rerate: 12/30/03 This is every bit as good as I remembered though tasted quite different, if that makes sense. I got a lot more dark fruits this time around (plum, raisin, and especially currants). Still excellent though. I don't know why the bottle instructs you to serve at 44-48 degrees F. Really has a sharp alcohol nose around that temp. The game really starts at 55-60 F.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4184) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2003
Dark beer with a light head, and a slight coffee aroma. Lightly roasted flavour with a hint of bitterness (the beer reminds me of a stout). A good quality Belgian beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CEZ (396) - Milano, ITALY - JUL 10, 2003
Brown in colour and sweet in aroma (caramel). Average sized, mostly lasting beige head. Sweet and warm taste, and a slightly bitter finish. Medium body. Not bad, but doesn't show much character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5484) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2003
Fruity (banana) arom with some raisins and sugar. Murky brown, creamy head, but retention not too good. Fruity cobbwebs in the taste, otherwise pretty bland. Lightbodied and relatively highly carbonized.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2003
Pours a nice dark brown/red color with a light, off-white head. The aroma is quite pleasant and sweet. Ripe grape, apple, chocolate, caramel, candi sugar and yeast. The flavor is not quite as nice or pleasant, but still satisfying. Still slightly sweet and fruity, with a nice does of chocolate and caramel. Slightly sharp on the tongue. Good, but nothing outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2276) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2003
UPDATED: APR 15, 2013 Original rating: 5/3/03. Nice and dark color with little head. Smooth going down, similar to other dubbels but never a bad choice to drink.

Rerate 4/11/06. Almost two years has past and I have learned more about beer. While this is a fine brew it lacks the taste and palate for a Belgian of this style. 7/4/6/3/14

Rerate: 4/16/13. Wow, I cannot believe that it has been almost 10 years since I first rated this beer. This was the 9th beer I ever rated. Even wackier is that it has been 7 years since I rerated this, probably one of the first beers I rerated. So, this particular bottle has some weird code on it, 10 173 14, no idea what it means. This was one of my first gateway beers. Fortunately, its still pretty damn good. Eh, I wouldn’t say too fresh or too old. Picked it up on clearance for $3.99, can’t pass up such a deal. Strong plum candi sugar, thick sweet black bread and heavy yeastiness. Slight rye character. Flavor is similarly bready and sweet but not as much as the aroma makes you think. Everlasting head on a dark brown body. Nicely felt body but not heavy, evaporates nicely off the palate. Solid beer. 8/4/8/4/16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1007) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2003
A nice looking dubbel, with medium reddish brown color and a good off white head. Nose is lightly sweet and a little fruit and spice as well. Also a nice sweet note in the start of the flavor, though also an apparent alcohol note and a light sourness. A good flavor, though it doesn't last quite long enough on the tongue. Good, nevertheless!

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