wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
RichardGretton (4229) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
CEZ (397) - Milano, ITALY - JUL 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jonas (5605) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
beastiefan2k (2368) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
boto (1828) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a hint of red in it. Large light tan head that lingers for awhile. Aroma is filled with candy sweetness, raisins and a slight hint of alcohol. Taste is very silky, with caramel and much malt sweetness. Medium to full bodied, and well balanced. Complex taste, almost wine-like. This is an exceptional dubbel.
GreatDane (101) - Skævinge, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
OK, this Abbey Dubbel is something really special. An excellent head on top of the brownish/readish body. A superb beer.
Shag (2585) - 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!