William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pretty decent Belgian Ale. Not very complex. Not as good as the triple.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes like cider with hops. A combination that works quite well. Nice fruity flavor, a little too sweet, but a good hoppieness. A little too bubblie.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Exceptionally fine looking beer. Fine frothy head (not huge - it does say to ’pour slowly’ on the bottle), deep orange-red colour, reasonably clear, moderate fizz. Somewhat ordinary after that, aroma with some malt, and a little bit of hops and faint perfume. I got a slight acid sour start, a small quickly fading body and a slightly bitter short finish. Despite this its still quite drinkable for a Belgian Ale especially when you can buy a four pack at the local supermarket here in Belgium for next to nothing.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 It does pour a nice head with good retention. Nice aroama and berry flavor. A little thin, fizzy and a bit sweet.
re-rate four years and many, many beers later: Mmmmm.. great looking beer with nice, thick head. Diminishes a bit too quickly, but that is true of most beers. Aroma promises gobs of flavor... everything from green apples to caramel, mocha and dark fruit. Flavor, sadly does not deliver quite the same oomph, though subsequent belching reveals lots of green apples. Not so fizzy this time, though it is still rather thin-bodied. A nice dubbel.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmm. This was a nice beer. Aroma of nuts, berry, grape, and other things i couldnt quite pinpoint. Poured with a large white head that lasted a long time. Nice cloudy brownish/purplish and reddish color. Excellent flavor of fruits, grape and cherry, and hints of chocolate and nuts. Only complaints were that it was slightly overcarbonated and that it fizzed out of the bottle when i opened it.
Ernest (6013) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2005 Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium orange-brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie), lightly yeasty (basement/mold), with notes of coriander, cola, orange peel. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic. The thin/watery and fizzy mouthfeel is the biggest fault here. Not terribly flavorful (and too tart for this style for me) or interesting otherwise either.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Although thin-bodied and very carbonated (huge head), this one leaves a nice impression. A tad too sweet, but the flavors (some sour apple, some sweetish chocolate malt) are nice, and they get mixed around well as a result of the carbonation. Yeasty, but not over the top if you don’t go for that.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a lovely resilient head. Medium-strong nose of yeast, wine. As the last rater noted, rather foamy on the mouth, but with an excellent flavor and a nice warming feeling going down. Sour apples and maybe a hint of nutmeg apparent in the mix; a very solid Dubbel overall.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a pretty good sized head. Fairly dark, reddish color. Yeasty nose with some alcohol. Comes to the palate a bit foamy, but it’s got a nice enough flavor--green apples, and some spiciness.