wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown, dark leather colored with a light tan head that initially was of large bubbles. The large bubbles subsided to a fine, creamy foam layer that stayed indefinitely.
Nose is complex--very malt forward with alcohol, brown sugar, cider, caramel, nutmeg, raisin all present.
Too carbonated, thin mouthfeel with maltiness, mutsiness, alcoholic heat, raisin, cardboard, mild sweatsocks. (like a cross between an overcarbonated barleywine and a Gueuze.
Finish dry and astringent.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2006 Deep burgandy color a medium light beige head. Sweet caramel and fruity aroma. Flavor is complex. Start is sweet, some black cherry, slightly tart, lightly sour, with a long cherry like dry finish. Smooth palate. A real nice dubbel.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was somewhat bizarre. Head of extremely fine bubbles, HUGE chunks. Candyish-sweet, glazed fruit smell (green grapes??) and also alcohol. Taste is oddly burnt and somewhat fruity-nutty. Sticky finish. This was odd, odd, odd. I really don't know how to characterize it. Many thanks to wunderbier for the trade!
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fruity smell, almost sickly sweet. A bitter flavor. it appears dark amber with a lasting tan head... very thin palate... makes you cringe... astringent, rotten fruit.. smells of eggs.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Shag for this one...I thought this was a great beer. Lots of chocolate in the aroma as well as the flavor...Also some nuttiness present, especially in the second pour when more of the yeast was present. An excellent Dubbel.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is malt and brown sugar, reddish brown, with a big toffee head, lot's of lace. Flavour is candied malt, brown sugar, has a nutty, bitter after taste. Creamy, pleasant mouthfeel, nicely bitter. Very impressive example.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JAN 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was one of my favorites from my last trip to Central Market. Pors a dark brown with a compact, long lasting white head. Aroma of grapes, almost like a bordeaux. Flavor was malty, fruity, and warming. Not as sugary as some, but on the sweet side. I'll seek this one out again.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Defintely not the best of this style, that I have ever tried, but still quiet nice and easy to drink. Pours oily and bubbly, with a nice heady aroma. The flavor is full of lots of dark fruits, currants and plums. A bit of candi sweetness and brown sugar. Full to medium bodied, with a bit of walnut nuttiness in the finish.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very unimpressed with this one. maybe i got a bad bottle or something, but everything about this fell into the range of "eh" to "average". yeah there was some maltiness and some sweetness in there but just hints of it. It's drinkable, but nothing special.
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, malty and fruity aroma, some plumminess and red grape, along with notes of toffee, dark sugar, nuttiness (almost like nougat) and mild yeast esters. Deep, dark red in color, massively frothy and lasting light tan head. Flavor profile is of course also largely fruity and malty, vinous and lightly tangy, with hints of bubblegum, spice and red grape on the finish. Moderate acidity developing, medium-full body. Very pleasant. Thanks, Grant!