ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - APR 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice dubbel.
dark brown with a frothy head. complex aroma.
equally interesting taste with notes of plums , toffee, cloves and citrus notes. very pleasant on a cold evening. complexity increased as the beer warmed in the glass.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big soapy head, musty, earthy, artisanal taste. Not really complicated, though a nice sweetness developed as it warmed. An OK dubbel, but I prefer Ommegang.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A thoroughly unimpressive ale. Claims to be of the Belgian style but this falls far short of most Belgians i have had. Not complex at all, some fruity flavors, almost watery mouthfeel. Nice dark brownish/purplish color, short lived head with little lacing on the side of the glass, malty aroma. Maybe i’ll try it again in the future.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 24. Hazy deep copper/ruby red color. A head that doesnt quit. Nose if full of yeast with hints of malt,fruit and subtle spices. Medium bodied with smooth mouthfeel. Palate is yeast dominated with slight hints of dark fruit and malt. Maybe some hops at the end? Dry,smooth yeasty finish. Reminds me of chimay red. Drinkable but not outstanding. Better as it warms towards room temp. A very unexpected gift!
Earlier Rating: 1/27/2002 Total Score: 3.2
Clear, amber/brown. Nice creamy head, some lace.Fruity,citric,spicy and yeasty nose. Smooth, thinnish body, with alcohol emerging from the dry yeasty palate. A bit sour and bitter with not too much else going on. The fruity flavor is very subdued and struggles to make its presence felt. Unbalanced.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 19, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #10. Very malty arora, huge creamy head which nearly overflowed my Orval glass, from which I drank this brew. I’m baffled at some people commenting that it was weak on the malts. I found the malt flavor to be very strong, but not quite to the level of a Doppelbock. This beer finishes dry. Also, do not drink ice cold - I made the mistake of doing so, and the flavor improved immensely as it warmed up in the glass.
Earlier Rating: 7/13/2000 Total Score: 4.2
This is another great brew from Allagash. Nice, almost fruity aroma, ruby red (but not like Guinness) color, slightly sweet flavor, with a lot of flavors I could not put my finger on. Good aftertaste, again was very complex. This is going on my list of ’buy again’ beers.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice light head. Almost a smoky, burnt caramel flavor. Nice and flavorful, but a little on the dry side. Nice beer, though not what I expected.
darkvibe (68) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost no head, ’burnt’ flavor. Mediocre beer.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprising, this is a refreshing beer. Wonderful, chewy, dark and flavorful. Enjoyed this beer.
TAR (2458) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2007 Aged one year: Aroma is very clean and fresh with green apples, ginger?, butterscotch and toasted malts. Bead is very creamy, off-tan with nice retention and stick power. Slightly nutty. A little light for a dubbel yet the extremely creamy and moderately dry palate compensate quite nicely. Very different from its 12 oz. counterpart. I had this a few hours after dinner and it was surprisingly appetizing. This is the finest dubbel you are going to find outside of Belgian.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep thick and brown, just the way it tastes. Tasted a lot like Hersheys syrup in skim milk, and I don’t like chocolate milk. Bitter finish. Not something I’d look for again.