JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown to ruby red in color. Aroma is very yeasty, molasses, brown sugar sweet with some roasted flavor mixed in. Sweet flavor. Balanced finish. Very good beer.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. A great American version of this style--indeed, perhaps the best I have ever had. This showed the level of viscosity which is absolutely vital, but sadly lacking in U.S. dubbels, and it provided a perfect structure for tons of chocolate and orchard fruit flavors. Rivals Westmalle.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Brick red, with a tan head, clear. Fruity aroma, raisins, prunes, apricot, plum, etc. Malty flavor, with that fruitiness again. A very satisfying brew.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a really good Abbey Dubbel. Sweet, malty, and dark fruity flavors. Finishes smooth, thick, and clean.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark burgundy body topped by a rocky tan head. Glass lacing is above average. The aroma is a strong hit of pears and alcohol. The flavior is fairly sweet and pleasant, the pear discovered in the nose is still here as well as some slight bitterness. The alcohol is not a problem here as it is in the triple. Overall much more balanced than the triple, but still not world-class, good yes, but not best in class. Thanks a bunch to MrDick for the bottle.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at toronado, clearly a dubbel, brown sugar and pear aroma with a slightly weird saltiness, brown, pretty potent, light hint of apple strudel, good stuff
Ernest (5882) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of banana/gum, toffee, brown sugar, and clove. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lighty acidic, moderately bitter. Medium
to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A bit uncomfortably syrupy-sweet in the mouth, but the aroma is decent enough. Certainly much better than the tripel.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 In a 22oz bottle from Johnís Market. Pours a dark dark red, looks black without holding it up to the light, but has an amazing red glow when up to the light. Small ivory head that falls fast. Sweet spicy aroma with lots of banana smell to it. Taste starts sweet and with tons of dark fruit, wheat and caramel, with a good balance and lots of spice in the finish. Another rockin anderson valley brew.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright brown hue. Sweet banana nose. Very smooth body; rather thickish. Big notes of chocolate, caramel, and maple syrup. Very tasty, but it had a heavy sweetness factor.
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
RBSG í04 Ruby amber color out of the bottle with a head that shrunk to an off white whispy ring. Candi sugar nose with some spice. Nice sweetness of dark caramel and dried fruit. Delicious.