dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - APR 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Sweet, caramelly, malty nose with typical American hop notes. Taste is mainly chocolatey with fruity notes like figs, but also citrus fruity notes, especially grapefruit. I like those hop flavours. Ends in a medium-bitter chocolatey finish.. I really like this beer. It´s more american strong ale than dubbel to me, but that actually doesn´t matter, as it´s delicious. Thanks to yogi_beera and pivo for sending me this one.
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I missed the traditional cork and caged enclosure common to this style, but little else in this 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle disappoints. It pours clear, deep reddish-copper, with a largish tan-colored, quickly dissolving head; lacing was average. The malty, banana-like and fruity ester aroma hints at the flavors to come. A creamy and sweet malt initial palate quickly develops caramel, orange citrus and clove spice flavors in this full-bodied strong beer. The finish is relatively short, and adequately hopped, but the beer might be improved by some bottle conditioning.
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet, malty aroma. Dark brown color, like very strong tea. Head quickly dissipates. Fairly strong flavor with caramel, hints of clove in the body, maybe molasses. Some coffeelike bitterness at the end. Definite yeasty notes, but not as cidery as some dubbels
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brilliant mahogany brown color with a foamy tan head that evaporates over time. Malty sweet aroma tinged with hops. Level malty start with a ping of hops at the end that lingers long enough to make you want another sip. The palate is rather simple though, the flavor doesn’t change over time-- not alot of complexity to it.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
alcohol was well hidden brown in color, slim tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Intially a sweet taste that seemed a mix of fruits and vanilla. Finished with a spicy bite.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep but clear brown w/ a tan head. Somewhat loose lacing. Aroma of dark dried fruits, prunes, plums, raisins, candy, cloves, vanilla and more. A little light on the CO2. Body is med. heavy. Alcohol is well hidden but there certainly some phenols in there. Med. sweetness. Slightly oxidized flavors but they generally reflect the aroma with an added red apple flavor. Tasty yet their are some things missing. Maybe could use a little less alcohol and some bottle conditioning. Good but kinda misses the mark.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Much better beer than the triple. Dark fruit and marzipan notes with candy sugar and maple notes. Good spice with a hint of herbs, rosemary?
Poor head retention, clean finish. needs a little longer conditioning, I would guess.
BBB63 (6544) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Duval snifter: Deep maple brown hue with a small and fading head and little head. The aroma has notes of raisin, plum, currant, toasted and caramelized malts, aromatic malts, and noticeable phenols. The taste starts quite fruity and with a heavy tone of malty backbone. the midsection displays a bit of hoppy spice and bitter leading to a finish that has a balance of oak and yeasty character. The sublime funky note adds some depth to this beer, yet it never completely gains a full mouthfeel of the classic Dubbels. Some meaty smoky tones make this more interesting. Overall, it’s an fair example of the sytle but never completes the deal. I was left with the feeling of wanting more.
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma had an interesting bannana ester along with a rasin character. Smooth, with a slightly cloying buttery (diacetyl?) flavor but a clean bitter finish. Easy to drink, difficult to open.
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Color is a very dark amber with bubbley tan head. When held in front of a light it’s a beautiful ruby color. Aroma is full dark fruit. Taste is medium sweet with raison and a biting dry finish. Pretty good.