Sammy (8024) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Could not taste the strong alcohol but was in aroma. Sweet spices, alcohol, and effervesent carbination malt combination didn’t strike me or my mates bang on. Tart. Lovely head. Dry and unsatisfying aftertaste.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This exploded out of the bottle. Cloudy reddish brown with a massive head. A yeasty and salty aroma is contrasted by a very fruity malt accented taste. It is very different for a dubbel but there was too much fizz which detracted from the experience.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4456) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 This is a fine example of the Double style. One I need to keep on hand a bit more often. +++ Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this brew pours a dark red/brown color with a large foamy beige head that lingers forever and produces great lacing. The scent is sweet, yeasty and fruity and has a mild amount of flowery hops and chocolate. The flavor is very malty and fruity with solid notes of cherry and raspberry and a light nutty undertone and a hint of molasses. The texture is bubbly and the body is fairly full. The malt and sour fruits really come out as it warms and the finish is nicely long. Excellent.
shotgun1431 (126) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful ale! Very dark red with a tan head and and nice lacing. Not a lot of aroma but it's all good. I really like this flavor. Malty and not a lot of bite. Alcohol is well hidden. A very good beer!
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy chocolate brown color, with a nice thick head. The aroma is some yeast and malts. The flavor is some soft maltiness with a touch of some spices. A nice hoppy finish for a dubbel. Overall a good dubbel, thanks to my little sis for this birthday present including the Bornem glass.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Good soft brown color with a thick head to it. Aroma...well....not much. Flavor isnt there really either. The only real nice things to this is (1)its a belgian brew and (2) it hides the 8% well.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - APR 1, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very faint aroma, almost of green apples. Appears with a tawny reddish hue, an overly thick head with lots of rising effervescence. Overly sweet flavor, almost sugary, but with a spicy finish. Probably good palate, but overwhelmingly carbonated. Almost stinging on the tongue. Overall an interesting beer, particularly as the spice flavor comes out, but not one I would want to experience often.
heemer77 (5076) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 26, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The cool little bottle is the best thing about this beer. The aroma and flavor hit you over the head with tart apple. Tastes more like cider than a beer. Has some cinnamon spice. This is a poor example of a good Belgian.
jde123 (757) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A little too sweet to be a world-class beer. Pours sweetly but uninterestingly, given absolutely no impression whatsoever. Flavor is a little lacking, a little too much yeast was used I fear, a little dry. I think I am being a little too critical of this beer at this point, overall a pretty decent selection.
desurfer (1188) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small tightly packed head, mahogany body. Fruity, vinous aroma. Very smooth palate, flavor is spicy and yeasty. Finishes sweet and dry.