Alengrin (2993) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am a bit unclear about this "Saint-Martin" abbey beer range: is this the same beer as the Saint-Martin Lumière d’Hiver that was in existence till 2007? I suspect it is, and the Lumière d’Hiver has been replaced as the winter beer in its range by the slightly stronger Saint-Martin de Noël. This one shows a very thick, rocky, dense, tanned head which eventually collapses but leaves a good lacing on the edge; colour a very dark wine red, near blackish, misty. Powerful aroma of port wine, milk chocolate, coffee, almond, overripe pear, coriander, cinnamon, banana liqueur, butter and a whiff of bay leaves. Sweet taste, dark fruits, port, somewhat oily mouthfeel, in the middle a deep dark maltiness with chocolate and caramel notes, dryish spiciness, some candi sugar, finish roasted bitter with a peppery hoppiness and warm, a bit astringent and therefore insufficiently hidden alcohol.
chinchill (2763) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes on bottle consumed Feb. 2012.
Pours a clear dark mahogany with a large tan head. The head has good retention and leaves exceptional lacing.
Aroma: a very appealing aroma of dark fruits, baked bread and toffee.
T: Lots of dark fruit! Sweet, but just the right level to compliment the other flavors. Slightly spicy with hints of roasted nuts and a trace of pepper. A fine lingering aftertaste of toasted grain and spices and dark fruits, featuring plums and dates.
M: excellent carbonation, giving this a lively yet creamy smooth feel. Medium body.
O: exceptionally enjoyable; higher ABV is well hidden. Nearly world-class Belgian Bruin, similar to Maredsous.
Stuedmaster (295) - Vista, California, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a small head, no lacing. Very nice aroma of plum, anise, bread, cherries, alcohol, and toffee. Taste is medium sweet with a light bitterness and lightly sour. Very soft on the palate, not highly carbonated, medium body, sticky texture, and sweet finish. This is an above-average Belgian dubbel due to the nice aroma and taste.
TXBadger (1787) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber color with off-white head. Caramel malt, anise, and dark fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little toffee.
sharkydodson (524) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - MAY 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
the aroma is caramel and wine... the taste of caramel malt, dark fruits with shades of brown sugar and coffee.. dry wine finish... nice brune...
DJoer (924) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Medium mokka coloured head, dark brown colour, sweet caramel fruity yeasty melon watery smell, watery sour medium bitter and carbonation, malty liquorise taste a bit plane
ciocanelu (101) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - APR 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle, poured into a long tulip glass.
Brown color, a bit cloudy. One finger head that reduces to nothing.
Smell is dominated by dark, sweet malt. Quite boozy.
Taste is on the sweet side with notes of brown sugar and liquorice.
Body feels medium and fizzy.
Overall it was a decent brew. I wasn’t very impressed but I enjoyed it.
ILduce (219) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from It’s An Eco Life Inc. (Ontario) unfiltered amber with medium beige head that lasts. Decent carbonation. Smells like dark fruits and caramel malts. Flavours of fig, prune, and dates. Roasted malts and some licorice round it off. Short but pronounced bitter end. Excellent brew from an old recipe.
JefVerstraete (1957) - Ghent, BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown colour. Medium carbonation. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel and liquorice. Sweet with bitter finish. Typical Belgian dubbel.
ruigo (1442) - PORTUGAL - MAR 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared a 33cl bottle from Cora (Luxembourg). Pours a hazy brown colour with a off-white head. Aroma is deep liquorice, caramel and sweet malts. Average to soft carbonation and medium body. Taste medium sweet and light to medium bitter and a lightly dry finish. Some roasted notes. Overall, a very drinkable beer but a bit too sweet for me.