shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I knew these guys were capable of making a beer that I didnít want to drain, but this is still very flawed. A bit of head on this amber-brown beer, the same stale lake-water scent as always, with a hint of malt and oak. Tastes sweet and malty, some toffee and raisin, with some astringent hops and alcohol in the finish. Low carbonation but gassy and harsh.
bluevegie (3028) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lovely and clear brown/ruby colour with a light tan head. Dried fruit on the aroma as well as caramel. Salty, liquorice, a touch harsh in the taste which you quickly adjust to, cigarette butts and a touch of spice. This was one of the better ones from this brewery.
rederic (2790) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown color, with a tan-colored head, but falls quickly, sweet roasted malt, dark dry fruits aromas of dates, raisins, hint of chocolate in the nose, follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a malty, grainy, roasted malt, caramelized malt, brown sugar, fruity accent, leading towards a sweet alcoholic touch, and a very light hops impression in the finish.
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear ruby with an average size diminishing light-brown head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt -- the best smelling Budels beer Iíve had by far. Flavour has a nice malty taste with a light bitter finish. Medium body. By far the best Budels beer in their giftpack, Iíd actually have it again.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (330ml). Shared with Blankboy - Budel giftpack adventure 6 of 6. Poured deep clear copper-burgundy with a decent off-white lasting head. Aroma of candyish fruity roast malt with mild prunes and raisins. Taste of steeped fruits, light roasted caramel malt, a little bitterness in the finish to balance the sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit astringent, average body - finally, a carbonated Budels beer. Overall this is pretty decent, the best of the six-pack, but still a pretty ehh brew.
Eructoblaster (2744) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice ruby body topped with an average beige bubbly/foamy head. Fair malty aroma with light hoppy and woody hints. Its hoppy taste is sharp, well balanced, but may lack complexity. It carries some brown sugar and spicy notes and ends with a decent bitter finish. I am finally done with that Budels gift-pack and this was the only decent sample in the whole lot.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Average belgian ale. Nice brown appearance. Aroma is interesting. A bit brown sugar or chocolate, fruity flavored.
TBone (11282) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2006 Bottled (BB 08/2006)
Borwn color, not much head. Lemony, sweet sugary aroma. Medium-bodied, fruity, chocolaty, some grassy hops. Unfortunately this all is made in quite boring way - "commercial abbey dubbel" - type of brew. Some alcohol in the finish. (6/3/7/3/12 3.1)
Re-rated, bottled (BB 10/2007)
Red ruby color, big tan head. Sweet roasted sugar aroma with some coffee beans. Medium-bodied. Quite sweet, added kandi sugar here. Chocolate, grassy hops hiding the background. Sweetish aftertaste. Too much sugar, I wonder what ageing does to this one. (6/4/6/2/12 3.0)
thebeertourist (4522) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown with a creamy head, that did not last long, but left some lacing. Aroma is full of toffee and liquorice. Soft, medium body, a bit oily. Rather sweet flavour, but not excessively so.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
clear dark brown big beige head. dark bready aroma with toffee, chocolate, yeast and roast. doughy malt with tart fruit and cherry flavours. sweet chocolate and roast. finish thins a little. not bad.