Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Carbonic sweet aroma, malty, with light fruitiness. Caramel, light chocolate. Dark red brown cloudy with light tan foamy lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet, with caramel, malty, vaporous. Finish is sweet malty and salty, with light acidity and no bitterness. Alcoholic warming. After is light sweet, salts, with light bitterness.
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown color with a brite finish. Very thin head with little carbonation. Rich malty toffey like flavors with a clean finish. Very pleasant to drink. Would pair nicely with a beef dish.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much more complex than the blonde. darker witha roasty nose with hints of plum and spices. Sugary first sip with hints of plum and alcohol. yeasty middle is complex, providing an big array of flavors. Spicy and sugary at the finish. Long aftertaste of sweet sugar cookies.
Terminus (3316) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark and strong with a rich malty taste. Strong ABV but easy to drink. Would love to try more from this brewer.
fiulijn (15990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown - dark amber color; big rocky head. A peculiar aroma, with a hint of sourness. Quite sweet, with loads of caramel. Strong, but lacking complexity and more hopping.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is murky dark orange-brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, milk chocolate), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of tangerine, coriander, toffee, and banana. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. There’s little more than sourness to balance this thing, but I quite like the aroma.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a deep amber red with a nice shiny head a very good lace. The aroma is yeasty, roasty, and maple like. The flavor is yeasty, sweet, slightly sour, hopped, a bit roasty, and spicy with a good rich body. Overall, it is pretty average, but a nice one to try. Perhaps too much corriander as it warms.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brown color with a nice beige head. The taste is sweet and fruity with notes of fruits and cherries. It features a nice complex slight bitter finish.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2004
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Vaguely fruity aroma, with a touch of coriander. Weird spiciness, can't tell whether its yeast spice or by addition. Caramelly sweet, some special B character as well, with a strong minerally iron oxide flavor, rather bloodlike. The iron oxide flavor is too much for me I just can't handle it. Maybe it's part of the reason I didn't like the Saaz as well. I really can't drink this.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hopefully I'm rating this under the correct beer - it is their 'dark'. Fruity aroma, corriander and/or orange peel (I can't distinguish these two), bicuit, and chocolate malt. Dark brown-red in color, minimal head. Flavor is dominated by malt, toasty and biscuity (special roast?) with subtle corriander/orange peel notes. Balance is close to even, maybe slightly sweet. Mild hop presence in the flavor. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Interesting interpretation of a dubbel - has the malt character, and the spices add unique complexity. Similar to Binchoise or Caracole. I like it.