Nocturne (1709) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Dark ruby/brown. The head lets it down compared to most Belgian dubbels. Aroma is very good though. Chocolate, prune, orange peel and leather, plus the spices really come to the fore. Taste follows similar lines, and whilst enjoyable it doesn’t feel nearly as elegant as the aroma did. Spiciness here is more from the yeast than anything added. Plenty of positives but I wish everything coalesced a bit more.
ansalon (2736) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark reddish brown with a foamy tan head. Aromas of raisins, figs, dates, muscovado sugar, plum. Taste is raisins, dates, figs, plum, muscovado sugar, roasted notes. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation.
Ktwse (3745) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours murky dark brown with low tan head. Aroma of raisins, rye bread, prunes and dates, earth. Taste is chocolate sweet, roasty with light coffee, lingering sweet finish. Body is light to medium and creamy smooth with soft to average carbonation.
remice2 (151) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Double de Dominus Vobiscum. Draft de raisins secs,prunes,date,anis, légè caramel, pétillement timide.En Bouche c’est soyeux très bien balancé. Des notes épicées se love avec un caramel chaud et des petite touche de fruits murs ce confondent et ce perdent dans une final légèrement amère mais un petit peut sucré, non franchement c’est bien.
DocLock (9500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2014
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Squat bottle from Smith’s. Pours deep ruby with no head. Tastes caramelly, sweet, cloying and malty, with mild hops, some fruity and vegetal notes, and a crappy finish. This is a drain pour, my first in years. Got even more vegetal as it warmed.
Jayseppi (155) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of aroma coming off this beauty. Initial sniffs brought forward some very grape juice notes, that gave way after a moment to raisin, toffee, and lightly roasted grain. The dark beige head was between fizzy and foamy and retained nicely. The colour is a rich brown with some cloudiness. The flavour is sweetness finished with some bitterness and a touch of umami slides in there at the end as well. The after taste lingers for a few moments and is just this side of bitter. The medium body could be a tad more full to really help carry the flavours, but otherwise very nice.
umestre (11) - - JUL 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Buena cerveza de abadia compleja con muchos matices dulces pero sin pesadez al paladar. Mejora a temperatura de 10º.
Stuu666 (9788) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hazy brown, toffee, vanilla, raisins, sweet, not bad.
fiulijn (18423) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Viti, Vancouver; bottled 2013-01-04, 1 year old
Dark brown color, barely penetrable, with generous beige creamy head. Deep aroma of caramel, with reminders of liquorice, cellar, mold and ammonia, cream and bread, old-style Belgian; ending with light blueberry; very interesting. The mouthfeel is lean, very smooth; harmonious caramel flavor with a nutty and fruity touch; the bitterness is quite low, although some nutty roastiness provides bitter notes. The final is a bit weak and short.
Just a tad less sweet than Belgian beers, but it’s an impressive example of elegance and nuances.
alexsdad06 (8434) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample from notes. Pours dark brown in color with a creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor has figs and dates, caramel, yeast, cloves and some additional spices, vinous notes, light anise, bubblegum, candi sugar, and mild woody notes. Pretty sweet overall.