wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 Great Stuff. The taste is similar to the Chimay Blue but weaker. The aftertaste is quite pleasant. This beer is much better in the bigger bottle in my opinion. Even though it is more money I recommend it that way.
swiseman (440) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 11, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2006 amber/copper amber color; thick head and lacing - heavy carbonation. The taste seems to start off sweet and fruity and ends with bitterness (coffee and nuts are evident as is banana).
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was probably my first and still my most favorite dubbels on the market. Very complex and yeasty much like westmalle. I dont like such dubbels that are overly sweet and cloying. THis one is a nice deep brown color with a great head and complex sweet and spicy flavors and aromas. One of the best examples of an abbey dubbel.
JK (4833) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of malt, flowers, and herbs. Brown, large white head. Flavor is complex. Some bitterness. Malt, and fruit that seems to hold back. Heavy palate.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a fine looking beer. Pours reddish/honey colored with a beautiful head. Lovely little bubbles that just stay there. Smells clean and crisp. Aromas of flowery malt and just a hint of hops too. The taste lives up the that clean crisp smell. Almost a bit champagne in body with the bubbles whisking by your tongue. The bitterness is mild but present. Just a touch metallic.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 2, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice warm copper color with a cream-white head of fine soft sparkly bubbles. Head thins after the initial pour, but a layer of froth lingers nicely. Pleasant clean earthy smells. Some flowery hops. Toasted sugar. As it warms, some candied oranges in there too. Body is smooth and lingers in the mouth long enough to be satisfying, but without cloying. Tastes of carmel and gentle fruit esters.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What’s not to like? The signature dusky copper colorisn’t the prettiest girl at the dance, but one of the most popular, because of her other worldly charms. I detected Eve’s apple in the aroma and flavor. Spicy and crisp, like a Spanish dancer, but light in body, bold in spirit. A woodiness that is calming and warms your heart..and gets you drunk enough to lose all control.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Ruby red with a brown haze, large off-white head. Quite carbonated at first, make sure to allow this one to breathe. Spicey nose has yeast, fruits, wheat, and is very malty. Taste has tons of malt, spicey yeast, dark fruit, and some acidic notes to it. Decent beer, but there’s better from Chimay out there.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear crimson coloration, with busy fizzing above in the beigish head, which dies quickly..nose is spicy, sweet, caramel, and cola, dark fruits and more, but, really, not enough...these days, I expect more from a dubbel.
In the mouth, tasty enough, but not much more than average...nutty, slightly chocolatey, very light, very lean, leaves the palate quickly, though...and a dull fuzz remains on the tongue, and dies...pretty average, really.
Boy, this used to be a good beer, I mean, a really good beer, but, this is just kind of dull. Medium bodied, dull, soporific finish...fizzy cola-ish taste...very dull, compared to other Belgian, hey, even, no, especially American offerings!!!
I am damned disappointed in the dullness of this rather dreary, lackluster, coasting- on -the- coattails- of- it’s- past-kind of brew.
It’s been several years since I’ve had a bottle of this, and it may be many more, now that I’ve had it again. It’s like you get a glimmer of the taste, but it dies too quick, and does nothing...this should never be thought of as an exemplar of this style, if you really want to try the real stuff...even Maredsous is better than this!
A better beer than, say Milwaukee’s Best, but not a match for St. Bernardus or even Allagash!
BeerandBlues2 (10496) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber to nut brown with a huge off-white head, good lacing. Huge wheat aroma with a sweet and malty nose. Wheat flavor with caramel notes. A little dry to metallic finish. Medium palate, dry and warm.