jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A light bodied double that strangely has hints of rice in it...reminiscent of a Kirin or Sapporo.
I swear I did not have any sushi or Japanese beers tonight. Shaka Tamasna Kata Frata Brada!!
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours more of a light brown than copper, thick head quickly dissapates. Might be my oncoming cold, but the aroma is quite muted, nothing really prominent. Fruity flavours with a spicy underlay. Cherry, dried apricot notes. Full bodied with a balanced finish. Cheers!
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 Pours a dark brownish color with a nice amount of foamy white head. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Flavor is light on the palate, sweet with raisiny spicy finish. Only the slightest bit of an alcohol taste. Overall, delicious.
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 pours a ruby colour with a moderate lasting head. Apricot and Plums in the nose. easy on the palate, refreshing finish, i really enjoyed this.
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours (suprise) that usual red color of a dubbel. Head is thin and lacing is minimal. Aroma is dried fruit and slight wood. Flavor is large and malty, very little hop presence, dark fruits, a little veggie, a dry spell with a slight alcochol note, with a mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel is much better than in the blue, thank God.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish-brown color. It has a light aroma of light malts and fruits. It has a slight aroma of hop bitternes. The taste is mildly sweet, yeasty, malty, and lightly spiced. This one is also not as good as it used to be. If I had to compare I’d say this one has suffered the least with the Bleu and Blanche really taking hits.
Sigmund (5693) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 Rerate, 330 ml bottle, now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet, + Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger): ABV is 7.0%. Hazy brown colour, big and lasting off-white head. Spicy complex aroma and flavour, some winey and woody notes too. The mouthfeel has still too much carbonation, but this is none the less a very fine beer. I’m upping it a few points. Original rating: 330 ml bottle, at the White Horse at Parsons Green, London. Served in "appropriate" Chimay glass (whether those wide chalices really ARE the most appropriate for savouring complex beers, is a discussion of its own). Unfortunately served far too cold - you’d think White Horse waiters knew better. For good measure, the waiter poured the beer along the side of the glass, which prevented the beer from "opening up", the head disappeared quickly and the beer kept too much carbonation. The beer has a brown colour, aroma of leather, balsamico vinegar and barnyard. Flavour is quite dry, well hopped, elements of leather and tobacco. Hints of cardamom and ginger. Aroma and flavour improves somewhat as the beer slowly warms up, but altogether this remains my least favourite of the Chimays - give me a Bleu, please! Still a decent beer, but with the Trappists I expect more. Will re-rate when I personally control the temperature and the pour.
joergen (23306) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown colour with a big off-white head.
Spicy aroma with lots of yeast.
Complex spicy flavour with sweetness and yeast.
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chimay Premiere. As my first introduction into Abbey Dubbel was quite pleasing. I since that first meeting I usally have it as a speacial treat and rare occassions. It is definitly a treat, I think I’ll treat myself to one soon.
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chimay Premiere - Beautiful Ruby body with appropriate head. The beer unleashes a perfect blend of spices with malt sweetness. There is definitely something bready in this and an almost warming finish. Good stuff.