SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 20/20
I haven’t had an abbey dubbel in quite some time so this was a nice treat. Pours a solid and dense tea color brown thats very cloudy and hazy. Head is a lavishing thick cream covering that remains until the finish. Aroma is lightly spiced and fruity with reminders of clove, pear and plum. Palate is silky and velvet like with perfect levels of carbonation that smooths out. Flavor shows its true colors through a rich vanilla cream profile and hides a distant yeast and spice in the background. Some sign of the fruit detected but very faint and almost goes unnoticed. I for sure will be buying another bottle of this again. The best abbey dubbel i know of and thats why i rate it overall as a perfect beer.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2 oz brown bottle purchased from Armanetti’s, Mundelein, IL. Clear hazy amber hued ale having small off-white diminishing head with excellent lacing. Some floating yeast chunks. Fruity aroma with hints of caramel and raisins (prune?). Soft carbonation. Medium-to-full palate that starts with sharpness, fruitiness, and slight sweet malt with hints of caramel, prune (raisin). Finishes dry with light bitterness. A good drinkable Belgium ale.
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Corked bottle: Quickly diminishing head, but small bubbles continue through. Mild aroma with some slight yeast notes. Hazy reddish brown. Some sugary hints as well as some plum. A quick bite from the carbonation, but finishes nicely. A little tamer than the blue
rederic (3250) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber-red copper, with orangeish highlights, and a foamy tan-colored head. Nice fruity and spiciness, caramelized malt, brown sugar aromas follow through on a medium-bodied palate with a good carbonation and a multitude of small bubbles tickling the tongue, with fruity note of dates, brown sugar, toffeish hint, caramelized malt, spicy nutmeg, leading towards a sweet malty and a shy flowery hops finish.
Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown in color with an off white head. Faint aroma with a faint taste. Malty flavor with light light hops.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber body with big off-white head. Aroma is yeasty and fruity. The flavor is slightly dry and of dark fruits. Sparkling mouthfeel with a dry, bitter finish.
NachlamSie (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a nice foamy white head. The aroma is full and floral with plenty of dry fruits. Nice rich dry spiced notes with a thinner underlying sweetness. The finish lingers with a hint of alcohol, some fading sugar, and really brings everything together.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great copper pour with a serious cream head. Nose is apricot. Mouth is creamy apricot and fig...bit of malt. Good beer. I’m not a huge fan of Trappist beer, but I do like this better than some others I had.
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lightly floral aroma, with wheat, maybe a tad of lemon. Pours an opaque caramel brown/tan, with a generous creamy white head. Head dissipated in about a minute. Flavor is heavy with malt and fruit, apples and pears. Finishes with malt, apples, and a hit of floral hops. Feels thick, not as creamy as Chimay Bleue, with active carbonation. Warming in the chest as opposed to the face. Very tasty.
CQ (15) - Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Loving it, but I think it was better when it was not mass produced years back. I question quality recently.
I give Microbrews current edge even over Chimay. Just prefer taste of the home made flavor of Microbrews even over some European excellence.