ElGaucho (2391) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At first whiff, dry and woody, but subsequent pulls reveal more sweetness and hints of considerable alcohol. Very dark reddish brown body with plenty of large, floating sediment. Color is very similar to the "red" color of the label, so close in fact that it must have been made that way purposefully. Average-sized to large, off-white head that is slow to dissipate. Not much lace. Initial mouthfeel tastes identically to the aroma. After a couple of sips I detected a delecatable buttery component. Wonderfully pleasant and balanced; my initial impression that this brew was pedestrian proved wrong; it is really nice. Not as carbonated a mouthfeel as a lot of Belgians. Nectar. This would be a great beer to replace the customary bottle of wine as a gift when attending a party.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
High level of carbonation with a golden brown color. Really needed to be enjoyed in a Trappist glass with a wide mouth. A good amount of malts are present with a very delicate aftertast.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick creamy white head that lasts a good while. Dark reddish brown in color. Aroma of spice. Soft flavor of spice with malty tones.
newtrip (54) - USA - DEC 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured with very creamy and somewhat rocky off-white head. Head had good rentention and showed nice lacing. Nose is of plum, and clove, reminds me of weizein bock a little. Favor is malty caramel and has a nice warming effect. Very good carbonation.
SDalkoholic (2331) - 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 (3253) - 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.