FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Originally reviewed 5/16/2009...
Let this one (750) warm while trying something else. Corked & caged with a fairly hefty pop of the cork. Into an Ommegang chalice it goes.
Pours what can be described as a murky bourbon color. With a little less red it would resemble a dunkel. Almost a full-finger of bleached ginger-colored head, but it goes quickly, leaving slight yeasty wisps in its wake. Sparse, moderate-speed carbonation.
A slight Belgian sourness is in the forefront at first, but peelin’ the onion back, but there’s plenty of dried and ripe dark fruits backing this deal up. The usual suspects...dates, plums...even a few prunes in there. A little cinnamon and clove with even a touch of praline sweetness behind it all and some dark muscat notes. This is what a Dubbel should be. Still, light-bodied enough not to scare anyone away.
Grain profile is rather hearty, but the taste and body are a little lean...at first. Sure, everything’s in there from the nose but it’s more aromatic and may not deliver the impact as it rolls down the gullet. Grains and light stewy roast (is there Special B in here? New to the whole brewing deal but it seems like that’s the ticket) are full-bodied as mentioned but overall weight class may be a bit lean. Good, but lean. The carbonation drives the spice home nicely with only a slight saltiness. Mental note: Let this one warm quite a bit. Would like just a little more sweetness - it actually seems a bit peppery...but it’s still quite good. Yeast electricity still shines.
This one plays lighter than expected - we have the carbonation to thank for that. Deep dark stewiness is countered by spritely carbonation and pepperiness and other spice along with yeast electricity to dance on the palate and enjoy the ride down. Finish is clean for a normally hefty style.
I have been meaning to review this for a few days but have had to go back to get more at the store. Y’know why? ’Cause I enjoy drinking it immensely and writing about it gets in the way of its enjoyment. Whaddya think about that? It’s damn good.
Thomas_W1 (311) - Rastatt, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flasche 0,33l: Helleres Mahagoni, leicht trüb, sehr kräftiger fester mittelporiger Schaum; sehr frische, fruchtige Nase, kräftige Würze, schöne Süße, Malzzucker, deutliche Hefearomen; im Körper schöne kräftige Süße, kräftige Würze, Malzzucker, sehr cremig, kräftige Kohlensäure, sehr malzig, leichte Röstaromen, leichte dunkle Fruchtigkeit; angenehmer würzig-milder Nachgang
phfyysik (169) - Tartu, ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown colour, small head and sizzle centres going around the top. Nose can feel caramel, cinnamon, cardamom, dried fruits, raisin. Mouth receives some sourness, caramel, metal, nuts, cinnamon, plum. Good and classic Belgian beer!
jukkar (79) - FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 33cl. Nice dark brown color, thick and long lasting head. Taste has some sweetness but not too much. Lightly bitter. Beer is fizzy, long finish. Overall, very nice Chimay although I like the White better.
craftbeersweden (457) - SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got this 75 cl bottle together with a huge order from @Beergium.
The cork says it’s bottled in 2015. Best before December 2019.
The beer pours hazy, red-brown with a huge, fluffy yellow head. About two finger high in my new Trappist-glass.
Nose: Caramel malt, fudge, dried fruit, plum, floral and herbal spices.
Taste: Sweet chocolate, nuts, caramel, coriander, molasses, oak and plum.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky and smooth. Light carbonation. Complex texture. A nice smooth bitterness at the end.
nephirem (53) - CROATIA - FEB 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another excellent beer from Belgium. This dark ale is very rich in aroma and spices. Pours a dark amber colour with a big, light beige head that lasts quite long. Aroma and smell is mostly caramel and biscuits. High content of alcohol is somewhat masked by the sweetness - but it does hit hard. Loving it.
TEJA (1928) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at SBWF 2015.
Big and lasting beighe head. Woody and phenolic aroma.
Small wheat aroma and a mild phenolic taste.
burg326 (5077) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid beer nothing more than that all the reviews have hit the highlights solid overall but too much in the aftertaste for me to drink a ton of.
daydesiang (29) - MALAYSIA - JAN 29, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity! Taste of dried fruit which I can’t named of. Sweet and good alcohol, zero bitter!
My favorite berry / dried fruit juice that contain some alcohol
kingaugusta (157) - Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear copper with a tan head. Nose is dark fruit and a little spice and yeast. Flavor is gentle and similar to the nose with a plum sticky finish. A little light for the style but good stuff.
eRock_2013 (372) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This Trappist brew is a subtle middle-intensity malty ale, with caramel and fruity brown sugar malty notes, along with some yeasty sweetness. The appearance for me was a weak point, my bottle poured a hazy ember red hue with a minimal fizzy head, nice color but nothing exceptional. On the other hand, I loved the nutty and barley-caramel malt aroma, reminiscent of a baked apple pie. Taste is pleasantly fruity and sweet, Belgian yeast notes are present but understated. Enjoyable overall, but not my preferred abbey ale.