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.
Bork (124) - Rockmart, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big, spritzy and floral. Subdued Belgian yeast. Pleasant balance between astringency, acidity and bitterness.
Tstamba (305) - Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to a tulip. Deep amber brown with foamy tan head and lacing. Belgian roasted malt, caramel sweetness and yeasty spice. Balanced, smooth, delicious. Top notch...
smknoble (2) - NEPAL - AUG 15, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a nice cream head, aroma is nice with a apricot overtone. The copper color is pleasing. Mildly sweet with a slight bitterness at the finish. A great sipping beer before a meal.
nj_BierMaven (100) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Niks Wunderbar. Pours a cloudy red with thin head. Hint of dried fruits, figs, raisins. Dryness shines through as it warms. Not extremely complex but enough malt to balance the dry finish. Love it.
hohops (272) - Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Appearance- ruby/brown, quite dark, a bit murky. 1-2 finger off-white head which slowly settles down before disappearing. Aroma- yeasty, dark fruit hints, cherries, plum, a bit vinous, bready malts. Taste- lots of cherry, fruitcake, nutty hints, malty, medium mouthfeel, fairly short finish. More sweet than bitter. Very tasty.
hna (14) - NORWAY - AUG 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great. Nice bottle. Pour gentle otherwise too much foam. Great palate. Nice and bit complex taste. Enjoy it.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Danev76 (478) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice light fruity aroma. Cloudy brown colour with no head. Very fruity melon flavour with smooth finish. Medium to heavy body with low carbonation.
mikske79 (1096) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Een heel lekker bier dat vlot binnengaat. Zeer lekkere nasmaak ook. Een aanrader
vikingguy (800) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky red-brown. Ample carbonation. Taste is very malty. Caramel, raisin, toffee and some light bittering hops to offset the sweetness. Very good Trappist ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
dragosani (38) - SPAIN - AUG 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella 33cl. De color rojizo oscuro y espuma ligera, con sabor a caramelo que se va deshaciendo hasta volverse a tonos tostados. Gran sabor y muy buen cuerpo. Una agradable sorpresa.