beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3 liter bottle most recently. Dark brown pour. Huge fruity malty aroma. Lots of raisins and maple / molasses. Nice medium body and decent carbonation. Caramel fruity candied sweet malt flavors. A slight touch of chocolate if its not too cold. Very good beer.
ales4ever (24) - gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely dark color and wonderful flavor. I lovethis ale long-time! Brillant malt sweetness blends well with a nice cake-like body, followed by some bitter hops. This is the gate-way Belgian, but not a love it and leave it kind of beer. I could enjoy this one at any time of the year!
Nejhleader (1431) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this one poured a big head. i thought it had a raisinish aroma i aked my brother for a second opinion and he said it just smelled like beer. HA! strong carbonation. great overall taste but i couln’t really pick anything out besices the yeastness. no black chocolate or raisin taste in my palate and I have no f-ing idea what port is.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from my brother, Alex. Everything you’d expect from an Abbey Dubbel. Ruby brown with brown/white head. Malty aroma, caramel, raisin, yeast. Good mouthfeel, not overly sweet. Well crafted.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dense off-white head on a hazy brown body. It has a very smooth and rounded taste in spite of its 7,5 %. Very well made and complex: raisin, apricot, other fruits, a bit on the winey side. A very pleasant experience on the whole.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy brown that you can’t even look through, there is a light brown head which is thin as well. This is loaded with a very strong sweet raisin aroma and then I also got some milk chocolate out of it. The taste is similar, but more fruity and like wine. It was nice and smooth, I enjoyed this one a lot.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a lite brown with an off-white frothy head. The nose is very vinous and has notes of vanilla, raisins and maple. The flavor is a bit on the tart side, but has an underlying complexity with sweet apricots and other fruits. The body is med. The finish is long. I like many others far better than this but it is certainly good.
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - JUL 14, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
rich brown color with brown head that does not diminish. Sweet malty flavor balanced by hops. very pleasant beer
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice strong Brown ale. Pruney Malty chocolately taste. Very well balanced refined Brown ale.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (330ml). In a Corsendonk tulip glass. Pours with incredible head - light mocha, tons of little bubbles, not much bubbling in the beer, somewhat murky reddish brown - even with a careful pour, it was half foam!. Aroma quite sour/tart, raisin, stewed prune, stale wine, vinegar, over-ripe apple, a little bread-doughy. This bottle is about a year old, flavour is incredibly mild (more than younger bottles) slightly tart malt, melange of wine-steeped fruits (see above), with a pleasant cru-ish finish. A hint of hops as it warms up, would be interested in a vintage bottle - say 5 years? Recommended.