jgb9348 (5012) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy brown coloured body with a super dense off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, some root veg qualities (potatoes), cherries, nutmeg and definate malt. Medium to Full-bodied; Tart cherry flavour right up front followed by a large malt presence with the spicey qualities arising. Aftertaste is a good astringent maltiness with some sweet flavours and a bit of a drying feeling. Overall, a damn good dubbel, definately one to try! I got this 33 cL bottle courtesy of DougShoemaker at our last party in Toronto and sampled it on 26-May-2004. Thanks again Doug for everything!!
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2005 Man I do like those abbey dubbels. Definitely can sense the unique yeast strain of the style. A lovely copper to reddish brown color, hint of either herb or spice and a good lace. Hmm hmm good, though alas no Chimay.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Initially generous light brown head over a hazy brown body with ruby hints. The nose abunds with yeasty flavors, spices (pepper, nutmeg), dark chocolate and very fruity (grapes, plums, red apple). Palate is sweet (licorice, chocolate) and fruity with a light smoke note in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The sweetness is either a little unbalanced or too balanced by yeast flavors for it to be world-class and it actually gives a slightly tart character, but it’s a nice after-dinner drink and good interpretation of the style.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Redbrown with thin beige head.
Aroma of tomato, cheese, ham, malt, alcohol and cereals.
Fruity flavor with peppery and sweet tones.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colour, off-white head. Complex malty flavour with a bit sourness. Roasted bread. Dryed fruit/ dusty port (in a positive sense). Soft palate. Overall above average ale.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This abby brown ale is quite special. Pours ruby/brown with frothy white head. Nice fruity, spicy aroma. Clean smelling. Flavor is mild chocolate, smokey, fruity and yeasty. Seems uncomplicated and yet very satisfying. This is good.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enormous carbonation, with a bubbling head that never went away. Great color and aroma, with dark chocolate, caramel & fruit flavors create a memorable belgium ale.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2004
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 On draft at the Abbaye. I remember this being absolutely delicious, but not this time. Sorry Corsendokers, but this was a stanky sour tasting funkbrew. Poorly handled? Poorly aged? Just my poor tastebuds? In any case, I’ll come back in time for a rerate.
Retasted (but not rerated) on 6-5-04: this time I tried it from a bottle, and I think this is the firt beer that I've had that was "corked." Sour, corky, overall funkbrew.
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red brown cloudy beer with a small tan head. Nuts and rasins dominates aroma. Sweet flavour: caramel, fruits and a malty bitterness at the end. Slightly acdic finish. I could drink alot of these :-)
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Nice looking beer that gushed when opened. Huge head, nice light brown dark ruby color, clarity very good, clear. Bubbles rising quickly and is very effervescent. Nice lacing on glass with persistent head throughout the session.
Aroma: Very complex aroma. Slight smokiness, no hop. Some caramelly malt with pineappley esters. Slight almond/sherry notes as well with a nutty component to it. I also got a winey aroma with chocolatey notes out of this. Nice!
Flavor: The flavor of this beer doesn't match the complex aroma, but its still nice. Raisiny malt with spicy yeastiness and a vague smokey flavor. No hop flavor which is ok for style.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation gives the impression of a thinner mouthfeel, and the carbonic acid and alcohol bite knock this one down a little in the mouthfeel rating. Still, not a bad mouthfeel.
Overall: Good beer, with concentration of great characteristics in some fields (aroma and appearance) and not as great (but not bad!!) in others (flavor and mouthfeel). Would definitely try this again as it is a rather complex beer and good for style.