HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was fruity... kind of sweet and sour at the same time. Also a slight hint of chocolate. Appearance was wonderful... looked like dark muddy water. Flavor was of dirt, chocolate, fruit, and yeast. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. Good beer.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew is all nose and mouthfeel...kind of like my girlfriend.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a mahogany color with foamy light tan head. Aroma of citrusy fruit and wine. Very dry...almost the dryness of Orval. Sharp citrus flavor that reminds me a whole lot of wine. Overall, definitely a delicious beer.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2004 Re-rateSecond tastig on draft was much improved (Strange for a Belgian). There was a hint of blood in the taste, but in a good way. Almost as if it was fortified with minerals. (No i'm not a vampire). <P>
This is a pretty simple one - if you can get past the old (musty, sweaty) elements of the aroma - you have a wonderful beer. It pours beautifully, with a rich, dark head. The flavor is significantly "darker" than most dubbels, almost like a smoky Westmalle. The finish is creamy and a touch spicy.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown in color with good head. Aroma was intriguing. Fruit and malt in a curious way. Mouthfeel was smooth and pleasant. Flavor was full, sweet and tart, raisins. Not bad.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark mahogany brown with a puffy light tan head. Sweet caramel and Belgian yeasty aroma has a touch of earthy maltiness and light fruit. Starts with a sweet caramel toffee body and a fresh yeasty flavor hinting at tartness toward the finish. Full, smooth and tasty, a vice nice Abbey Dubbel that’s hides its alcohol well.
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Okay, I have been waiting to try this for a few days and now I have my chance. Here goes! Nice bottle. Poured into a Trappist glass with an opaque brown body and a tiny head. Head goes quickly and doesn’t leave much lace. This beer has an original fragrance consisting of smoky fruit blends, yeast, and malt. I want to give this beer a ten for aroma but something is holding me back. I don’t know for sure what it is. Mouthfeel is highly effervescent. Flavor is smoky, fruity, and slightly bitter in the finish. Tastes like a Belgian Strong Ale with a hint of smoke. FYI, I don’t really like smoke in my beer; although I do enjoy smoke alongside my beer. Finish is peppery in the beginning and clean and sweet at the very end. Overall, I think this is a decent Abbey Dubbel and would enjoy drinking it again but Chimay Rogue would still be my primary choice.
diabel (1634) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown (slightly reddish) ,clear body. Brownish frothy head, mostly diminishing. Malty and spicy aroma. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet initial flavour. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet finish.
larsniclas (6186) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber with an off-white head.
A sourish and vinous aroma from peaches.
Champagnelike palate with a dark and fruity flavour. Rather fresh.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2004 Bottle from The Wine Company, Slough. Far too carbonated, complete killed the flavour. I removed much of the carbonation by some heavy stirring, but although that improved the flavour it’s hardly ideal to be stirring beer. Average in every way, shape and form. Hideously overrated.