BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle: Nice off white fluffy head melts back into a dark ruby colour. Rich malty taste. Well roasted with hints of raisins, and dark chocolate. Aroma is of the same. alhochol is well hidden. This is definately a well rounded abbey dubbel. I didn’t taste much sourness nor bitterness. I bought this as a single and might go in for the entire 4-pack.
IndianaRed (3485) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle was a gusher. Huge off white head all over the place. Very thick and lasting. Aromas are soft mild woody notes, yeast, with some of that Belgian spice and complexity.Flavors are similar with a little more alcohol taste and more of that warming Belgian flavor. Soft and smoth feel. Slight bitter aftertaste. Quite nice.
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Commercial description is right on, add a touch of sourness. Very enjoyable.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft: Overcarbed brown with an overflowing tan head. Mild caramel nutty aroma. Alcohol shows a little in flavour, mostly just sweet caramel and brown sugar. Medium bodied. Drinkable but nothing special
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JAN 3, 2005
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Yeah, sure this brew looked nice, but sheesh! You can’t smell anything and the flavor is extremely sour. Perhaps I got a bad batch, but this stuff was pretty gross. I left 3/4 of a bottle just sitting out open and no one would touch the stuff. It is complex with nuttiness and wheatiness, but the sour taste overcomes this brew and brings it to a crashing end.
TBone (15622) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 33cl (BB 09/2006)
Dark ruby color with a big off-white head. Aroma has malts, leather and fruityness: grapefruit and cherry. Medium-bodied with smooth carbonation. Dry palate with licorice and portwineous finish with some sweetness. Excellent balanced brew.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had thought that I was going to split the 750 ml bottle with at least one other person but everyone bailed. Probably shouldn’t have had the whole thing. Just added to my hangover and sickness this morning. But it was damn good beer
sayravai (4706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2007 (Bottled, 0.75l) Very hazy, dark and deep ruby red color with a smallish, partly lasting head. Sweetish-malty, somewhat licoricey, coriander-spicy aroma with some dried fruit. Apricot-fruity, malty, neutral, lightly roasted flavor with anise-licoricey spiciness and a hint of smoke. Medium-bodied, high- and somewhat foamy-carbonated palate - but very easy to drink. Yeast doesn’t really improve the flavor. A bit thin and carbonated, but still quite enjoyable and reasonably complex dubbel.
(Bottled) Very hazy, deep red/dark amber color with a large head. Candy-sweet, fruity and toffeeish aroma with woody notes. Malty, sweetish flavor with strong orange notes, some sourness and a quite high bitterness. Medium-bodied, quite foamy-carbonated and even slightly thin palate for a dubbel. Seems a bit overrated, like the other Corsendonk brews. Quite an enjoyable brew, however.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2004
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2005 Yuck. Quite possibly the worst Belgian I have ever had. Sweetness initially is overtaken by what is best described as rotten wood. Avoid.
Padron4KM (782) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, best before June 24, 06 on neck label.
Pours a muddy-Colorado-river-water reddish brown, with a 2” creamy, light caramel colored head.
Head recedes slowly to a thin cap.
Aroma is sweet, fruity, (raisins, plums) malty with a little milk chocolate (whoppers candy).
Flavor does not quite come together. It has a mix of sweet fruits, sourdough bread, bitter citrus pith, but it just doesn’t seem to be balanced. Maybe the bottle is too young. If this ages a bit and the flavors blend a little more, it might resemble the Corsendonk I remember from a couple of years ago.