Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red-brown body topped by a thick lasting off white head with good lace. Sour yet slightly sweet aroma with vinious notes and hints of berry. A touch sweet and malty flavor with a touch of spice and fruit. Full bodied and dry with a wierd almost numbing sensation on the tongue.
BBB63 (6473) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 Hazy red/Brown color with huge head and some lacing, medium-bodied. Apricot, nutmeg, floral aroma. Fruity and bittersweet chocolate twang with some underline sweetness, fizzy. Good balance with a port like finish. A well made Belgium Brown, a favorite of mine.
beastiefan2k (2861) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 Great looking, dark with a nice thick head. A little hint of citrus or zing is a better description when sipping it. Cant taste the alcohol at all.
Ah, how young and innocent I was. Lets see if things have changed.
12 oz bottle, best before 14/10/06, been sitting on this one for a bit waiting to rerate. Let this bottle warm for 30 minutes. Poured into a Corendonk slimmed tulip glass (not the one in the pic). Pours with a very large head, thats sitting for a while. Color is murky brown with a ruby-copper translucence. Cannot see through the beer and have to catch the light just right to see into it. Once that happens one can make out a lot of bubbles just going crazy inside. Aroma is strong, malty with a Belgian sweetness. Digging deeper I feel an effervescent, lively character. Just shoots through the nostrils. Mouthfeel is a perfect combo of carbination and medium body. Leaves a sweet belgian aftertaste. No hint of alcohol throughout. The taste is what I have come to seek from Dubbels. Nothing over the top. A strong malt presence but well balanced with a the sweetness. I get a slight hint of chocolate. It is a beautiful beer and still damn good.
PorterPounder (6283) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful thick dark pour. Light brown head with no lacing. Aroma of raisins and faint hint of alcohol in the nose - but overall extremely malty and pleasant. Very cloudy appearance with lots of sediment. Flavor - detect raisins, dates and the alcohol is hidden well. One of the classics and probably the best Abbey Dubbel I have had. Overall - excellent.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque chocolate brown w/ large, cottony light brown head. Fresh yeasty nose w/ notes of fruit (raisins), light smoke, & toffee. Very carbonated feel. Flavour is sweet (caramel, toffee) & fruity (raisins, plums) at first, lightly acidic, vinous & woody in the middle, and bitter chocolate in the finish which linger with the flavour of a cherry blossom.
DC (14) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a kickass Belgian Brown Ale. Don't drink the bottle, though, only on draught is it good.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Crimson with a large fluffy white head. Sweet raison and malt aromas. Only slightly sweet relative to some Belgian's but nicely balance. Lacked depth and length.
SilkTork (5412) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2012
May, 2003 Looks muddy. Smells good - smoked cheese. Taste is like a watery spiced malt loaf. I didn’t find this interesting or attractive. I played with it for a while - took it out to the theatre and bought it some new clothes - but we just didn’t get on. Some beers are like that. [2.1]
June, 2012 330ml brown bottle Chrissie brought back from Brussels. Browny red appearance. Malty sweet. Quite clean, though yeasty notes linger in the finish. Light mouthfeel, especially for a 7.5%. Awareness of alcohol in the swallow, along with a touch of woody spice. A quite pleasing beer - easy drinking, tasty and satisfying. [3.5]
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty good but nothing special. Better than the light ale.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber brown with frothy head. Fruity maltiness in the nose and flavors. A touch sweet but still a nice brew.