rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Alcohol nose with cloves, bananna, cinnamon and yeast. Cloudy in the glass with a fine head that sticks to the glass as you drink. Very warming, vanilla with alcohol notes. Pretty thin in terms of body
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden brown with a huge foamy white head. Flowery perfume and yeast aroma. Very soft mouthfeel. Sweet candi sugar flavors up front, some malty sweetness leads into a dry bitter finish. Not terrible, but my least favorite de dolle.
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 2009-04-21. Bright golden yellow with a modest off-white head. (3+) Aroma is lightly alcoholic, floral yeast character. (7+) Sweet flavour is lightly sugary, modest yeast, very light bitterness. Smooth medium bodied palate is pleasantly carbonated. Alcohol is barely noticed considering the strength. Nice. 7+/3+/8/3/16+ - 3.7Bottle, from Bier Tempel, Brugge a year ago.
Feb 2004. Gushered out of the bottle and got massive head off each pour. Yeasty alcoholic aroma underneath a sort of hoppy winey aroma. Flavour had some yeast, and some hoppy malt. Flavour was weaker than the 8.9% alcohol it contains. Just not a lot there for what I was expecting. Still pretty good but a letdown to be sure. 5/3/6/3/14 - 3.1
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 Undated bottle from Dorwart, consumed on 12/29/06
Fabulous appearance, as usual. Mountains of rocky off-white head piles up in clumps, leaving lacing everywhere and hardly receding below one-finger in height. Sparse streams of tiny bubbles drift upwards in the liquid. Medium-high clarity, leaving sediment behind (low floccing yeast it seems, as there is some haziness that wont drop despite putting it in the fridge a week before drinking)
Honey and sweet dough in the nose are balanced by fragrant, floral and spicy hops. Yeast esters are very dry, zesty and remind of very dry nectarine and unripened peach skins. Alcohol warmth definitely present, further drying things, but being interwoven with the fruit esters and malt very cohesively. Very strong nose, full and lasting. A touch of light cellar-like funk, but actually quite clean overall. Perfect balance between sweet and dry in the nose. Biscuit and honey malts are elegant and fresh.
A shot of honey and orange marmalade-like notes hit initially, followed by some spicy phenols and dry alcohol. Honey, bordering on light caramel creep in to the picture. The finish ends with one of the most elegant, cohesive, balanced flavors I’ve ever tasted. Dry for sure, but what is it? Is it dry, biscuity malt, dry fruit esters? Dry alcohol warmth? Dry, spicy hops? It’s perfectly melded together and very invigorating. Adding to this, lingering on the aftertaste is a superbly clean, clear note of honey covered biscuit-like malt that crescendos very pleasantly in to a lip smacking sweetness. Like beerdrenched says, complex and fun to drink. Tight, engaging carbonation, of course. Maybe a touch too much alcohol coarseness and very sweet in other parts, but still very unique.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz capped bottle: bubbled out of the bottle before I had a chance to pout, but instead of spilling all over the table, the sticky foam rose to a point an inch above the bottle. The Styrofoam-like head sticks to the side of the glass and makes cloud like shapes above the hazy, light amber body. . . hoppy pear aroma, with bananas, warm French bread, and vanilla cake. Heavenly palate, fun carbonation, zest start and a smooth, soft finish. Toasty flavours with caramel-butter, light piney hops, bitter oranges, and toffee. Complex and elegant.
Suttree (5042) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange brown, godd sized sturdy head. Citrus, chocolate and smoke in the aroma. Sweet orange and some sourness, plu some smokiness. Rich tingly mouthfeel. Champainge-like carbonation. Nice.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a hazy yellow with a decent head and some lace. The aroma is yeasty. The flavor has sweetness, hops, and has got a sharp ripe cheese note and some earthiness. The palate is rich, but very well carbonated. This is one of my De Dolle favorites.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangey, yellow in color. Yeasty beer. Very hoppy and malty. I enjoyed this. Complex palate, lots of flavors. Really good.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2004 Big carbonated pour, resulting in a huge rocky head, and the yeasty half of the beer remained in the bottle. Beer is a nice orange-yellow color. Musty wonderful aroma of tobacco and fruit, much like a well known trappist ale. Palate is full, and smooh with alcohol, malt and a mustiness that also reminds me of the Trapists. This is one great brew and a definite De Dolle favorite!
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely a foamer, cloudy golden orange color, massive head that stuck around. Aroma of pale malt, some spice, yeast, and sugar. Sweet flavor, malty, yeasty, and sugary. The honey and the alcohol come through in the finish. Full body, a little too much alcohol burn. Interesting and pleasant.