MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 Cask, dry hopped with fresh Cascades: Same color. Aroma is very green and freshly grassy, and the maltiness blends nicely with the hops, hiding any hints of Belgian fruityness. Flavor is much the same, with the big malt blending in nicely with the fresh dose of green grassy hops. This is delicious, and way better than the standard version, IMHO. The only problem is that you would never think this a Belgian, but who cares?
Bottle:Nice red brown color. Not enough carbonation for the style. Thin tanish head. Get a little diacetyl? in the aroma, and definitely not fruity enough. Nice malty flavor with a gentle fruitiness. Not bad and can be improved easily. Very drinkable, but the flavors may be in need of a little oomph. 6-4-7-4-13
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good drinking beer I liked this one a lot. It had a very malty aroma and flavor. It didn't have the stronger phenolic flavors that I was expecting in a Belgian Dubbel, but I actually liked the taste more this way. A very good beer that I have drank before and will drink again.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber brown with a foamy white head that settles with a nice lace. Sweet apricot spice aroma. Flavor is rich and smoth with a faint alcohol presence. Aggresive carbonation did not compliment, though I don't think it took any thing away. Overall a good beer.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is reminiscent of a spicy banana with a slight alcohol smell. Appearance is a dark brown with large, quickly dissapating head. Flavor seems to fade quickly and is hard to nail down. Sweet and carmely up front with an alcohol-dominated, watery finish. Palate seems thin overall.
3fourths (8982) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pink head. Slightly murky appearance. Spicey peppermint aroma. Very smooth. Prickly up front, quite carbonated but still with a nice small-bubbled smoothness. A little alcohol in the nose, with some caramel, but weak as far as flavor goes.
Nuffield (3981) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Foaming, soft cream head on a red/brown/pinkish? body. I wasn't sure of the head; it seemed too much. Juicy Fruit (chewing gum) and caramel aroma, then vanilla. The flavor faded quickly, being slightly watery in composition. A titch of the alcohol shines through the caramelly body, and there is a bit of spice as well. this didn't really add up, to me.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted at Eric & Wendy's "Go to Hell, Isabel" Party 2003.
Sparkling clear, mohogany ale. Small, fizzy, khaki head. Quickly dissipating.
The nose is beefy with notes of horse blanket and leather, straw or hay. Nothing at all special.
Some brown sugar, caramel and chocolate notes in the flavor... maybe even dates.
Medium-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Good attempt at a difficult and wonderful style, but this example falls way short of my expectations.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very Belgian in character to be a hard-working lad from NJ. Smallish off-white head. Very aromatic. Wonderfully complex on the palate with a good solid medium body. Alcohol is hidden well. Very good.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells like the other three beers in this "gift" set.Looks pretty nice w/ little floaties and all.Good deep amberish color.Tastes a bit fishy to me.Not bad not great.Goes down smooth,kinda sweet,slight bite.I'll stick to the porter or the grand cru.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Less fruit than expected. Mild aroma. Nice malt profile though and a good mouthfeel.