3fourths (8875) - 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 (3940) - 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 (10426) - 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.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice looking beer. Nice lacing and head. Sweet raisen, alcohol and spice aroma. Malty and sweet flavor. A good beer, but just seems to be missing something. Tasty though.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma and start are sweet and yeasty (ribena and apple skins that have been lying in the sun for a while), some plums, grapes and a touch of nuttyness and caramel. I dig the malts, caramelly, nutty, slightly smoky and roasty, plummy, some grapes, light acidity and tartness. Belgian yeast is obvious, nice dry finish to counter the sweetness in the start. In a wierd way i wasn't expecting too much, but i was pleasantly surprised. I dig the lingering nuttyness in your mouth after every sip.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright auburn color with a light almond-like head. Funny, I usually like my dubbels to be cloudy. The nose is somewhat yeasty with hints of raisins, sweet malt and some alcohol. The body is also quite sweet with malt with the raisins creating a stir befriending some dark fruity flavours. Some bitterness towards the end finishes off this thick malty dubbel. Not a bad dubbel except lacking some yeastiness, maybe a bit sweet.
CapFlu (4957) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Mahogany with almond head. Slight malt nose. Malt flavour with spice and fish sauce? Something foreign and salty. Dry finish.