JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 edition, bottled on July 10, 2012 and tasted nearly a year later on June 19, 2013. Reddish brown with tons of suspended particulates and a medium-sized bright white head that is mostly, but not completely diminishing. Slightly chalky aroma underneath a healthy amount of alcohol, dates, brown sugar, light banana, cherry grenadine and rich malts and graham crackers. Malt aroma does seem like it is a little flat and stale, which really puts a damper on the whole thing straight away. Banana esters are fairly heavy up front in the flavor, mellowing out into mild clove, molasses, rum raisins, anise and alcohol. Slightly tingly carbonation with a full mouthfeel. Ok, but I’m a little skeptical that this will "develop in the bottle for up to 5 years" - I feel that it’s going to turn into a cardboardy mess pretty quickly.
fishonmyplane (276) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very rich, with flavors of dates, figs, raisins, cherries. It is true to the style, and possibly even stronger and more complex than many Belgian Dubbels. I could have done with a little less of the brown sugar/molasses flavor, but overall a very good offering.
RespertFTW (342) - Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark orange amber color. Small white head. Fruity aroma. Nice amount of carbonation with a malt fruit flavor. Oily consistency. Pretty solid.
Corrinado711 (56) - - DEC 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pour is similar to dark apple cider. Translucent deep amber with really no head at all. Aroma similar to most Abbey’s, lots of malt, sour fruit, hint of scotch. Taste is mild at first with sour fruit and light malt followed by a nice, light booze and carmel finish. Mouthfeel is a little light, the only thing that is lacking. All around a nice abbey for a Chicago brewery
alexsdad06 (3809) - Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have a big sweet caramel and toffee presence, nice ripe fruits, the flavor has some yeast, biscuity notes, dry almost earthy notes, but fades a bit at the finish. I’ve had this many times, but not rated.
Chad924 (7) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 28, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is very fruity beer that is dark in appearance but has mild flavor and a sweet after taste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Fritz123 (561) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Riverside Market in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Shared with Dan! Tulip. Pours a nice dark brown with a little oily look to it. Thick two finger head that lasted awhile. Good lacing throughout. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee, heavy malts, Belgian yeasts, and candied brown sugars. Taste was similar with the malt presence very heavy and the Belgian yeasts less than I like in an Abbey. Moderate carbonation, medium body. Finish is malty with a hint of sourness. Overall pretty good abbey.
asmithbeer (69) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - hazy orange amber pour with ok head. Aroma of cherries, butterscotch, and dark fruit. Flavor is like aroma, a bit sour and a touch soapy. Mouthfeel is a bit thick, ok carbonation. Good beer, not fantastic.
PriorL (892) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: clear dark blond beer, small stable off white head.
NOSE: grains, malts.
TASTE: amber like, malts, little caramel.
Not that good in general...
Kasparius (3) - - NOV 14, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
caramel, banana, floral, raisin, butterscotch, vanilla, alcohol, brown, amber, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, fizzy,
RLiddell (37) - Valrico, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Bulldog, New Orleans. Color is a beautiful reddish copper. Aroma is sweet, maybe some fig and bananas. Taste is a tad sweet for my tastes, but still enjoyable. Viscous mouth feel. Overall, a pretty good beer.