desurfer (1209) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red with a pillowy tan head. Aroma is sweet and bready. Doughy maltiness in the flavor with no hops; palate is a bit on the thin side. Not bad.
ALLOVATE (2338) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle into it’s own chalice @ the Bruegelhof café, Brugges.
Hazy brownish copper with a flagship bed of yellowy cream that left some wicked lacework down the glass. Quite a thick, sweet aroma that was reminiscent of mudcake and Nanna’s famous fruit cake smothered in freshly fermenting wort. Late into drinking a little malt vinegar shone through that actually complimented it. Layers of sticky, chocolaty rich malts in the mouth. Body is firm, not overly big but fills out well and becomes smooth as it moves back. Doughy and bready under the malts with some spicy, tart and lightly vinous fruits and a tinge of sourness showing in the recesses of the tongue. Swallow continues on with some more big, chocolaty and deep malts, yeast and vinous fruits and a little warmth offered up from the alcohol. I found this to be a little heavy overall. It was nicely balanced and certainly flavoursome, but quite possibly a little too generous in that department. Still, it weren’t a bad drop. (33cL, 12/06/07)
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby-brown with a light tan head, and decent lace. Yeasty aroma, hints of dark fruit and spice. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a tingly feel. Sweet caramel and toffee flavor, some sweet vinous notes, and very little hop presence. Finishes sweet, but there is enough hop bittering to prevent it from being cloying or sticky. This definitely needs to warm up a bit before drinking to really appreciate everything that’s there.
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very mild aroma even after the beer warmed. Taste is bready, some tasted notes. some slight bitter notes. Rather unimpressive.
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle, a gift from travels in Belgium. Mahogany in colour with a thin creamy off white head.
Aroma of honey, raisin and bread. Tastes like smokey fruitcake, if ever there were such a thing. Malty, creamy texture. Sweet with minimal spice and not a bitter note in sight. A light, easy drink for such a dark colour...unoffensive and pleasant.
Rooney31 (42) - USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Has a dark reddish brown look with a light frothy head. Aroma is nice with a sweet perfume of roasted hops and a hint of chocolate. Nice carbonation and the commercial description is fairly accurate for taste. A very pleasant beer.
thebeertourist (4757) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a reddish glare. A medium, lacing head on top. Sweet, bready aroma. Sweet flavours, some roasted notes, well-balanced with good breadiness. Well-carbonated, slightly watery. A mass-produced abbey beer that is not completely without charm.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - AUG 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz. stubby brown bottle. Cryptic date code on back label. Fairly fresh sample though. Pours out a deep dark roasted color, with a medium tan colored head. Leaves a decent lacing down the sides of my chalice I had it in.
Aromas are of funky Belgian yeast, sourdough bread, slight toffee notes as well, along with earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel, decent body. Flavors are consistent with a typical Belgian Dubbel. Some toffee, along with roasted malts make up the bulk of the flavors. Finishes somewhat dry & crisp. A decent take on the style overall.
Padron4KM (531) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2006 11.2 oz bottle, no freshness date.
Dark brown with ruby highlights. Fluffy tan head with thick sticky lacing.
Aroma is fruity (raisin, plums) and bready.
Flavor is sweet, hints of yeast, some caramel and molasses.
Body is a bit too thin for my liking.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich and tastes of lightly rasinated fruits, dark wheat bread, caramel and toffee, with a bit of spiciness and bit of dark brown candy sugar. Tasty but unbalanced.