rayOfBeer (673) - El Cerrito, California, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out of bottle dark reddish brown with a small, light tan foam head that didn’t stay long. Aromas of yeast and caramel. The taste starts sweet with caramel and toffee, leading to a yeasty dough flavor and ending in a slight soy sauce like spiciness. The only bitterness seems to come from the yeast, no hop presences detected. The overall feel of this beer is smooth all the way through with a mild mouth and throat warming from the alcohol. Nice beer all around.
janubio (563) - SPAIN - DEC 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served in its own Grimbergen glass, it pours a red to brown colour, brown head that doesn’t hold for too long, and leaves some lace.
Aroma of caramel, fruits, plums and some chocolate, not too complex.
Lighter body than one can expect, and taste of cherries, plums and fruit.
Another average Grimbergen made for the masses and far from the best beers of the style. Or for that matter, of any style Grimbergen makes.
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge, MA.
Chocolate brown pour with a thick head. Strong lacing that clung to the glass. Aroma was very weak. I got some malty notes, a bit of fruit, but not much else. Somewhat disappointing. Flavor was much better - light roasted flavor with some sweet maltiness balanced in. Good brew, but I had higher expectations.
TrefwoordPunk (850) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a dark amber with a small tannish head. Smell is mainly citrus, not heavily sweet like your average dubbel. Taste is sweet, lots of caramel, candy sugar, coffee (with milk and sugar) and banana. Finish is a bit plane and not that longlasting. I know better dubbels
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl. bottle. Poured hard into a chalice dark brown with a minimal head. Aroma of coffee malts, raisin, apple and spices. Sweet dark bready and toffee malt flavor with a mild spiciness in the back and an underlying fruitiness. Lively carbonation, though seems a bit too thin bodied. Not bad, but like the blonde, this seems like a streamlined recipe designed for mass global bottling and export, rather than an authentically complex abbey style Belgian.
Nejhleader (1392) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
has a bit of a sweet taste initially, okay body, has a stronger finish, there is better brews for your money.
SuperT (1) - USA - DEC 4, 2007 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Style: Belgian Double
Label Info: 6.5% ABV. Rich, dark burgundy ale with a white head. Serve between 45-55* in a chalice glass.
Brewery: Alken-Maes; Jumet, Belgium
------- dark brown, coffee/strong tea color. Off-white head that dissipates quickly.
Nose has hints of malt, dates and dough (un-baked bread).
Molasses, malty with faint hints of spice in the background. Might have been some hints of toffee in there, but I didn’t notice the chocolate that they claim on the label. Has an almost Port-like, fortified wine type finish.
This is a bargain Belgian beer and it (to me) shows. Slightly watery, not as robust as I would like.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a trappist with a dark ruby brown colour and small creamy tan head. Nose is muted with only some dark fruits & sugars. Initial taste of candy grape, sweet malts that are then blanketed by toffee. Palate of toffee, cocoa and mild bitterness.Good Lacing of the glass and some head retention. Medium body and perfect carbonation.
timfoolery (1125) - California, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured dark red with rich, frothy head. Smelled of pure malt and sugars, almost like cake. Tasted like most Scottish ales, but with a refined taste and no aftertaste. One of my favorite of the genre. Excellent ale!
jmm1 (132) - Andorra la Vella, ANDORRA - NOV 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Bristol Blue Free House in Barcelona. Dark ruby clear body with a fluffy beige head. Spices, caramel and toffee nose. Sweet malts, clove and ripe grapes in mouth with a champagne-like sour finish (rather than brandy). Medium carbonation makes it a good beer for all ocasions. A good abbey dubbel.