ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle -- Clear dark, dark ruby red with medium carbonation. Medium to large beige head with OK retention and lots of lacing. Very sweet malty caramel aroma. A nice touch of alcohol warmth in the flavour with more malty sweetness. Perhaps a suggestion of rich dried fruits as well, a little simple, though. Its overall sweet smoothness is balanced out by a certan astringent edge in the aftertaste. A nice drop.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red brown with a beige head. Sweet yeast and malt aroma. Sweet malty taste with some alcohol. Late bitterness. Easy drinking Dubbel, but not one I’m going to remember for long.
hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - JUL 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big malty, sweet, caramel backbone. Yeasty, malty aroma with big fruity finish. Good stuff.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark amber coloured with a rather large dense off-white head. Quite sweet with notes of malt, berries, bread, caramel and spices. Bit too sweet and unbalanced.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, at a cafe in Brussels. Pours the typical reddish-brown that is the hallmark of any dubbel. The aroma is malty with some spicy notes as well. Taste is heavily malty with a bit of a fruit taste to it as well. Smooth and very drinkable, though the end is a tad on the watery side.
derst27 (35) - Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
GREAT. The malty flavor is accented by a sweet, smooth aftertaste. Its so creamy and malty for a dubbel, I was very very pleasantly surprised. A new favorite for sure
morrdt (715) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Single bottle from World Market. Pours a very dark amber with a thick head that lasts on the glass. Has a sweet aroma. Tastes incredibly smooth throughout, with a nice kick, complimenting the very bubbly body and mouth feel. A pleasant surprise considering I’m not a big fan of the abbey beers (yet).
blklab2007 (2085) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 on tap mews tavern 7/5/07. pours a dark brownish copper in color with ample carbonation.smell is malts and sweet toffee like. smooth mouth feel with a nice bitterness, but also sweet and toffee. nice beer all in all and will have to try again.
bottle 2/4/08 poured a red chestnut in color with slow carbonation and a big two plus finger head of white tan melting back to a layer that had great retention. aroma has caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, and background spice. mouth feel is medium light smooth on the tongue with lighter carbonation. taste consists of a good malted core with sweetness and spices. nice beer but as almost always the tap beer was much better.
flemdawg (540) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown mahogony body with a foamy tan head. Aroma of dark breads with a sweet hint of chocolate and caramel. Caramel in the flavor along with more dark bread. A bit sweet throughout. Sticky finish, but still pleasant.
jglazer75 (11) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
chocolate and caramel coloring with moderate carbonation and light, white head. Smells almost entirely of malt with slight caramelization. Surprisingly light palate (med-light body). Very lightly hopped, malty. A lot of complaints have noted that it is too sweet, or that there is a metallic taste; neither of which I get. While there are complaints that it is one-sided (unbalanced - presumably towards the malt), the light carbonation and light-ish body seem to offset the typically cloying/alcohol tastes found in such beers.