IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear ruby with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma of cloves, some bubble gum sweetness, dark fruits. Flavor starts sweet with a cinnamony-spicy dark fruit flavor and finishes slightly dry. Body is somewhat light. All in all somewhat simple but certainly inoffensive.
yngwie (13198) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. (BB 22/8-06) Dark reddish-brown, carbonating beer, with a large, dense, creamy beige head. Weak aroma of dried fruits, some alcohol and spices, and caramel. Round, balanced flavor with sweetness from caramel and raisins, a hint of roasted malt and spices. Nice body and a pleasant finish. Maybe a bit on the sweet side, this one. (060608)
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 Bottle. Pretty dark almandine body with a thick lasting very foamy head. Very attractive beer! Nose-big Belgian spice (banana, etc) with a little stale hops backing it up. Taste-dark candi sugar, sweet, light flavors from the yeast consisting of banana, apple, clove, and a pinch of molasses, toffee, light scorched caramel, a hint of dark spice (anise, etc.). Very well done and surprisingly well crafted. None of the flavors really step on each other as they sometimes do in doubles, and at the same time, none of the flavors dominate. It isn’t too big and sticky but isn’t timid either. Very well done and highly recommended.
Re-rate-Very much like a mixture of 25% Port and 75% Chardonnay. Very, very white wine like.
KnutAlbert (6012) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A rich ale, with lots of sweetness. Toffee, fruit, almost coca cola. A little bitter finish rounds this off in a splendid way.
thebigreason (2) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006 does not count
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Think of it as a robust English nut brown ale with strong hints of a traditional belgium ale.
Clear redish brown appearance, leaves on the nose, medium body, slight molasses flavor. Not as eggy as most traditional belgium beers.
troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Tap) Had at the International Beer Fest in Hamburg, Germany. Pours tan/brown with a tan head. Smells overly sweet, but the taste was balanced very well. Caramel and toffee notes were predominent. Aftertaste was a little on the sweet side. Overall one of my favorites of the fest.
jhliesen (713) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
#16 on the 2006 Europe tour--Dark brown beer with a frothy head. The aroma was of caramel and yeast. The taste was of malt, caramel and a sweet finish.
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at St. Louis Microfest - Dark copper pour with a huge head because the dumbass pouring the beer had no clue how to pour Abbey ales. It did result in a nice looking lacing effect. Aroma had rich caramel malt & earthy yeast - a bit of toffee is noticeable as well. Taste has a lot of what was on the aroma, but it was cloying and sugary sweet. Finish continues with the sugary sweetness and some dark fruits. Pretty much just a fair dubbel.
Palidor19 (2931) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
not as thick and flavoful as I thought it should be but its got the good kick to get my attention. Sweet, tasty of dark fruit and malts.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep copper in color with amedium off-white head. Dark fruit,brown sugar and wine-like aroma and flavor.