TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark amber, almost black with light tan foamy head. Dark bready aroma, with subtle fruit nuances. Tastes of plums, with nuttiness, and a vinous quality. Toasted malt and an earthy taste. Rich and heavy on the palate. Finish is moderately sweet and slightly bitter.
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Damn gusher. 11.2 oz bottle. 08-01-05 is the date on the bottle, must be a best by date since that is a date in the future. Served at 51° in my Duvel tulip. Pours reddish brown with a thick khaki head. Lacing is apparent right off the bat. Strong smell while sitting in the glass. When I get closer, the aroma is raisins, plums, turbino sugar and malty. There is also seems to be a bit of sourness. The taste is malty, but the flavors you get from the aroma seem to be muted. There is a sourness? that seems to be washing away the large, upfront flavor. The finish is soapy?, dull, with some residual bitterness. There seems to be a yeasty flavor, as well. It is possible that the hops or alcohol (both of which seem to have been kept in check) have robbed this beer of it’s flavor, but I am not sure. The body, especially up-front, is full and substantial feeling. Now that I am finishing the beer, I don’t find any sediment in the bottle or glass, could it be this Belgian Dubbel is not bottle conditioned?
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 I have heard of this one but never seen it in PA before. Sampled this one on draft at D’s Six Packs & Dogz in Pittsburgh. It poured a dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma was malty with a light fruit undertone and a lightly sour almost vinegary element. The flavor was huge with ripe fruits - almost raspberry - and sour dark malts. There is a hint of chocolate underneath. A sour tangy malty finish lingers. I really enjoyed this one.
bkurtz (724) - PERU - JUL 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Poured a brownish red with a full head. Great hoppy aroma. Fairly sweet and bitter. One of the best common Begian doubles.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ruddy chestnut color with a medium tan rocky head. lots of lacing sticks to the glass. aroma is toffee malt sweet with raisin. lots of raisin. flavor is lots of the same, toffee/caramel malty sweetness, raisin too, but lots of it and not a whole lot else. the finish was like port/tawny, but shadowed by the rest. thanks WillowyStephanie!
JonMoore (1806) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Chestnut brown with slim off-white head. Fruity, caramel, malty aroma. Watery carbonated mouthfeel; under delivering on the taste front, raisin, caramel and malt, but not enough somehow. Slightly bitter warming finish. OK.
Bledman (4) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved this beer. I had it while I was in Spain last summer on tap as well as in the bottle. It was much better on tap, but the bottle was still good.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Aroma and flavor reminds me of rum and raisin icecream. It’s quite nice but extremely weak. And there’s no palate at all. Looks pretty though with a sturdy, creamy head, good lacing and same color as brandy.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Weak nose with caramelly, somewhat fruity, strawberry aromas. Tastes fruity, malty and caramelly. Finishes malty, sweet and slightly alcoholic. Okay, decent, but not overly complex, too sweet and a tad boring.
has2be (6) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2005 does not count
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I thought this beer was enjoyable. It poured dark with a nice head on it. And the smell and taste of fruit with a little alcohol on the aftertaste. I would definitely buy again