ogivlado (6345) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled(330ml). -Dark ruby/brown coloured, medium beige head. Light sweet spicy malt and fruity (raisins and cherries) aroma with pleasant notes of chocolate and toffee. Sugary finish.
spporras (259) - FINLAND - OCT 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle BB 15/05/07) Caramel and slightly roasted malty aroma with a hint of fruits. Red brown colour, bright and average size, creamy, light brown, slightly lasting head with good lacing. Caramel malty flavour. Lively carbonated, medium-bodied and warming palate. 05/10/06
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A nice amber brown color with a tan head. Smells of dried fruit and yeast. Taste is a nice fruity sweetness that ends with a kind of bitter finish that was like bad yeast. Seemed to lack some complexity. An ok Belgian but not the best.
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark amber-brown with a minimal, rapidly dissipating head. Some tan bubbles remained around the rim and conglomerated in the center (due to the etching on the bottom of the glass). Aroma of fresh fruits (apples, grapes, pears) over a foundation of sweet malts and yeast, with some light nuttiness and floral elements. Full-bodied flavors of dried fruits (raisins, apples, cherries), fresh fruits (apples, pears), sweet malts and yeast. Mouthfeel was smooth and velvety with a reasonably dry and crisp finish. The carbonation created a prickly feeling on the tongue. Truly refreshing, a great dubbel.
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Twee Prinsen, A’dam. Quite a sweet beer, with a dry, tart taste. Chocolate, caramel and toffee flavors notable. Warms the neck. Must admit at this point of the evening was completely wasted on me...
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a reasonably dense, initially three-finger thick, dirty tan colored head that sits atop a clear, dark, brownish amber colored beer. The aroma is quite sweet and fruity with the trio of prunes, figs and raisins being quite prominent. As I work my way through this beer it leaves a layered lacing pattern on the sides of my tulip glass. Underneath this is touch of caramelized, yet quite toasted malt. Despite the sweet fruity nose the beer smells quite light and airy, I would expect it to smell a bit "thicker", if that makes sense. The aroma certainly could use a bit more complexity, some more yeasty spiciness would definitely be welcome.
The beer is definitely quite sweet in the flavor department as well. There is a certain heft to the body that starts to coat the mouth a bit. The sweetness certainly plays up, and almost seems derived from, an intermingling of concentrated dark fruit notes. Sweet figs and raisins mix with caramelized malt sugars, a solid brown sugar note. This is really quite drinkable, for some reason I can’t quite help myself from thinking of fruit juice. The alcohol is hidden pretty well, but that is because of the fruity sweet notes that dominate the flavor profile. This is certainly not objectionable, but could certainly gain from some complexity in the flavor department. This beer would be a good way to end a meal, sweet enough that it seems like desert, yet not so rich as to be a chore to finish after a good meal.
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HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a fairly dark color and a huge brown head. that dissipates quickly though. Aromas are domniated by raisin, bread and some caramel.
Flavors of caramel and chocolate, malts and only a slight hint of citrus and yeast.
Maybe not overly complex for a Belgian but a good session beer.
bhensonb (12452) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of malt and light hints of dark fruit. Color is deep brown with minimal head. Sweet beginning with grape, and perhaps a bit of dark stone fruit. There is a background of chocolate and caramel, but concord grape keeps coming to mind. Just a hint, mind. Really quite nice.
argo0 (12113) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(33cl bottle) Clear deep mahogany body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, plum, metallic. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, plum/raisin. Medium body.
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A great Dubbel. Pours cloudy amber with slightly off white head. Mild fruit and toffee aroma that tings the palate in the right places. Alcohol is blended very well. Not a strong Belgian but very well done. Great drinkability.