ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very mild aroma even after the beer warmed. Taste is bready, some tasted notes. some slight bitter notes. Rather unimpressive.
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle, a gift from travels in Belgium. Mahogany in colour with a thin creamy off white head.
Aroma of honey, raisin and bread. Tastes like smokey fruitcake, if ever there were such a thing. Malty, creamy texture. Sweet with minimal spice and not a bitter note in sight. A light, easy drink for such a dark colour...unoffensive and pleasant.
Rooney31 (42) - USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Has a dark reddish brown look with a light frothy head. Aroma is nice with a sweet perfume of roasted hops and a hint of chocolate. Nice carbonation and the commercial description is fairly accurate for taste. A very pleasant beer.
thebeertourist (5046) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a reddish glare. A medium, lacing head on top. Sweet, bready aroma. Sweet flavours, some roasted notes, well-balanced with good breadiness. Well-carbonated, slightly watery. A mass-produced abbey beer that is not completely without charm.
Cobra (1100) - - AUG 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz. stubby brown bottle. Cryptic date code on back label. Fairly fresh sample though. Pours out a deep dark roasted color, with a medium tan colored head. Leaves a decent lacing down the sides of my chalice I had it in.
Aromas are of funky Belgian yeast, sourdough bread, slight toffee notes as well, along with earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel, decent body. Flavors are consistent with a typical Belgian Dubbel. Some toffee, along with roasted malts make up the bulk of the flavors. Finishes somewhat dry & crisp. A decent take on the style overall.
Padron4KM (620) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2006 11.2 oz bottle, no freshness date.
Dark brown with ruby highlights. Fluffy tan head with thick sticky lacing.
Aroma is fruity (raisin, plums) and bready.
Flavor is sweet, hints of yeast, some caramel and molasses.
Body is a bit too thin for my liking.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich and tastes of lightly rasinated fruits, dark wheat bread, caramel and toffee, with a bit of spiciness and bit of dark brown candy sugar. Tasty but unbalanced.
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Deep red color with good head. Sweet, malty, caramelly, toffeish and lightly fruity aroma. Sweet and malty flavor with some fruitiness, clove, pepper, raisins, plum, and toffee. Too sweet.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Beer is clear, medium-dark reddish-brown with a small, frothy, off-white, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is malty with light-to-moderate notes of toasted grain, caramel/caramelizing sugar, and a light note of cookie; Hoppy with a light floral note; Yeasty with a light note of basement; Miscellaneous trace light note of sherry/cardboard, faint trace of cherry. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter with an average-length, lightly sweet, lightly bitter/slightly dry finish. The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is average.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is clear dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel, husks, nuts), with a light note of candy sugar. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Definitely better than the Blonde, but still nothing to soil your robe over.