Quinten (1055) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dry beer, nice balance,... not a beer to drink more than one a day, but still very enjoable.
SilkTork (5467) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity, dry and chalky. Some red berry and aged weak wine. Bitter hops well blended into the fruit. Chocolate late in the finish. Quite drinkable in a refreshing way with pleasing dark wine notes. I find it odd that this is made at 7%, yet ends up tasting like a 4.5% British Autumn Ale.
RichardGretton (4524) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Flat jet black beer with a winter fruit, and milky coffee aroma. The flavour is vinous, slightly fruity and quite weak and watery. Overall a reasonable beer.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear black liquid which gives a tinge of burgundy when held to light. The head was quite full and mostly lasting. A seemingly refined aroma of fruity malt, obvious alcohol and something like saltwater that reminded me of being on a boat fishing (maybe it was the alcohol playing tricks on my balance ;-) It’s all sweet in the flavour, quite smooth but a bit watery giving a really thin palate. Some chewy malt in the aftertaste resurrects it a little. (Shared with highlandlad - thanks)
highlandlad (1452) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pity this doesn’t live up to the presentation - it comes in a rather grand corked ceramic bottle adorned with sheaves of barley and regal seals. It presents well in the glass, as well it might since it lists a colouring among the ingredients. Teak with ruby highlights and a solid, lasting head. The aroma shows molasses, canned peaches and candy sugar but is marred by a faint sour taint and cabbagey note. Seemed overcarbonated - each sip produced a big mouthful of foam that faded to a fairly thin brew. On the tongue, it had a leathery taint that competed with dark fruit and molasses. The 7% abv is prominent for a beer of that strength. Overall it felt very drinkable but a bit crude. Not amongst the best of the dubbels. (500ml ceramic bottle shared with Bridge, Amatos, bb 8/10/06)
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2005 Bottle, Morrisons, corked ceramic thing.. The cork almost exploded out on opening. Poured in to a Duvel class it pours very dark with red hues when held up to the light and with a big brown head that soon disappears into nothing. The aroma of the beer is a little estery, alcoholic sweet, fruity (dark fruits - plums etc) and chocolate but is a touch stale. I feels a little flat in the mouth despite the rather high carbonation, kinda ’dead’. The flavour is dominated by oversweetness, fruit; plums and even a touch of banana and some chocolate. It feels a little like bad extract homebrew and a little like a good Belgian. The bottle doesn’t seem to help it.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark red-brown colour with huge beige head. A little bit of sediment. Fruity aroma with a little yeast. Plummy, fig taste with some alcohol, a hint of sourness and a final touch of bitterness. Thanks to Morrison’s for stocking this great beer in its excellent retro bottle.
JonMoore (2052) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice ruby colour with long lasting, beige head. Dark fruits and dark roasted malts with chocolate in the aroma. Lots of dark fruit in the taste, definitely vinuous; some chocolate and a gentle tartness. Warming alcohol in the finish. Nice.
harrisoni (16051) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl stone crock from Morrisons. Dark ruby coloured beer with thick lasting tight beige head. Dark roasted malts, dark skinned fruits with chocolate, damsons and black cherry. Superb beer, lovely dark flavours. Slightly vinuous in mouth. Finish has some dryness. Bit one dimensional, but what a dimension.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2005 Clear deep red with a large head and a nice licourice / blackcurrant (slightly tart)taste. Not amongst the best Dubbels i’ve tried but still a good beer non-the-less.