mmmbeer (1375) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz bottle poured into trappist glass- poured 15% transparent when held to a light source, brownish black color, high-medium carbonation. Off tan head bubbled away rather quickly. Aroma of figs, darkened malt, caramel, and chocolate. HIts the mouth with a medium body, very dry from start to finish, the heavier smells come through sharply on the palate, sweetness and a sharp varnish like taste come in on the finish. Very complex, but that takes away from the overall taste in my opinion- too many things going on leads to chaos and distracts from actually enjoying a brew.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle from Berlin: Gushed out of the bottle when I opened it. Pours cola brown with a thick fading beige head. Big caramel, varnish, dark fruit aroma. Taste is pretty dry considering. I thought it would have been sweeter. Big alcohol, varnish, caramel, raisins, figs. Good beer.
heavy (2397) - Split, CROATIA - MAY 27, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
25/05 0.33 l bottle from belgianshop.com. Had nice murky copper brown body with medium sized, long living brownish head. Quite ugly aroma, some roasted malts combined with note of saltiness, but not nearly as much as in Wit from same brewery. Flavor a bit better, sweetish caramel, however notes of that salt spoil the entirety. Also, it’s pretty thin bodied, finishing very simple and short as mixture of sweetness and saltiness. Different dubbel for sure, but still don’t like it as not quite well made.
Marko (4717) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with and courtesy of heavy (thanks!)
The Blond and the Trippel have been available in Croatia for years now but their dark cousins have always been mysteriously absent (the Dubbel might have once been imported but it definitely hasn’t been imported recently). So, it was interesting to try those two. This one poured a nice red brown body with a thick off white head that went away slowly. The nose was pretty straightforward but somehow not easy to define. a maltiness that falls somewhere between caramel croquant and orange and some salt. The taste was somewhat simple and lighter than expected but well put together. A sweet breadiness and maltiness, caramel, some salt a but herbal something too... ugh.. my notes are becoming unreadable. All in all, I didn’t mind it much.
soyorganic (305) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: dark red color with tan head. Slight aroma of brown sugar, carmel and molasses. Wonderful smooth malty taste with thick but subtle sweetness of carmel and brown sugar. I love beers like these.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber-brown with a foamy tan head that recedes slowly and leaves some nice lacing. Very light aroma of malt, yeast and fruit, but with some weird metallic thing going on. Fortunately, that did not come through at all in the flavor. Lots of malty sweetness with friuty overtones and a bitterness at the end. Pretty good stuff.
rsamayoa (24) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Floral, compex body and taste. Matly with a nice background sweetness. Bready and doughlike.
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 17, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 Sampled at the fête de la bière in Martigny, Switzerland. It pours a dark ruby beer with a mocha head. The nose shows a burnt component. Hints of banana, white pepper and yeast. Rather strong. Some glue and manure appearing - a dissapointing aroma. The taste is of alcohol, burnt plastic and malt. No subtle components. Hints of banana and white pepper. Sweet and full bodied. Malty finish with hints of mint and burnt plastic. A very dissapointing dubbel.
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.5l crock. Pours with an average head, deep brown with a little red. Not really full bodied or thin, somewhere inbetween.
Nice fruity dark ale, with a nice sweetness and pleasant after taste. Not bad at all.
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I tried this beer on May 9, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe’s" in Toronto, Ontario on tap. The beer was a beautiful dark brown with some plum coloured hints and a thin, rocky, tan coloured head. The aroma was sweet malt, with some yeasty tones, as well as chocolate and cherry hints. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, mildly carbonated, and slightly creamy. The flavour was caramel malt, some other fruit flavours like cherries and plum, and a little hoppish bitterness to round it out. I loved this beer.