Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle, courtesy of Degarth. Has the Koningshoeven label. First thing noticeable upon pouring is a huge, rocky light tan head, with exceptional retention and lacing. A never ending layer of foam sits atop the beer when things are all said and done. Body is a rich maroon color that is nearly opaque. Nose contains fruity esters - plums, dates, raisins, figs, juniper berries - yeast, peppery spices and some earthiness. Also pick up some floral hints at the very edges of the aroma. Fore is very red wine like, peppery spice, tons of dark fruits and berries, with a constant backing from the yeast and a nice sense of biscuit or bread dough. Medium bodied, perfect mouthfeel for the style. Slight astringency. This one was very fun and interesting to drink, nothing spectacular but very solid and knows what it wants to be. One of those beers that feels very solid when you are drinking it, but the rating turns out much higher than it seems since the sum is greater than the parts. Finish is medium length, very juicy, fruits and yeast running all the way through, finishing with a nice drying kick to carry things to the end.
danielyabu (1395) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - DEC 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Essa cerveja trapista escura tem uma espuma cremosa, marrom-clara e com duração relativamente longa. Seu corpo tem transparência normal, sua densidade é fina e sua coloração, marrom. Com aromas complexos, apresenta nuances de caramelo, notas cítricas (puxando para a laranja), terra e maçã. No primeiro gole já se percebe um forte amargor, que envolve a língua com um corpo médio e uma textura oleosa, permeada com uma carbonatação ativa. No final, o sabor torna-se levemente adocicado e depois metálico. Apesar da miríade de características, a Dubbel peca por tornar-se enjoativa devido às suas características
DrPiva (96) - Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazing as a draft but I will review the bottle. Good overall balance, fresh taste, a bit too carbonated. The biggest drawback was the $6.70 price for 16 oz!
rodenbach99 (3780) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bouteille brune de 11,2oz, bue dans un verre La trappe
belle bière brune avec léger reflet rouge, très effervescente la mousse brune a disparu très rapidement, nez frais de caramel, de malt, la bouche est ronde, un pointe d’alcool, une touche épicé, rafraichissante et très agréable.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a dark ruby/ brown with a bthin beige head that quickly dissolves into a lacing that lasts throughout. Aroma of dark berries, roasted malt, yeast and alcohol. High carbonation up front that loses its intensity as the beer wamrs up. Sweet hints of raisin, plum, grape, black cherries and malty chocolate/caramel with a slightly dry finish..
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle with English label: Konings hoeven Dubble Trappist Ale. Dense dark brown color with a slight tan head. Intense malty, estery aroma. Big body with a full mouthfeel. Raisiny/molasses character. Nice even dry/sweet malty flavor balance, lacks complex yeasty notes of other Belgians. Dry finish. Very nice flavor.
TrefwoordPunk (864) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a clear purple with a medium greyish head and a fruity, yeasty nose. Taste is pretty sweet, caramel, raisin,brown sugar and alcohol. Nice long bitter finish. A decent dubbel, but not the best
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Sampled in 2003.] Indeed a nice dutch beer with notes similar to other belgo-dubbels, but lacks in intensity of flavor compared to them. But always worth to sample!
GarrettB (1315) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Koningshoeven is a testament to the rich elegance found in well brewed beers. The price may make your wallet shiver, but your tongue will adore you for it. An appetizing fragrance of banana, vanilla and custard takes an inconoclastic stand against "dessert first" intoxicating the drinker with a strong breeze of sweet scents. This is accompanied by a healthier celery shine, though it too is ultimately drowned in a delicious spate of chocolate and heavy cream aromatics. As the beer vents its aroma from the muddy brown liquor through the thick, dark beige cap, enticing and inviting, I can’t help but plow my lip into the head like a snow plow in a flash blizzard, piling up a mound of thick foam and taste sensations on my lip and tongue. Respectively. The sip begins with a trickle of banana and chocolate, evocative of a banana split sunday, before the fruity esters subside into ignominy. After this sweet prompting, the chocolate persists with a new inkling of malts to further darken the quickly deepening taste. Then the flavor resurfaces back into a lighter, fruitier stage, marked most curiously by the taste of artichoke hearts and a chalky palate, only to lightly land on a soft, pensive yet decadent chocolate aftertase, running with rivulets of deep, dark sweet flavor. Permeating through the whole flavor storyline is a stalking and quiet hint of hazelnut which, interwined with the chocolate and sporadic fruit flavors is a wonderful flavor adhesive. All of this rests on a blithe palate, light and carefree despite the rich flavors. A contradiction, perhaps, but as such also mystifying.
nkwarrior (10) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Least favorite of the Trappist beers. Definitely an oak taste that may be appreciated by wine lover’s. The aroma is great with a hint of banannas. Good color. Poors with a 1 finger head that reduces quickly leaving a lace along the sides of the glass.