Lubiere (10720) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown ale with a creamy white head. Sweet caramel aroma with orange, nuts, and smooth alcohol. In mouth, tingly soices come out over the sweet candy malt, with light alcohol notes. Bottle at Pub Italia.
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
11.2 oz bottle, gift pack w/ a glass purchased 12/23/05: Lasting beige head on a mohogany brown, hazy body. Aroma is metallic, buttery (diacetyl from age), earthy and leathery. This stuff is OLD!!!!!!!! Some raisiny dark fruit, but mosty just old and buttery! Well balanced, raisiny, buttery, toasty malt, and a bit of alcohol flavor. Higher carbonation, lighter med. body, and smooth. Not the beer I imagined, but then again, it seems sort of old!!! Will re rate if I get a better, more fresh bottle!!!!
freekyp (1557) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2005
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2006 Iím all about the Beligians but I think I got a spoiled bottle here. It reeked of must old cellar and sewage and tasted about the same. Some Chimay-like notes shined through now and again, but the overall musty character was too much. Iíll definitely give it another shot.
ReRate 06/19/2006: Still innundated with a musty cellar aroma, but no sewage tones. Similar to a lighter bodies Chimay, it just does not have the style or delivery of itís contemporary. Dissapointing.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red-brown colour, heavy aroma, herby some caramel. Yeast. smouth and creamy palate, bitter and herby finish.
Panzerfaust (578) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - DEC 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown beer with some red tones and a huge beige and creamy head with good retention. Aroma is pleasant, fruity and rich in malt with apples, pears, banana and small hints of nougat. Flavor is surprisingly bittersweet with notes of coffee, bitter chocolate and hazelnuts. Texture is a little thin but the mouthfeel is very good. Aftertaste is long and more bitter than sweet. Great with cheeses!.
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2 fl oz bottle. Dark red beer. banana aroma. Nice carbonation. Smooth beer to drink.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Better than the Blond at least. Dark reddish brown body with a small fizzy head and absolutely no lacing. Berry dominates the aroma and flavor. I canít stand their yeast strain, it makes their beers like a musty basement. Not much for hops here. Blah.
JanPrimus1982 (48) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This abbay dubbel has much more flavor than the one I tried yesterday. Nice dubbel beer of the trappist brewery Koningshoeven. Long lasting light brown head, dark body. Excellent beer!
Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium off-white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of sugary malt with some Belgian type yeast. Taste is really good with a nice mix between sweet caramel malt and fresh cookie with a touch of Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is a creamy but also watery and I believe this is the main default of this beer. Body is way too thin for the style.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is great - gentle and sweet with strong banana overtones. Very low carb with a weak head. Taste is a nice, unchallenging Dubbel with the typical Trappist/Abbey complexity. Finish lets it down a little with a flat and soapy quality a bit, but generally a fine abbey ale.