flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy dark brown color with a medium beige head. Clove, fresh cut grass, metal and malt aroma. Sweet clove, grass, and malt flavors. Very tingly feel.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, dark brown color with a medium (quickly dissipating) beige head. The aroma and flavor were of clove, grass, metal, and some brown sugar...pretty sweet. The feel was crisp, small bubbles...medium thick.
DrnkMcDermott (2781) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Not a headknocker, but pleasant enough. Cream colored head itself has nice, spicy, candy taste. Nice brown beer with orange highlights, shows bubbles drifting up as sediment settles down. Taste brings out oranges, raisins, a bit of wine and light spiciness, on a well-warmed, rather that roasted, malt base. Comes off like a fresh barley wine. May not be the very best of its kind, but darn close, and its alcohol warmth makes a nice way to break a Lenten abstinence of over a month (and circumstances kept me away from home where I had a store of actual Trappist ales to enjoy on Easter. This was a good substitute).
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - APR 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle, served in Westmalle chalice.
Pours a deep reddish-brown. Decent head that rapidly fades. The aroma is full of pleasant fruitiness (banana, kiwi?). Taste-wise it's well rounded, again w/ banana up front, and a soft, pleasant maltiness. Nice mouthfeel and very good drinkability.
A fine dubbel, better than most I've tried.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky amber brown body and a plume of kaki colored head. The nose is deep with malts and fruits… toasted wheat bread and apricot preserves. The flavor has lengthy notes of a buttery caramel, plums, apples, dates, and some raisins. It’s rather beady and yeasty, the toasty malts bring out a chocolaty likeness along with some coconut milk similarities. The palate is nice, it could be more creamy, but its buttery and inviting.
A good Trappist brew, but I want more intensity from the Quad I’m about to open!
SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly complex fruity aroma, maybe a bit of smoke... Beautiful body... Very smooth round taste... Nice Aftertaste
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet, dried cherries, spice. Flavor is is sweet, cherries, plums and yeast. Not much hops but a little acid to try to balance. Not bottle conditioned, so lacks the complex flavor and power that I love about the style. Not a bad intro to the Belgian style, but way too generic for Dubbel fans.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle that has the Koningshoeven label yet embossed with LaTrappe. Poured a reddish brown and clear with a thick head that reduces quickly to a thin film that is dense and creamy looking. Fruity aroma with big notes of cherry coming through. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a crisp carbonated edge. Nice sweet fruity flavor with cherries again and slightly spicy, possible herb flavor as well. Overall one of the best Dubbels I've had in awhile. Quite a nice flavor.
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2006 Secondary comments. Had with the Koningshoeven label unknowingly. Scored it 8,5,9,4,17. Very similar. Good, but not up to par with the "quadrupel".
A slight painty aroma, absolutely no head. Is that how it’s supposed to be? Not terribly interesting though.
diabel (1606) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown (deep red), clear body. Brwonish, creamy head, which is fastly diminishing and almost not lacing. Malty and spicy aroma. Lightly sweet, lightly salty, lightly acidic initial flavour. Lightly bitter finish. Very soft mouthfeel.