NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750 ml. Very murky, cider-colored, pretty much opaque, light film of bubbles. Big yeasty aroma, matched by an apple cider vinegar / tomato juice thing going on...from a distance it smells like rotting garbage. Sort of tastes like sucking on a coffee filter (I love how I write these descriptions when never in my life have I ever sucked on a coffee filter). Well, Iíve actually only had vegemite once, and I had a pretty strong distaste for it. And this reminds me of vegemite. Ugh. It might have been nice to have when it was actually a Trappist product. I got one word for ya: Ommegang.
Cartoonkhaki (1205) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2002
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice rich brown colour with sparkles of red laced throughout. A beautiful aroma that just pulls you in as you drink. Doesnít have a long lasting head but nice beads around the edge of the glass. Plesant rich sweet flavour that has a bitter aftertaste to it. Not many other complexities about it. Just sweet and bitter. I remember this being better along time ago. Did their brewmaster fall in a vat and drown himself?
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown/crimson in color with a tan fizzy head. Moderate bubble gum aroma and flavor. Fizzy in general. A little on the thin (ie not much complexity) side
SilkTork (5021) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2002
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2008 Dec, 2002 Malt. Thatís all. Just bloody malt. This is crude stuff - like a homebrew gone badly wrong. Malt. With alcohol. Not complex, delicious malt full of flavours - just malt. Malt. Malt. Malt. And alcohol. Why did the monks chose the Bavaria Brewery? Bavaria have no experience in top fermented brewing. This is dreadful. Just malt. I seriously cannot believe how bad this is. Because itís called a Trappist ale and it tastes this bad this deserves the lowest possible marks. Just malt for christsakes! [0.5]
Nov, 2005 Surprisingly light bodied - quite thin in fact. Dry. Chocolate notes. Some dark bitterness. Not much of interest happening. [2.4]
Oct, 2008 Light bodied and dry. Light malt flavours. Lack of character. It’s bottle conditioned, but only just - has a clean filtered feel to it. Licorice, chalk, malt bread, orange and chocolate flavours. Awareness of alcohol. For a strong malty brown beer, the sort the Belgians make a lot of, there are plenty much better than this. [2.7]
PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2003 Light brownish with amber shades, small head. Nicely sweet, a little caramel and chocolate, plus light fruitiness (a little apple, maybe raisin, some banana) and a vague yeasty spiciness. Primarily a sweet beer and lacking some of the oomph of some dubbels - a little light in body. Some toffee/caramel notes appear as it warms.
hopscotch (8390) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My bottle has the same monestary on the label, but is called Konings Hoeven Dubbel, not La Trappe. Apparently, itís not brewed in the same place any longer.
Anyway, I think, as I drink, that this is an excellent dubbel.
The aroma is a complex blend of rich, sweet malt, fuzzy, citrus and dark fruits, caramel, butterscotch and cocoa.
Itís a really good looking beer. A deep, clear ruby hue with a small khaki head. The head is creamy and mostly diminishing with weak lacing.
The flavor reminds me a lot of Victoryís V10. Ok, maybe itís the much younger V10 that reminds me of this beer. Rich, sticky-sweet malt with bursts of caramel, milk chocolate and a dark fruit/fuzzy fruit blend up front. Slightly sweet, slightly tart and just a whisper of the hop addition on the backside.
Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation with BIG bubbles. Long, creamy, semi-sweet, fruity finish. Awesome beer. Some seem to have knocked this beer down a few notches since the brewing location was switched to Holland. It must have been ambrosia previously. Get your hands on this beer. Itís underrated at 3.67 (currently).
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown with tan head and small bead. estery alcohol nose with a sweet malt flavor throughout
jerohen (1933) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 Everything a dubbel should be. Dark ruby-red appearance. Nice lacing. Very nice malty nose. Full complex flavors, malty, raisins and a bit fruity. Smooth, long-lasting finish.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2005 Finally tried this beer since Bavaria NV took over the monasteryís brewing operations - resulting in a steep downgrade. First, itís not bottle conditioned, which is unforgiveable for an abbey ale. Muddy reddish-brown; estery, phenolic nose (bubblegum, apple, plum, raspberry). Very sweet palate - bubblegum again, raspberry & apple, caramel, brown sugar. Lacks texture, hop and yeast.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Hazy brown, good head and lacing. Lost of "bready" malt here among the too strong alcohol presence. some tang and citrus - orange/almost grapefruit. quite carbonated, but smooth on the palate. I guess I would call this "average" for a Belgian - Iíve had both better and worse.