Crit (3070) - New Westminster, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gorgeous brown,huge lasting rocky tan head, tiny bead.Light banana nose. Too much yeast and too little malt for a dubbel. Bitter finish. A rather poor representation of the style
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 Bought in a bottle from Budgens Supermarket near Kings Lynn. Nice big 700ml bottle with a champagne style cork top
Dark brown in colour. A lovely Abbey beer & a world away from the light Lager beers often found in mainland Europe. Very nice but a bit to fizzy for me
Re-Rate05/01/05 Bottle from The Alex in Derby. Very malty, quite bitter in flavour 14/20
TheBeerGod (4632) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at De Hems in London. Tanned ruby body to almost pure brown. Nose is malty, fruity (bananas), and spicy with hints of brown sugar. Taste is rich and malty with dark fruits, spice, and cocoa. Body is medium carbonation with light sharpness. Finishes sweet and a bit sticky. More spices and dark fruit notes as well.
argo0 (10365) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft) Clear red-brown body with lovely frothy beige head, leaves nice lacing. Both aroma and taste are medium sweet, fruity, anise, clove. Creamy light-medium body, light carbonation.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well if Interbrew wasn’t known to be an evil Belgian beer giant then I might have suspected this was some sort of Belgian Ale knockoff. I was disappointed in how sweet and uninspiring the aromas were from this brown big headed beer. Dont get me wrong - I was expecting it to be sweet, but I was remembering an entirely different beer when I had this one last night. Likely I had a different palate and preferences when I used to drink this more frequently though. Anyway, the caramel malt sweetness in the aroma was combined with a fruitiness that carried into the body. Too mild and thin and uninspiring to be a good dubbel, this was drinkable but forgettable.
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle courtesy pintbypint. I could have sworn the first time I had Leffe Blond that it was unfiltered - now the Brune, a Dubbel, is filtered. Bad start. Dark ruby brown colour with a fizzy and fully diminishing off-white head. Fruity, yeasty, and lightly spicy aroma. Dark fruit flavour, light yeastiness, and a dry alcohol bitter finish. Medium bodied, prickly mouthfeel. It’s Interbrew and I should have known, but I expected better.
Malakin (466) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark reddish brown with a roasty stale coffee aroma. Malty flavours with some mettalicflavour in the background, rather thin, fizzy and short.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Some spicy aromas to start with-roast malt and chocolate stand out. The flavors are rich, with warming chocolate malts that are quite bitter with little residual sweetness. The aftertaste is lingering, with more dark chocolate and roast malt. Great smoothness.
stephen louis (162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer was mild in flavour for the style,almost subdued.
Pours a nice brown colour with a swirled off white and tan head.the nose was mild malt and fruit.
The flavour is dark malt and fruit,mostly plums and prunes,again not intense but nice and mild,this beer just leans to wards sweet.
A good beer,easy to drink,and nice to look at.
bluevegie (3004) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark cola colour with a large, rocky, light tan head. I quite like the aroma of this one, malty, caramel and raisins. The flavour is quite balanced across the length of the drink, spice, malt, brown sugar, medium body and a good finish.