Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep brown beer, with loads of flavours and aroma, nice sized head and really easy to drink, fantastic.
pineypower (2359) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Have no idea why this brew isn’t rated higher. Got a bottle from Belgium...pours out a nice deep brown color with slight carbonation and a nice medium sized fluffy head. It has a nice malty aroma. The taste is complex but well balanced with notes of brown sugar and yeast. Once again I think this is a way under rated dubbel
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2005 Re-rated 30/04/2005. 330ml bottle from Woolworths, Kilbirnie.
Spicey aroma with hints of tobacco and wood smoke. Appears dark dark brown (darker than I remember) with a carbonation that hangs in the glass rather than fizzing to the top. Good sweet maltiness on the tongue with a touch of vanilla, pepper, clove and cinnamon. Dry and spicy in the finish with a slight tingle from the carbonation. Some residual sweetness in the dryish palate. Good drinking.
JoeMcPhee (8167) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gorgeous dark brown beer with a thick rocky off-white head, sticky lacing. Malty aroma, intense mintiness, caramel, brown sugar. Flavour also shows yeasty spiciness. Quite sweet up front. Flavour is slightly bready and the finish is nutty. Not bad, but doesn’t show a whole lot of intensity or complexity and has a tendency to become cloying.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent Abbey dubbel although it was slightly too dry and a bit too bland. Deep brown murky color with a slight head. Flavor is fruity and estery with hints of plum and raisin.
Crit (3211) - Surrey, 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 (5003) - 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 (11163) - 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.