SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark red/brown that leaves a thick head that lasts for a good time. It has a mild aroma, mostly malty and fruity (banana). The flavor is very malty and sweet. It finishes the way it begins: malty and sweet. The bitterness increases with the temperature, but it never gets to be too much. Overall, it’s a good example of a Belgian dubbel.
DanielBrown (3999) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Co-op, Stirchley, Birmingham. Proper brown, with a tight ring of froth. Baked bean/frozen pea aroma - not great. Wheaty, rural taste, with some quite tough, gritty choc. Fizzy choppy mouthfeel. Pretty tasty though a little ragged. More + than -.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Leffe Brune pours, oddly enough, a brown colour with a thin white head. The aromas are of belgian yeasts, spice and some fruits but none of the smells could be described as overpowering.The taste is much the same yeasty, sweet a very mild acohol kick, while this dosen’t have the flavour depth of some dubbels it’s "thinness" would allow you to drink it all night long. A session dubble?It was alright in that respect.
brberry (16) - USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
large sustained head, rich sweet aroma, sweet alchoholic taste. a great beer
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Massive white head with a yeasty malty aroma. Dark brown in appearance with a hint of spiciness. Quite easy to drink.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown color with a good looking, creamy, medium, light brown head. Decent aroma of brown sugar and spices. The first flavor I notice is roasted malt, then some brown sugar joins the party, also there might be some mild spices. Bitter finish. Light to medium body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. Better than its blonde sister but still just a little better than ordinary.
Marko (4124) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 Rerate:
Poured a big thick tan(ish) head, deep brown colour, lazy carbonation. The nose was spicy and yeasty. The taste was basically malt, alcohol, some fruit. It was sweet and not as impressive then I once thought it was. Weak burnt malt and, when it gets warmer, a herbal hop presence in the aftertaste finish this just slightly above-average brew.
This was certainly interesting. Had an enormous and firm looking white head (maybe a bit brownish), which subsided at an acceptable rate. The body was dark brown, and the aroma was of coriander, and quite intensive, too. But overall the beer dissapointed me a bit. It tasted almost the same I remember the Leffe Blond tasting - sweet and spicy. It’s very good however, but left me wondering if this is really just a colored Blond. Might do a side by side test. 7/4/7/4/15
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this from a tap in a bar in Brussels. I was plesantly suprised at how good it was, since it was picked by saying "Give me a brown." It had a very pleasnt smell with a nice full malt body.
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a brown beer. It is very dark brown, as a matter of fact. When I look through the glass I can see some brown-purple shades in the clear liquid. But the foam is white, firm and melts in a medium pace.
The smell is very sweet. It reminds me of traditional Swedish non-fermented “small beer”, sweeten with saccharin. I can smell some flavours of pumpernickel bread, and maybe some hints of smoked ham. There is something in the smell that I just have to categorize as “Belgian”.
The taste of this beer follows the same pattern, generally sweet with a touch of dark rye bread. An interesting observation is the total lack of a traditional taste of hops. There sure is some kind of hops in this brew, as a small bitterness appears after several minutes, but when I drink the beer, I cannot find the hopes I am used to from other beers. Neither can I really say that I find much evidence of fermentation in the taste.
The carbon dioxide is a little on the sharp side, but not too sharp.
The aftertaste is dominated by the saccharine sweetness, but after a while, the bitter notes makes the taste more balanced.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had search awhile to find this one. Pours a muddy brown colour with a thich head. Earthy aromas of malt, raisins and spice. Sweet malt taste but not much else.