SilkTork (5180) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 Dec, 2002 I love this stuff. When travelling in Northern Europe itís readily available in most bars, and is better than a lot of the beer offered (Jupiler or Stella). In France it is regarded quite highly as they have a taste for smooth, sweet malty beer, and this is much better than their own Adelscott or Pelforth. It is an Abbey beer by licence, the Abbey Notre Dame de Leffe hadnít produced any beer for years and didnít have the equipment to do so. In the 1950ís they hired out their name to a local brewer, and then the brewery giant Interbrew bought the name. This is brewed less in line with tradition than with an eye to the commercial market. All sourness, rough edges and individual awkwardness are left out of the recipe, leaving a very pleasant and easy drinking beer that still manages to satisfy. There are a number of flavours: apples, cloves, brown sugar, etc, but these flavours donít shift their intensity from one glass to the next - it is a consistent beer. As such some may find this boring, while others will find it reliable. Each beer has itís own time and place - if you sit at home sniffing and sipping this on your own you may find it a bit bland; but as an everyday social drink or something to accompany lunch in a French or Belgian bar, it is more than delightful. [3.8]
June, 2003 I love this beer! [4.0]
Nov, 2005 Smokey aroma. Clean, sweet, smokey flavour with lingering bitter hops. That strange barley sugar flavour of pasteurised beer. But also, that wonderful harmonious blend of sweet and bitter that is so popular with drinkers in Northern Europe. I know this is pasteurised. I can taste it is pasteurised. But I canít help myself. I love this in the same way I love smoked processed cheese. Even the odd sharp plastic notes I find attractive. I canít help myself. Oh - I bet this would be heavenly served cask conditioned. J.D. Wetherspoon - please make this your next cask special! [3.7]
CapFlu (4482) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2003 Excellent Belgian ale. Great afternoon beer or as an aftermeal beverage.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 (On tap in London, Ont) Dark brown, beige head. Sweet caramel aroma. Sweet carmels in flavour. However nitro affect changes beer. Dry bitter in finish. Cloying sweetness near the end. Was a 3.9 would be way better with out nitro on tap.
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well known type of aroma typical for all decent Belgians. Dark deep amber with nice tough foam. Gentle soft velvety but so persuasive . Delicious .
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a certain red brightness shining through, a nice tan head atop the shine. Nose first of all typically Belgian - spice, yeast and fruit - and then, whatís this? hints of smoke and sweet malt. Body is initially roasty, comes across spritzy. Alcohol is present as well as yeast. Finishes somewhat sweet with light drying hops and maybe even a hint of ripe banana. An interesting dubbel, a little spritzy for itís own good, but complex nonetheless.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a beautiful fruity belgian, good with a hearty meal in the fall.
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, this is an Old Faithful. Not a sporty flashy dropÖ but damn! You get solid consistency. We believe (unfortunately) that this beer will become the favourites of your Balmoral or eastern suburb 6 figure yuppies andÖ thus killing the true appreciation for this drop. Great for the brewer, but bad for R&D. this drop can still be developed. Has great potential for the novice market. Great colour, distinctive Belge character. A favourite of ours.
shorlin (636) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - NOV 4, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black/brown. Nice head. Warming up it acquires a sweet, malty aroma. Some dryness in the palate. Tasty!
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice rich fruity, caramely flavor. A nice complement to the blonde.
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2003 it is a dark brown beer with a sweet fruity tast.