DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at Dry Bar, Manchester 10/09/2004
Dark coloured sweet and slightly rich on the palate. Fruity aroma. Slightly dry warming malt finish.
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330mL bottle from LCBO. Pours to a dark brown with tones of red. Head is a light toupe colour, leaves some thin lace down the side of the glass, although not as much as I would have expected. Aroma is of malt with notes of plum. Taste is much the same, although with a short finish, and the body seems slightly thin. All in all, a decent beer, but inferior to, say, Unibroue’s Trois Pistoles (which is also much cheaper). I was slightly disappointed.
jrob21 (3395) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle. Thanks Turg. Pours deep brown with tan head. Malty aroma. Faint smells of plums. Sugary taste. A little spicy but a little thin and quick to finish. Good beer but not great.
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle. Pours deep cola brown with an ample tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Very malty aroma with hints of spice and must. The flavor is, for lack of a better word, earthy. A little spicy too. It really balances out as it warms.
Panzerfaust (785) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - FEB 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Re-rating (13/1/2012) I can’t believe it took me six years to try this one again. Beautiful dark burgundy color with an off white head. Aroma is yeasty with notes of caramel, molasses, brown sugar and spices: Clove, nutmeg and coriander. Wonderful. Taste is sweet and spicy, nicely complex, showing notes of Weinachts Stollen, cookies, caramel, nougat and dark fruits. A real dessert. The rest of the features are almost the same. A very good Dubbel I would drink once a week if a lived in an area where it was easily available. Not here on Easter Island. Cheers!
Re-Rating (Aug 28, 2006):
Ok. This time the flavor was somewhat better than the first time. This time I got notes of coffee, figs, nuts and bitter chocolate. Nice bitterness towards the end. Unfortunately it lacks in the mouthfeel. This is the lightest Dubbel I’ve ever had. The aroma is still good though. It gets some more points now. 7/4/6/3/13: 3.3
Original Rating (Feb 17, 2006): 7/4/5/3/12 Score: 3.1
Pours a deep brown color with red wine undertones. Head is light beige, big and frothy with medium retention. Good aroma of malt, showing notes of caramel, cookies and coffee. The slightly woody character is mixed with an alcoholic hint in the nose. Typical example of the "Abbey Dubbel" style. Flavor starts lightly sweet like a sweetened coffee but becomes progresively bitter, ending with medium duration. Unfortunately there is a strange yeasty/metallic thing in the mouthfeel and the alcohol is too dominant. Medium bodied, the finish is a bit astringent and pretty alcoholic. It becomes better with warming.
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2006
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Draft] Brown beer with a limited head. Very particular aroma and flavour. Someone else said “There is something unclean in the flavour” and I concur.
Will give it another try and re-evaluate if necessary.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap/Abbaye Bar. Dark brown brewed in the medieval backwoods dirt beer. deliciously slaved upon dirt. A good antidote to anything bitter or too strong, it’s like sweetwater beer with 1/8 medival cola vitae.
CamdenD (1177) - Madrid, SPAIN - FEB 5, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Served in Italy as a "rosso" this beer is pretty tame. The candied sugars in the taste border on sicky-sweet, but it still remains drinkable. This is a belgian ale for those who don’t want anything too overwhelming.
joergen (25643) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown coloured with a huge off white head.
Sweet spicy aroma with notes of yeast.
Sweet spicy flavour with notes of caramel and yeast.
SHIG (4385) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with off white head. Malty thick aroma. With a full rich flavor of malt and yeast. Pleasant to the tongue.