ZiggyZ (11) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Trying this for the first time. Always liked the Blonde and the Brown doesn’t disappoint. Can’t say I taste the "bitter" though, but maybe that’s because I drink a lot of bitter beers.
Alengrin (2124) - BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Belgium’s most popular ’dubbel’, made under license from the Leffe abbey since the fifties but fallen into the clutches of AB InBev (then Interbrew) through a history of brewery acquisitions, as there have been many in 20th-century Belgian beer culture. It’s all over the place here, and in the absence of anything better - fortunately a rare occasion in Belgium - I have tasted this many times from 33 cl bottle and from tap. For this rating, I pour it from a 50 cl can - which I suspect is a packing aimed at alcoholics, or in any way not the most flattering packing for an abbey beer. Medium thick and thinning but more or less stable, lacing, dense, light beige head over a deep red brown, cristal clear beer with almost no visible fizz. Aroma has that off-putting cooked pasteurization dominance as expected from the brand, lots of artificial caramel, iron (even dominating initially), freshly cut grass, cardboard, nutmeg powder, dry cocoa powder, liquorice, raw cauliflower, biscuit, cooked corn, coffee with milk, dried leaves, old cookies. Taste begins with a candied but one-dimensional and bland fruity sweetness, simple and straightforward, with minerally carbonation effect, lots of artificial caramel, vague nutty malts in the background but mostly pale maltiness as in a bland standard lager, sweetish, cornish, very metallic with a slick and actually rather thin mouthfeel, some roasted maltiness in the end but low hop bitterness, somewhat watery. I am happy to buy the rumour that this is actually a pimped lager nowadays - I get practically no fruity esters when smelling this, it has the smell and feel of a straightforward Dunkel - and not even a good one. In any case: this is just as bland as I had expected it to be, even under objective analysis. I stubbornly refuse to understand why people still seem to like this and why it is rated so high on this site. This is an off-putting, industrial strong Euro lager in disguise, if you ask me. The mere fact that I have a principle of not wasting anything consumable kept me from pouring it down the drain. Never liked it, never will.
luisfelizola (49) - Campinas, BRAZIL - OCT 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Marrom escuro com boa espuma persistente. Aroma de caramelo e fruta. Boa acidez e carbonatação. Na boca ataque doce, caramelo. Leve amargor no final com boa persistência. Boa drinkabilidade.
patlab (23) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer that I very often enjoy as a night cap. It pours a nice dark rich brown and it has a great texture and taste.
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"had this on tap in Hawaii of all places. quite pleasant, just what you’d expect of a dubble, nothing more, nothing less. it was a solid B, and worth trying if you’re curious."
Abijen (1504) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a brown beer with a good white tan head. Smells malts, fruity and sweet. Tastes the same. Average carbo, thin body and a sticky texture.
elosop (161) - SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mäktigt, brunfärgad skumkrona över mörk mahogany. Aromen lite tunn (lite förkyld?), men smaken bred, karamelligt söt. Lite bränd kastanj i eftersmaken. Klart godare än den ljusa (eller påverkar årstiden smaken).
freretoc (733) - Besançon, FRANCE - OCT 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bue à la pression en 25cl en terrasse du Bar de l’U à Besançon, couleur brune caramel, une mousse parfaite. En bouche attaque sur le caramel et les malts grillés, continuité crémeuse et fin gros caramel noix. Excellente pour une industrielle.
PsychoGunnar (200) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 12/1 2013.
Smooth mouth feel, oyster and soy oil both in the palate and the main taste. Pruny aftertaste with a slightly dark sense of fruit. Endurant, stays good for a long time. Further down the glass a christmassy maltiness and hints of glühwein.
jpkeskinen (230) - FINLAND - OCT 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank from a bottle. Sweet and malty, surprisingly mild taste. I like the blond one better.
HarryPlopper (21) - - OCT 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brown clear color with big head. Looks like a root beer float! Floral aroma. Clove taste with hints of strawberry. Smooth palate with no bitterness.