mds (2118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murky brown-red with a small sudsy white head. Dark caramel sugars and raisin aroma. Alcohol is characteristic of the flavour as well as sugar and sweet malt. There are also some toasted/burnt caramel notes. Pretty good.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from cquiroga, sampled with badnewsbeers. Fiery orange-brown body, thin tan head, strong carbonation. Aroma of toffee and toast with big esters, including clove and cinnamon. Floral, with notes of sweet fruit juice. The strongest characteristic of the body is its intense, sharp carbonation, which makes each sip feel like the beer is foaming up. But, what a beer. Rich complexity imparted by plum, toast, chalky esters (clove, etc.), cinnamon, and chocolate. Warming alcohol is present and adds to the intrigue. This is a top-notch Dubbel.
BeerandBlues2 (8456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from FlacoAlto. Pours sparkling tawny with a fizzy light brown head, somewhat diminishing, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, caramel, meal), light hops (grass), average yeast (earth) with notes of cardboard, honey and apple. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity and bitterness; roasted caramel malt, earthy yeast, fragrant hop and alcohol flavor, figs, dark candied fruit notes. Full bodied, lively carbonation, sticky texture and a metallic-bitter finish.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, purchased during the summer at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA, before it was available all over SD. Christmas Day Drinking with a pal, bottle 2. Pours opaque cloudy brown with a thing white head. Aroma has hints of sugar and dried fruit. The taste is sweet and full bodied with a nice bit of dried fruit. Really quite tasty.
Ughsmash (6914) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at Chuckís thanks to Matt! Poured a deep caramel/chocolate with a darker middle and a ring of off-white head. Nose was of dark fruits and raisins.. some alcohol and oxidation notes too. Flavor was heavier with rich caramel and toffee notes.. grainy alcohol at the edges and finish.. lesser dark fruit than the aroma. Tart and alcohol feel on the palate detracted from the drink a bit.. a little flat. Solid brew, but mild tweaking could make it great.
sersdf (1013) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
rating 500. rich cherry wood color. opaque and thick-looking. aroma takes me straight back to belgium. super candi sugar aroma. fruit + figgy flavor. tiny tiny bit thin. a bit overcarbonated as well. actually a surprising amount of alcohol character for 7% but it complements it well.
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BevMo. Pours a very deep dark ruby color. Has a sizable tan head. Slightly sweet yeasty aromas, along with some earthy/dusty notes. Very rich dark fruit flavors right up front. A fair amount of yeastiness. Really smooth, flavorful dubbel. More earthy and less sweet than most dubbels Iíve tried.
probstblueribbon (2622) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at YeHA! 2006 in Montreal. App.: cloudy brownish-copper. Aroma: raisins, molasses, all the usual dark smells (whatever that means...). Palate: sparkling carbonation, med., syrupy body. Flav.: sweet, much like the nose and a little alcoholic.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Medium cloudy brown with a loose tan head. Classic belgian aroms along with dried fruits, malt sweetness, and a touch of roast. The flavor is slighly sweet of molasses with dates, dried figs, and prunes. Very subdued and not over the top at all which really lets all of the subtle flavors shine through. This benefits the body as well--which is in supreme balance. This beer is rich, flavorful, and complex without hitting you over the head and knocking you out like so many Belgian-style beer can. This is fine "old world" beer from their new brewery.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dark brown w/ good head. Really sweet.Not as much fruit as I expected...mild yeast. Good, but not great.