blankboy (6667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, jerc, mabel, mds & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy orange-brown with an average size somewhat-lasting tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, fruit, Xmas spices, a little lactic -- the sweetness and spicyness is perfectly blended together. Flavour’s yeasty with sweet malt, brown sugar, spices, some hops and a big bitter finish. Average bodied. Interesting, it didn’t knock my socks off like it did my fellow tasters but I still found it to be a very good beer.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from trade with kramer17801. Pours a hazy, orangish amber color with a fair size off white head. Aroma is pleasently sweet with all of the malts. Taste of caramel, spices and fermented fruit. No hint of alcohol that I could detect. Has a light yeasty finish. Very nice, easy to drink brew overall.
eaglefan538 (2960) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared, courtesy, slob. Poured a cloudy brown with reddish hues, beautiful tan head, great retention. Aroma was candied sugar, spices, light floral notes. The flavor was raisins, coriander, spice, yeast, breadiness, light cherry-plumby thing going on. Mouthfeel was creamy, spicey, zingy. A pretty nice dubbel. Thanks, Bert!
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a muddy red/brown with some yellow highlights and moderate head. Most things about this beer are better when you’ve got all that sediment poured in the glass, including the aroma. Raisins are pretty noticable here, but there’s some light banana, some cloves and other spices, some caramel and candy sugar. Strong and totally inviting. Taste is sweet and earthy, some slight raisins at first, but quickly overtaken by some caramel brown sugar, tobacco, dirt/leaves, and persistant burnt toast dryness. The dryness on the tongue is a little off in the first glass, but with the cloudy glass is nice and well integrated in the profile. Finishes with more toast, light coffee, leaves and butterscotch. There still some effevescent yeast and fruit to brighten the flavor a bit, but you detext in the back of your nose and don’t really taste it. That’s fine by me. This is an earthier abbey and very mellow and well-rounded. If it didn’t wow me from the start, by the end of the second glass, I realized how many things I like about this beer. Good stuff!
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a medium dark chestnut brown with medium brown head. Very nice fuity maly aroma. Very tasty beer with lots of fruit ranging from raison to cherry to peach. Lots of candy sugar. Good stuff.
sloth (2665) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large brown head, good retention and a nice lace. Brown color with a light red glow. Nose of caramel, raisins, light buttery notes with some faint citrus as well. Body is medium with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation, nice. Medium sweet malt flavors, caramel, raisiny, fruity, earthy woodsy notes. Finish is dry and fruity. A decent Dubbel. Thanks to FlacoAlto for this one.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish brown. Winey raisin aroma. Sweet and promising. Light body. Wine and raisin flavour. Finish has hints of chocolate. Thin alcohol edge.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Dirty_Martini. Murky, brown body with a medium sized, off-white head. The aroma is dark fruit, berry, caramel and banana. The flavor is lightly sweet, ripe bananas, plums and candi sugar. Medium body is very soft, moderate carbonation, drying finish. Nice.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Hogtown Harry, Jerc, Mds, and Mabel, Harry’s bottle.Looks great" dark brown, small tan head, cloudy. Strong malt, candy sugar aroma. Musty taste, fruity, candy sweetness. Complex. Very good.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - APR 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled sample. Nice copper color to this one, with lots of carbonation. Sweet, with plenty of dark fruit and malt, very sweet on the lips. very nice drinker, alcohol is well hidden. By trying this beer, I’ll return to rating this style more, as I enjoy it alot!