Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle generously shared by Degarth. Thanks, Joe! Pours an apricot color, with a bubbly, small off white head. No lasting power on the head. Aroma of dark fruits, apricots, yeast, and some mustiness. Fore is spritzy and lightly astringent. Finishes with yeast, candied dark fruits. Finish is sour, crisp and dry - medium length. Something about this beer screams "old", and I’m not sure if that was intended or a good thing.
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[261-20070413] 1pt9.4floz (c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, jerc, mds, tupalev). Deep barrel wine-grape richness in the aroma with not unpleasant light plastic background notes. Hazy, brown orange body with a medium-lasting bubbly creamy off-white head. Tastes like sweet candied booze with light caramel and floral notes. Medium-full boozy body. Super alcohol with strange candy is an interesting blend.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from bu11zeye. Aroma: Bready malt, candi sugar, spice, raisins, and belgian yeast. Appearance: Dark amber/orange in color and very hazy. Medium beige head was full, fizzy, and foamy with good retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Sweet bready malt with notes of caramel and candi sugar. Banana and spices, raisins and red wine. Some light floral notes into the finish. Finishes fairly dry with some malt and yeast carrying over. Palate: Medium bodied and creamy. Medium-high carbonation. Overall: Pretty good Dubbel. Lacked the deep flavor/aroma of the good Belgian examples, but was still a good beer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lovely domestic example of a Belgian dubbel, more substantial and satisfying than Allagash’s roughly comparable effort. I like the lively, fizzy mouthfeel, especially insofar as it doesn’t compromise the robust flavors, which include brown sugar, sweet raisins, and some lovely bready notes. A bit of a tart finish from the yeast, this is a damn fine beer.
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 23, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Murkey dark amber coloured with a small head. Malty and sweet with notes of caramel, spices and syrup. Round and dry finish.
blankboy (7076) - 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 (3012) - 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 (579) - 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.