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.
ALLOVATE (2333) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big thankyou to Kook for lobbing this one back from the U.S.
At room temperature into a now oiled tulip at a tasting on Kook’s return to Oz. It poured a lazy, hazy chestnut with a level thin beige pad that held to my amazement. Generous, spiced, winter warmer nose - had that herbally infused, thick, hot cocoa mix melded with heavily clad, peppery spices, that savoury fruitcake blend before its added to the dough, edges of raw tree-bark and some burnt sugar just on end to twist the nostril hairs. It swiftly changes form on the palate for here it is discernibly nutty, dry, woody and dusty. The very tip holds all of what of the sweetness, a dark honey taste, maybe some powdered chocolate and a drift towards hazelnut praline. It is mouth-filling with flavour, though, hugely malty but not overdone. Age selective malts, raw, yeast extracted depth mid-palate, slight roasted tang in back, silky as it moves across. Body is creamy, medium beyond the nice feel. Finish is dry, again showing so much malt, that nutty flavour peaks here, a little earth and dust linger, fade gently. A very nice ale, another of the nights top notch performers. Cheers Kook (1 pint, 9.4Fl.Oz, Date unknown)
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent, semi-hazed and cherry-sapphire in color with a doily wrung for the head. Aroma’s rocking – chocolate caramel cubes, brown sugar avec frying bananas, nutmeg, ginger, caramelized chamomile and a hint of alcohol presence. Dry, sugary flavor blast causes cavities to accrue in the more vulnerable regions of the palate. Ginger and banana crème seep into honeyed grahams. Pears get caramelized with anisette and cocoa powder, thrown in for extra substance. Very well balanced, with a hint of chocolaty bubblegum peaking in late. Dry, walnuty earthiness transcends the bisquick aroma. Very telling, and thanks for sharing, Matt - I’m looking forward to cellaring the bottle you sent me, tpkenned (should it ever arrive!)
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with the aroma of roasted nuts, ripe fruits and spice.
Flavor of ripe fruits, caramel, yeast .
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; Had a sweet some what spicey aroma and an odor of an empty beer bottle left on the counter for couple of hours. Dirty brown body color with tan head. Moderate sweetness along with a sugar carmelization and mild bitterness. Smooth on the palate an enjoyable beer.
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006
Thanks to Facto for bringing this along. It is my first Lost Abbey and hopefully not my last. After this sample I may be trying to trade for some in the future. This was a perfect example of an abbey dubbel. Easy to drink, pleasant to look at and well balanced this should be on everyone’s want list if you have not had it yet.
Aroma / Appearance - Raspberry, dark chocolate, honeysuckle form a sweet mixture of delightful aromas. The mocha colored head protects a caramel hued body which lacks any lacing.
Flavor / Palate - Honey, caramel, rye and yeast form the first impression. Next comes some vinous notes not unlike a good white wine. Finally the semi-sweet dry finish washes away on the tongue. It fades a little too quickly for my liking because I could savor it for quite a while.
Quevillon (2448) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bu au YeHa! 06. Brune acajoux, peu de collet. Arome de malte doux et sucré. Goût d’houblon amère et sec, un peu épicé
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2007 Impressions from the YeHa! party (and later bottles):
-A veil of foam covers the hazy pale brown.
-Drying dark fruit and orange zest over slowly toasting bread; a complex yet never stirring aroma.
-Roastiness is well integrated to the berry/date infusion and chocolate sweetness.
-Yeast swirls around the flavor profile and influences it quite a bit, effectively merging with cocoa towards the end.
-Carbonation is perfectly authentic for a Belgian style.
-This is a complex and quite drinkable dubbel, but this first encounter proved to be somewhat underwhelming. Later on, in personal bottle encounters, I noticed any added yeast to the glass deterred greatly from the enjoyment of the beer’s complexity. Next bottles I open, I will make sure no yeast particle enters the beer.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Deep garnet color with a tan head. Subtle aromas that seem to go on and on... Bananas, dark fruit, leather, bubble gum; I’d be happy to sit and sniff this beer all night. Flavor is sweet with more dark fruits; raisins and dates primarily but there’s some banana and candy in there as well. Bubbly with a warm bready note. Quite spicy. Sweet/ dry finish.