SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep copper color with a creamy off-white head that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Aroma is sweet and yeasty, pepper and spice with hints of sour fruit and licorice. Flavor is sweet, bready, ripe peach, tart grapes, all spice and pepper with a bitter finish. Medium body and smooth mouthfeel. I liked this quite a lot!!!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown body, bubbly light tan head. Aroma is yeast and roasted malt, not much going on here. Flavor is much the same but alcohol plays a big role. Body is medium but seems thinner. Not my favorite and quite forgetable.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 Amazing. I have a homebrew that is indistiguishable from this beer. I’m drinking them side by side and the only difference I can detect is my homebrew has a slightly sweeter aroma. Taste and mouthfeel are 95% the same. I can’t pinpoint the differences. Great beer. Better than most other abbey doubles.
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Toronado 05.22.04 Medium, nutty brown color, med head, much lacing. Nothing dominates the aroma, it is light, milky, fruit, grainy. Something in the aroma reminds me of a post office. Flavors are malty, sweet, candy, caramel, dried but subtle fruits, some light brown sugar. This would have been more of a disappointment if it wasn’t such a great day.
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2004 This Maredsous 8°is a beer with a clear brown color and a light colored froth.It has a very fruity and well balanced smell. There are aroma’s of brown bisquits dried apricots,roasted malts and even bananas.The taste is outspoken malty with a nice fruity accent and also a spicy touch. In the afthertaste there a complex bitterness of the well selected hops.This beer has a nice finale and a fine accidity.
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with ruby red accents and a large off white head that is very nicely retained. Aroma is yeasty with some malt and light spices. Flavor is nicely balanced indeed. Malt upfront with light spiciness and a bit of dryness in the finish. Not the greatest belgian strong ever, but quite nice.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown with a touch of red sporting a thin off-white head that just clings on. Aroma of sweet malt, sugar plums, and brown sugar. The taste is of roasty malts and cocoa - not quite sachrine, but a tad too sweet. Nice clean finish. It’s a little too roasty for what I’d like, and as you drink the cocoa flavors really step up. Hides alcohol well.
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber. Caramelized aroma is refreshing, with a dose of grassy hops even. Dry chocolate hits the nose and tongue, with sweeter, near cloying malts coming to bear as you get into it.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2004
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draught, White Horse, Hedgerley, Bucks. Poured by me. This wasn’t very nice, with some whisky type character. Not my thing at all.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy, fruity aroma reminiscent of baked apples or raisin pudding. Ruby brown color. Lively carbonation with a puffy tan head that clings to the side of the glass. Profile is malty sweet at first. That is followed by a sweet fruitiness. Again, baked apples along with dark berry notes. Rich mouthfeel. Not overpowering, but truly a beer to savor and relax with.