UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Fox and Hound Pub in Fort Worth. Poured a deep red-brown with very little tan head. Had a fruity flavor (grapes or plums) and had a fair share of hop and malt. Hid the alcohol well. A good beer, though I prefer the Maredsous 6.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a rediish brown with a small head. Fresh, rich plum flavor along with nicely balanced maltiness. High alcohol taste very nicely masked. A bit sweet without any real hop presence.
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby red with a thick offwhite meringue head. The initially talkative head quiets and slowly disappears into itself leaving a film of thick lace. The faint aroma of chocolate wafts from the glass accompanied by the richness of dried dates, fresh baked bread and an intoxicating earthiness. I sensed fleeting notes of a smouldering campfire. Vinous with overtones of vanilla and Jerez sherry followed by warming alcohol. The finish is sweet and lingering.
madsberg (9530) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled: Brownish red unclear colour. LIght brown lasting head. Light vineous aroma. Notes of liqourice and fruit. Liqourice, fruit and spices in the flavour. Has a light alcahol bitterness in the end.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours dark caramel with a thinly vailed white head. Carbonation is very lively. Head retention is light, lacing is fair. Aroma is vinous, chalked full of figs, plums, oak, and some toffee or caramel. First taste shows some fruity notes, a bit sweet, as well as mildly earthy/moldy. Finish is smooth but extremely thin on flavor. The 8% is well hidden. Mouthfeel is enjoyable, not overly carbonated. Quite enjoyable, but points taken for uneventful finish. If you get a chance, try the 10.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Haven't really had a Maredsuous beer that i've disliked. This had a lot going for it. Chocolatey/caramelly, and reallly subtle and soft. Like an English mild, with a Belgian twist and 8%ABV!!! Subtle and delicious. Nothing wrong with this, faultless. I actually could drink a lot of these, everything seemed to be in the right place, strong, yet absolutely subtle, lightly spicy.
Frank (2306) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark garnet, little head, sheets of lace. Mild nose is lightly vinous. Medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation. Slightly fruity--cherries and grape. A bit of scotch smokiness in the middle. Finishes lightly sweet with a slight band-aid bitterness in the finish.
BIGC (29) - USA - FEB 20, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Truly a dissapointing belgian beer. Still it's better than most. light aroma with a creamy head. Cloudy red in color with a water downed chocolate taste. Unusual hop finish. I can list so many better dubbels but a little aging could save it. not big enough for me. maybe it's not from Belgium.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2004 Bottle pours a hazy amber red with a monster creamy off white head and good lacing. The aroma is yeasty; not much else. The flavor starts out sweet and goes through a bitter roast flavor, and finishes long and bitter and yeasty. I'm really not real happy with it which suprises me since I like the 10 so much.
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 Re-rate. Taste is rich and sweet, esp. in the finish. A nice full chocolaty texture. Really quite nice.
First rating 7.3..8.4.15. You can’t go wrong with Belgian beers. That said, i’ve had better, but hey, still good.