fkoolen (217) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish brown, beige creamy head, quite stable. Spicy sweet aroma and taste with red fruits, plums, figs, clove, gingerbread, chocolate, roasted malts, sweet dark bread, even some boozy burn, smoke and wood coming through. Complex but rounded with nicely balanced sweet, sour and bitter tones. Aftertaste is bittersweet and a bit dry. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel, relatively high carbonated. Very nice abbey double, body could be bigger.
flying_pig (898) - SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml Bottle from The Cave, Glasgow (£2.80):
Sweet with a lot of sugar & over-ripe fruits, some figs, cherries & plum too. Lots of sweetness & dark fruits to this one along with a boozy, alcohol laced aroma. Some caramel and a great balance on the nose.
Caramel brown to mahogany & a 1cm, foamy white head with great retention & a creamy texture that leaves good lacing too.
Very sweet & sugary with figs, dates & cherries plus lots of sugar coming from all of these. A definite alcohol taste to this one is areas and some caramel too that adds to the sweetness and some malts too.
Smooth & incredibly sweet with a lot of carbonation & some alcohol coming through. Medium bordering on light bodied in places with a slightly dry finish.
Started great with the look & the smell of the beer impressing in particular, sadly the taste couldn’t match the start with the sweetness overpowering the taste in places & the beer seeming a little bland occasionally. It is definitely up there with some of the best looking beers I’ve had but the taste let it down sadly.
OldMrCrow (1757) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from Bottleworks
Opens with a decent puff and pours brown with a good-sized foamy head and red-orange highlights into my Duvel tulip. Aroma is in part what one would expect of a dubbel -- spices, cola, apple, sweet brown bread -- but also an ample part of stale skunked lager, like the way a trash bag of crushed empties used to smell when as a kid I would collect cans for the 10 cent refund after Michigan games in the Big House.
The flavor is also pretty much as expected. A bit sweet early, ricola-drop spices, dry yeast notes with tannic red grape skins late, earthy/mouldy. Missing the flavor intensity that one might hope for. Pretty nice mouthfeel, spot on for the style: effervescent on the tongue, little heat from the 8%.
tl;dr summary: a lackluster dubbel.
Holmen1 (2275) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kveldens andre fra Strag denne fine Mandag i annen: å hildrande du, nok en påminnelse om hvorfor dubbel er en av mine favorittstiler (og Odd Rune er hjertens ei\nig!). Herlig aroma og smak av karamell, lys sjokolade, rosiner, molassse, brun kandis. The list goes on and on. Klassisk fargge og skum, et suverent øl innen stilen.
Ctplt777 (63) - - APR 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This isn’t for the faint of heart. This is a strong beer brewed with passion and time and a love. Immediately you get bready fragrance off the nose followed by vanilla sweetness. The taste is intense. Sweet followed by an alcohol presence followed by a sweet complexity. This beer is one to be challenged with. Amazing. So complex. Enjoy!
vickey9 (443) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, nuts and roasted malt. Carbon is well, body rather light. Taste is sweet. Palate is evoking a malting plant when malt is roasting. Bitter finish. B@H
aumax1 (223) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bouteille de 330ml de brune. arome très parfumée, sucrée avec note d’anis. Au gout on trouve des notes de pomme. Très agréable.
mikeB311 (14) - Texas, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber red with a big, bubbly tan head. Smells sweet with some oakiness. Fruity taste with the typical Belgian yeast finish. High carbonation light to medium body. A very good and drinkable 8% beer.
Senka (416) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the archives: Had a gift pack from Brussels + variety on the side. All beers in the series are well balanced and complex. From time to time, Mardesous beers are available in Tallinn, Stockmann .
bohort60 (14) - St-Nazaire De Dorchester, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Effervescente avec une mousse tenace beige laissant beaucoup de traces sur mon verre. La couleur est acajou orangé et crystalline. Au nez, ça sent le sucre brun presque le demerara et la signature de levure. La bouche laisse apparaître le caramel, la noisette et les épices. En gros, belle équilibre et superbe buvabilité!