billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 2, 2004
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2004 bottle, 12 oz. Clear, dark brown, amber/copper color. Big beige head, lots of carbonation. European hops and creamy caramel aroma, slightly alcoholic tasting. Reminded me of Kahlua, but with most of the coffee flavor removed. I can't get into this beer. To me it tastes like tree sap. A cooked, herbal, medicinal remedy for some ailment. Sorry.
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This oloroso colored beer has a quickly fading off-white head. The nose is heavy with burnt grains and toasted caramel. The palate is medium-bodied with notes of weak coffee and raspberries. A light fruit and malt sweetness lingers toward the finish.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahahgonay, thin white head. Got notes of spicy banana bread, chocolate covered cherries, fig, prune, and fresh bread dough. Similar in flavor with a good malt and hop balance. Soft carbonation and smooth to the finish. Very good interpretation of the style. Drink at cellar temp. for best aromas and flavors.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled: pours dark amber color with bubbly head that disipated almost before i could take a sip. the rates are kinda all over the board with this one...i did enjoy this beer and the higher alcohol was hidden well. but it didnt really remind me of a belgium beer. too hopped for the belgiums and probably not aged as long or in oak. has a bitter aftertaste or hoppy. the yeast (although they claim its from belgium) is from colorado as is the water giving us an american version of the style. a good beer in its own class. i like the second fermentation in the bottle, not common to see in 12oz style unless your drinking weizen. im going to try this one again and see if i feel different. definately check this out, all new belgium brewing beers are rather tasty.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious blend of cherries and malt in a sour and rich balanced lambic delight. I am truly amazed by the availability of such a great Dubbel at my local grocery store!
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A very dark ruby color. Definetely gets better as it warms. Poured with a decent head. A nice fruity, malty taste to compliment this one. You'll feel it warming you head but it doesn't quite pack the punch that other dubbels have. A nice beer however.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 This beer pours with a deep amber/red body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight spicy note and a touch of citrus. The flavor is sweet and spicy with a malty note and a touch of fruit. Full bodied and smooth yet warming.
fly (1431) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good take on the style. Perhaps the only think "lacking" would be a bit of conditioning yeast. The first Belgian abbey (Chimay) that I had years ago bowled me over by having a flavor I had never experienced. Now I believe I am almost at a temporary burn out. Sure hope that's not the case. I would probably RAVE about this were it not for that sensation of not being excited about all the flavors in here that are dead on target. A definite job well done.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark ruby color with a thin white head. tastes of sour cherries and sweet aftertaste of blackberries.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
a nice reddish brown color. Poured with a decent head. A nice fruity, malty taste to compliment this one. Didn't realize the kick of this one till after I felt a little drunk.