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 (1425) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, 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.
TheBeerGod (5496) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to whaleman for sending this! Pours brown with a medium tan head. Nice spiced and fruity nose, along with malt and some hints of sugar. Great taste! Light spices, nutty malt, some candy sugar, and maraschino cherry. Sweet but slightly bitter finish. Really nice surprise how great this beer was.
donyboy (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a wonderful Belgium ale. It reminds me of an ever-so-slightly diluted Chimay Red. AND when you consider the price (which nearly all human beer drinkers do) is about 25% of the Chimay, it seems to be the overall winner when choosing a beer to have on stock. I especially liked the awareness of hops while not being blown away by them. Nice discovery for me.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/02, bottle. Nutty brown-amber-red color. Belgian-yeasty aromas, ckicklets and ambrosia, rice-pudding, cherry soda. The flavors are savory and fresh. Hints of marmalade, christmas ham, lemon pie, plum and mince pie. The spice is light and mild, but warmilngly present; the citrus and sour (like sourdough) yeast dominates making this pleasingly complex. A nice, affordable belgian double style beer I wish I had bought more of.
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear copper with a big-bubbled, tannish head. Great nose, with fruity esters, sweet malt, and heady yeasty tones. A little effervescent. Flavor is complex, with lots of malt, an impressive hit of bitterness, and dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden, except for a slight warming sensation on the palatte. Mouthfeel is spot on, too. Not much to fault here, except a slight mettalic/ tannic flavor.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I'm really starting to become a big New Belgium advocate. Not only have I enjoyed everyone of their brews I've tried, but they have the ability to make me enjoy their beers in the styles I'm not a big fan of. For example, I wouldn't call myself much of a Abbey Dubbel fan, but I loved this one. Usually I find this style to be a little overwhelming for my tastes (and aromas) but this one was just right.
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 2003 bottle. Nice dark, earth brown color. Says its bottle conditioned, but Iím not seeing any sediment. Iíll take their word for it, but it was fairly clear. Aroma has a slight hint of vinegar. I liked that, light malt sweetness. Flavor is pretty stereotypical (but good) for a abbey dubbel. Medium body, earthiness and some light brown sugar. Some slight brown bread and that New Belgium yeast flavor. Touches of spice on the finish. This is a very delicate beer. Elegant and well-made. Thanks for the bottle, Mike (BBB63)