P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sweet with hints of cherrys and fruit in the aroma. subtle fruit taste throughout. mildly warming. good apres beer
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely decent Dubbel. Thick, malty flavor, nice head. Great Aroma.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I second the íbanana nose to the maxí comment. Sweet, somewhat spicy and fruity taste, with less alcohol finish than I expected. Just picked this one up at the local beer store because I didnít want typical crap. Iím glad I did, and I will do it again, too. A good introduction to this kind of ale, at least for me.
russnug (35) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Banana nose to the max. This beer passes for a Belgian without any problem.
Ernest (5863) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is light to medium brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with strong notes of gum / overripe banana and brown sugar.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
The aroma is almost headache inducing due to the strong sugary banana-gum smell...this smells more like bad soda pop than bad beer. Caramel/sugar and banana/gum and thatís pretty much it. Very sugary sweet, as promised by the nose. A little nauseating to be honest.
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ílacyí head, floral perfumey aroma...sweet taste, but not TOO sweet..excellent
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2001
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little too sweet for me...but I must admit this is a well-brewed beer. It has a sweet, spicy, fruitiness to it. With a bit of an alcoholic chaser. Its a dark semi-cloudy brown color. I guess after having a Fullerís Vintage Ale 2001 right before this didnít help its rating. Iíll have to try it again and re-rate it.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2001
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent gateway beer to the good stuff. Beautifully colored, a bit of an alcohol finish to it...nice!
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 14, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
VERY good stuff, leaves you wanting to drink lots more. Sweet, fruity and hearty taste. I first drank it last night, it surely wonít be the last time!
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2001
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2009 rerate 6/17/09: A light Coca Cola brown with a less than Belgian foam. Aroma of freshly peeled banana and dark sugars. Flavor of banana up front followed by various esters and slight alcohol. An enjoyable dubbel with all the expected flavours but could use a touch more body.