RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2007 Bottle. Unfortunately past best by date (Sept. 16, 2003). Poured a nice amber color, highly carbonated with a thick off-white head. Fruity aroma, slightly on the sour side (perhaps due to being past its date). Rich and complex in taste: maybe a hint of fig, some raisins, a bit of a woodsy taste. Still, a bit of a metallic unpleasantness in the aftertaste. A fair attempt at a dubbel, but nowhere near as good as the real thing. But, to be perfectly fair, I need to try one thatís in date. Still ... not bad.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.BB OCT 22 04. Cloudy with sediment, dark brown/red, small/medium creamy thick lasting head. Seemed to be very lively in the carbonation department. Initial aroma of fresh spiced clove, yeast, banana, caramel apples, and sweet light alcohol. Flavor is wonderful, starts creamy on the tongue, slight dark/roast malt base, spices(cinnamon), banana, apple, pear, and finishes with a lingering yeasty fruity sweet twang. Body is medium/heavy creamy, smooth, and coating. Nice!!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark amber in color with a small white head that stays and stays. aroma has a great spice smell with hints of apple. taste has a great spice with some tart flavors. smooth and leaves a little bitter taste.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice copper color with a beige head. Visually appealing. Aroma has hints of citrus and spice. Hint of alcohol in the flavor but mostly on the sweet side and very refreshing. An excellent beer.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light brown in color with a slight off-white head. Aromas of light yeast, roasted malts and a little banana. Flavor is smooth and easy drinking. Yeast is not overbearing and the slight roastiness makes it go down easy.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to TannerTavernboys for this one. Itís brownish red with a not quite white head. Aromas of yeast, wheat, carmel and other. The flavor started out slightly roasted but then became sweet and somewhat tangy. Noticable spice as well.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, tulip glass. Cookie, hay, caramel, chocolate malt aromas (M); flowery hops (L); red apple and clove aromas. Deep brown-red body with an active, creamy, off-white head that is slowly diminishing. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Medium-heavy body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: no matter the temperature, this one wasn't quite aromatic enough for me...that's about all I can really knock on it though.
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-pours a dark red with lots of yeast floaties. smokey, yeasty, banana ester and sugar on the aroma. great full body palate. lots of corriander on the flavors with hints of clove. Im starting to get into this type of brew more, but its still not my fav. a great dubbel.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber coloured potion hiding beneath a light-tan wispy head. This doesn't smell of banana, it smells of an entire bunch of bananas. Doughy yeast and alcohol notes as well. Noticeable flavor of fried banana, cinnamon and dates. A little thin on the palate, not watery but lacking in some way that prevents it from being full. Slight metallic taste, unintentional I'm sure. An excellent example of the style, I only wish this were readily available to me.
Beaver (1622) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Abbey poured an amber with red highlights. It had a fizzy light brown head that quickly went to a thin film.
Its aroma is a yeasty malt with bananas, cloves and a hint of alcohol.
It has a creamy, full mouthfeel. The taste is sweet malt up front with a strong, musty, banana flavor and a slight alcohol finish.
Overall, it's a nice, well-made beer. I really don't like bananas, so that brings it down for me (perhaps unfairly).