Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - OCT 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is nice and fruity with nice fresh cantelope and honeydew. Pours really nicely with a nice head brought on by the fizzy carbonation. Head retains nicely and can be refreshed with a gentle swirl. Flavor has raisin, bread , and spice. slighly sweet with a thin, watery body. Aftertaste turns a litlle dry, with a slight bitterness. Pretty good , but nothing great.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice deep burgundy brown color with a malty yeasty aroma. Flavor is malty yeasty spicy and a bit of banana.
sloth (2625) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large, rocky tan head, good retention and plenty of lace. Dark amber, red hued color. Spicey, fruity nose, faint citrus and sugar. Medium body, lightly creamy. Medium sweet maltiness, dark fruit flavors, overipe bananna. Malty. A fairly dry finish. Thanks to whaleman for this one.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber brown with trace white head. Musty sour raisins on the nose. Flavors of black pepper, clove and banana. With a lingering banana bread for 60+ sec. Flavor starts to fall apart after 10 minutes in the glass. Nice dubbel, but didnít think that it held up well and I would like more maltybody.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber brown with off-white head and sediment. Sweet cherry malt nose with toffee, carmel and roasted flavors. Med-to heavey mouthfeel with lingering biter sweet finish. Sweet with cherry, toffee, sweet banana, spice, nutmeg, and nutty roasted flavors.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured dark ruby with a dense white head. Good retention throughout and lacing was certainly not as issue. A think lace left on the glass.
The nose was full of sugars, yeast, dark fruits, cloves and apples.
A variety of different flavors in this beer: raisins, clove, banana, pear, apricots, caramel and the alcohol was very well hidden.
Overall very good for the style but with similar American interpretations like Ommegang and Allagash Dubbel this beer is simply not up to par.
bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brownish beer with a good beige head. Understated maly sweetness, spice, and bubblegum in the aroma. Nice rich malt with banana and spice and yeast in the flavor. Wish there was just a little more richness to it. Fruit (grape and plum) with a bit of earthiness. Complex, but just lacking a bit to put it at the next level.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
iím not comfortable with the guy on the label. heís got a doughy face, a spacy countenance, a conniving sort-of simpering and puckered smirk-- which, along with those effeminate doe eyes suggests heís having unsavory and salacious thoughts. it just isnít an appealing image to depict a beer. i turned him toward the wall and instead appreciated the clear ruddy pour of ambergris and maple, the crown of ivory foam and lace as sinuous as the iron filigrees of a new orleans french quarter balcony. aroma is deep-fried banana in a graham cracker crust, and enough woody alcohol to bring to mind glues and solvents of industrial strength. itís akin to a thin banana-flavored barley wine, i tasted sweet caramel banana bread pudding with a watery orange tea-rum sauce. the heavy malts have the guttural accent of a doppel bock. i sensed a steamy cigar humidor, and then plum-chocolate candies melting in a tupperware bowl. the hops burst on the scene and blurted out a couterpoint of bitterness. itís big and covers a lot of topics in a loud voice, itís just not that convincing. bananas just arenít that compelling to me, no matter how theyíre served.
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 14, 2004
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottle. pours a deep brown with a thick beige head. yeasty dirty spice smell that i like. creamy mouthfeel that has a banana dried apple flavor with some spice. there is an egg flavor in this that is ruining this beer for me.
DrnkMcDermott (2899) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Lovely beer, and a lovely bottle, too. Pours a very big cream colored head that slowly settles into a coppry body. Smell has enough Belgian sugar for everyone. The usual Belgian yeast esters of coriander, and a slight hint of banana toward the finish. Thereís also a hint of horseblanket that becomes apparent the further down the glass you go.