Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Truly made a gorgeous pour- rich garnet, winelike red with a frothy, creamy light tan head. Potent candi sugar and vinous notes in the aroma. Highly carbonated mouthfeel, with dark fruits and candi sugar rounding out the flavor with bananas and spice.
JorisPPattyn (7682) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(draught, FR) More red than brown; brown head, slim but reasonnably stable. Nose = bubblegum. Now I know what they mean by that term! Strange, sweet-sickly smell. Taste is bubblegum again. Sweet - full of fruity esters, banana-extract. Heavens! Medium-bodied. Aftertaste like some banana-based liqueur. Peter! You wouldn't get away with this in in old Belgium!
(second tasting bottled) Reveals the same characteristics, only less outspoken. Apart from the bubblegum flavour, there's also a very outspoken earthy-mushroom taste.
(third test - presumably draught) Special version for competition purposes? The bubblegum/banana is still very much there, but has had to yield the field to other and more different fruity esters. Still very aromatic, benzene-like, but with a lot more depth to it. Better, but it will never be my favourite.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep ruby color with small head. Fruit, malt and spices in the nose. More spice and fruit flavors. Very nice beer. Surpised me.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2003 One of my favorites. Excellent and inviting floral aroma with an overriding banana smell. Appearance is a wonderful brown. Flavor is also excellent: sweet fruity banana flavor over a deeper coffee-like flavor. Mouthfeel is very good and the beer seems to do something good to every part of your mouth.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany hued beer with small head and some lace. Aroma is that of spicy fruit, toasted malt, oakwood, earthy grains, and phenolic nose as it warms. Bold spicy and sweet taste with a undertone of twangy yeast and wood. Not very heavy on the palate, the alcohol level does a good job of cleaning the taste buds. For it boldness and complexity, this beer remained easy to drink. I enjoyed this one a great deal. Yummy!
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color of maple sugar,transluscent, pours with a moderate white head. Yeasty, bread aroma, flavor has both in addition to candi sweetness. Moderately sweet finish. Good Dubbel
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 a head that is fairly think and dissapates slowly. the color is a medium brown. it smells like a trappist with a bit of fruit. the taste is very nice and sweet.
Aurelius (3850) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, yeasty, peppery, darkish malt aroma. Good bottle, questionable monk on the label that probably shouldn't be trusted around altar boys, mahogany brew with a big poofy head. Medium sweetness, some musky malt and veggie/grassy flavors over dark syrupy ones. Doesn't warm particularly well -- it gets grassier. Finish is medium length and complex.
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good looking beer dark, reddish amber nice head. Spicy complex aromas I can’t seems to put a name to all the smells here. Slightly sweet tart and fruity. Not bad at all
scottyg (79) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good double bock. Was a little suprised about the exceptionally high rating (95%), but I'm not disagreeing. A slightly nutty and fruity taste. Nice color and aroma.