frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2004 Reddish brown in coulor. Aroma is fruity with some yeast spicyness. Lots of complex fruit esters present with a rather dry but balanced finish. Alcohol comes through as it warms, but not in an obtrussive way. Overall quite delicous.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany color with a small head. Aroma is malty with hints of plums and nuts. Yeasty with a dark fruit flavor, hints of pepper and corriander in the finish.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. sweet candy sugar apple, brown sugar. This is a joke right? Poor effort, this isn’t a double.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Caramel, coffee, citrus, hoppy initial sip. Nice head out of bottle. Complex mixing of flavors to give it an original flavor and full body. I like this one much better than the Chimay Red. Very nice beer. Thanks Phillybeer for this terrific substitution.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Bottle: Pours a deep reddish brown. Head diminishes after a bit. Banana, Raisin and toffee notes are very apparent. If this beer were from Belgium we would all be paying top dollar for it for sure. Let’s not take for granted our domestic gems, this beer is great!
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 that’s 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 (1115) - 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.