Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
very very nice, enjoyed a few by the river and pretty much enjoyed it all around
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great double. I highly reccommend seeking this one out.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brown colour, large creamy head. A complex aroma of fruit and nuts. Wonderful malty flavour, with a little added spice I canít quite place. Overall a well done double.
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I felt a bit let down by this. The initial appearance is poetic. Vibrant and dense head, beautiful lacing, maintaining a healthy size for some time. Worthy of a poem, "Ode to a Belgian Head". The flavors, too, are nice, once it is allowed to warm up. The strength of the banana, with the charm of the dried fruit (raisins, I do agree that fig is there), some grape to me, and only the slightest undercurrent of spiciness--fleeting, and overwhelmed by sweetness. At times the sweetness was a bit too much. More important, there were moments when it was too mellow, even a hint of watery flatness. A pretty nice combination of flavors, but a bit disappointing overall.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great color and flavor. Lots of malt and spice, banana, cloves and maybe fig.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2003 Lathering atop the brown mass was pure cream..shrinking as I watched..
the aroma brought on memories of children skipping banana chips along the spicy sea...
warm acid carmel, figs..(I"m not trying to copy the commercial description here, but it is very accurate...)..A touch of cherry candy injected with a coriander/nutmeg blend...
re-rate: yeasty, kinda like i remember the chimay red..
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 The high alcohol content and extremely apparent fruitiness almost makes this beer taste like wine at times. An excellent beer nonetheless. (This was the first belgain ale I'd ever had, and seeing as how I was probably not only giving this a good rating for merit but for innovation as well, I would probably rate it lower if I were to try it again, but that day has not come yet.)
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great abbey style ale. I am more inclined to the trippel myself.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber with a red hue. Big creamy looking Belgian head. Aroma is very appealing with some fruity esters of banana, fig, plum and raisin and a good helping of spice. Starts out a little sweet and finishes on a hoppy note. A pretty decent American made dubbel.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful nut brown color and creamy, tan head. Fruity aromas and flavors, with a little spice. Flavors are banana, plum, fig, grape. Thereís a pleasant sweetness that is balanced by the dry, subtley hopped finish.