russnug (35) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Banana nose to the max. This beer passes for a Belgian without any problem.
Ernest (5627) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is light to medium brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with strong notes of gum / overripe banana and brown sugar.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
The aroma is almost headache inducing due to the strong sugary banana-gum smell...this smells more like bad soda pop than bad beer. Caramel/sugar and banana/gum and thatís pretty much it. Very sugary sweet, as promised by the nose. A little nauseating to be honest.
igneous1 (1467) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ílacyí head, floral perfumey aroma...sweet taste, but not TOO sweet..excellent
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2001
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little too sweet for me...but I must admit this is a well-brewed beer. It has a sweet, spicy, fruitiness to it. With a bit of an alcoholic chaser. Its a dark semi-cloudy brown color. I guess after having a Fullerís Vintage Ale 2001 right before this didnít help its rating. Iíll have to try it again and re-rate it.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2001
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent gateway beer to the good stuff. Beautifully colored, a bit of an alcohol finish to it...nice!
AceOfHearts (1375) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
VERY good stuff, leaves you wanting to drink lots more. Sweet, fruity and hearty taste. I first drank it last night, it surely wonít be the last time!
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2001
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2009 rerate 6/17/09: A light Coca Cola brown with a less than Belgian foam. Aroma of freshly peeled banana and dark sugars. Flavor of banana up front followed by various esters and slight alcohol. An enjoyable dubbel with all the expected flavours but could use a touch more body.
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
wonderful attempt at a belgian ale. one of the best american brews that you can get at the local quicky-mart
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - AUG 19, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Probably the best attempt from this continent. Obviously there are quality ingredients here. Could stand a year or two of aging...this tastes kind of young. Great bargain for the price, though.
PhillyBeer2112 (2437) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now I see why this brewery is so popular. This is an amazing and authentic abbey dubbel. Fruity and estery aroma and flavor: soft fruits, like pear and banana. Cloudy brown color with medium carbonation and head. Crisp, slightly acidic hints give it a slightly sharp mouthfeel. Slight rummy alcohol warmth in the finish.