Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear medium brown body covered by an off-white ring. Annoying DMS disturbs a lot in the nose with its cabbagey and black beans nuisances. They’re fortunately not covering the rest, which is a rather malty blend with a profile not unlike the munich toasty, nutty and fruity flavour that we find in many doppelbocks. An array of belgianesque spiciness also emanates from the fermentation and anise is particularly evident in that regard. Pretty extreme sweetness level only uplifts the alcoholic strength. Coriander, earth and vegetal nuances feel rather vague in comparison. Quite filtered for a Belgian, its body feels remarkably thin though irrigated by adequate carbonation.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2006
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear amber/red and very still looking. Tart aroma with melanoidian malt, cherry and some burnt and chocolate notes. Rather sour, a little earthy, somewhat chalky, with some astringency. Not rich enough in body for my tastes. I hope I got a bottle that is bad because I don’t particularly like this one.
maltdog (609) - Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2007
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep, dusky red. Fizzy head vanishes in seconds, without even a trace of lace. Alluring scents of vanilla, anise, maple, hops, hazelnut, and Coke. Metallic, cocoa powder, and spicy flavor… crisp and lagerish with a faint sweetness that suggests a high percentage of vienna malt. Kind of tastes how weed-n-feed smells. Peaty-smokey phenols galore. Dusty, minerally finish. Mouthfeel is dry with stinging carbonation, sharp as broken glass, and leaves a pasty texture like calcium-rich wellwater. Wacky aftertaste features peppery alcoholic heat, mild bitterness, cardboard, grapes, and… OMG… canned sardines! After the fantastic aroma, the neutral malt flavor punched with rough phenolics is bizarre and disappointing. This would have rated higher as a strong Biere de Garde.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This has none of the creamy head that I tend to associate with a dubbel, and its alcohol is scarcely hidden at all among flavors of prunes, booze, and bitter chocolate. In other words, this is entirely lacking in the subtlety that makes abbey ales so beguiling. I am grateful that I found a single. Save $5 and buy an Allagash four pack instead.
ComradeK (859) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
355ml bottle. Pours a clear dark ruby, with a small and almost instantly-vanishing off-white head. The nose is neither especially pleasant nor especially unpleasant, smelling of cola, molasses and a touch of ginger. The hops are stronger than one expects in a Belgian-style beer, and mainly citrus-oriented. They move into a typically Belgian mid-section: dark, sweetly malty and a touch too sweet for my tastes. The cola aroma reappears in a slightly lingering finish. I find this to be quite a mediocre brew; it is a beer of a style which is far from my favourite, and not a fantastic interpretation of that style either.
rougeau13 (1766) - Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2011
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nope, not my favorite at all. Have tried it twice because I thought I just got a bad bottle, and got the same thing. Flat flat flat (maybe thats how its supposed to be, but it doesn’t gel with me) and overly sweet. It does smell good though...and the bottle is cool, except that on the label Thelonious is holding a glass with a nice looking heady ale in it...I wonder what that is
VictorStr (765) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma jäst, kanske en hint av rutten/möglig frukt. Samt lite alkohol. Hade blivit rekommenderad denna, besviken...
coreyc1221 (239) - Truckee, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells malty with a little fruit hint. Dark, dark brown color. Darker than I expected for a Belgian. Tastes like figs and malt with a kinda nutty/dry aftertaste. Has a wine feel to it.. It’s not as good as I expected to tell the truth, though it is a very good beer. I would want this with salad or some sort of greens. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good. Just not for me.
Jorn69 (316) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2013
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Systembolaget (30:-). Doft av körsbär, söt malt. Smak av torkad frukt, kryddor, russin.
FatPhil (8105) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 23, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 355ml bottle (Systembolaget, Stockholm) - joint venture with Mirjukka - thanks!
Deep brown, fizzy head. Gluey alcohol aroma, toffee too. Pleasant carbonation, but a bit fizzy. Toffee taste too, some glue, some alcohol. Spicing is non-descript and stale. Messed up and mucky.