Osprey87 (930) - London via, WALES - JUN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Absolutely huge expanding head that forms a cone out the top of my tulip. Beer is ruby red and smells of apple cider. Theatrical. Impressive so far. Taste lets it down a bit though - there are elements of acidic apple cider bordering on cider vinegar, coins, all a bit toned down and watery. I really wasnít expecting a sour ale and so this came as a surprise.
kevinator (563) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad. This reminded me of a traditional Dubbel. Malty bready aroma. Bread crust brown color with a low head that disappated quickly. Full palate that had a smooth character. Nice maltiness with mild sweetness. A slight hops presence but not much. One of their better beers but not overly unique.
chinchill (1018) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from an undated brown 33cl bottle into a St. Bernardus snifter, including all of the dark, muddy sediment that didinít remained fixed to the bottom of the bottle. The beer was still rather clear, dark brown in color, with a small tan head. The head soon died to a partial top coat and ring but left the glass nicely coated with lacing with each tilt of the glass.
Sweet and fruity aroma. Sniffing this is the only way one gets a hint that the ABV is over 4-5% (except for some warming).
The flavor is sweet, too much so, with a slight buttery note that some would take as a defect. Dark fruit over medium and medium-dark malts with a hints of smoke, cherries, and sherry.
M: Full smooth feel with a bit of astringency and mild alcohol harshness.
O: OK, but compared poorly to the Val-Dieu Dubbel that preceded it.
boFNjackson (3921) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured into my Orval chalice a deep reddish brown with a modate forming khaki head. Nose of raisins and dark toasted, caramel-like sugars. Tasted of major raisin and prune tones along with other dark fruits. Mildly vinous, thick and full bolides although it became a little more drying towards the finish. Malty sweetness, caramel, toffee-nut. Low bitterness overall pretty fruity and sweet.
Beergeek23322 (1730) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aromas of dark fruit, bubblegum. Pours cloudy dark brown with a small whiteish head. Flavors are brown sugar, plums, raisins. Sweet finish.
rosenbergh (5595) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. A284. BB 11/10/13. From bierzwerg.de.
Dark transparent reddish brown colour with a small light tan head.
Sweet dark fruity aroma with caramel, brown sugar, raisins and even some chocolate. The flavour is rather nice with the loads of dark fruits, raisins, plums, mild hops and caramel malt. Mild bitterness in aftertaste. Not bad. Quite rich too. I could have another one.
wekker84 (1372) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle a brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts caramel dark fruits and spicy flavor malts fruit some citrus spicy and hops
Doofgoblin (239) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good brew but not over the top great. Aroma is caramel, bread, toast. Taste is that belgian buz you get with a little oakiness. Finishes is mostly dry and pleasant. Overall, good.
Ferris (1305) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Brown sugar, caramel, malty and sweet. Cloudy brown with a brown head. Very sweet brown sugar, some raisins and dark fruit but really the syrupy malts dominate completely. In the right mood I would love this, but it is to sweet, malty and rich for casual consumption.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Stronger malts, some sweet, slightly burnt caramel. Then, Iím getting spring water, no-- hold on-- thatís not spring water.... itís pure spring water.