auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handbottle. Aroma is a strong glow of fruity poundcake, bourbon soaked apricots, rich estery lemons and light cloves. Nicely heavy on the phenols and seductive fruits. Pours beautifully a rich clear ruddied mahogany with orange fringes and a creamy foam head of aged ivory. Flavor carries a sweet bready yeast, again dripping with alcohol drenched fruits in dried and cake form. Abbey yeast character shines! Body is a touch thin and stays generally neutral, with touches of heavy pound cake and lightly drying Styrian. Nice drinkability it a dubble. Holding carbonation and nice head formation and retention. Has a nice twist of lemon peel in the backend, along with copious candied sugars. An expertly packaged handbottle. Thanks Andy!
Bartzilla (600) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Double delicious. Had it on tap @ Solana Beach. For an abbey, this was super smooh. Reminded me of their Dubbel Date which I had last summer. Iíd drink it again, thatís for sure. Not too heavy on the sweet notes. You can tell this is a Pizza Port beer by itís fresh flavor.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at the brewery in carlsbad. The aroma had dates, plums, light raisins, roast, malts, a slight fruit note and what I percieve to be a slight burnt note. The beer poured an orangish brown color with golden highlights, slight lasting head and thin lasting lacing. The flavor had grapes, plums, dates, a light roast note, malty and a hint of light fruit. Weird. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy. Take it or Leave it? Iíll leave it.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown with a small off white head. Aroma is dark fruits: plums, dates and raisins. Flavour is quite sweet with lots of fruit flavours and a touch of spicyness. There are also hints of banana, bubblegum and cloves and nutmeg. Lots going on in this beer but nothing really stands out.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draft: Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA) Yikes, 60 pounds of raisins! Well, Iím not sure Iím tasting raisins so much as dates. Very fruity, dates in a big way to me, perhaps other dark fruits, but wow, this is extremely sweet. Brown sugar, candi, yeast. Medium "plus" body, mild carbonation, but this beer really sits on the palate, bordering on cloying. Fruity and sweet nose, bubble gum, yeasty. Medium-brown color with solid clarity, which Iím not sure I want from a dubbel. Average, light-tan head settles to a wide ring and small islands. Significant patchy lacing is nice to see. Good, but not bowling me over.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 13 oz Trappist glass from the tap@OíBrienís: Sweet bubble gum and dark fruit nose. Brown color with ruby highlights and a small offwhite head. Flavor starts dark fruit and bubble gum, then a little banana, a light tartness and a spicy/peppery finish. Medium bodied and smooth with lively carbonation.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at OíBriens. Arrived in the glass a deep ruby brown with a thn beige head. Aroma of roasty malts, molasses, dates, prunes, coffee and some light floral hops. Sweet, dark fruity malts, molasses and brown sugar, herbal notes with a delicious sweetish finish. Medium body, smooth and moderate carbontion. Pretty good.
mjg74 (2951) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, OíBriens. Pours a dark ruby color with no head at all. Strong sweet yeasty, bubblegum aroma. Yeasty flavor up front. Some bubblegum, banana, and some spice. Smooth drinker. I liked this one.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Pizza Port Carlsbad
Dark ebony color with thin head and moderate lacing. The nose is rich with bubble gum as promised. STrong fusels and esters in the flavor though. When amplifying the bubble gum they brought forward some other unpleasant things. Full body and a sweet blegian "gone wrong" finish. They nailed the bubble gum, but Iím not sure if I like it. Tail is hot.
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ PP Carlsbad. Almost clear brown w mahogony tint, good beige head. Aroma is Belgian yeast with mild fruit, light hops & med roast malt. Flavor is Belgian Abby style, into medium bodied, semi dry w a nice bitterness, the raisins are noticable on the palate. Tart & dry on the finish.