beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color of this beer misleads you into thinking this will be much sweeter and heavier than it is, the dark brown body with a massive tan head and sweet nose build this up like a chimay blue or something, but the taste is so much lighter, nice sweetness up front, but quickly resolves into a nicely carbonated estery body, little subtle hints of toffee and brown sugar blend nicely with the spiciness from the yeast strain.
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared with csbosox: Aromas of brown sugar, figs, and maple syrup. Little to no head atop a brownish golden golor with sediments throughout. Tastes of grapefruit, raisins, citrus, caramel/toffee.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The baby of the family. Poured a darker amber color with a fizzy off white head that left some lace behind. Lots of cooked sugars, caramels and toffees in the nose. Toffee and peppery flavors. Rather thin and watery on the palate.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, stamped 29.04.08. Beautiful pour. Perfect 2 finger head that left a lace which never disappeared. When I opened this, the aroma was immediate. I’ve noticed that about the Trappists (and most good Belgians for that matter) ... the aroma outdoes the flavor. Molasses, fig and candi sugar were first to greet the nose, but some banana and bourbon weren’t too far behind. Somewhat dry and astringent in the mouth, but also sweet and malty at the same time. A bit of chocolate also enters the mix at this time. Finishes dry, almost dusty, and astringent. Not as silky as the Chimay Red but a very good dubbel, nonetheless.
eaglefan538 (2898) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Re-rate, 1.5yr old bottle in Jan 2010: Too much caramel and figs, just didn’t do it for me, although it was nice. Dropping the numbers slightly. Original rating: A very nice beer. Having it right after the Westmalle dubbel magnified its superiority over that dubbel. Nice head that became subtle but persistant. The dark brown-orange appearance was pretty, along with some fine sediment at the bottom. Aroma was malty and sweet. Flavor was somewhat sweet and malty with a nice touch of alcohol and a non bitter finish. Carbonation was right on and the mouthfeel was pleasant. A nice dubbel for sure.
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a muddy brown with a large, very creamy off-white head and a hearty supply of sediment of various sizes. Excellent lacing. Aroma is lightly malty, moderately yeasty. Notes of lilac, honey, and toasted marshmellows. Mild nutmeg. Smells of spring thaw. You get all the nice, alive smells of blossoming this and that, and some rot and decay as well. Mildly sweet in the fore, moderately acetic. Good dose of sour in the middle. Somewhat sweet and lightly alcoholic in the finish with a nice sour cherry aftertaste. Lively carbonation.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lighter in body and flavor than the 8 or 10...but still of the highest quality. Dried fruits, figs, raisins, plums, dates, cherries and some light wood barrel notes as well. Slight spritziness in mouthfeel. A session abbey dubbel?
jefcon (1400) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful, rounded aromas of brown bread, figs, honey, maple syrup and cherry seltzer. Rich amber color and tiny bubble lacing that fully diminishes. Flavor is full of fruit -- figs, raisin, cherry with a nice woodsy malt backing. Long on the palate, if a bit fizzy up front. Solid malt backbone. Very nice, if not so delicate a brew.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruby brown in color with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, rasins,plums,dates,cherries with a mildly sweet-sugary note. Rich malt sweetness with dark fruit and a warming alcohol mouthfeel and a dry finish.
bigbish (539) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reddish tan in color. Pours with a thick cream head which stays for quite a while. Malty flavors, some butterscotch. Slightly fruitly. Kind of boring.