stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I lean towards the lighter of the abbey brews, or at least the more attenuated. This one when cold is no big whoop, but at a warmer cellar temp is wonderful. I suspect that New Belgium uses a tamed version of this yeast because I recognise a musky flavor that existis at both breweries. I could be full of crap, too. This beer is awsome, great as a dinner beer. Lighly spicy, sweet, a slight tartness there somewhere. Good stuff.
pinkzambia (1618) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: This little gem has a milk chocolate brown murky appearance with no head or lacing that has an abiding presence. The aromatic combination was interesting -- raisins, yeast, rotten toffee and a sweaty locker room. The tastes were equally surprising - pitted fruit, cola along with cigarettes and rubber. The aftertaste is warm and cuddly and not very beer-like. The feel is thing mainly leaving this wonderful film in your mouth inviting you back for more. Thanks Secret Santa with hooking me up this one!
Brigadier (3210) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle best before 11 03 2009
This has been sitting in the cellar for a few months now, waiting for the
right reason to open. Now was as good a time as any, so after knocking out
the Bam Biere I opened this. Having had the 10, my expectations were for a
well made beer. As it turns out I was only mildly disappointed.
Aroma / Appearance - I could sniff this one all day. Much like its
bigger cousin, the 10, the nose was very rich. I picked up caramel, charcoal,
the scent of musty bookshelves, cherries and chocolate. Aromawise, it is the
best smelling Dubbel I have had the fortune to try. The body was a hazy
honey brown that reminded me of the color of maple syrup.
Flavor / Palate - Caramel, honey, cherries, apple butter, wheat bread
and cloves were in the first few sips. A peppery sensation floated around
my mouth making me feel like I was drinking alcoholic Dr Pepper. However, the
alcohol well balanced. Despite being obvious, it never assaults the senses.
There is a subtle nuttiness and finally a fruity banana taste. Unfortunately
the flavor did not quite meet my expectations, thus I have to lower my score
a little bit. On the whole a very enjoyable beer though at $3.99 a bottle
just a little pricey. Still, for semi-special occasions, it could be
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Served a purple brown color and leave plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell: The aroma is caramel, brown sugar toasted malts and dark fruit.
Taste: It has a wonderful sweet plumb dark fruit and sugary taste. Caramel malts come through long with brown sugar and dates. It is a nice balance of sweet and bitter. The aftertaste is a work of art.
Mouthfeel: Solid almost chewy medium body.
Drinkability: Hoo Haa! WOW! I like this style and I like this beer. mmm! Easy drinking? Certainly!
Hope this is helpful.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Red brown color, small light tan head. It was a bit of a gusher. Aroma of prunes, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Flavor was a little musty, dark fruits and some sweetness.
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Creamy, white head that doesn’t stick around long but a thin foam stays right on top with you through the entire glass. Very cloudy, apple cider appearance. Definate apple aroma - bring the head back around and a raisin aroma comes out - very pleasant. Fruity, malty, alcohol flavor. The body and feel in the mouth is not overly appealing. A good beer for sure but not up to par with 8 & 10.
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml Bottle from a trade with HogTownHarry( Consume by 11/17/09). Thanks Harry;Nose of caramel malt, apples, and raisins hazy brown with a small but lasting beige head; flavor shows the caramel, fruit, and a tiny hop finish. Not near the ale of the TR10 and not even close to the TR8, but decent.
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
06 State College Brew Expo. Poured with a Pates during Tom Peters Pairing Fine Food and Beer Seminar. Pours a hazy brown with some small floaties. Tan bubbly nicely lacing head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, some roast and molasses. Flavor of roasted malts, dark fruits, some berries and a malty sugar.
Theis (14293) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Brown with nice white head. Aroma: Hop, fruit, alcohol. Taste: Fruit, berries, cherries, some spices, yeast. High carbonation. Aftertaste: not that interesting, a little hop, some licorice, sharp-pointy.
MrBunn (2536) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great aromas over a dark brown body that sports a massive tan frothy head. Scents are sweet and fruity: grapes, sugars, a touch of lemon and some spice... maybe fennel or coriander? Flavor is much of the same with a touch of yeast added, but it just doesn’t come together nearly as well as the RT 8. Seems like there are a couple of loose ends or something. Really good, but nothing like its big brothers.