esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, fruit, caramel, sugar, nuts, bubblegum and banana. Flavor is of caramel, caramelized sugar, sweet malts, raisons. A touch watery but overall decent.
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small, yellowish head over amber beer, no visible carbonation. Caramel and really speculoos (gingerbread), faintly sweet-spiced; bit of green shrubbery, molasses. This "Turbinado", whatever it is, completely overwhelms all other flavours, making it unidimensional. The carbonation absent, this seems flat. More speculoos & sweet bread. A little bit burning MF, CO² on the tonguesides, yet the beer seems flat. Belgian Abbey dubbel - THIS? I’m willing to accept it is top-fermented, but it has the character of a filtered, mass-produced Dunkler Bock. You were right, new one, thanks D.A.!
Headbanger (3388) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle-A clear medium amber body with a small covering for a head which emits an aroma of Belgian yeast, malt, and a little fruity. Taste from this medium bodied brew is of the same with yeast, caramel, and malt coming throughout the mouthful. A little weak or thin but otherwise another great beer from August Schell.
17thfloor (2433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours reddish brown with a basically no head. Very sweet, rich, fruity, malty aroma, vinous. Reminds me of a barely wine really. The body is crisp and light, not at all what I was expecting from the sugary aroma. Flavor is good but unrefined, and subtle, like a light barelywine. Toasty sweet caramel malts. The bitterness is really throwing off the wonderful malts. Impressed again by Schell, not world-class but very close.
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This has a nice look to it, a sparklingly clear reddish amber body, albeit with a modest head that lingers none too long. The nose is fruity with moderately sweet cherries and soft bananas along with a sweet malty bottom. A bit thin, yet tasty with the fruitiness, now having some raisins and dates added in. Kind of simple, but enjoyable.
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JK (4615) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad beer, but much more like a weizenbock than a dubbel. There is a lot of banana and wheat aroma. The flavor is sweet with malt, and more wheat flavor. Very smooth palate, but no visible sediment. One of Schell’s best products.
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Mackenzie’s, Minneapolis. Didn’t realize that the Snowstorm changes every year. Immediately upon tasting it I realized that had to be the case because of the distinctive Belgian yeast and banana esters. Aroma is somewhat faint and doesn’t reveal anything about a Belgian style. Clear, dark amber with excellent lace. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Not completely without flaw but otherwise a nice effort from a brewer that doesn’t do much other than German styles.
scooterbub (871) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from a sampler pack. Pours a dark brown with a decent tan head. For me, the rum and raisin taste really came through and the aroma was mostly of fruit and alcohol. This beer was pretty easy to drink and was quite enjoyable.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 2, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
In bottle. amber beer. smells malty. I feel like if you are going to make an abbey beer, you need to to use enough of the critical ingredients to make it a real abbey, not a shadow of one. This small beer was unpleasant because it only hinted at something that might have maybe had potential. The flavor was strange, due to the absence of significant malt, and hops as an afterthought.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In the bottle from HyVee CB. Pours dark amber with a medium-sized off-white head. Mild aroma of dark fruits and caramels. Medium in body, this really only reminds me of a belgian toward the finish where the yeast begins to impart a medicinal raisiny type of taste that pulls the flavor out from under an otherwise boring caramel malt. Not much here.