argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle, best before March 06) Medium tan head dissipates quickly, crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, candi sugar, some cinnamon, coriander. Taste is moderately sweet, candi sugar, brown sugar, caramel, cantalope, some cinnamon. Light-medium body, much lighter than I think of for a Dubbel.
Cletus (6251) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a nice off white head. Smells of pine, cherries, grapes, candi sugar. Tastes of coriander, toffee, slightly tarte cherries, some bittering hops on the finish.
jcwattsrugger (10731) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 12 oz bottle-pours a foamy tan head with deep clear amber color. Aroma is pine, dark fruit, cinnamon/clove, sweet, malt, (&hops?). Taste is coriander, caramel, a hefe meets dubbel? With a flat-metal aftertaste. The blend here doesnít do it for me. Best by April 06.
091114 @NH Brewers Fest-rerate 3.5
MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malts sparsely coating the fig fruitiness. Some alcohol peeks through the scant foam and lacing.
A comforting, round mouthfeel offers up cherries and dates on a delicate plate of residual sweetness. Mild roasted maltiness turns into bitter suggestions. Some alcohol roams haphazardly, as does Belgian yeast powder. Sweet and fruity, a filling and satisfying dubbel.
A fluffy cushion to lean on.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cookie dough and bubblegum esters are joined by a fair citrus hop character. Clear brown body is topped by a fizzy, large bubbled, off white head that recedes rapidly to ring and disappears very soon thereafter. Dark malt character is joined by strong bubblegum and fruity esters in the fairly sweet flavour. Medium body with moderately lively carbonation that is gently effervescent on the tongue but is unfortunately quite short-lived. Tulip glass. Allowed to warm from fridge temperature. Bottle (Gift, Dec-05). Thanks, Barry!
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper in color with a off-white head. Malty,fruity,spicy,bready/yeasty. A good beer, though not spot on for a dubbel, a good first take.
maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color with a light brown head. Malty aroma with a lightly spiced malt flavor.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First off, I am by nature a bit of a contrarian- hence I like this beer, despite the poor ratings so far. To judge by the "style", it is undercarbonated and not quite as full in mouthfeel as well as a little slight in fruity esters. But hey, its just beer, and it tastes good. It has a depth and smoothness often missing from many "winter brews". Donít compare this to a classic dubbel- think of it as a tasty amber ale thats great for winter.
hershiser2 (1147) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Paid $1.49 for a 12-oz single bottle at Whole Foods, Charlottesville, VA. Pours clear amber with a small beige head. Smells bready, coppery, and some maltiness, none of which are overly appealing. Flavor is rather bland, with some caramel, copper, banana, and bubblegum. Not ordinary to the style by any means, but that doesnít make it good.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: axilla hits it spot on with "cola brown" color. When held to the light it glows a bit lighter, more like a brown-amber with ruby leanings. Thereís a small light tan head that quickly fades to a small ring that does stick. Aroma is bubblegum, pepper, banana, light ester, a hint of caramel and toast. Taste is peppery up front, quickly moving on to dark caramel, dried banana chips, light chocolate, toasted grain, and bitter grassy/spicy hops(??!). Wow Iím suprised nobody has mentioned this. Itís by no means close to an IPA, but the hops are WAY to apparent for the style, I shouldnít be tasting citrus here. Finishes watery with a spice and bitter hop finish, and what tastes like a hint of stale chocolate. Light-medium bodied, lively carbonation, and just too watery for the style too (which may have something to do with the fact that it was apparently run though a very fine filter, not something I like in this style either). Too hoppy, too watery, and filtered - Iím quite surprised by this one from a typically great brewery that consistently brews great beer of all ranges. I love you, Smuttynose, but I gotta rate this one how I see it.