SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. AT first, I was excited to see that Smutty was jumping back into the Belgium beer realm. At first. Poured decent enough, nice clear crimson, good head. Aroma is alright. Brown sugar, some dark fruit and a little bready. Weak, though. First sip and I thought I was back to the Bornem Dubbel. VERY watery. And, when the water receded, there was leftover vinyl. If I tried really hard, I could get a sense of undetermined spices and sweet bread. Finishes roasty and dry. I have to say that I’m disappointed.
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent quickly reducing head of fine bubbles. Low carbonation. Weak aroma. Little candied fruits and malt. Color is a very impressive crimson mahagony. Flavor is a litte biscuity and malty. Some nuts and some hops. Some spices come through towards the finish. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Smooth and easy drinking. A decent dubbel.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm
Medium head. Belgian dubbel-aroma including that touch of plastic. Very Westmalle Dubbel-like, but slightly hoppier. Nutty aftertaste.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Clear brown with a low white head. No visible carbonation. Authentic dubbel aroma of chocolate, banana and estery yeast. Flavour starts of nuts, toffee, chocolate, dark bread and banana. The mouthfeel, however is dissapointing, quite bland, it doesn’t carry the estery flavour good enough. Short yeasty aftertaste of almond and toffee.
mephisto (1265) - TAIWAN - JAN 1, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottled. beautiful aroma of roasted barley and caramel followed by some rather disappointing taste. dark amber w/ brown head.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Red deep brown. Almost no head. Hoppy sweet malt aroma. Belgian fruit-sugar flavor. A bit like drinking rock candy made with good sugar, there’s a hint of some other flavor, but it’s mostly a pleasant, round sweetness that comes out. Sugar malt finish. As I drink more of it, it starts to tastle like candied cinnamon apples. Quite enjoyable, reccomended.
DYCSoccer17 (3215) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz best by April 06. Banana-like yeastiness in the nose with a harsh, weird burnt rubber aroma present as well. Somewhat sweet and sugary nose with maybe a little anise. Not too appealing aroma-wise. Transparent burgundy/amber color with a very quickly dissipating light tan head. Way too quickly dissipating and way too filtered for the style. Starts off sweet with more banana and toffee flavors. Turns a touch roasted in the middle with maltiness. A bit of cocoa is present as well. Fair amount of dry floral hops to finish. Finishes dry. Smuttynose is a great American brewery, which has done a very average job at brewing a Belgian style ale. Many breweries have suffered this same fate.
argo0 (11167) - 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 (6322) - 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 (10938) - 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 doesn’t do it for me. Best by April 06.
091114 @NH Brewers Fest-rerate 3.5