TheBeerGod (5635) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of OldGrowth. Pours a deep copper color with a small whitish head. Nose is fruity and rich with lots of spice and a pleasant chocolate note. Some cocoa, light cinnamon, light banana, candied yams and a hint of smokiness. The taste evokes more of a standard Christmas beer, moreso than an abbey beer. Thinned chocolate notes, light cinnamon, nutmeg, dried dark fruits, light yeastiness, chocolate covered bananas, and some gingerbread cookies. Body is smooth but thin. Light carbonation. Finishes with light candy notes, more banana, light cocoa, and chewy malts. Not as bad as the ratings suggest.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This isn’t a very impressive beer from Smuttynose, and it’s certainly not much like a dubbel, other than the spices in the aroma. Average, light orangish-brown body with a quickly diminishing head. Strong ash and banana-ester-filled flavor. Slight caramel and malt flavors, but they don’t blend well together here. I agree with Kevin, who noted the "bitter astringent tea" thing in the finish. Unpleasant, and I’m not sure what I’ll do with the rest of my 6-pack just yet.
notalush (5449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I didn’t have this pegged as an abbey dubbel - perhaps a yeasty spice/herb/vegetable - quite a spicy, almost peppery aroma, with a hint of gingerbread - peppery and roasty up front, followed by a touch of caramel, then some biscuity malt - light, almost watery finish - certainly not their best effort.
Kevin (2158) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 17, 2005
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
last bottle from santa. i was sniffing this thinking, wow this is yeasty, then the page loaded and i dsaw the style it is listed as and thought, yeah that makes sense. the body is the color of pennies with a thin grey head. warm plastic caramel apple and yeast nose. oh my this isn’t going to work for me. smokey flavor with an unpleasant white pepper and vienna sausage flavor. i don’t know if my tastes have changed and i am starting to edge away from belgian styles or what, but i have been shit canning a few beers lately that i am in the minority on. bitter astringent tea flavor in the finish. something metallic here. no bueno for me.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin-lacing light tan head. Nice fruity, estery Belgian yeasty aroma has some caramel toffee and apple notes. Body starts with some semi-sweet earthy caramel turning more dry and bready toward a sticky, dry, and lightly warming finish. An interesting and tasty brew but could be a little more drinkable.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a small tan head. An intial inticing aroma of raisons, dark chocolate and rum gives way to a strange aroma of smoked cheese and salami. Flavor reminds me of spice cake. An odd one, but drinkable.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark coppery brown, thin fizzy lightly tanned head. The aroma was decent with complex notes of dark fruit, overripe banana, and spiced rum cake, with lighter cocoa notes coming in late. Dried plum and raisin flavors are backed with lightly smoked citrus notes. Light to medium bodied (thin), light carbonation, lightly spiced dark fruit finish. An ok brew from Smuttynose, but I know they can and have done much better in the past....
hopscotch (10210) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle... Clear, copper ale with a small, fizzy, beige head. The nose is an unusual blend of smoke, deeply roasted cocoa and coffee beans (Kahlua), leather and a hint of evergreen. Funky and most hideous... aromas don’t blend well at all. Well-balanced flavor, but very bland. Lightly tangy. Medium-bodied and fizzy. Lengthy, crisp, grainy finish. A huge disappointment as I really enjoy most of Smuttynose’s line.
jimhilt (2478) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a one-finger cream head that fades quickly, leaving little lace. Nice clear red/amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose has a malty/yeasty overtone. Starts with sort of sweet flavor but is complex with a little spice. You notice the yeast in the finish. $7.49 for a 6-pak 12oz bottles from Hannaford’s Concord, NH.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Andy’s. Amber color with a decent sized head. Aroma is a bit estery with pepper and dried fruit as it warms. Taste is lighter in body than I expected with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and a mellow hoppiness. I liked there wasn’t a lot of spiciness to this but I doubt I’d go out of my way for more.