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 (3629) - 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 (13208) - 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 (6355) - 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 (12185) - 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
MartinT (9319) - 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 (4544) - 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 (3800) - 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". Don’t compare this to a classic dubbel- think of it as a tasty amber ale thats great for winter.