leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pictured, dark brown, fluffy lasting head, malty aroma, fruits and moderate alcohol presence at the end. Complex and balanced flavor. The best non-trappist beer for the trappist-lover.
weeks (5) - USA - MAY 28, 2007 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. Colour was brown/amber, but a bit cloudy. Aroma was malty. Head was full and tasty. Taste was extraordinary.
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maltyness in the aroma (alergies so I can’t smell much). Dark brown/red with big tan rootbeer head. Wow, that was complex. I can’t name half the shit I tasted there. Some reason I tasted sweetness on the back of my tongue. It was bittersweet, slightly icecreamish (?). I’ll stop before I embarrass myself further. It was alittle sweet for me but the rush of flavors more than made up for it. Thick heavy mouth feel.
rsistare (9) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clean pour and smooth delivery to the palate. Very impressed with the boldness of the flavor.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted during blind quad tasing 07 with Holdenn and Drewbeerme. Poured dark and murky. Aroma was toasted malt, raisin, some alc. Flavor is is pretty heavy sweet all the way through, with some of that alc that was in the nose in the finish. The only problem is that I really thought it was too thin and watery for my liking moderate alc burn.
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
carbonation must have been intense, pulling the cork gave loud pop even after standing still for at least a day. pouring revealed extermly dark red, maybe maroon. the foam was crazy. mountains no matter how slow and even i poured. not that it was bad being as it was entertaining in how creamy and thick it was. the aroma was sweet with spice and maybe some fruit. the flavor was so complex i don’t know how to explain it. not as sweet as it smelled rather some kind of spices and herbs that i couldnt name. maybe liquorice. the complex taste of fruit and spice hides the 10% alcohol completly. i fantastic beer.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle as pictured. Screenprinted label states "10% alc/vol" twice, and also describes the beer as a "classic dubbel." High carbonation... the cork levitates into my hand with hardly any prompting. Pours murky smoldering red, nearly opaque. The friggin huge ecru head resembles the jello blob in Sleeper. Rather tame aromas of anise, bubblegum, and faint spice. Flavor echos the nose- more spice with some cherry, metallic, and herbal notes. A combination of hoisin sauce and pomegranate juice comes to mind. Very short on fruit. Flash-bang fizzy palate. Dry, tingly finish. As the beer warms and carbonation subsides, flavors skew even more toward peppery and licoricey. The muddy bitterness of unsweetened chocolate competes with an alcoholic burn in the aftertaste. Just an okay beer... I thought it was pretty bland and timid overall.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Robe brune foncée voilée surmontée d’une mousse beige épaisse qui persiste. Arômes de levures et de liège. Saveurs de fruits rouges, de caramel, de torréfié, de liège et de levures. À regouter...
BREWMUSKCLES (2566) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
very nice in the style. complex...smooth and creamy, yet thin and just a bit foamy. bready with rindfruits of plum raisin and licorice. genuine and pure malt character. real cherry hint.
jdhunt76 (56) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Pour is a rish dark brown. Flavor of toffee and chocolate covered raisins, with a touch of caramel emerging as the beer breathes. Nice lingering palate, nice floral element which blooms in the aftertone. Beautifully well balanced.