fordest (1994) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle. Poured murky pond color with a really nice head that lasted forever. Left nice lacing as well. Aromas were super sweet and malty. Caramel Apple, Cherries, Currant, Molassas. Flavor was decent and simlar, but left a bit of a sour note in the finish. Pretty good alcohol heat as well. Good stuff.
shadey (1896) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddy brown pour with a white creamy head. Nice lacing. Small chunks floating around. Aroma is spicy and alcohol. Flavor is brown sugar and spicy alcohol. Well blended and full bodied.
blankboy (6046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry at Smokeless Joe. Pours a murky copper with a large lasting light-brown head. Aroma of caramel malt, bread, ripe apple, alcohol and spices. Flavour is sweet and spicy and follows the aroma. 8% alcohol is barely noticeable. Medium bodied palate is a tad harsh. A very good beer.
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (330ml). Shared with blankboy at Smokeless Joe. Poured hazy bubbly dark coppery-brown with a large lasting creamy tan head - a thing of beauty. Aroma of various apples (ripe, winesap, green, etc.), some brown sugary roasted malt, but an incredibly appealing sweet bread dough yeasty aroma asserts itself, accompanied by notes of clove, pepper and other spices and fruits. Taste is again of ripe tart & sweet apples, caramel roast malt, yeast and spices. Palate is straightforward abbey dubbel, but balanced, sweet, almost candyish. One of the best abbey 8’s I’ve tried (only slightly below the Rochefort, a little further below the Westvleteren).
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fairly fresh 750mL bottle (date code 082008). Pours a murky brown with a thick fluffy off-white head. Bits of floaties (bottle started foaming over, so it forced a bit of a "rushed" pour). Aroma is smooth, yeast raisins apples. Taste is apple, cinnamon, pepper - bit of a twang to it. Probably still a little cold. Warming up, taste is ’calming down’ and smoothing out. Malt starting to shine. Dark apples, yeast in the taste. Good enough to leave me wanting more. MUCH better a little warm. Smooth and dangerously drinkable.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a big ol head. Yeasty, bready aroma with a hint of raisin. Very bready tasting beer, with a surprisingly strong alcohol flavor. Not nearly as fruity as the aroma would suggest. Enjoyable stuff.
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The nose reveals a sweet maltiness with dried frutis, banana bread with a touch of yeast and just a hint of juniper berry. Poured from a bottle with a creamy lasting head. Great flavors with sweet rum raisin, fizzy spice and a woody oak finish. Wonderful beer!
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tight, spritzy carbonation settles into a creamy, thick head with beautiful lacing. The aroma is fig and deep fruit, but somewhat subdued and almost flat. The body more than makes up for the lackluster nose, bursting with complex flavors that are kicked up by the lively carbonation. The expansive mouthfeel helps to meld the beautifully crafted Belgian yeast with the bready backbone. Notes of fig, ripened banana, apricot, wood and oak throughout. Solid.
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ymm. Trying all the Belgians at the local whole foods. Nice pour on this one with a head that stayed around to keep me company. A nice indescribable flavor plus bread and fruits. It says enjoy by end of 2004, but that was in german, so I didn’t realize until later. Oh well, still good.
joergen (20714) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown coloured with a lasting and lacing beige head.
Aroma of dried fruits, spices, cane sugar and bread.
Sweet and complex flavour of dried fruits, bread, fruits and spices.