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 (23869) - 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.
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice brew. Dark brown colour with a nice aroma. Very malty flavour. Good one!
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany colored with a thin white head. Rich, sweet and nutty aroma. Sweet malts, some hazelnuts and a touch of cocoa. A solid Belgian Strong.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dirty brown, with a solid 1 1/2 finger head that settled into a 1/4 cap that never faded away, with pretty nice lacing.
Smells doughy with cloves, dark fruits, and some mild spices that I can’t place.
Taste is of bready malts, spices, and candied sugars. There’s hardly any hop flavor to this beer and it finished kind of dry.
I prefer the Abt. 12, but I’d get this again. A solid Dubbel.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with huge head that quickly settles to a quarter inch dirty tan head throughout consumption. This isn’t a "pretty" beer. Aroma has the familiar Belgian yeast smell with sweetness. Taste was "big," moderately sweet, and with more alcoholic warmth than I expected at 8%. Overall, not a bad brew.