bierkoning (8953) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
3 months past best before date. Big creamy head. Raisin aroma and flavor. Dusty, somewhat metallic with just a hint of sourness and soap. Fairly thin.
stasyh (4) - USA - JAN 18, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beautiful bottle conditioned ruby brown abbey is the perfectly balanced beer. Nice dark, carmel/ chocolate malt with just a hint of hops. This is a beer you can sink your teeth into, but you don't need to chew on. Lingering chocolate aftertaste but not bitter. Rare and worth going out of your way to get.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper with a thick, persistent off-white head. The aroma is fairly strong with nice robust malts all over the place. The alcohol is strong. Fruit is evident, but nearly as strong as I remember in most Abbey Dubbels. It is rather drinkable, but the palate doesn't leave much to remember it by. Not outstanding, nor nearly as nice as the trippel, however it's a decent beer worth trying.
SilkTork (4898) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, WALES - JAN 9, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle Conditioned. BBD 2nd Jan 2004. I'm actually drinking this a few days after the best before date so the alcohol is soft. I prefer the Brunes to the Blondes because of the darker malt flavours. And I like the darker colour as well. This one doesn't really rock my boat. Nice browny red colour with some dirty popping foam on top that settles into interesting patches; but it's a dull murky brown. Aroma is a little muddy as well; there's malty bread soaked in alcohol and some banana and raisins, but it doesn't quite lift and separate. Taste is pleasantly malty, but there's not much character, nor is there sufficent quality, to lift this much above average. A pleasant, sweetish malty drink is all.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not crazy about this Abbey Dubbel. Malty, caramel, and roasty flavors. Finish is sweet, creamy, and smooth.
heykevin (1269) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle; Rather nondescript nose. Nice caramel sweet maltinesss. Rich. Pleasant underlying hoppiness. NOt overly complex. This is dangerously drinkable for its 7.5% alcohol content.
Funky (1) - USA - NOV 28, 2003 does not count
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the first Belgian brunes I tried and still one of my favourites. It is locally available in bigger bottles as well which is very useful if you're in a crowded bar and no-one comes to your table for a while! It's best asset is the way it looks which is just about perfect; not as sweet as some fo the others and a nice bitterness which as an Englishman I appreciate! It's a great mixture between an English ale and some of the sweeter Belgian brunes.
BeerDude78 (88) - Brick NJ, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Has a dark brown color to it. Very tasty beer, has nutty hints of chocolate. Has a nice roasty taste to it. The head on this beer was very frothy and stayed throughout the whole drink. Very enjoyable tasty brew!!
notalush (4173) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with hints of amber, large, lasting, off-white head - aroma of yeast, bread, some mustiness - flavor has a robust nutty character to it, with some chocolate notes - these give way to a hop bitterness that balances well with the earlier malt characteristics, lending to the nutty flavor a certain roasty aspect - finish gets a bit watery, and the flavors don't remain all that pronounced for very long, but this is still a decent offering.
madsberg (8794) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled: Burgundy coloured. Light beige lasting head. Yeasty, malty and light spicy in the aroma. Has some roastyness and caramel in the flavour. Malty and alcahol notes as well. A bit watery I think. Has a light bitter finish. Not as complex, as I expected, so this has disappointed me a bit. Maybe its a bad sample, who knows.