TBone (12472) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (BB 08/2006)
Beautiful ruby brown color, nice steady tanned head, lace. Crisp light aroma of flowery hops and roasted malts. Fruity, roasted, chocolaty flavor. It ends to long licorice taste. Wineous, semi-carbonated mouthfeel. Excellent dubbel with a personal character.
Earlier Rating: 12/29/2004 Total Score: 3.5
Bottled 25cl (à consommer de préférence avant fin 171004)
Hazy dark red-brown, good tanned foamy head. Sweet fruity aroma of raisins, not very strong. Roasted, woody, dry and smooth mouthfeel. Thin to medium-bodied. Dry, slightly bitter finish. Interesting Belgium.
shrubber85 (7341) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Sweet cherry and tannic aroma. Reddish brown color with ample tan head. Sweet malt flavor with hint of cherry and mild astrigent/licorice finish. Quite nice - alcohol not overpowering.
Cornfield (5452) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No doubt about it, this one’s got alcohol in it. It dominates the nose, an otherwise musty, candy and fruit sweet aroma. It pours a handsome, clear ruby color with a little brown around the edges. The light brown head, once proudly tall, collapses quite quickly. The taste is a sticky-sweet malt with anise, a variety of spices, and a healthy splash of alcohol. The finish is a dry, winey alcohol finish with a hit of herbal hop bitterness at the very end. More interesting than enjoyable...
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 2, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(on bottle)Yeasty. lightly smoked(?) nose. Sweet mouthfeel, heavy carbonation. The caramel in the finish saves a too sweet impression. Small lash of alcohol too.
jefcon (1363) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intriguing aromas of orange marmalade and molasses. Appearance is smooth brown with a bubbly tan head and no lacing. Flavors are caramelized and rich, with a savory slant. A yeastier taste with notes of black "liquorice." There is lots of malt on the flavor -- but the beer lacks the effervescent carbonation that would really make it jump on the palate.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
appearance: clear crimson color, nearly nutty brown, with a slim fizzy cola-like brown head above.
Aroma: sweetness. bit o’ nuts, larger chocolate essence, passably pleasant.
Taste: crisp and carbonated, nice malty flavor, little hops, tastes like an average brown ale, and offers nothing really beyond that...some spicy tinglings in the taste...very fizzy on the palate, feel like I’m having a root beer at times, here...
medium bodied, lightly nutty, malty finish, but the fizz is too harsh for my taste, and spoils the flavor, make the body feel thinner than it should be...have to admit it, I’m not crazy about this one, and still have most of a 750 ml bottle to go. won’t be trying this one again, although my opinion of their other beers still stand.
joergen (20576) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown colour with a huge beige head.
Sweet aroma of yeast, spices and muscavado sugar.
Flavour of muscavado sugar, yeast and spices.
Not much bitterness.
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 (Bottled, "Jean de Nivelles Brune") Deep, dark red color with a large, lasting and tight, beige head. Very perfumed, strong herbs aroma with licorice and rye-pudding. Sweetish toffee-malty flavor with lots of herbs and anise. Liqueourish, medium-bodied palate with lively carbonation. A very enjoyable dubbel with Gouden Carolus character. Not very full-bodied, but very herby and toasty. Yum!
Earlier Rating: 12/25/2004 Total Score: 4
(Bottled, 0.75l) Very dark, ruby red color with a large, tanned head. Malty, milk chocolate aroma with citric fruitiness. Quite acidic, slightly sour, citric-malty flavor with rye-pudding and licorice hints, plus a quite high bitterness. Medium to full-bodied palate with balanced carbonation. A malty, sour/dryish, well-balanced and quite complex dubbel. Very nice and enjoyable!
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown in colour, ruby when held to light. Lasting tan head. Mildly fruity aroma, with some caramel there too. Typical balanced dark belgian flavour (fruity, with some toffee notes). Medium bodied. Not bad.
JorisPPattyn (7814) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
When is a St. Feuillien not a St. Feuillien? When it comes in a bottle, sized less than 1.5l (=Magnum). Mine is ’only’ 75cl., so it isn’t a St. Feuillien. Then what is it? A beer, commissioned by the St. Feuillien brewery, but brewed at Du Bocq. Unbelievable? Incroyable n’est pas Wallon.
<P>Dark brown with ruby highlights; thick yellow head, very stable, and - lo-and-behold - tasting of iron. Cheaters. Grapes and (rare for a Belgian dark abbey type), American-typed hops. Some dark malts, perfumey. Liquorice, tuns of the stuff, drop and, by gawd, even SALT drop. Gradually, bitter, burnt malts fill in. Saltiness is part a tad ironoxide, which made me check the head. The first choc of the liquorice is terrible, the scorched malts not much better, but then an uneasy, but all the same succeeded balance settles. After some time hop and parsley flavours appear. Quite filling, chewy, gritty feeling as charcoal. They’re irreductible cheaters. But then, the commercial description is more truthfull than any. And worse; I even like this beer. Sort of.