Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown. Gentle aroma with notes of plum, raisin, clove, caramel and chocolate. Soft, rich flavor combining nice flavors of clove, red licorice, plum, spice, pit fruit, brown sugar and subtle hops. A nice beer that seemed to be lacking a little.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Approximately 5 yr old 750mL. Good looking dark copper pour. Head is small, of-white, gentle. Complex aroma has mellowed to a charming and balanced scotch ale like expressive malt fest. Old burnt cookies soaked into a butterscotch purée. Floral and brown sugar suggestions in there too. There’s still a faint trace of the hops which lent it a slight bitter finish that kept it from being overly sweet. Mild smokiness comes out through ashes and tobacco flavors. Almost earth malt notes are quickly followed by a slight watery edge just before the spicy fennel reminiscent bitterness kicks in. Yep, reminds me of a scotch ale. As far as that light watery escape toward the finish, I assume it’s a function of the age. While the body was smooth and moderately rounded, I expected more carbonation.
TheBeerGod (5466) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Purchased at Le Vaudree. Brown body with a small brown head. Hazed ruby notes around the edges. Nose is malty with some light yeast notes, cocoa, weaker hints of caramel, dark malts and a faint floral aroma. Taste is dark fruits and watery brown sugar blended with dark malts and light spice. Body is creamy but fully carbonated. Finishes with a light cocoa and floral note rounding itself out with a mild yeast note.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear reddish brown with a big, thick tan coloured head. Raisin, toasted bread, nuts, dry yeast and burnt sugar in aroma. Yeasty raisin flavour, hints of herbs, burnt sugar, walnut, apples and dark bread. Dry yeasty finish with slightly bitter finish of dark bread and raisin.
JonMoore (1968) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Ruby brown coloured with large tan head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malts, brown sugar and dark fruits. Taste is very nice; sweet, roasted malts and dark fruits again, some interesting bitterness.
Nice slightly sour, bitter aftertaste. Full bodied with an excellent mouthfeel. Class.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice ruby colour with big beige head. Aroma is malty and sweet with some fruit. Flavor is also sweet with some caramel and fruit.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fine light brown head, unclear dark brown body. Roasted malt and brown sugar aroma with some spices and fruit also - typical dubbel! Oranges and malt in the flavor with a grassy tone and some sourness in the end. Foamy mouthfull. A good dubbel without beeing outstanding!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured deep mildly hazy brown with a thin long lasting tan head...smells sweet, earthy, dark fruits...caramel and fruits in the mouth...slightly sweet but mostly dry finish...slightly bitter as well...
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours translucent deep fiery amber, large off-white frothy head, lively carbonation, with so-so lacing. Sweet aroma, minor dark pitted fruits, candi sugar, and subtle hints of earth and dust. Slightly spicy up front, herbs, earth, and a bit of dust. This is followed by a very light hint of dark pitted fruit, and even some apple or pear. Full body, spritzy mouthfeel. Finishes slightly sweet, malty, light figs, then a bit dusty. A reasonable Dubbel.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Ølbaren, Copenhagen. Very beautiful appearance, dark ruby with a nice medium off-white head., very nice. Aroma is dark fruity malts, some grapes. Flavor is ver nice too, sweet malts with a nice bitter end. Very well balanced.