jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep chestnut color with a beige head. The taste is mild and sweet from the malts. Has a hoppy spicyness and a slight bitter finish.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle: Hazy brown with a big stable off-white head. Brown sugar and alcohol aroma with hints of dark fruits. Starts sweet and ends sweeter, with a smooth full body. A beer that gets better as it warms up.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL [corked and caged]: dark cedar brown. A light brown mountain of a head: rocky and strong with a hint of grey. Earthy, limestone aroma full of pine, dark plums, prunes, yeast, chalk, and dusty chocolate. Sticky, tightly carbonated palate – which is one of my favourite things. Fruitiness comes out on the tongue first (bananas, tart strawberries and white grapes), followed by dry caramel, bitter chocolate, and a nice creaminess. A beautiful beer from a brewery that I think is very nice.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish brown with a rocky tan head. Sweet nose with chocolate and caramel, some yeasty notes. Tangy flavor, a bit watery on the palate. Has a light crisp bitterness offsetting an underlying chocolatey flavor.
bierkoning (10210) - 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 (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - 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 (1276) - 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.