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.
haukur (1438) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a ludicrous brune to say the least (in a very good way) I´ve sampled a couple of dubbels tonight and this is by far the bery best! Aroma is wonderful, hints of fruits, berries, some roast. Explosive taste, caramels, oak, earth, outhouse, liquorice, hops, yeast. Simply wonderul and one explosive dubbel!
Earlier Rating: 7/9/2004 Total Score: 3.6
a big big head on this one. Aroma is something like a hoppy micro from the USA. Some earthy tones, vineagar, spices, , nutty, outhouse and a bit roasty and candy-ish. First sip is a bit of a let down, but pleasantly hoppy with a dry bitter finish. Maybe a bit to dry. This is indeed a pleasant brew, with a very interesting aroma, but the taste is a bit of a let down like I said ....
fiulijn (16477) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color; huge rocky head! Nice malty aroma, with some roasted touch, yeast. Same for the taste: some malt and roasted malt, caramel; quite dry, probably not really mature.
Earlier Rating: 6/8/2002 Total Score: 3.8
Deep amber colour, generous thick head, beautiful lace. Very nice aroma, fresh, hoppy, some malt, sweetness. Good body, quite strong caramel, malt; some residual sweetness attenuated by a very light astringency. More ordinary palate. Good strong ale, with some aging potential.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown color poured almost flat. Big dried fruit taste of figs, nuts and dates. Maybe this turned but it’s not that great.
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - APR 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 Red/brown with a nice beige head. Fruity aroma and fruity and malty flavour. Lots of yeast in the finish. A good dubbel
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: Nice caramel maltiness, oaky aroma with some peppery/spicy yeasty notes. Vanilla notes which are awesome also present with some sherryish overtones. This has a lovely, woody aroma. Very complex aroma, gets almost perfumey as it warms. Nice!!
Appearance: Pours with a big head that dissapates but still leaves a thin film on the beer. Clarity is good, with a nice dark ruby tinge.
Flavor: Caramelly, oaky flavor. Raisiny maltiness with a subtle vanilla flavor that is very pleasing. The flavor also gains perfumey notes as it warms, very nice flavor, very complex like the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Some alcohol warmth, creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: Excellent beer, one of the best I've had in a while. Very complex, wish I had a few more bottles of this stuff!! Very easy drinking with a good oaked/vanilla character in the nose and flavor that remains throughout and makes it a pleasure to drink.
MiP (14488) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Dark brown with nice, creamy head. Very malty and sweet, but balanced nicely with the alcohol.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, at the Dovetail, London.
Dark mahogany coloured body, with a static beige shiny head. Chocolate and cherry aromas. Smooth well rounded malt flavours. Hops introduce complexity and charm.
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice white head with a tan tint with a mm head that has staying power to the end of the glass. Nice deep brown/mahogany color with a brite shine. The aroma is earthy like tree bark, roasty and caramel like. The flavor is that of a rich toffey, slightly sweet, and carmely. Clean finish with hints of coca.