Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first Belgian and a nice experience with a cigar. A good caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit flavor. Not as sweet as you would expect with a nice bitter flavor. Good Belgian.
hopscotch (9844) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Sampled at Eric & Wendy’s "Go to Hell, Isabel" Party, 2003! ... This beer rocks!... Very murky, mahogany ale. Large, dark bits of vitamin-laden yeast floating around and then settling at the bottom of the glass.
The aroma is of dark fruits, bread dough, light alcohol and brown sugar. A touch floral as well.
Very tasty and well-balanced! Coffee, toffee and chocolate notes. Candied dates and dark raisins.
Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Short, astringent finish. World Class Brew!
obxdude10 (2093) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown in color, good balance, malty flavors, some bitter undertones, average dubbel
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown apperance. More watery than any other belgian I have had. Some peppery spice. Not bad.
omhper (20332) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Nut brown, hazy. Aroma of banana and butterscotch. Malty , soft and rounded. Toffee finish with some bitterness. Wonderfully balanced.
Earlier Rating: 8/5/2003 Total Score: 3.5
Bottled. Dark mahogany. Aroma of coffee and herbal spices. Sweet,soft and medium bodied. Notes of anise and yeast. Mature and rather complex, I guess this has been laying around for some time before I sampled it.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served way too cold, had to let it warm up a bit to taste anything. Nice flavour- caramel, spice, citrus. Rich, yet nice, soft mouthfeel, a touch sticky.
JFGrind (1872) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overwhelming aroma and roasted flavor evident in the fisrt sip. Alcohol taste is there but not as strong as you would think for 7.5 ABV. Maybe best described as an Abbey Dubbel light.
Oakes (13065) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Burgundy hue. Aroma of plums, raisins, brown sugar, pears. A little bit of astringency in those dark malts. Burnt fruit, hint of florals…not bad dubbel.
Nuffield (3732) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is really good in some ways, but I was disappointed ultimately. Driven by the caramel and rich malt flavors, the leading edge flavors reveal some fruitiness, and then spiciness, in a nicely layered complexity. There was what to my palate is a sense of saltiness produced in part by the form of carbonation and effevescent tonic water-like body. As I sat with this, I couldn't find the same layering and the flavor started to become a bit "hollow"--where was the depth and length of finish? (on tap, Lowlander, London)
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2005 75cL Bottle. Almost non-existing head. Red-brown colour. Aroma and taste is sweet, spicy, fruity (overripe apple?) and a little alcoholic. Medium to full body.