3fourths (9107) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 Dark brown with a dark tan head. Caramel, maple and vanilla... very good example of a dubbel. A bit bubbly up front, peppy, semi-sweet almonds, vanilla, and brown sugar. Palate is bubbly and full.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper and clear (up to the point where the yeast may be added). Nice white head. Fruity aroma with some metallic notes. Rich and malty flavor. Very fruity and satisfying. I would almost qualify this as an underated beer. Worth a second bottle!
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark cloudy amber with some head and lace. Sweet malt, fruit and candy in the nose. Very sweet and spicy flavors, more candy as well. Nice dubbel.
TheBeerGod (5997) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My bottle still has the St. Idesbald label. Pours a dark reddish brown with an unrelenting fluffy tan head. The nose is very sweet. Fruit, bubblegum, and candy sugar all come to mind. More sweetness and some spice invade the taste buds. Some lingering bitternes as well. Almost like a poor man's Westmalle Dubbel. It's actually very good. Finishes with some definite spice on the tongue but without a long lasting aftertaste. Good beer.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer pours a dark red color with a moderate and creamy head. Very nice color. More bright than the normal Belgain beer. The aroma was sweet and fruity with possibly some chocolate thrown in there. Promising aroma. The flavor was pretty thick and fruity with some spices thrown in for good measure. The finish was very dry - unexpected - and the alcohol was apparent in the flavor. I prefer the triple because this one just didn't drink very easily.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very deep amber coloring. With a creamy medium sized head, that has great lacing and a slight bit of creaminess on top. Big fruity aromas, and a slight bit of alchohol with cotton candy flavors mixed in with fruits and cinnamon and cloves. A very generous dubbel that more than delivers.
Frank (3972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice garnet brown color with a delicate haze. Foamy off-white head. Big nose--fruity, slightly sour, with a hint of toffee. Very mild, very soft carbonation. slightly heavy, thick, and slightly sour with a hint of medicinal alcohol. A well-made and very satisfying dubbel.
jgb9348 (5610) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby in colour with a generous light tan head. No visible bubbles rising from the bottom at all! Aroma of pit fruit, raisins, malt and a very subtle sweet spiceyness. Light to Medium-Bodied; Strong sourness to start the beer, much like a flemish sour, but finishes more rounded with a stronger malt character. The aftertaste is sweet, sour and a bit bittered from the malt. A good beer, complexity-wise, but the strength of the flavours are lacking quite a bit. Not a bad beer in any respect, but not my favourite in the style. Try finding this if you love belgie dubbels as this is pretty different than the ordinary! I bought this 75 cL from Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia and sampled it on 30-August-2003.
omhper (23323) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled, named St. Idesbald Dubbel.
Served in ceramic soup cup at Turisthotellet, Ljungskile, Sweden, which is, or at least has been one of the best beer drinking spots in Scandinavia, as they've boosted a selection of 400+ Belgian beers and a wonderful location overviewing the fjord. Sadly the place is now up for sale, and the beer selection is being cut back a lot. This beer is nut brown and seet with toffee and syrup. The mouthfeel is clean, hard and sharp and the finish short and roasty. Sub-par, like most Huyghe's beers.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cola colored, and lots of foam on opening, but the head ended up modest. Aroma warm caramel butterscotch slightly yeasty. Very sweet and had a barleywine feel to it, almost syrupy. Flavors of caramel, maybe a little dried fruit and a pinch of salt. Bakers chocolate finish, with some alcohol.