TheBeerGod (5949) - 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 (3952) - 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 (5553) - 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 (22991) - 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.
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This dark chestnut beer has a medium head that dissipates into nice lacing. The nose is pungently malty with caramel, toasted grains and light lemony hops. The medium-bodied palate is balanced between slightly astringent lemony character and deep rich malty nuances of toasted grain and caramel. The finish is slightly sweet with caramel and doughy nuances which upturn into the slightly acidic finish.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 mL bottle, tulip glass. Large frothy, rocky head is off-white, mostly lasting, and leaves no lacing. Ruby-brown color with no particles in the first pour. Bittersweet fruity aroma. Malt is of nuts and caramel. Hops are flowery. Yeast is of cobwebs. Also present are banana, white grape, apple, alcohol and butterscotch aromas. Some acidity throughout. Very sweet throughout, with only slight hop bitterness stepping up at the end. Long alcohol finish is drying. Medium body is syrupy and has lively carbonation made of tiny bubbles. Negative points: no lacing, fairly one-dimensional (sweet) aroma/taste, alcohol nose and flavor, too sweet without any balancing bitterness, syrupy feel with a lighter body and heavy carbonation just feels weird. This beer sort of pisses me off; I guess I just expected more. Yeast cuts the sweetness a little in the second pour but also adds a chalky feeling.
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hefty, oak-aged strawberry wine in lush yet subtle chocolate ice cream...A prevalent yeast wizard transmogrifies this image into a succulent cherry mousse, as sour, oud bruinish currents salute the white magic from the distance...The wealth of this dubbel is truly puzzling when you consider the fact that this brewery is responsible for the Floris fiasco...