Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Re-Rate 11/24/02: The beer pours a beautiful translucent dark ruby red with a creamy head that is impressive in size, the lace fine sticky sheets to coat the glass. Nose is malt, sweet bubble gum and ripe banana also light hits of caramel, one fine smelling beer to please the senses. Front is ambrosial with a skimpy top and a tart finish that is also bitingly acidic, the hop presence pronounced. The beer is a pleasure to drink, and a bit of a “Winter Warmer” for sure as the high ABV, will “Warm” the “Tummy. Ranks #173 on my current 1000 beer master list.
1BeerWench (3) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice malty flavor. Sweet with nice caramel aroma. Medium bodied. Beautiful dark amber color. A thin light tan head that maintains itself. Enjoyed this very much. I’m going back for more.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
too much like a wine. very sweet. like a marsala wine. alright for a dubbel tho.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I just don’t like the overwhelming winey/acidic characteristics of this beer. Maybe I am different but this is only average.
stephen (308) - California, USA - NOV 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown and murky appearance. Nicy, lacy head. Aroma of bananas and clove. Flavor shows signs of brown sugar, fruit and yeastiness.
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby color, small head. Malty aroma. Nice tastingDubbel. Light and refreshing, yet lots of flavor, complex and subtle. Typical of Belgians. Complex and subtle flavors: take your pick, fruit, raisins, apples, pears, cloves, candy sugars and ??. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer, reasonably priced.
PhillyBeer2112 (2523) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 Replacing festival tasting with full sample, with much higher numbers: Nice darkish amber, with plummish tint. Chocolatey, lightly raisiny. Interesting touch of cocoa. Very dry almost puckering finish.
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks.
Heavy malt, lightly yeasty aroma. Banana bread and a carameled apple in the nose. Very nice.
Medium, hazy amber color with a medium sized, creamy head. Fully lasting. Good lacing.
Very malty and slightly sweet upon first entering the mouth, then the light hops hit and balance the ale right out. Hints of caramel and prune.
Full bodied with a fizzy, oily mouthfeel. Long, medium dry, crisp finish. Just a touch pungent. Very nice ale. A must try.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
All sorts of floaties in this one, medium reddish body, almost no head, candy-like vinous sweetness in the nose. Very smooth mouthfeel with minimal carbonation; sweet flavor with the usual suspects: plums, grapes, caramel, wine. Some alcohol presence. Very good, although judging from the lack of head and the other reviews here mentioning good head, lacing, and carbonation, mine may have been a bit over the hill.
Indra (2608) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2003 Terrific aroma; vinous, a little sweet (caramel), a touch of yeast, and that wonderful type of soft, almost candy-like Belgian fruitiness found in your finer dark ales from that country. Deep, garnet red color, with very 'defined' bubbles composing the light tan head. Terrific lacing. Flavor has some nice complexity; toffee, plums, red grape and a fantastic complimentary sweetness. Finishes very malty, hops are subdued in this beer, but still noticeable towards the end. A touch of alcohol warmth and a little tartness. Body is medium. OH YEAH, this is good stuff. I can't believe this isn't up there with your Rocheforts, etc. average rating-wise.