edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice light-tan colored head accompanied by a crimson-red to brown body. lacing. malty nose with a hint of metallic. flavors include malt, caramel and hops with a faint roasted, sour finish. alcohol is well hidden.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Definitely a good buy. Pours with a nice copper color with a nice white head. It is well balanced by malt and hops. It is high in alcohol but very light in taste, won't fill you up. Very Pleasant and full of flavor.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2003 great. i drank this a week ago, but it's left a lasting impression. i enjoyed it more than the chimay bleu i just ingested. bubbly, sweet, fruity, blah blah. there's a lot going on here. i wish i had a bottle in front of me right now. one of the better beers my rookie-ass has experienced.
3fourths (9137) - 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 (6010) - 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 (4007) - 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.