jgb9348 (5686) - 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 (23537) - 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 (9369) - 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...
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Duinen solves the problem of green glass by painting opaque white. Dark brown with moderate beige head. Aroma carries sting of alcohol. Good pruney fruitiness. Wood and a surprising (slightly unpleasant) bitterness. Perhaps it's the bitterness, but the flavor is a bit thin. Alcoholic warmth in chest. Extrememely faint Sourness lurks under the bitterness
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a medium sized tan head with small-medium bubbles. It had a brown-amber body. I could definitely taste the alcohol in this brew. It had a lingering aftertaste to it.
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized light brown bubbles with a transparent brown body. It has a mild malty alcohol aroma and starts slightly fizzy then leaves a strong alcohol taste while leaving spiced notes in the aftertaste.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark muddy brown color.Smallish head. Fairly sweet aroma mostly banana.Smooth and very easy to drink. As it gets warmer you will taste some alcohol but overall a really good dubbel.