jazz88 (2590) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark red in color with a tan head. A sour red fruit aroma with some hints of sweetness. Malty, acidic, candy, and dark fruits in the flavor.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 Pour produces almost zero head. Color is a nice amber brown. Aroma is date and/or raisin mixed with caramel. Flavor is sweet and has probably the best balance of any beer that I have tasted for some time. Finish is a bit like a fine single malt.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots and lots of fruits and esters. Carmelized, perfumy aroma. I want to say bubblegum although I feel it’s out of place. Lots of alchohol in the mix, but it’s well complimented by the burnt sugar. The sweet malt stays on the palate for quite a while, refusing to let it’s presence be forgotten. Definitely a beer for malt enthusiasts.
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 (5319) - 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 (2610) - 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.