Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow. Wow. I disagree slightly with Issoroku, in that I think this has substantial earthiness. Very very good, neither too fruity, too effervescent, or too thin. That said, the fruitiness is very sweet, with, as others have mentioned, slight cherry tartness. The pretty clear alcohol finish, almost too clean, is a distraction, and the brew becomes thinner. Too bad the finish couldn’t be a bit more substantial. Rerate: Had to drop it a bit...it does become thin, strong, with lessening flavor when warm.
Bov (8989) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ruby colour, creamy head, malty nose, touch of ginger, full-bodied, sweet, long spicy finish - I can’t really enjoy it because I don’t like ginger
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cherry-like malt aroam, red-brown colour, sour cherry, malty flavour. Kind of spritzy mouthfeel. Although I typically don’t like this style, it is definitely the best Belgian Double that I’ve had.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 14, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
red, white bubbly head. ruby red color, with a soft, gentle malty aroma. spicy and smooth. fruity with a slight belgian sourness. The label on the bottle mad me think of a jesus fish, but this is far from mormon. ’the bottle is heavy, heavy enough to knock someone out with and not break the bottle’ Kaya161. Belgium may be flat, but this beer makes me as happy as ripping face shots down steep faces. world class beer.
Ernest (6018) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2003 Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, molasses, nuts), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, mold). Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Too sweet, not the best of aftertastes, and a simple aroma makes me wonder why I liked this long ago.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very port-like flavor, less earthy than I like in a Belgian ale but nevertheless excellent.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brownish/ruby color. Almost no head. The nose is of sour fruit and wood with a touch of hops. The flavor is about the same. I would say sourness with a hint of berries and perhaps some oak. A touch of alcohol at the end. Good but just not the complex classic i was hoping for.
JohnnyDefective99 (36) - USA - DEC 23, 2001
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good taste and lots of alcohol.
zyster99 (21) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think the Tripel is a better choice of the two. As noted, this one has a flavor dominated by alcohol.
frieked99 (18) - USA - OCT 30, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a rather dark belgian ale. It has a strong aftertaste that is somewhat dominated by alcohol