PhillyBeer2112 (2528) - 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 (9242) - Vero Beach, 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 (2626) - 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.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Faintly hazy deep purple-red under a large, quickly dissipating tan head. Bubble-gum, caramel, sour mash whiskey alcohol, dried fruit, floral hops and some ketone and ester organics. Medium smooth clean body. Big caramel malt and bitter start masking the high ABV reasonably well. Middle is medium bitter fading to sweetish finish and aftertaste. Maybe a bit soft but still quite good
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice malt nose.Caramel colored with a thin tan head. Hides the alcohol exceptionally well. Let a coors lighter try it and even he enjoyed it. Very good malty beer.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 Bottled, May 2007, 2.8: Cane sugar, vanilla and spices aroma. Brown color, beige head, fair lace. Light sweet, light bitter to bitter in the finish, light roasted, hints of coffee, some fruity sourness, laurel, cane sugar, hint of vanilla. Medium body, little warming. Not bad but certainly not my kind of flavors. Bottled, 3.9, July 2002: Light tart, fruity and complex aroma. Dark brown colour, few lace. Light sweet, prune, moderate full, complex but not my kind of flavor. Long lasting nasty bitterness in the end.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice toffe nose with a hint of caramel. Caramel comes through slightly in body with enough sweetness to balance the 8%. A very smooth beer.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice, dare I say it, ’lighter-style’ Dubbel. I’d expect a more complex flavor profile; and possibly some more body. Nice aroma (slight cork), great ZESTY head, deep copper-brown color. Flavor is as expected, but the yeast doesn’t offer a whole hell of alot more. Balanced well. Enjoyable. Very nice overall.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great head and color. Sour and yeasty.I thought this was an excellent beer.