tderoeck (3057) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
8/08/2011 33cl bottle @ home - BB:17/11/12 (2011-370)
Pretty cloudy dark brown beer, beige head, bit stable and non adhesive. Aroma: pretty fruity, oranges, lemon juice, certain soapiness which isn’t very pleasant, caramel, candi sugar. On warming up more mocha and chocolate aromas are being released. Taste: pretty sour start, bit nasty, lemony, then some hops. Aftertaste: soapy, then some hop bitter. Pretty nasty soapy bitter finish with touches of mocha and coffee. This particular flavour, which I call soap, is to be noticed in all of the St. Paul beers. It worked for the special, it was ok for the blond, turning it more to a kind of witbier, but it does definitely not work for the double.
reebtogi (3388) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012 500mL ceramic swingtop bottle. Poured rich reddish brown color with some sediment and thick beige head with great lace on glass. Aromas of roasted malt and yeast. Tastes of bitter hops, roasted malt and yeast. Great carbonation and mouthfeel.
Benzai (4444) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice dark color with a little bit red. Poor smell and an aftertaste I didn’t like at all. Decent body for a beer 6.9ABV
hawthorne00 (1890) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown with less than a coat of beige head. A few chunks. Aroma is yeasty with dough and some cheese, caramel, prunes, grass, lemon. Quite porty. Medium bodied. Taste is quite sweet with dark fruit and sugars. Slightly carbonated mouthfeel. Drying finish where some spices emerge. Decent lighter weight dubbel.
Sdaniel90 (200) - Estado de México, MEXICO - MAR 19, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, 33cl. Pours a black colour with a vert slight reddish hue and a great tan head with nice lacing, looks amazing. Aroma is faint and I can smell the gas, like a soda (as well as some discreet dark malts). Taste is disappointing, previewed by the aroma. Very watery and insipid.
Zita (3510) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bread, toast, roasty, nuts, golden amber, clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish.
Noctilucus (98) - All over Belgium, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought at De Bierloods/Zytholoog. Deep murky brown with a reddish tint and big beige head. Nose of refreshing hops with solid, slightly sweet caramel malts beneath. Taste is less hoppy but all the more pronounced (roasted?) caramel malts, striking a great balance between sweet and bitter. Strong taste considering it’s only 6.9% Pleasant mouthfeel with not a lot of carbonation, which fits well with this kind of beer. Very good introduction for me to the Sterkens brews, will definitely try out several of their other beers (St. Paul Tripel & various St. Sebastiaans).
GRM (2516) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 Green bottle, 330 ml, best before 26/06/11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on November 15 2010; eye: bronze, clear, no effervescence, tiny sheet of beige head, no lacing; nose: malt, caramel, light hops, light spices; mouth: malt, caramel, light yeast, light hops, light spices, finale in malt with presence of spices, slightly bitter, lightly sweet; overall: correct
Bouteille verte, 330 ml, meilleure avant 26/06/11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 15 novembre 2010; œil : bronze, claire, pas d’effervescence, petite couverture de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, léger levure, léger houblon, léger épices; bouche : malt, caramel, léger levure, léger houblon, léger épices, finale en malt avec présence d’épices, très légèrement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture piquante; en résumé : correct
Adenila (1554) - DENMARK - NOV 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice bottle. Poors clear dark brown with a bubbling light brown head. Great sweet fruity yeast aroma with sleight vinouse notes. Wellbalanced sweet alcho flavors giving you that feel of a nice solid belgian double. Maybe abit overcarbonated, other than that its great
Metalchopz (1789) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Vineyards in Ottawa, Ontario (March 2006). This dubbel pours a deep red colour with slight orange. The head is tanned with decent retention and nice foam lacing that stays. Flaky sediments are all over the brew. Aromas of dark fruits and quite nutty. Same for the flavours, nutty throughout with light notes of chocolat malt and a slight taste of smoke and oak wook in the aftertaste. Thin-bodied with some light tart on the tongue. A very well-balanced and light dubbel that is quite refreshing.