mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[2758-20100212] 330mL bottle. Rich fruity malt aroma with a hint of cherry and candy. Hazy, dark brown red body with a long-lasting creamy light mocha head and some lacing. More rich roasted wood malt flavour with baked fruit notes and a long-lasting fruity aftertaste. Full body. Fine shape, more boozy and fruity as it warms.
(@ Smokeless Joeís; Toronto, ON)
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
20060121 330 ml bottle. Medium brown with lasting tan head. Aroma and flavor are familiar from other middling-bitterness dark Belgians. This one was particularly yeasty with serious bubblegum notes that reminded me of Duvel. Just digging up some old ratings, not much here as far as detail.
eManu (425) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown red with beige head that did not stay long and only left a ring. Aroma of roasted malts, and sweet coffee. Flavors of roasted malts, caramel, a hint of chocolate and blackberries and some spices.
Good carbonation, sweet and bitter dry finish. Very nice ballance of flavors and very enjoyable.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ceramic bottle. Pours a murky dull brown with a small thin bubbly head, probably just too old. Aroma of strongly oxidized rich caramel and grassy spicy Belgian yeast. Flavor is very sweet caramel, rich oxidized malts, and Belgian yeast, doughy, condensed milk, very cloying. Medium bodied smooth with no carbonation, thinner but very sticky.
delnoche (433) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist glass. Deep amber brown with about one finger tan head. Aroma is soft candy sugar, light toffee, subtle fruit. Flavor is toasty malt, dark fruit, subtle cocoa. Highly carbonated. Lasting bitter finish. I liked the subtle flavoring but the carbonation got in the way of full enjoyment.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours very dark copper with a beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is fairly light and sweet with notes of toffee, dark fruit and berries, as well as a slight metallic quality. Flavour is also very light, almost tastes watered down, with cherries, malt, toffee and blackberries. Thin, watery mouthfeel and quite highly carbonated, this isnít the best dubbel around; drinkable but thats about it.
TheJester (1644) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Doesnít seem retired. Bottle (nice!) at St. Veronus. (Best before some time in 2011.) Hazy chestnut brown with a small beige head. Aroma is licorice, burnt caramel, and fruit. Lots of caramel in the flavour as well, and there is almost, but not quite, some milk chocolate. Some dried fruit in there as well. Unfortunately, overly heavy carbonation gets in the way of the flavour.
gmonroe10 (192) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a beige head quickly disappearing. Nose is sweet, and flavor is good- very mellow plum and caramel, late bitterness faintly rouding it out. Not muc complexity but very enjoyable.
Davros (1720) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark copper, with large off-white head that fades quickly to a layer.
Aroma is quite interesting, lots of spices, sweet toffee and roasted malt, wholegrain bread and a hint of vegemite (might be getting a bit old...).
Flavour also has a lot of sweet bready malt, hints of molasses and candi sugar. Quite enjoyable.
Lovely creamy mouthfeel, but a moderate (low for the style) carbonation which fails to rein in the sweetness.
Simple for the style, but quite drinkable although the unbalanced sweetness starts to get a bit cloying.
FatPhil (8093) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 330ml bottle (Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam) - well before BB (6:4:7:4:12=3.3)
Deep brown, small head. Rich malty aroma, Anna says tea, I get a touch of perfume. Sweet malty taste, hint of marmite from the yeast. Really nice hoppy bite stops this being dull or sticky. Sweet malts and the ghost of those hops stay for the finish. Classic but not hugely exciting dubbel.
Rerate: 750ml ceramic (Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam) - BB2010/07, drunk 2011/12 (7-:4:7:4:14=3.5)
7 Rich fruity aroma, winey and slightly raisiny. A touch musty and dusty. Very much an aged aroma.
4 Deep brown, self supporting tight head. I got a big plop of yeast in my glass, but the others didnít. However, it sank quickly.
7- Very rich malty body, loads of raisins. No hint of 6.9% or more percent. A touch of liquorice too, but very mellow.
4 Quite a lot of carbonation, nicely bottled conditioned, but not aggressively so. Quite mellow finish - aged malts, like an old musty bookstore.
14 Clearly better than the young one, but perhaps a bit past its peak. I guess a recommendation would be to have this just at its BB.