KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16.9oz Ceramic Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight reddish hue and an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head, which reduced down to a medium film and collar with excellent sheeting of lacing.
The aroma was strong of a musty Belgian yeast and a toasted grain malt with notes of toffee, dark fruit (dates and figs) and a mild medicinal odor.
The taste was a tad sweet with a nice malty feel, a hint of toffee and a slight chocolate presence from the start, becoming ever so lightly bitter with a good sweet yeast taste and a note of dark fruit and a slight medicinal flavor right at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a dry, bitter and slightly fruity taste left lying on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a ticklish carbonation.
Overall this was a decent enough Dubbel, which was rich and creamy and had a nice bold yeasty taste. Although I did think it was a bit over carbonated, it did still possess a smooth and satisfying drinkability...
GoufCustom (1654) - HONG KONG - JUL 17, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml crown-capped stoneware bottle with build-in flip-top bought at Good Stuff in Yuen Long.
Looks: Clear deep blackish brown colour with small amount of dirt like yeast sediments; Two finger head with crumpety light beige foams which lasts for 3 minutes; Fair sticky lacing and very fizzy carbonation.
Aroma: Very fragrant strong dark malt, with strong caramel, toffee, dark fruits, flaky apples, Cola, floral, brown sugar, strong dark bread, strong Bel yeast, lemon and light grass.
Taste: Mid to strong sweet dark malt, with light metallic, caramel, sticky toffee, light dark fruits, Cola, carbo, light floral, strong brown sugar, light dark bread, strong Bel yeast, light lemon, light bitter hops and thin grass.
Body: Medium body. Very slick and slightly creamy palate.
Mouth Feel: Fairly solid dark maltyness in a smooth background. Good sticky toffee, caramel are main features. nice medium sweet brown sugar brings out dark fruits, floral and Cola. Very yeasty with light lemon to round. Mellow and pretty nice!
Hoppiness: Floral, lemon and light grass in nose. Same in taste but lighter. Bitterness is very light side for an abrupt, low-fi astringent sweet malty finish.
After Taste: Slight dry. Yeasty and fairly easy to mouth.
Comments: While the St. Sebastiaan Gold tripel was nothing special, this one seems better as an Abbey Dubbel - good looks and head, good malty yeasty aroma and taste with plenty of fruity esters and nice brown sugar. Only the hoppiness is lacking. Very solid and about average, but I still think the stone bottle is an expensive fifth wheel. Worth a try!
josanguapo (1156) - SPAIN - JUN 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Alcampo. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Silicon Valley 2x06-07. Pleasant to drink but missing a little punch. Everything is a bit more soft than desiderable: the feel, the tate and the aroma
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Cotts 2, from a stone flaggon, cheers to SHartshorne 05/03/16.
Chestnut brown with a decent tan covering.
Nose is light charr, toffee, dark fruit rinds.
Taste comprises fruit cake, toffee, astringent bitterness, light yeast strokes.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Holmen1 (4893) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fra flaske (med kork og champagnesmell!) på DØE dag 1, sammen med Steven: brunsvart med flott beige skum som varer. Røde bær, vanilje og rom i aroma og smak. Dejlig eftersmag med karmel og røde bær.
The_Osprey (6600) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Swing-top ceramic bottle shared at Cotteridge II as St. Sebastiaan Dark, 6.9%. Many thanks to Shane. Dark brown with an orange hue, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is molasses, caramelised sugars, lightly earthy. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is raisin and caramel with a dry and floral dimension. Decent. The ceramic swing-top adds a bit of a medieval vibe to proceedings - quite superficial but I like that when drinking beers from a 365 year old brewery!
Icedwarf (1312) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Zwart bier met mooie schuimkraag. Smaak is zoet, licht bitter met iets van rook, karamel en fris fruitig bessen en braam. Geslaagd bier.
Leighton (18714) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge Convention - 2016 edition. Cheers! Pours rich amber with a creamy, tan head. The aroma has notes of tangy fruits, bready malts. Medium sweet flavour with more bread, light toffee, mellow bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet on the finish, with some toasted sugars, sugary and tangy ripe dark fruits. Pretty OK.
RSRIZZO (1960) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
16oz Ceramic Swing Top (Courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Trappist Glass at 42°. Color is a deep mahogany with good carbonation and a soft tight light tan head. Aroma is toasted nuts, dark fruit and yeast. Medium body that gives a light smooth mouth feel. Flavor is lighter than I was expecting, stating with dried fruit and toffee then a bit of yeast and spice come in with a mild bitterness. After taste is slightly sweet with a hint of caramel, as this fades the bitterness builds leaving it with a dry feel. Overall it’s a good brew with easy yet complex flavors, but like the Grand Reserve it’s missing that traditional Belgian taste.
Scopey (12711) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Shane at the 2016 Cotteridge Convention. It pours cloudy deep brown with a medium off-white head. The aroma is earthy, toasted brown bread, wood, leather, dull toffee and cardboard. The taste is bitter, earthy, wood, dark fruits, fruit cake, caramel and dull spice with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit chewy, but overall not bad.
RichTheVillan (6817) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at CWC II; dark chestnut brown pour with a creamy off white head, aroma has fruit action along with a hint of bread, taste has sweet caramel, dark fruits, some spice.