Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
330 ml bottle. Crystal clear copper colour. Throws a tall fluffy off-white beige head. Acidic malty aroma. Brett. Peach, banana and apricots. Nutty maltiness. Distinct metallic hop flavour. Rich sourness and fruity maltiness. Clearly infected by bacteria. Doubt that it is intended as it is labelled a dubbel. Interesting, but not as intended.
larsga (6816) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2007 Largish offwhite head. Hazy opaque light brown body with carbonation. Light wooden bananaish aroma with vague rubbery notes. Deep wooden, bananaish, roasty malty taste with spicy notes. Peppery. Dry, spicy aftertaste. Very nice. (0.33l bottle.)
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
8/05 bottle. Glad to see I didn’t have a preference bias on this one, and that my ratings are slightly sane ;) I’ve had this bottle in my cellar a while, the only ’t IJ beer I’d bought to date, as in my main store they are really expensive at $4 a pop. Though I was under the impression that they were mostly 85th+ beers, at least, this one included. Well, I don’t like it much. Thus, it was reaffirming to see the 61th % and realize that I wasn’t a fool :)
Pours a dark brown with a small, fizzy head, a little lace. Aroma is pretty nice, typical for a dubbel, with plum, raisin, candi sugar, raspberry, thin milk chocolate. Actually very nice. But a total disaster in the mouth. Very metallic, overcarbonated and dull; as usual with overcarbonation, it blocks so much complexity that would otherwise be evident. I’m confident this beer could be so much more without that problem. Unfortunately, it is so. Plum and raisin in the taste, too, but it’s really so hard to get anything out of this. Perhaps some spices, cinnamon, lemon. This is so frustrating because this could be so great! Oh well.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy copper with a tall white head, lots of particles swimming in this one. Very spicy aroma, still sweet and malty. Lots of fruity character to the start, citrus, plum and caramel. Finishes lightly tart with a lot of spiciness. Medium body with a lightly bitter finish.
ogivlado (6467) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 15, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled(330ml). -Murky amber coloured, medium pale brown head, honey alcoholic nose. Aroma is yeasty and caramelly with notes of lemon, orange and spices. Sweet and slight alcoholic in the finish. A way too thin to be a good Dubbel.
SSSteve (3991) - - NOV 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit aroma. small head. similar to the struis with a touch more chocolate and not as sweet. good.
Beerdedone (3003) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled withStegosaurus. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of fruit, citrus, and spices. The flavor is fruit, spices, and citrus. Good beer.
Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a murky dark orange with l’il floaties. Smells a little tart and yeasty (a la Van den Vern). Kind of bready. Tastes slightly sweet but there’s not much else to it. A very unexciting beer.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Big tanned head with nice laces. Unclear reddish-brown color. Malty nose. Also slight fruity with notes of yeast. Soft flavors of malts, caramel and dark fruits. Watery palate. Overall a bit thin, and it lacks the required gravity for a dubbel. I miss that special ‘t IJ quality signature on this one…
omhper (21759) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottled at Monk’s Café, Stockholm] Muddy dark amber, rich head. Evidently yeasty, orangey nose. Mdedium sweet with lively mouthfeel. Soap, yeast and orange dominates, the caramelly malt are barely perceptible underneath th efunky yeast character. A wild and interesting brew!