oc4111 (119) - USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy copper color with amber edges when held up to the light. A very high head forms that goes away and leaves no lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, spices and some dark fruit. Taste is spices with the yeast in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was surprisingly light which would probably be due to the carbonation. Overall I enjoyed this one.
DomD (162) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma of fruity citrus. Pours a cloudy dark red. Light to medium sour taste. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, with an astringent finish. A very good example of the style.
TH28 (234) - - JUN 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 4/7/15 BB date. Appearance: Dark ruby red, mostly clear, with an off white foam head.
Aroma: Underlying bready, toasted malt, dominated by strong, spicy yeast esters of prune, apple, and pear.
Taste: Explosion of fruity esters of prune, figs, and pears. Spicy clove. Bready and toasted malt is there, but take a backseat to the yeast.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation and a strong alcohol warmth.
Finish: A sticky maltiness lingers with pear esters.
Overall: Robust, very estery dubbel style. Tons of dark fruit flavor
waiake (405) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle last night at Al’s Deli Ak city poured a fine hazy brown gold & frothy lasting all the way through the aroma is strong yeast malty fruity the taste is creamy smooth & bitter interesting quite unique full of spice malt & herb flavours
tightslice (380) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at Evernote. Overall notes of candied malts, raisins, sorghum, molasses. A bit too cloying and sweet for me.
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Murky brown. Fruity, spicy, banana, clove, sweet brown sugar, creamy and full body, solid all the way,
zizzybalubba (1604) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Newport News, VA. Murky brownish-orange pour with a foamy off-white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and light fruit. Great, well-balanced, taste of plums, brown sugar, ginger, and cloves. Moderate alcohol warming. A great Belgian-style ale.
PeteP (11) - North Lancaster, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served in a tulip glass cool, not cold, from a 750ml bottle. Definitely a spicy/fruity, sweet aroma. I cannot discern any banana, as other reviewers have noted, There’s an unusual hoppy note that I recognize from other Belgians. A repeat purchase!
katrinaez (533) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can’t remember if in bottle or tap. Warm and spiced but not over the top. Not super thick like a quad.
gegwilson (1939) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from drinks of the World, Geneva. Quite a murky brown colour with a good cream head. Sweet toffee aroma. Fruity flavour with aniseed, port, spice. Tasty stuff.
Pumpkin87 (114) - - MAR 15, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours slightly cloudy amber with small-medium off-white head that reduces to attractive skim but doesn’t leave lacing.
Especially closer to room temperature, the nose ranges through apple, banana, clove, pepper, caramel, dough. On the palate, there’s also orange oil, and the peppery alcohol cuts the sweetness. Creamy medium body with alcohol heat slightly drying the finish.
I don’t know how these Québécois do it, but this is another argument that Canada is the New World home of Belgian _ that is, great _ beers.
Pours clear pale to medium amber with one finger of pillowy off-white head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, no lacing. (4/5) Nose is banana and cloves, doughy yeast, stone fruit, caramel malt. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter. (8/10) Medium body, lively carbonation, off-dry lingering spicy finish with a moderate alcohol warming. (4/5) Not a lot to say about this - a true classic, and one of the best Belgians outside of Belgium. Smooth and drinkable despite the higher ABV, which manifests as a pleasant warming. (16/20)