mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle BBD 05/05 Brown Bier, nice head, gorgeous lacing, well carbonated. Maltific beauty of a nose, aromatic. It has depth, going beyond just a malty nose...Taste is a bit curt w/ slight metallic/staleness in the quick finish...maybe just a bit cold here at first...Timeout while it warms...begins to come around w/ a softer bittersweet finish, sits dry at the end...light bodied, but maybe it stuffs its bra...makes ya think there’s more there...earthy, bit o’ pepper & floralness(clover honey?) come together to make an easy drinking strong ale w/ some nice nuance.
Ernest (6511) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 Head is initially average sized, creamy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is hazy light brown, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, nuts), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), lightly hoppy (flowers), with
notes of plum, orange, banana, and clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is
lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
rajendra82 (970) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber brown body was a bit hazy. The head was small in size and short lived. The lacing on the side of the glass was thin, but sticky. The aroma was typical dubbel with spices, brown sugar, roasty malt, and cookie dough. The taste was just what the aroma promised with a sweet and spicy front, a dry roasty middle, and mildly bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is strong at 8%, but is not apparent in the flavor profile. This is a nice beer, fitting very nicely among the now crowded rows of Belgian style bottles lining the shelves of Green’s.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Saw this at my local beer shope-type place today and decided to give it a try. Not too bad. A good brown. Makes me feel happy in the head!
zathrus13 (1730) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Monk’s in Philly. Pours brown, with a malty aroma Fruit anf malt flavors prevail. Body is thin, too thin. Didn’t taste like 8%.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. This beer has a dodgy smoky aroma. It is a lovely dark brown with a nice big, slow diminshing head. The taste is malty but is very thin for a dubbel of this strength. Disappointing.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a great brew! This brewery is not bad. This brew pours a lovely dark dark brown almost black with a white white head. Smells much like the tripel from this brewery only with a much more caramelly sweet presence. Taste is excellent. Notes of currants, tobacco and chocolate. On the uptake it is very much like a regula belgian ale. On the back of the tongue post gulp it is much like a sweet stout. Good mouthfeel. Slighty watery but not too awful good brew
JFGrind (1881) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
After reading the bottle I thought this was just a Belgian brown ale. After sampling it and noting its yeasty aroma, and its medium body I knew it was something more. Enjoyed the slight yeasty aftertaste. This Abbey Dubbel was a smooth beer and could pass for a session beer (until you drank four of them).
CEZ (403) - Milano, ITALY - MAY 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A feast for the eyes; medium but steady creamy head over a dark amber, clear body. Complex aroma with malt, ripe fruit, coffee on a dry, spicy, wine-like background. Taste is obviously similar, but not quite as interesting. Warm, malty, with yeast and hazelnut. Some alcohol can be perceived in the finish. Overall a rather dry dubbel, which started very interesting but actaully bored me before I was through the (375ml) bottle. I’d put this one into the "good but could have been better" category.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sadly, I let this 750ml bottle age for several months and found that it was probably not worth letting it take up the room in the cellar.
Poured with a robust amber/brown body and a nice kaki head. This ale left beautiful Brussels Lace all along the inner glass. The aroma was yeasty, beady, and noted with some toffee malts. Flavor was rather bland; more yeast, reminded me of a fresh loaf of wheat bread but with some suggestion of coconut. The palate was creamy and silky… I mean, it wasn’t a bad beer by anyone’s standards; the problem is that it’s just not a memorable beer either! Good Double, but soon forgotten.