Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A sample of one of my favorite styles from an as-yet untried brewer...this is always fun!
Color is a deep, dark, gorgeous red, and the head is a thick, full, frothy off-whitish hue. Aroma: jam-packed with with spice, vanilla, cola nuts. (I can’t shake off a certain similarity to Coca-Cola, as much as I’d like to!)
Lush and luscious mouthfeel, fueled by tingly, sparkling hops. Aflood with earthy, yeasty feeling, and rich, satisfying malt. Just delicious! Tantalizing on the tongue, with flavor fully realized. This little stubby 11.2 oz. bottle depletes far too briefly!
JorisPPattyn (8232) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thick, creamy, coffee-cream coloured head, slightly irregular; opaque dark brown but with amber shine at the edges. Bit of (sweet) chocolate in the nose; fresh, herbal smell, also musky, but not very powerfull. Sweet, liquorice-like taste, even with a flavour as the aroma of stale, old dry black tea. Again, faint sweet chocolate. Remarkably thinnish texture, I suspect lots of candi sugar, not necessarily dark, fully attenuated. But it ill fits the character of the beer. Sorry to say, but this is lacklustre without being bad on any point. Dreary, even inbalanced, whereas microbrewers ought to excell if they want to concurrence the big ones.
Gachupines (1025) - USA - AUG 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Easy to drink given the abv, the taste is dominated by malts, but consistency is a bit thinner than expected. Worth trying again, but it didn’t leave a major impression on me
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 (6542) - 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 (972) - 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 (1733) - 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