JFGrind (1892) - 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.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle. Clear reddish-brown color with a HUGE tan head that lingers and leaves good lacing. Aroma is malty and yeasty with the lovely belgian spice notes. Flavor is sweet and yeasty, spicy with a dry finish. Body is medium full, smooth with a gentle carbonation.
TChrome (1433) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Like most Abbey Dubbel’s this one is a pleasure to view in the glass. Big off white head sits atop an amber colored beer. Lots of lacing. Aroma is strongly malty, mostly resembling bread dough, also some obvious yeast, and a hint of prunes. Flavor lives up to the aroma. Nice sweet malty flavor with some yeastiness and a finish that seems to just kind of evaporate.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish colour with a big beige head. Sweet and mild Belgian dubbel. Some dark fruits, pleasant malts, and a full/creamy body (medium carbonation). Not particularly interesting, but certainly very enjoyable.
sloth (2596) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large tan head great retention and lace. Clear chestnut brown color. Spicey, yeasty nose with a hint of dark malts. Medium body, pleasent silkyness. Good malt flavors, fruity, slight nuttiness. Hints of vanilla and a touch of chocolate. Finish is medium dry. An easy drinkin 8%er.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a clear, very dark brown-red liquid with a medium amount of off-white head that dissipates quickly to near nothing. Aroma is of molasses, cherry, alcohol - not pleasant. Flavor is of hops and coffee beans, molasses, with a slightly dry ending. Taste and mouthfeel is watered down. Sampled at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very cloudy brownish amber with thin head. Carmel, floral, spicy aroma. Smooth carmel, coffee up front. Some spice in the middle, and a sweet toastyness to the finish. Mouth watering lingering flavor as it slides down the throat.
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled, at the Helsinki Beer Festival 2004) Dark brown/amber color, small head. Caramel-malty, syrupy, sourish aroma. Malty, sweetish, fruity flavor with hint of licorice and beans. Quite light-bodied palate for a dubbel.