highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2005
1.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Sampled this Belgian old brown ale at Australian summer room temperature and found it thin and astringent. Judging by the ratings here, it benefits enormously from being chilled! It poured a teak colour with a small short-lived head. The nose is rich and tarry. Molasses and peppery alcohol. The body is too thin for the style and the alcohol too prominent. Nasty cloying spices and sour vinegary notes in the finish. (Bottle)
JonMoore (2023) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark murky brown with no head. Aroma has dates, malts and bread. Taste is quite complex; malt is dominant, with spices and alcohol. Medium bodied and drinkable. Very good.
GregClow (2990) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish-brown colour with a medium sized tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma of dark fruit, sour milk, herbs & tree bark. Flavour is malty and earthy, with some bitter cocoa and medicinal/band-aid notes. Dry, spicey finish. A very interesting beer.
Radek Kliber (6700) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Warm aroma, sweet, toffee and toasted malts. Medium bodied. Woody brown, creamy head. Sharp front, aromatic hops, fairly dry. Average.
TheBeerGod (5597) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Purchased at Kulminator. Labeled Oud Vieille Villers Dubbel. Vintage 1997. Dark brown body with lovely garnet edges. Small tan head resting on top. Nose is sort of strong malts, maybe creme brulee, and watery coca with some tarter fruit notes. taste is rich and "meaty" with caramel, spices, sweetened malt, faint fruit notes and light brown sugar. Body feels a bit on the thin side but retains a decent carbonation feel and a lingering spice on the tongue. Almost a bit of tartness or sharpness as well. Finish is thin also while holding onto it’s spicy and cocoa flavors along with maltiness.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red-brown with an off white head. Malty extract nose with peppery licorice and alcohol and a hint of dark passion fruits in the mouth. Too much sweetness and a roast barley notes although the extra malt is nice.
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet malty aroma, with some brown sugar, molasses, and light bitter-sour hop character. Dark reddish-brown clear, with foamy off-white lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts with some malty sweetness, more dry though, with mild astringent bitterness. Caramel and a little bit of molasses come through in the finish, with some stale hops, papery notes. After has a little alcohol and light nuttiness. Decent, but nothing special.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is fruit and brown sugar, deep garnet, and a small toffee head. Flavour has plums, prunes, raisins too. Fairly complex, medium bodied, extra bitter. Very good!
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reddiosh brown body with a good sized fluffy off white head. Aroma has some maltiness with alcoholic undertones. Flavour has a strong malt character with a subtle hint of chocolate at times. A bitter-sour tang lurking about detracts from it in my opinion but it is still a nice beer, with a medium mouth feel. Sampled @ Smokeless Joes with DougShoemaker.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great intens brown color with a fine small head. Rich aroma’s of coffee, cacao, soft spice and malts. Full flavor with hints of malts, chocolate; cinnamon and a good hoppy bitterness in the end.