SimonMerlevede (11) - - JAN 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2014 very good beer, nice finish with small bitter aftertaste. You can also taste the port and little bit of honey.
ForlornHope (355) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours red-brown in colour with a white head that diminishes, leaving a good lace on the glass. Aroma is rich malt with a slightly sharp tanginess. Tastes slightly sweet to start, with a good balance of bitterness. The main flavour characteristic is the nicely balanced tangy taste which gives this malty ale an interesting character without being too sharp. There are also some nice fruit flavours in there. Despite being rich and sweet, the sharpness makes it quite quaffable.
rami_pl (1461) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAY 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
butelka, warka do 22-01-18. Brazowe, z ladna ale szybko, szampansko znikajaca piana. aromaty to slody, karmel, suszone owoce, miod. w ustach niewiele ciala, srednie wysycenie, praktycznie bez goryczki, slodkie (miodowo-owocowo slodkie), dosc lekkie. Rozczarowniem jest to, ze w ogole nie ma nic, ani w aromacie ani w smaku, co by mowilo tym lezakowaniu w beczce. Sredniak, zbyt jednowymiarowy na cokolwiek wiecej.
Alengrin (4148) - BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2016 Intended as the ’dubbel’ version in this barrel-aged Vleteren series, but perhaps 8% ABV is a bit much to still use the term ’dubbel’... Anyway, bottle of less than a year old. Tightly ’membranous’ lacing, off-white, thick, even somewhat frothy, dense and stable head over an initially clear, deep burgundy bronze coloured beer with red copper hue, fully translucent. Aroma of caramel, hazelnut paste, fig, dry earth, blackberry, soggy brown bread, raw potato, dried thyme, green and unripe banana, some vanilla-like oak but only (too) subtly so, vague hints of raspberry vinegar, moldy nut shells, dry liquorish candy, faint ruby port, soap, damp tree leaves, old paper, moist wood. Lively fruity onset, sweet but not cloying and balanced with a basic sourishness, hints of pear, fig, some banana, peach and blackcurrant, medium carbo but perhaps still a tad sharp for this style, ’fresh’ and lean, full malt body, caramelly sweetish but also notably nutty from the start with a bittering toasted edge that grows ever stronger, while spicy yeasty notes develop on top, phenolic but in the gentle, clove-like way rather than becoming too obnoxious, herbal hoppiness in the end, softly bittering and drying, earthy, bit spicy, working well together with an equally softly drying woodiness which, unfortunately, yields not many tannin aromas retronasally and remains, in all, fairly limited; ends with ongoing nutty malt bittersweetness, very late but effective earthy and rather superficial hop bitterishness, drying yet only subtly ’old furniture’ woodiness and a dash of warming, rum-like alcohol. Quite alright to me, but given that I did like the other (stronger) versions quite a lot, I had higher expectations: in this one, the wood factor remains a background issue, clearly less outspoken than in the two others, and to my taste not outspoken enough. Yet, all things considered and regarded as a dubbel which it indeed claims to be (as "Bruin", which is more or less the same thing in Belgium), this is perfectly enjoyable, not showing any unforgivable technical flaws at all and at the same time creating some depth and richness in the mouth. More ’wood effect’ would probably have made this better but it does have subtle spicy and yeasty qualities which manifest themselves only at higher temperatures and under more detailed scrutiny. Doubtlessly a good one to cellar for some years, but I stick to my original opinion that it does not quite live up to the standard of the two stronger versions in this series (the tripel and the quadrupel towering over this dubbel, so to speak).
jamestulloch (3083) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Appellation Wines tasting. Muddy brown body with no head. Faint lacing. Aroma of fruit pudding, red wine and tomato juice. Flavour of brown sugar and stewed tea. Medium body with a powdery mouthfeel. Soft fizz. Far too sweet for my taste...
Stuu666 (9526) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at appellation. Pours murky brown, nose is sugary, caramel, toffee, taste is sweet, sugary, toffee, light fruit.
cgarvieuk (20220) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle at home... dark brown .. thin lacing ... soft herbal yeast nose ... odd tofee .. swet malts .. but something very odd and gerbal
Evilkniamhel (348) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle. Pours cloudy brown. Toffee, vanilla, bitter malts. Smooth, bit thin on palate.
allmyvinyl (8807) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2016
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Comely Bankers III. Another Gusher. Pours murky brown with no head. Aromas of brown sugar. Taste is sweet, sweet finish. One-dimensional.
nihtila (2611) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Comely Bankers III. Murky dark brown. Nose is sugary sweet, caramel, plums. Taste is oak, caramel, molasses.
AshtonMcCobb (4899) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Stuu666.
Appearance - muddy brown. Nae heid.
Nose - orange and toffee.
Taste - more of the same.
Palate - medium bodied with a tangy texture and a long dry yet still fairly sweet finish.
Overall - a bit too sweet.