jb (2483) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My idea of a perfect looking beer. Hazy burnt orange with a thick tan head. Not much of an aroma. Palate explodes though. Cherries, raisins, malt, brown sugar, some yeastiness but the alcohol is well hidden. I found it interesting some thought the nose was subdued with a decent palate and others thought exactly the opposite!
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz, best before 04/01/08 Pours a hazy mahogany with a little bit of garnet and a one finger beige head in my Chimay chalice. Aromas of yeast, dusty powdered sugar, roasty and caramelly malts, a little raisins. Like most dubbels Iíve rated, the aroma isnít terribly strong, but it is quite nice. Flavor is much more pronounced, with lots of yeast and toffee malts and raisins, and the blunted dusty powdered sugar is also a bit stronger than the aroma. This probably is one of the more bitter dubbels, which might not really be saying much. There may or may not have been a tiny bit of grassy hops--I thought so but I could be making it up. Dry finish, which I wasnít really expecting after the the creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied, mod-high carbonation. The head lasted me til the end, so I dunno what cab is talking about. Also, I liked this one quite a bit better than the Rochefort. Very good.
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma, but a bit light in the body.
The head disappear to fast, Rochefort is a better buy, any day.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2006 Aroma lightly mtoasted malts, plum and yeasty. It pours murky brown with a mostly diminishing light brown head. Taste is moderatly birtter and acetic, I was hoping for a better balance. Light to medium body creamy soft and a bit alcoholic. A nice pour, when you cant afford a Rochefort 10, 8 or 6.
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. dark marroon pour with huge tan head. A lot of sediment. malty, nice cherries, just a touch of alcohol in the aroma. Very smooth and the flavors quietly build up as you drink this. Cherries are dominant, figs. nice carbonation. a little oak and malts. Very nicely balanced. Dry finish
desurfer (1246) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nearly opaque brown with a large beige head. Aroma of cherries, oak, and ripe fruit. Some yeastiness as well. Flavor is enormously rich and complex. An initial sweetness with raisin and prune notes gives way to a dry tartness. Very little hops are present, and the alcohol is hardly noticeable. Lacing is thick and uniform down the inside of the glass. Overall a subdued but very enjoyable beer.
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.33lt Bottle. Wonderful chestnut brown/red color. Creamy, thin head. Yeasty and malty aromas with hints of fruit and alcohol. Very interesting complexity of tastes : raisins, grapes among others. Very refreshing and enjoyable beer. A great Dubbel.
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2012 Luxurious deep brown body capped with a creamy, marbled tan head. Grainy white sediment. Caramel and a surprising waft of Burton sulphur in the nose make me want to plunge right in. Sweet toffeeish maltiness balanced with some sourish, chocolate yoghurt notes. A distinctly hoppy, Orval-like dryness also. Yes, thatís right, sweet, sour AND bitter. And wickedly drinkable. Was saving a Rochefort 10 to initiate me into the 100 club, but this is more than worthy of the honour. A very sexy Dubbel. (Re-rate, 22/01/08) Was expecting to have to down-rate this slightly, but not a bit of it. Aroma and general yeastiness sourish, darkly fruity and slightly biting. A ringer for Westies 8 and 12. Sourish chocolate-smooth nuttiness, wholemeal, robust hop bitterness... and a lingering waft of freshbread in the aftertaste. Still top 10 material. (Another re-rate) Cannot be contained by karmeliet chalice. Blossoming yellow-beige over mahogany; nose noble, blood, choc yoghurt, hazelnut, biting yeastines like Westy. Poetically noseworthy with a complexity of bubblegum, cherry, alcohol, banana.Wincing, almost menthol hops and CO2 if you over-inhale. And you must. Mmm. 9. Flavour opens with blood, nuts, chocolate, freshly risen bread, hop cheesecake, nuts again, marzipan. Well integrated,very shrubby Germanic hop. Thereís a hairís breadth between this and Westy 8, and either could edge it on its day. Top 10 every time.
25/04/12. Banana, nail polish remover, marzipan aroma. Erm.....tastes a little bit like Batemanís? Aniseed and Nutella on wholemeal toast, deep cherry stone, almost Kriek. Very smooth, cherry-accented with a distinct English hop/yeast character and soft mouthfeel. Good beer but possibly not top 10 material any more...
Hugh (164) - Zillebeke, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Plain and ordinary dark beer. íNot too sweetí is for me its only saving grace. I used to like this beer and clearly everyone else still does. A really dull beer in a beautiful glass. I canít understand how others find this simple, one dimensional beer ícomplexí. It must be me. I give up. Goodbye, cruel world...
flemmingwillum (1098) - Nysted, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2010 A cornucopia of sweetness, fruits and malts are obvious right from the start of the aroma with this beer. Despite of the maltyness continuing in the taste, the beer remains refreshing. It has malts, chocolate and riped fruits as the most dominant flavors, but the taste is all in all unbelievable complex taste, and nearly impossible to describe in detalis. Perfectly balanced hoppy aftertaste. This beer must not be served too cold, then it will loose a lot of itís special elements, and the alcohol will be to obvious. The beer is neither watery, nor too sturdy for its style; it has the perfect body. Amazing beer.