DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 33cl bottle; one of the LCBO’s exploding bottles. Poured a rich brown with a 1/2 inch thick head. Barely translucent and it reminded me of aged pure maple syrup. Aroma of vanilla and candy permeates the nose. Flavour is malt and alcohol...the 7% clearly comes through. Caramel finishes the flavour.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 330 ml bottle - Pours a deep brown with golden highlights at the edges. Delicious aroma of grapes, black- berries, and lots of malt. Full mouthfeel, with an emphasis again on the malt, but without being cloying. Smooth and almost wine-like, and it should be treated as such - it truly is a holy thing. Highly sessionable for it’s strength.
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Carlsens.
Really nice beer. Beautiful brown look and malty aroma. Flavor is some sour and sweet with a wonderful finish. An always true beer!
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle. Reddish brown in colour. Seems to be slightly hazy. Tall light-brown fluffy head. Distinct candy sugar sweet aroma with light banana esters thrown in. Crisp dry flavour with a drying hop bitterness. Somewhat thin-bodied, but holds quite a lot of flavour. Surprisingly bitter. Nice mellow flavours.
mjg74 (2834) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, BevMo La Mesa. Pours a dark maroon color. Very rich dark fruit is noticable in the aroma. Some spice and yeast as well. Fairly good sized head. Citric bitterness up front. Some raisin and a hint of yeast. Seems to be very dry. Finish is a little hoppy and bitter.
emjay (30) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a rich mohogany color with a very foam off-white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of overripe fruits and wine. Taste is more subdued than I would have like, but it has a nice taste. A bit of caramel taste but loads of spices. Very drinkable. Except for the burn on my empty stomach, I would have believe you if you told me it was 4% ABV. Taste improves as you continue down the glass. Delicious, even if it isn’t as intense as I would have liked.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle- Lcbo purchase- Pours a murky, almost opaque chestnut. Head is one finger beige froth. Aromas are massive dark fruits, like figs and prunes. Lots of spices, caramel(burnt), floral. Tastes of caramalized and over-ripe plums, floral spicyness, melted brown sugar, with substantial bitterness(hopping) for the style, that leads well into the finish. Silky and lush, not the least bit heated. Just the way I like dubbels.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 11.2 oz. embossed trappist brown bottle with a best before date on the back label, 04.01.08, sampled at cellar temperature in a chalice.
Poured a reddish brown with a frothy off-white/pale beige head that settled into thin foamy lacing, small amount of sticking.
Aromas of caramel malts, a bit floral and sweet fruity esters.
Good carbonation and a softly crisp, dry, mouthfeel.
Pleasant dubbel taste, caramel malty with touches of cocoa, a soft sweet plum fruitiness, spicy yeastiness, the alcohol is not very noticeable, only a warming presense in the palate, and a dry spicy and fruity finish.
A good dubbel, easy and smooth drinkability, I would like to try this the tap sometime.
Lubiere (11170) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear reddish brown ale with an extra thick lacing light moka head. Aroma of warming scotch alcohol, chocolate and orange peels. In mouth, woody malt with long alcohol warmth, not sweet as expected, but loads of coriander and light hopping. A bit thinner than other classics. Still, a classy beer. Bought at LCBO for 2.95$.
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle at T.O.F.S. in Hammersmith. Reddish Brown in colour. Head fades away to leave only a tan ring around the inside of the glass. Has an earthy malt aroma. Tastes of dried fruits, rasins and nuts with the alcohol being apparent but not overpowering. Well balanced with a long finish.