jhliesen (759) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle-Beer #11 on the 2006 Europe tour--The color was a deep, deep brown, almost black, with a creamy head. The aroma had malts, cinnamon and other spices along with yeast. A strong caramel taste developed as the drink warms. Good thick mouth feel.
ghawener (1518) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: First sip is an alcohol bomb, as you progress the taste is much more subtle with soft hints of cherries, red fruits. Finish is a bit thin and flat. Very potent aroma, strong alcohol fumes.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. I don’t know why it took me so long to try this, but anyway. Rich caramel-brown with a frothy tannish head and lace. Aroma has lots of dark chocolate malts - sugar candy and bread. Flavour is rich in malts - predominately caramel smoothness. It’s pretty underwhelming I think, especially when compared overall to the Tripel.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark ruby red color with huge off white head. Aroma has cherries, vanilla, oak, caramel, sherry. Flavor is malty, fair amount of caramel, touch of dark fruit, with a mildly sweet finish. Palate is a bit fizzy. A very nice brew, though not the depth of flavor that some of the other trappists have.
BrotherJoe1975 (11) - Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderfully caramel flavor with a lingering rasiny/spicey finish.
How can you bash one of the cornerstones of the style?
jcr (2278) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice-looking dark brown body with big and creamy tan head. Musty and yeasty aroma with notes of spice and malt. Flavor is alcoholic, but not enough to overshadow tastes of of fruits — plum and banana — and spice. Medium to long finish and a pleasant enough mouthfeel if not slightly overcarbonated.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brown color, very little light gets through the glass! Big, bubbly head, some of which lingers on and on, til the brew is gone. The aroma is slightly fruity, maybe dried fruits, raisins, and some malt. The taste is much the same, with an emphasis on the malt, with a dry and somewhat hoppy finish. Medium mouthfeel, even after the brew warms to almost room temperature. I don’t really notice the high level of carbonation or alcohol that some have mentioned in their ratings. Overall, this is a very nice dubbell!
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting aroma that reminded me of warm whole wheat toast and apple butter. Brown with tan head that settles down and skims the top of your beer untill you are finished with it. Highly carbonated which a took a bit away in my opinion. Extremely rounded flavor of Chrdonnay and raisins. Rich lingering finish. Highly drinkable.
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is not what I was expecting, but I like it! It pours a dark reddish brown color with a very tall foamy head. Nose is hoppy and dry, but swishing releases a nice roasty malt smell. The carbonation is slightly too sharp, but that’s just to my personal taste. I can pick out several different flavors including candy-ish roasted malt and dark fruit, against a background of mild spicy hops. After a few sips, the beer turns a little sweeter, but is very well balanced throughout. The beer finishes dry, leaving just a slight stickiness behind.
Quevillon (2601) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
But au Bistro Belge (St-Hubert, Quéebec), 33 cl. Brun foncée voilée, petit collet blanche. Arome très caramelisé, un peu épicé. Goût légèrement malté et épicé, pas trop alcoolisé.