HermanW (1021) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was a bit disappointed. Perhaps because I cought a cold ....... But it comes from a good house. So it needs a second chance.
rajendra82 (933) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark muddy red color and tall beige colored head made this an attractive looking beer. The aroma was spicy and malty with notes of cocoa, cinnamon, and plums. The taste was sweet and fruity with cherries, apples, and pears. The mouthfeel was thin and hollow and was clearly the weakest point of this beer. Very light and drinkable for a 7% ABV ale, but not the best Dubbel Iíve had.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
this doubbel filled my chimay glass wit a pretty thick head and nice dark brown color.when the head calmed a bit i took my first drink.its kinda spicy and very smooth for a belgian style beer.very good stuff,although i prefer the tripel.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish brown with a large tan head that leaves a lacing on the glass and a thin film on top of the beer. Aroma is sweet and inviting. Aroma has a mild fruit character, with malt and spice predominating. Strangely, there seems to be a subtle but detectable alcohol character--slightly unusual given the beerís comparitively lower ABV. Overall though an enjoyable and drinkable beer.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - OCT 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as good as the Rochefort 10 I had after, but still enojyable. Murky brown with a very thin tan head. Aroma and flavour are very dry and spicy. I prefer trappists that tend more towards the fruity end of the spectrum. Still there are hints of drak fruit in here.
pineypower (2402) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a nice deep brown with reddish highlights and a fizzy brownish head. It has a nice malty/ fruity aroma. The mouthfeel is great, but the taste lacks the depth of other trappists Iíve had. The flavor is fruity and malty with notes of yeast and a nice smooth finish. A great all around beer,!
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very dark brew with purple undertones and a light brown, fizzy head that forms a creamy center. The aroma is rich and malty with spicey and fruity notes. It has a full body, chocolatey with a hint of fruit before the dry finish.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Burgundy. Deep, complex, seemingly endless nose of mixed berries, cherries, chocolate, caramel and mixed nuts. Slightly cloying, deep fruity flavor with notes of plums, cherries and other dark fruits. This is lacking flavor begind the sweet dark fruitiness but more so, this is lacking depth and body.
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, a great dubbel style, particularly on tap! I saw it everywhere in Holland so I ignored it in favor of the rare stuff at first, but once I tried it I tended to go with it as the first beer of the evening quite often (La Chouffe is another good opening beer). Something of a unique taste that almost has a bit of sour cherry feel to it, but the beer backs off and you get more of a smooth, slightly yeasty feel instead. Medium finish, nice creamy tall head...good stuff!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: huge froth, to start, foamed everywhere, even over the keyboard, and íscuse me while I mop up for a sec, will you, please?
Okay, the beerís calmed down a bit, and now we can judge it more suitably, perhaps...gorgeous garnet hue, nearly violet, deep ruby may be more like it, with a generous layer of foam atop, thick, plentiful, creamy, soupy, a dream to watch dwindle down...
Aroma: like sticking oneís face deep down in a nest of ripe late-harvest fruits, and a bit from the vegetable side, too...a cornucopia in the nose, rich in cherries, and berries, grapes, and dates, and more that merely waits in the wings behind these major players...a deep, heady aroma, uplifting, otherwordly, luxurious! Damn, but itís well past time to drink, isnít it?
Taste: smooth, mellow, but oh, so much flavor, too, too much going on, too, too delicious, and I donít know where to start, actually, ...a rush of warmth, earthy fruitiness, plump and ripe and ever at home in the mouth. Mouthfeel? To capacity! Spices swim in, too, and envelope the senses, and dart about and add to the general sense of well-being felt everywhere that this brew touches. Another good gulp and I feel it again, this warm, spicy, earthy, deep, magical, tasty, fruity, magnificent....oh-my-goodness, sort of feeling...the malt is a wonderful buttress, and flavor-leader, too, but the hops, are a major contributor,as well, leading me to say, "screw it all, this is a perfectly integrated blend of all thatís great in beer-land, isnít it?"
I have more to drink from this bottle, too, and could more, possibly, be gleaned from the last remaining drops that may color my perceptions before this sampling is done? Did I leave out minor notes of nuts and cocoa and coffee, just a stitch? But the pointís made already, that this is among a rare subset of sublimity, and is so gorgeous that one is better off encountering it on rare occasions to make the meeting more special every time, I says.