fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Sweet tasting, and Malty with cheesy yeast with dark reddish color.
Available at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle conditioned from Sainsburyís. Looked a bit like a coke at first, but the frothy head lasted well. The taste was delightful: rich, warm, sweet and malty with an appealing bitterness at the end. Wish I had another bottle.
Gmku (294) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Heavenly. Slightly murky deep red-brown with a great frothy tan head that lingers. Heavily carbonated. Soft, sweet, not quite as harsh as other Belgians Iíve tried. Dried fruit and that wonderful Belgian yeast. A little woody and nutty. Extremely enjoyable. Is this heaven? No, itís Westmalle.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very decent trappist. Nice dark brown with hints of red. Carbonation is all over the place, a nice beer to watch. Taste is very sweet malt with hints of cherry almost. Refreshing, but a bit overwhelming on the palate.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Canít believe Iíve not rated this. An old favourite. Almost opaque dark brown with persistent rocky head. Great aroma of malt, sultanas, yeast, caramel. Very smooth drinking. Love it.
roder60 (1284) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a cloudy dark reddish brown with a huge amount of froathy tan head that stays for a very long time. Also lots of very small carbonation bubbles that continually rise from the bottom. The aroma is not as strong as in other belgians Iíve tried. This one is much softer and sweeter with dried fruit and an alcohol undertone. I found it to be very nice and not too yeasty or spicy. The flavor is smooth and dominated by caramely malts but also has nice undertones of fruits and a tiny bit of yeast. It really is a much "smoother" dubbel than many Iíve tried and it has a nice woody nutty finish. I personally found it very enjoyable as I donít always like something too aggressive tasting. This was smooth and warming which was perfect for a cool summer night. Overall, a must try.
ABUSEDGOAT (2389) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2006 Brownish body with a tint of red, small head, beautiful lacing. Aroma is malt dominated with notes of darker fruits, yeast, caramel and spices. Flavor is the same, and itís not a monster like some of the other trappists, but itís certainly well done.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown with a fluffy head. Malty aroma with some yeast poking through. The normal Belgian yeast esters were there, but not accentuated the way they are in more fully developed beers. It seems like the dried fruits and clove are just floating around with the malt, rather than following it or balancing it. Perhaps Iíve been spoiled by Chimay Red, but Iím starting to look for a bit of sourness in doubles that Iím not finding often.
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Red brown with a big head. The aroma is sweet, flowery, damp and moldy, not very defined aroma. The taste is floral, hops. A very good blend of bitter sweet, a good beer for warm weather. well masked alcohol.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours a deep reddish mahogany with a bit of haze and a small off white head. Aroma is malty and sweet with dried fruit apparent. Flavor is ever so slightly roasted with big caramel malt flavors. Along comes the big fruity ester profile and clovy spiciness and significant dark dried fruits: raisons and dates. However, there just seemed to be a lack of complexity overall compared to the other Trappist ales Iíve tried. A bit of sourness would have been nice for some balance to the sweetness. Body was fairly full with a slightly thin mouthfeel. Not one of the better dubbels Iíve had.