ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003? bottle. Burgundy red with deeper chestnut browns, fizzy (as expected) but a big off-white head with some brown flecks in it. bottle conditioned. Aroma of bittersweet prunes, light phenols, dry gingerbread?, and a touch of sweet molasses. Hmm, this is very light, much more so than expected or hoped for. Good cinnamon, brown sugar, earthiness, rhubarb, dry raspberry and a touch of lightly sweet chocolate. Very watery consistency, finish has some alcohol on it and a touch of astringency. Not terribly impressed, will try again at some point.
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful dark brown and think rich caramel head. As for taste, compared to the other trappist beers with its nice spicy slightly fruity palate. Well balanced alcohol, roast malts and hops.
Dogbrick (6864) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 9th, 2004: This brew is a dark brown color with a thick foamy light beige head. Very thin lacing. It has an aroma of fruit, malt and toffee. Medium-bodied and rather smooth with lively carbonation. The flavor consists of fruit (plum was very noticeable), malt, and nuts. The flavors did not seem to play very well together though. The finish has a nice dark fruit character to it though. This beer is decent but I have had better Dubbels.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown body with a tan head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.
Rich malt aroma. Some tobacco, raisins and alcohol.
Full malty flavor. Raisins, yeast and alcohol are present too. Licorice, slightly sour and some of that tobacco among the flavors.
Full-bodied and spritzy on the tongue. Good mouthfeel.
sayravai (4668) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2005 (Bottled, BBE 01/2006, the last bottle Iíve saved from back when the Finnish monopoly, Alko, still sold this one, from De Koninck glass) Very dark brown color, slightly tanned, small but lasting head. Caramely, lightly roasted malt, hops and chocolate, dried fruit - even some rye-pudding can be found in the sweetish aroma. The flavor is well-balanced: slightly sweet, very malty and hoppy with rhum, raisins, orange-peel and a bitter, quite carbonated finish, some anisey spiciness - even banana. Long, lingering, sticky-hoppy, very enjoyable aftertaste. Quite full-bodied and carbonated, warming palate. An excellent, quite full and complex dubbel, only slightly too carbonated.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark brown. Lovely beige head. Sweet, fruity (cherry, plums, banana) aroma w/ bubble gum & chocolate. Full bodied. Robust & sweet flavour of fruit (plums, dates, raisins), milk chocolate, banana, vanilla, licorice. Quite bitter w/ a little earthiness.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle dated 27/03/03: Ruby brownish hue; mostly clear. About a fingers worth of foamy pale tan head. Banana, sweet, candy, fruit nose. Seductively sweet, dark fruit, cocoa, vanilla, cherry, licorice, nice body, finishing with pleasant estery goodness.
3fourths (7534) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 Deep brown and cloudy with a huge head. Musty and old aroma of plums and cardboard. Good palate, with the usual alcohol-like trappist flavor, and also some plum and woody characteristics.
CEZ (393) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown body. Not very tall, mostly lasting beige head, leaving a nice, whitish lace. Interesting notes of wine, spices and licorice. You won't remember this one for its sweetness; it's rather bitter and
hoppy. Creamy body. Very drinkable. Good stuff!
CapFlu (4253) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(33cl bottle) Sampled at Beerbistro in Toronto. Pours a medium, beige head and brown body. Nose of brown sugar and plums. Very good.