Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2004 Aroma reminds of chocolate and citrus. Fresh and invigorating. Colouring is on the dull side of dark brown.
Taste has hints of dark chocolate and fruitiness, big on malts with a dryish finish I liked.
Good stuff, but not really what I'd drink regularly.
Re-rate: it's not a remarkable beer by any means and most of my first rating still sounds right to me. Still it warranted better numbers. It doesn't feel as big to me now, but it's a very pleasant beer nonetheless.
jgb9348 (4294) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy dark brown colour with a nice off-white head. Aroma of cherries, raisins, plums and other sugars-all with a malt background. Medium to Light-bodied; Mild sweetness with strong bittering malt. Not much flavour-definately lacking-not what I had expected. Aftertaste is bland as well, not too great-only some malt showing. Overall, a nice treat, but not as good as I had expected. I got this 33 cL bottle courtesy of my sister's fiance which he got from Belgium! I sampled this one on 27-November-2003.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
served from bottle dated 05/04. Poured a lovely reddish brown with a nice toffee colored head that was quick to dissipate but left a nice thin layer at the top that lasted for much of the glass. some good lacing. Aroma was of dark fruits with a slight note of alcohol. Heavily carbonated makes for a wonderful mouthfeel. Darker fruits are carried through to the initial flavors then fades to a hoppy almost metallic finish. This metal tatste fades as the beer warms a bit. Very good over all.
rlgk (8506) - Skövde, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 Amber brown, somewhat hazy color, great lasting offwhite head. Fruity aroma, peach, raisins, plum and some sourish notes. Some yeast. Fruity flavor from raisins and plums, nice hops and a good mouthfeel.
Old rating: 6/4/6/4/13
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I must say I was really disappointed with this. The beer looked really good, with decent head retention. Aroma had the characteristic plum/Special B aroma with some banana but was mixed with a generic yeasty aroma which wasn't all that nice.
Flavour was completely lacking in malt, with a fair bit of alcohol and spice and a pretty bitter finish (for the style at least). Also a bit too highly carbonated.
I must confess I haven't had all that many Dubbels but this falls well behind even Chimay.
Geiserich (2925) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - NOV 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Bottled Rating 14, rerated now from tap in Brussel: :
Fruity aroma, spicy, notes of plums. Fruity taste, very malty, notes of burnt chocolate and notes of cacao. Very pleasant and tasty.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownred with beige head.
Aroma with licorice, rubber and fruit. Smells a bit like a Riesling of good quality.
Thin flavour, dry and malty. Tones of almonds and graphite. This one grows on you and has become a bit of a present favorite.
Nate (3464) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light aroma. Muted malts. Some hops aroma. Pleasant but weak. Dark cloudy w/small off-white head. Med watery body with heavy carb. Some sweetness up front. Medium heavy bitterness @ end. Nutty bitter after. Decent Belgian dubbel.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown in colour. Aroma was slighly sweet, of bananas, some yeast and alcohol. Flavour had a nice maltiness to it, with some citrus, smooth body. Finishes with a slight alcohol bitterness.
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown with a rocky tan head. A rich complex intoxicating aroma of caramel, pastries, fruit, wood and alcohol. Rich malty, yeast esthers with oak barrel flavors. A real treat to find way over here!