ekstedt (6528) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 Bottle (33 cl) from Systembolaget. Murky reddish brown, big firm pale beige head. Malty, earthy, sugary aroma with a distinct yeast profile. Very smooth mouthfeel. A little plain compared to other trappist beers.
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Colour a cloudy dark brown with a thick head and a slightly yeasty aroma. I found the taste a bit thin and unbalanced but with a soft warm sting from the alcohol.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Fruits, roast coffee and chocolate notes in the aroma. Brownish, purplish, reddish color with a beige head. When I started drinking, it seemed very bitter, much like a dark roast coffee, but as it warmed to a more appropriate temperature, fruit and chocolate hints started coming through and the bitterness moderated. The mouthfeel was just a little bit sticky. Probably better for a winter night in colder climes than Senegal, but not bad here. I think it’s a pleasant well balanced beer.
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a brown color with almost no head. Aroma of yeast and some dark fruits. Some malt in the taste. A small amount of alcoholic warming towards the end. A pretty good beer, mellow flavors, but pleasant all around.
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick, cloudy mahogany shaded body with staying beige head. Aromas of fig, toffee and woods with a slight alcoholic undercurrent. Some brighter pineapple and orange shades shine through at times. A peppery sensation leads a palate wrought with chocolate and fruit flavors. Cocoa powder, plum and some brandy. The body is quite overcarbonated and it costs a bit too much but it is a fine beverage.
pintbypint (3328) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml brown bottle. Poured a chestnut brown colour with a small, tight creamy beige cap which seems to be constantly renewing itself from the centre of the glass. Aroma is fruity - banana notes, sweet, quite malty. Flavour is dark malt, again some fruitiness shows, apple and pear and banana notes. Finish is dry and yeasty. Carbonation is very even and soft, body is medium to full. Great dubbel.
Squirreldogger (4) - Chicago (Lincoln Park), Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
St. Bernardus Chalice
Great malty aroma. with a great dry hop finish I was not expecting but loved!. I’d like to try this in a 750ml bottle to get a bit of that cork aroma and flavor. Overall great brew although from what I remember from a couple months back not as good as Chimay’s dubbel. I’d like to do a side by side!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown body with a large tan head, lasting, nice lacing. The aroma is banana, figs, pear and perfumey hops. The flavor is pear, some banana and peach, figs, golden raisins, candi sugar and herbal hops. Medium body, moderately dry, very soft texture. Excellent and very deserving of it’s stellar reputation.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark chestnut color, thin wispy head. Slightly bready yeast aroma, Belgian malts. Some light fruit aromas present and nicely compliment the yeast and malt aromas. Light palate, mildly carbonated. Mild sour notes in the taste, nice balance to the sweetness and malt, dry finish. Extremely pleasant to drink and has a subtle complexity to it.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(330 ml bottle (stamped "05/11/05") from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co., cellared for 1 year after purchase) Nice elegant beer but I found flavor didn’t quite live up to aroma...Pours very murky dark rusty reddish-brown. Two fingers of biege head recede to about 1/4". Aroma is really nice - brown sugar, red wine, yeast, bread, dough, malt, dark fruit - very inviting. Mouthfeel is medium-full, lots of light prickliness actually detracts I think. Dryish, esp. in finish. Flavor: I was expecting a big wallop that didn’t really come. Red wine flavor with nice maltiness and yeastiness mixed in. Flavor was rather "thin" though in comparison to aroma.