iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 33 cL bottle, before 27/03/03, sampled early July 2005: murky, orange brown – light brown, tight bubbled foam diminishes into a thin wispy mosaic…Plumy, cherry skin aroma with full yeasty notes, raisins, brown sugar, honey, and toffee. Well carbonated palate is initially fizzy, but as it warms subdues a little bit to become the perfect delivery system. Soft, luscious apple flesh, sweet plum juice, figs, lightly bitter honey and an elegant warm doughiness blend in beautiful combination, a close rival to its cousins Westy 12 and Rochefort 10. 9/4/9/5/18 4.5
11.2 fl oz bottle. Best before 27/03/03, sampled 28 November 2005: modest, light brown, small bubble Styrofoam…diminishing into a thin, patchy film. Thin, watery edges surround a cloudy, deep brown-cedar body with violet highlights. Sweet prunes, chestnuts, toasted toffee, alcohol laced caramel, and dark cherry and grape skins make up a superb aroma. Complex flavour profile with dusty milk chocolate, smooth toffee, yellow cake, tobacco, bitter-sweet honey, and bitter tangerine zest. The finish is light, sweet and fruity with a lingering bitterness. Still a great treat, but already declining since the sample 6 months ago or so... 9/4/8/4/17 4.2
jgentgesdo (674) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours gorgeous translucent ruby-brown with huge, foamy tan head that lasts and laces very well. The nose is wonderful and complex. Starts with cotton candy, and then I pick up cherry, apricot, plum, apple. The flavor reminds me of good brandy. Rich malt and a woodsy note, strong alcohol, carbonation speeding it to the back of your throat. There find cinnamon, cardamom, white pepper. A nice, purely bitter aftertaste waits. Truly great.
Lunkie (1466) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fruit spiritus aroma. Dark brown colour with good head and lacing. Sweet malt fruit spiritus flavour. Fizzy palate.
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 Sainsbury’s. 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 I’ve tried. Dried fruit and that wonderful Belgian yeast. A little woody and nutty. Extremely enjoyable. Is this heaven? No, it’s 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
Can’t believe I’ve 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 (1285) - 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 I’ve 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 I’ve tried and it has a nice woody nutty finish. I personally found it very enjoyable as I don’t always like something too aggressive tasting. This was smooth and warming which was perfect for a cool summer night. Overall, a must try.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - 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 it’s not a monster like some of the other trappists, but it’s certainly well done.