Eructoblaster (3222) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice dark brown cloudy body topped with a good off-white foamy head. Superb vineous aroma with yeasty and fruity notes. Enjoyable hoppy taste that perfectly hides the alcohol. It carries various sweet and fruity notes. Ends with a decent and warming bittersweet finish. Excellent Dubbel!
tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow, after julrey’s excellent comment there’s not much else to say! My bottle poured with a fantastic creamy head, and the beer itself appeared a dense, murky brown color. Complex flavors going on here, but smooth and malty to my tongue. Interesting fizzy palate. This was my first trappist ale, and I’m impressed.
julrey (32) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from bottle dated best before 8/19/05
Pours a deep translucent copper with one finger head and a sizeable amount of carbonation.
Smell is a complex bouquet of fruity esters, spices, and couple with an undercurrent of mild malt.
Mouthfeel is much the same as a typical Belgian such as a Chimay, a bubbly thickness which carries itself over the tongue in langorous fashion. Not much effort needed to savor rather than swill. Although this is a good Trappist dubbel, it’s hard not to compare with other major brands as there is a lack of truly distinctive flavoring present. Seems closest to a Chimay Cenq Cents if I’m recalling my Chimays correctly, although I definitely like this one a bit better. Very solid, as my scores reflect. I only sound jaded in my comments as a warning to people who have trouble finding Westmalle in their area; if you’ve got the usual suspects (Chimay, Ommegang, Orval, etc) this one may not be worth going too far out of your way to acquire.
billism (44) - Missouri City, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Very dark brown. Thick tanish head. Fruity aroma. Very fizzy, yet smooth. The taste is not quite as powerful as the aroma. An enjoyable beer I will probably get more of.
Gorbalev (2981) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Smokeless Joe’s. Incredible, stunning aroma - spice, malt, sweet yeast. Intense, warming, and perfect. Dark brown, small tan head. Medium mouthfeel. Taste is very nice, lots of malt and spice. A really nice hop bite with some pepper. The taste though does not quite live up to the incredible aroma, and is a notch below the Rochefort 8’s of the world - it is a little harsh (just a touch). Excellent beer.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Off an old rating notebook.Dark brown with a big head. Lots of sweet malts and some spicey candy notes. Nice and thick on the tongue. I drank this warm and the sweetness was very subdued and the alcohol barely noticable.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite satisfying. If it’s an Abbey Dubbel you want, you’ve done well to select this one. Classic lacing, yeast strain in evidence, subtle yet strong adherence to the expected trappist malt flavor (just ever so slightly sweetish) for the style and a pleasant mouthfeel. Enjoyable, solid, well heeled!
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks great, smells really nice. Full but not overpowering - same thing can be said for the flavour - some cloves, some sweetness, but the flavour seems to end abruptly. Very fizzy.
beermug1964 (4) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
has a nice dark reddish color in the glass. Pours with a good head. Nice fruity aroma almost a sweet smell.
BeerandBlues2 (10449) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown mahagony with a huge mpale like frothy head that is somewhat diminishing and frothy lacing. Oak fruity (apple, pear) malt (cookie, meal) and yeast (cellared) aroma. Nutty malt medium roasted fruity flavor, medium acidity and bitter hop finish. Medium bodied and fizzy, lively carbonated palate.