kramer (5173) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a murky brown with ruby highlights when held up to light. Had to wait a few minutes to get a good feel for the aroma until the large frothy head died down. Aroma is very rich, notes of dark fruits, caramel malt sweetness, belgian yeast. Flavor is very dry up front, I was expecting sweeter from the aroma. Smooth flavor profile- malt, black cherry, alcohol, fruity, yeasty. Mouthfeel is perfect, medium bodied with mouthcoating finish that last well into the next sip. Lively carbonation fits this beer well. Very good Dubbel, I guess there’s a raeson this is considered a classic.
Quinten (1049) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2006 aroma with yeasty and fruity notes, Character is unbelievable, nice one!
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 330 ml bottle in Westmalle glass.
Dark, dim, mahogany-red-brown, cloudy.
Big brownish white head.
Smells of malt, alcohol, yeast, figs, chhocolate, hops, orange peel, almond.
Flavour is bitter, malty, very well balanced, pleasant sweetness (however small), nutty.
Cooling, rich, malty w/ a good sticky aftertaste.
highlandlad (1424) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 This was the fourth beer of a shared tasting, so a dulled palate may partially explain this rating. However, I’m surprised at how underwhelming this seemed. It looked fantastic: teak colour with a towering pillowy head that lasted well. However, it took a lot of swirling to release the aroma, which seemed very subtle for the 7% abv. First impression was of grape juice, then some unexpected tangy grapefruit notes and a softer melony fruitiness. Nothing wrong with the aroma but it was hard work drawing it out. The palate seemed a fraction thin for the style. The flavour again showed grape juice, with dark bready malts. Quite quenching, with a citric tang in a fairly spiritous finish. May have to revisit this one. (330ml bottle shared with Aarleks, IBS, Perth)
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Dark mahogany with a huge beige head and a little bit of chunky sediment. Spicey, tangy aromas with a bit of cheesy hops... not much really. This bottle was much more alive in the mouth: Dark bread comes in late with a ’meatiness’ and lots of medicinal flavours, hot overtones, and some golden syrup after a long wait but still a little thin.
I must say I was really dissapointed with this one. It simply didn’t deliver on any of the fronts apart from looks. In hindsight I suspect a bad bottle so would like to come back to it.
Thanks to highlandlad for sharing this one with me at his home.
ALLOVATE (2487) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Finally, my first Westmalle Dubbel and a two-year old at that. I was banking on an excellent beer and it certainly delivered. A lovely choice to bring me into the ’400’. Tasted from the bottle and poured into a chalice at just below room temperature. Opaque chocolate brown body with a tinge of orange in the lights. Head formed from the pour, a good inch thick, dense, rocky beige crown that lasted the length and left an abundance of lace down the glass. Deep, rich and inviting dark chocolate, raisins, prunes and red wine aroma, spicy dry and even a little earthy with a hint of grassy hops. The aroma continued to waft for the length and helped amplify the extremely tasty palate. Similarly rich and dry in the mouth, quite malty and earthy, the body was lighter than expected but made up for by the generous flavour. Wine-like, spicy and a little zesty, it seemed to evolve with each sip. Had a degree of tartness in the back which blended with resinous and herbal, bitter hops and malt before a long, dry and malty swallow. Lovely balance of malt and hops with no hint of the ABV, it was simply as smooth as silk and made for the ideal sipping beer, especially for the unpredictably cold Aussie winter it is right now. Yet another wonderful Trappist beer, I fail to imagine my life without those hardworking monks and their passion for the good ale. Absolutely wonderful!!! (33cL, 09/11/05)
delmecum (87) - Western Illinois, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gigantic tan head. A very aromatic beer scent floats from the glass. Dark brown clor with a lively body. Almost a merlot taste. Very enjoyable...but almost a little to fizzy to enjoy the taste.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a deep amber body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s sweet and malty with nice candy sugar notes, a little spice and a touch of hops. Full bodied, warming and slightly dry.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark brown. However, when held to a bright light, this beer is a bright cranberry red with tons of bubbles headed from the bottom of the glass to the mighty head. The froth is tanned/ toasted white bread, and evenly thick, but is gone within a minute. Aroma is strong and sumptuous with cinnamon, clove, prodigious malt, tangy grapes, caramel, yeast, and baked apples.Taste is full of flavor, with caramel, granny smith apples, drying clove spices, yeast, really big hops, and tongue sizzling high ABV (are you sure its not more than 7%?). Aftertaste is warm from the alcohol, with a pleasant dryness (herbal-like), spicy hops and loads or residual malt and yeast. Everything a good abbey should be. Lacing is medium to above average. Thank goodness for this beer, as my last 20 or so were real stinkers. Purchased at Chevy Chase Wine and Liquor in our Nation’s Capital, Washington, DC.
vanvenlo (1329) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 May 2005 - Lusciousss sweet fruit malt aroma and sweet spiritous hops. Cloudy dark brown and low suds lacing. Light malt flavour and nice hoppy complexity. Thinnish mouthfeel, but a lingering hop tanginess. I expected sweet and not so thin.