RichardGretton (4108) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black beer with a frothy off white head, and a weak but refreshing aroma. The flavour is malty and slightly fruity. Overall a very pleasant, very nice beer.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lots of carbonation. Has that horse sweat smell characteristic of Belgian Dubbels. Decent flavor similar to the taste. I was a little let down by this.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich dark brown color with a huge fizzing head. Floral clover and watermelon aroma supported by mellow oaky malts. Crisp toasty malt flavor has a good yeast profile. Body is bready with a touch of rye. Overall, one of the best Belgian dubbels I've had.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2005 Vertical comparison between fresh dubbel and an old one, BBd 13.07.94 Above points for the fresh version. Old ones’ points between brackets. Colour: (Y) gushing to thick yellow-brown head, going down lacey; dark brown, mahogany shine. (O) also slight gushing to thick yellow-brown head, still lacey; very dark amber beer, quite clear at first . Nose: (Y) dark malts, perfumed, alcohol. (O) vinous, malty, walnuts & raisins - a whole fruit-and-nuts cake. Complex with a lot of esters. Taste (Y)Subdued bitter from fine dark malts. Ever so slight brown candi-sugar, raising with warming up. Perfumey, grassy and peppery flavour, increasing in intensity with warming towards unfermented worts. There is a retronasal hopimpression as from English hops. I have a fleeting sub-treshold of diacetyl as well, and of marzipan. (O) Nutty, oxydised flavour - a bit wild-mushroom flavour. Oxydised malt too, a bit too much roasted in character  Mouthfeel: (Y) well-bodied, very highly saturated. (O) Alcohol-burn, quite full-bodied.  Aftertaste: (Y) faint liquorice, more with warming up, slight bittering effect. (O) long prolonging of the former tastes  Overall: (Y) This is the surprise. This beer is actually BETTER than I remember it. Trappist ales rule indeed. (O) Somewhere the taste of the old beer derails on the overly roasted malts, whilst the nice madeirisation in the nose was promessing better.  I seem to have to come to the inevitable conclusion that the beer has been bettered in recent times. I know some people who are going to disagree with me...
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells highly alcoholic and of dates and prunes. Beautiful appearance, with a pretty lacing around the top and a dark amber body. Fruit in the flavor, but it is a tad thin. Dry finish. A hint of spices and cocoa.
notalush (4450) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small, off-white head - dark amber/crimson color - nice clarity - highly vinous, with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, raisins - slight sweetness and substantial yeast presence in the finish - very subtle and enjoyable - one of the more subdued trappist ales I've had, which is actually a good thing in this case - medium bodied, yet heavy at the same time - a must try for belgian ale lovers.
haukur (1124) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 aroma has a strong chocolate scent, some faint fruit and malt. Palate is thick but very drinkable, a very drinkable beer, and maybe the best dubbel out there
Ednolb (11) - BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great beer! Here in Belgium it's one of the most common trappists. Very dark brown appearance. Sweet aroma. Hints of caramel and chocolate.
Hansen (5976) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not difficult to get as other trappistes. Nice appearance, red and a big head. Good sweet and spicy aroma. Has a little fine laqurice in the flavor.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Large fluffy brown head, that settled down but persisted throughout. Dark crimson brown (red if you hold it to the sunlight) body. Sweet nutty tasting, nutmeg and banana. Smooth enough finish.