DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2012 Luxurious deep brown body capped with a creamy, marbled tan head. Grainy white sediment. Caramel and a surprising waft of Burton sulphur in the nose make me want to plunge right in. Sweet toffeeish maltiness balanced with some sourish, chocolate yoghurt notes. A distinctly hoppy, Orval-like dryness also. Yes, that’s right, sweet, sour AND bitter. And wickedly drinkable. Was saving a Rochefort 10 to initiate me into the 100 club, but this is more than worthy of the honour. A very sexy Dubbel. (Re-rate, 22/01/08) Was expecting to have to down-rate this slightly, but not a bit of it. Aroma and general yeastiness sourish, darkly fruity and slightly biting. A ringer for Westies 8 and 12. Sourish chocolate-smooth nuttiness, wholemeal, robust hop bitterness... and a lingering waft of freshbread in the aftertaste. Still top 10 material. (Another re-rate) Cannot be contained by karmeliet chalice. Blossoming yellow-beige over mahogany; nose noble, blood, choc yoghurt, hazelnut, biting yeastines like Westy. Poetically noseworthy with a complexity of bubblegum, cherry, alcohol, banana.Wincing, almost menthol hops and CO2 if you over-inhale. And you must. Mmm. 9. Flavour opens with blood, nuts, chocolate, freshly risen bread, hop cheesecake, nuts again, marzipan. Well integrated,very shrubby Germanic hop. There’s a hair’s breadth between this and Westy 8, and either could edge it on its day. Top 10 every time.
25/04/12. Banana, nail polish remover, marzipan aroma. Erm.....tastes a little bit like Bateman’s? Aniseed and Nutella on wholemeal toast, deep cherry stone, almost Kriek. Very smooth, cherry-accented with a distinct English hop/yeast character and soft mouthfeel. Good beer but possibly not top 10 material any more...
Hugh (197) - Zillebeke, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Plain and ordinary dark beer. ’Not too sweet’ is for me its only saving grace. I used to like this beer and clearly everyone else still does. A really dull beer in a beautiful glass. I can’t understand how others find this simple, one dimensional beer ’complex’. It must be me. I give up. Goodbye, cruel world...
flemmingwillum (1108) - Nysted, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2010 A cornucopia of sweetness, fruits and malts are obvious right from the start of the aroma with this beer. Despite of the maltyness continuing in the taste, the beer remains refreshing. It has malts, chocolate and riped fruits as the most dominant flavors, but the taste is all in all unbelievable complex taste, and nearly impossible to describe in detalis. Perfectly balanced hoppy aftertaste. This beer must not be served too cold, then it will loose a lot of it’s special elements, and the alcohol will be to obvious. The beer is neither watery, nor too sturdy for its style; it has the perfect body. Amazing beer.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - AUG 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a damn good double. Pours a rich reddish brown...very fizzy head. Aroma is big rich spice and fruit...chocolate, and candi. Flavor is much more mild than expected from the aroma, but still very balanced and tasty with the fruits and rich spices coming through. Mouthfeel is quite light.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
a bit flavorless. dark brown. just a little watered down. subtle fruit. no alcohol.
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty dark reddish color with a khaki head. Aroma was sweet, smooth, with hints of dates, figs and sugarcane.
Flavor smooth, clean, much lighter body than your usual Belgian, which makes it very drinkable.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Similar to a Chimay or Ommegang. The aroma was good. Flavor of fig, raisin, and apple. As it warmed, it had a nice alcohol burn but was really silky and easy to drink.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best before 020306: Maybe I kept it a little too long. Coca Cola apearance. Raison, alcohol aroma. Raison, alcahol, yeasty, bitter flavor. Not too heavy. Enjoyable. I expected more.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - AUG 7, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured an opaque brown hue with a bone color head. sweet aroma mixing dried fruit and chocolate notes.. Flavor was a mix of malts both sweet and yeasty. sweet malts were fruity and mild chocolate. Finish seemed some what hoppy and dry. very good.
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a slightly tan head. Aroma is chocalate, some caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, yeast. Flavor is dark fruits, toffee, yeast, sourness. Finish if bitter and sour, decently short. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.