SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep reddish brown. Huge frothy white head, that laced the glass. Aroma is fruity, mostly cherries and I picked up some oak. Taste of cherries, oak, caramel. This was very easy to drink, and went down smooth. Taste wasn’t overpowering by any means.
dyetube (1260) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer pours a deep brown color with a LARGE tan head that dissaptes fairly quicky. Smell of cheries and raisins. flavors of grapes and raisins that is quite smooth! This is a very drinkable beer! And this was a nice find here in Dallas! Cheers!
Rballs01 (281) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown, hits the glass with a loud fizz. Smells of sour cherries. Reminded me of a Felmish Sour Ale,vinegar/tart cherries. Thick caramel colored head which sticks about the glass, melted marshmallows. The first sip coats your mouth, feels thick but is very mild in flavor. Bring me the Kung-Foo,this belgian was made perfectly, 7% abv and goes down with ease. If you pour this beer cold let it sit for a moment. It is a delicatly-flavored beer that must be served room-temp to experience the flavor. Dubbel it up!
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours with a thick head to the lip of the glass that tops an inviting reddish brown. Aroma was spicy with notes of fruit. Hints of root beer matiness with plenty of fizz and notes of cherry. Nothing too overpowering with a smooth and lingering finish. Another excellent trappist beer.
kramer (5318) - 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 (1051) - 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 (1433) - 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 (2538) - 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)