BeerandBlues2 (10691) - 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.
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Poured a very deep reddish brown. The very large, coarse, rocky head is a light brown/beige color and beautiful to see! A very nice fruity aroma with a touch of malt and hint of wood. Could just smell this one for hours. Lots of lacing on the glass as it’s drunk. Plenty of carbonation in this one as you’d expect but it’s a very smooth drinker. Pleasant alcohol flavor. Must get some more of this!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I don’t know how this beer avoided me for so long. Here we have a trappist of near my favorite style. Commonly available and at my grasp no less than three dozen times. Finally we meet! What a pretty head it has! An elevated outer crust, an even mantle then a bulbous core erupting with activity caused from the trappist logo below. The source of this shows up as a blood ruby color up to the light and without it looks nearly backstrap molasses black. All this goodness persists and clings to my glass like a baby does its blanket. Upon getting up close and personal, I find it has a complex smell covering things such as bananas, yeast, raisin, toasted sesame seeds and a pimento note as well. Avoiding beating around the bush, I just decided to grab it and drink it. Lots of zesty carbonation, light alcohol burn, some hop bitterness and acidic yeast bite. Quite a punch! I think I offended it. Either way, it’s balanced, full bodied, not too sweet. I’ll give it time to vent and breath a little more... Ok, back to the beer. Lots of caramel and the everpresent yeast and fruity esters. The tail reveals more of the alcohol along with a metallic twinge and a far off maltiness. Well Westmalle Dubbel, it was a pleasure. Down the hatch!
pivnizub (9199) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - NOV 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Cloudy, dark amber coloured, thin, but lasting beige head; sweet malty (caramel) and a bit vinous nose, dried fruit and a tinge of balsamico; sweet flavour with a tinge of bitterness; dryer fruity finish(bananas) with some chocolatey bitterness; medium to full bodied, creamy mouthfeel; well done, but not complex.......................
yngwie (15190) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 Bottled. Deep reddish-brown with a massive, tan belgo-head. Very appealing appearance. Aroma of spices and alcohol with a pronounced malty sweetness and bitterness. Balanced flavor with mostly the same elements. Long warming aftertaste with little bitterness. Rating: 7-5-8-4-17-4.1. (051109)
Bottle, in appropriate glass. It pours a loevely more or less clear body, brown, with a ruby glow, and with a thick, creamy beige head on top. Really firm head, it doesn’t level when I start sipping the beer, but form holes and bumps, and a lovely set of lacings. Dried fruits like raisins and prunes, dark sugars, a little spiced touch, some notes of alcohol and a little caramel. Some faint chocolate notes too? It’s quite effervescent in the mouth, sort of palate cleansing, but still sweet enough not too accomplish that. I could wish for a fuller body, but the flavors, prunes, berries, raisins, dark sugars, some alcohol and a little spicyness, are just lovely. There’s a pleasant bitterness towards the finish, managing to harness the sugars. This is a beer I return to quite frequently, and it goes well all the year, even in the summertime. (080611)
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 Pours a cloudy brown in color with an inch-thick velvety head. Very nice aroma of fruity malt, maybe some raisins and a touch of a wooden cask in there. Definite alcohol bite, but a very well-balanced flavor of sweetish malt with a lightly bitter hop finish. Excellent.
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via les Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de fruits foncés et de sucre. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux beige et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’alcool, de prunes, de clou de Girofle, le tout légèrement sucré. La durée de l’arrière goût est moyenne. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture minérale. L’effervescence en bouche est moyenne. Présence de fruit en arrière goût. (Rating #335)
Tmoney99 (11812) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured into snifter to produce a ruby brown hue with a large creamy off-white head that lasted. Good fruity balanced aroma. Medium to full body with smooth texture. Same good well balanced flavor with a long finish with small alcohol bite.
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too big a fan of this beer. Not really a fan of trappists much at all. A little too sweet with a little too much touch of something...licorice or cloves I think.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown/dark amber. Small, creamy tan head. Yeast, malt, dark fruit, candi sugar, and some vinous character-aroma. Roasted fig, yeast, malt, alcohol, clove, candi sugar-flavor. Complex brew. Full body, creamy with plenty carbonation, dry finish and a bit of a yeasty aftertaste. Could be the best dubbel I’ve had.