maltdog (616) - Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour produces a noisy, three-finger rocky tan head atop a murky mahogany body; holding it up to direct sunlight reveals a shocking magenta color. As the head subsides, spicy and metallic aromas give way to soft fruit- melon, pear, banana- accented by yeast and brown sugar, clove and bubblegum, and dark breadcrust. A spectre of latex paint (fusel alcohols?) emerges as the beer warms. Chewy granola flavors mingle with dried banana chips, vanilla, and an almost licorice stewed fruit/dark malt character- Good'n'Plenty candy? Light sweetness is tempered by the fluffy carbonation. Aftertaste reminds me of banana-and-chocolate-chip muffins, spiked with cheap white rum that I remember from college.
SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild Apple/pear aroma... Round medium body.... smooth slightly complex taste taste... Great Finish
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
While I still think Allagash dubbel is easier to drink, I think that this one is much more complex. Nice cloudy ruby red almos tbrown look with very tiny bubbles and moderate head. Lacing is moderate. Moderatly sweet, yet it has a yeasty profile which balances it out. Very slight hop balance. Not bad, but for 7% I would think it would be more mellow than this. Very nice to drink every once in a while.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Ok, *expensive* bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown, large off-white head. Fruity, yeasty and alcohol in the nose. Lots of dark sweet fruit, thick candy malts and a balanced dose of spices and bitterness. Very nice. Not a style I normally seek out because some examples go overboard with spices, but this one is tamed down enough and smooth in that respect. I will say that the alcohol presence is not hidden that well, in fact my gut feel is that this is higher than the advertised 7%.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A huge sized head that was ivory in hue, foamy and fine-medium sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The hue of this beer was reddish brown with a malty, sweet and fruity nose. The flavor was sweet, caramel and alcohol tasting with a smooth mouthfeel. This beer had good lacing to it. A worthwhile Abbey Dubbel and very recommended.
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottle brew poured an extremely large head of foamy finely sized very long lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a very good lacing. The wonderful aroma can be smelled from a distance of over 2 feet. It has notes of mild caramel malts brown malts some vinuousness and mild spices. The mouth feel is vinuois initially smooth and has an alcohol bite followed by a brown beer lingering taste. Very potent tasting. The flavor is a bit overpowered by the vinuousness of the alcoholic mouth feel. Notes of caramel dark malt roasted malts and port come to mind. A very interesting beer. A must try.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Again, a possibly good beer wasted on someone who just isn't fond of the style. It looked good pouring, deep chestnut brown with an ample tan head. The aroma was raisins, currents, malt. The flavor disappointed. Slightly medicinal.
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dense, reddish brown with a large sandy head that quickly subsides. Savory, oaky and fruity aromas dominate. Very definate grape flavors, as well as some vegatable flaovrs, too - asparagas, maybe? Nice crisp, dry hops throughout the body. Finishes kinda weak, but still a nice brew.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle w/exp 19/08/05. Clear copper beer with no head and no lace. And next to no aroma. Mild flavor, and very drinkable.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with hints of red and a thick tan head. Aromas of malt, toffee and dried fruits. Fruit, nut and malt flavors. How about a Trappist cereal? Smooth body and crisp finish.