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 (9867) - 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 (16248) - 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 (6860) - 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 (13006) - 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.
JanPrimus1982 (48) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color is dark-brown, almost black. Flavor is very nice, little sweetness in it. The beer gives you a warm feeling in the back of your throth. Very warm beer :)
Habanero (3711) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 This classic dubbel is my favorite:
Creamy off-white, lasting head. Ruby to dark brown color. Notes of caramel, citrus, cherry and raisin in the aroma. The flavor is moderate sweet. Full body. The finish duration is average lasting and light bitter. This beer is perfectly balanced.
All in all an excellent beer.