beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(01.03.06) 11.2 oz (330 mL) brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 7% ABV. Expiration date 02.03.06. Hazy amber ale with medium sized off-white head with good lacing. Soft carbonation. Ftuity, toffee aromas. Medium bodied that starts dry with light malt sweetness and tangy toffee, fruity flavors. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. A very good dry Belgium ale.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep redish brown with active carbonation feeding a huge tight creamy tan head. The aroma is malty and nutty with hings of alcohol and dark fruits. Decent complexity in the nose. Tangy malts burst onto the tongue. Nutty roasted and sweet malts are along with darker fruits and a slight alcohol flavor. The finish is a bit roasted, fruity, and sweet.
thebirdshow (27) - Burlington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer had a sweet carmel smell with a nice head and attractive lace. Solid brown color and full body. Finished smooth with a bitter fruitiness.
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks great, like a Coke. Dark with a thick creamy head. Sweet, caramel, fruit, plum aroma. Medium bodied, fizzy. Slightly metalic, maybe a little soy saucey. Nice flavor with sweetness, fruit and caramel.
JK (5633) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
What a disappointment. I love a good dubbel and they are hard to find. This one has little to offer for a rather expensive beer. There is a light apple aroma which makes me think the beer might have been spoiled, but the best by date was over a year away and it was stored appropriately. A dark brown beer. Malt flavor, but not nearly enough of it; and no fruit at all. Thin body, and clear appearance. I will have to try it again, but I didn’t like their their tripel either so maybe there is something about this brewery that doesn’t work for me.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown with a thick, light brown head that lasts forever. Nice lacing throughout. Nose is weak, but follows the style - dark fruits, black cherries and a bit of malt. Flavor is more malty, with the fruit blending in nicely. Body was more watery than expected, and the flavors weaker than other dubbels I have tried. Finish is clean and just a touch dry. Overall, nice, but the body and weakness were disappointing.
stabatrehab (6) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2006 does not count
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured darker brown. Dense head that settles fine. Very weak nose-semi bad bottle? Recommended on the cooler side(45-50) but I have to bring up in usual range for complexity.Malts are there.Any fruit I can’t get.Certainly warm and smooth but flavors are hinted but distant and out of focus-faint chocolate. Straw on the aroma now. Something begs to try again despite score. Forgive me as this is my first rating and I am not the wordsmith.
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle served in my St. Bernardus glassware: Poured a medium brown hue with an initial large fizzy head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of fig, dried date, apple, cardamom, bubblegum, and earthy esters. The taste follows suit with a lot of fruity characteristics on top of a rich malt base a just a hint of mild spice. A little bit of tartness pops in and out as well. The feel is smooth and medium-bodied that is very much a drinking pleasure. One solid beer for sure and glad to have finally thought about rating it after all this time.
nick76 (4370) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is dark fruit, raisins, malt, alcohol, sugar, and yeast. The appearance is dark brown purple with a nice foamy head. The flavor is fruity, sweet, salty, and bitter with some raisins and a little coffee as well. The palate is thin for an Abbey Dubbel. The finish is dry. Overall it’s a good beer but my expectations were higher.
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An extremely good dubbel beer. I think I like this a smidgen better than the Konings Hoeven, but not by much. The only Dubbel I like better is Chimay Red.
This is a wonderfully flavorful beer with the taste of figs and plums, etc.