StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moderately hazy with a deep ruby-brown color and a perfectly dense, foamy, 1/2" tan head. Light chocolate confectionary powder leads the aroma, also factoring in pepper, copper, sodden leaves and a blunt cinnamon-nutmeg combo. Sleek introduction to the palate. A chocolate muffin motif counterbalances an overall arid mouth feel. Nutty, chocolatey tobacco accents. Complexities arrive late to the scene and are somewhat depleted, but itís good that they made the effort of being present. Tree bark curtails on the backend. Innocuously creamy, dry and twang infested. Lacks the body and substance I hoped it would showcase. Some subliminal balancing forces are at work here, and complaints arenít harbored against that particular direction of this Trappist ale. Finishes with a stainless steel semblance met with mild cocoa powder.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown/black, aroma is sweet hops and faint malt. Flavor is sweet and sour citrus, with a finish of slight chocolate. Palate suffices. Good stuff.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown like caramelized sugar. The foamy, cream-colored head filled out the Trappist glass. Swirling it in the glass, the beer feels heavy for its volume. Distant malt sweetness on the nose, very muted, plums and apricots, orange rinds. A very full, creamy mouthfeel. A note of communion wine (perhaps Iíd go to church if they served this stuff). With each sip, I expect there to be an alcoholic finish, but there is none. Incredibly smooth. Sweet not with overpowering candi sugar but subtle fruity maltiness. Given enough time, a dryness begins to develop slowly. I found this one to be quite enjoyable and wouldnít mind having a second serving immediately.
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle - poured a very murky dark brown, with a monster, creamy, dark tan head. Aroma is soft and sweet, malt, raisins, figs and other light fruity nuances. This is obviously a complex beer but the body and the mouthfeel are so flat and light, that itís hard to pick out the various flavors. The finish is both slightly sweet and slightly sour, very nice. This is obviously a well crafted beer but I was expecting more than it offers. Iíll have to revisit this sometime soon.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle. Pours a dark brown with a huge, fluffy beige head and floaties in the body. Aromas of yeasty and sweet malt. Flavor is sweet and malty with a alot fo alcohol falvor to it.left a good feeling in my mouth, but the alcohol actually stung my throat a little bit. Maybe It was just this bottle, but it justy seemed too storng for a double.
fordest (2377) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml bottle. Aroma was way more sweeter and fruitier than the flavor. Aromas of cherry and currant prevailed with some caramel and molassas in there too. The flavor was very malty, with a tinge of sour viniousness to it.
Pretty good stuff.
shadey (2068) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark color, but red appears when its held up to the light. Head is a light tan cream. Aroma is pretty complex. Spicy and estery. The flavor is very dynamic and changes considerably from the time it hits your lips to the semi-dry finish. The begining is the spicy esters evident in the aroma, but the finish is a more subtle dark chocolate. The palate is full bodied and carries itself very well. I like this beer.
thebeertourist (5170) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich creamy tan head tops this brown beer. Aroma is dominated by malty caramel and liquorice, which is also found in the flavour. The latter is predominantly sweet, but is balanced by subtle bitterness. There are hints of fruit and coffee as well. Good carbonation, full body. A very harmonious, somewhat subtle and definitely balanced trappist dubbel, maybe that is why it is so undersung?
blankboy (7118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 Rerate:
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown with a huge lasting rocky off-white head. Nice lacing. Very nice complex aroma of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, brown sugar, chocolate, dark fruit and more. Flavour of lightly roasted malt, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, brown sugar, hops and alcohol -- very flavourful. Medium bodied. Truly fantastic, this is one of the top Dubbels in my opinion.
Original rating: 18.104.22.168.15: 3.6
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry at Smokeless Joe. Pours a bubbly murky dark reddish-brown with a small light-brown head. Mild sweet aroma of malt, fruit and a touch of hops -- it smells great. Sweet malt flavour was good but not as good as expected after that great aroma. I quite liked it but it didnít knock my socks off.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a tan head. Sweet apple and molasses aroma with hints of fig. Slightly nutty flavor with plenty of fruit and brown sugar. Weird soapy flavor in there as well. Itís good beer but not as enjoyable as the tripel.