nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Red brown with a big head. The aroma is sweet, flowery, damp and moldy, not very defined aroma. The taste is floral, hops. A very good blend of bitter sweet, a good beer for warm weather. well masked alcohol.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours a deep reddish mahogany with a bit of haze and a small off white head. Aroma is malty and sweet with dried fruit apparent. Flavor is ever so slightly roasted with big caramel malt flavors. Along comes the big fruity ester profile and clovy spiciness and significant dark dried fruits: raisons and dates. However, there just seemed to be a lack of complexity overall compared to the other Trappist ales Iíve tried. A bit of sourness would have been nice for some balance to the sweetness. Body was fairly full with a slightly thin mouthfeel. Not one of the better dubbels Iíve had.
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured brown with fizzy head. effervesant and slightly watery in appearance and palate feel. aroma was sweet like raisins with a not unpleasant wet dog smell...malty. flavor was similar with wine and raisin essences. a decent dubbel.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First there are a big diffrence between tap and bottle, the tap are so much better. Its a dark brown colour, long and wary foam. The aroma are complex with dried fruit, and this beer taste really wonderful on tap, stay away from the bottles, its will disappoint you.
asheft (2925) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy, browish ruby with a rocky, tan head that doesnít last too long, but forms a little lace. Raisins and toast take up a lot of the fruity aroma with black currants and hops and some sweet malt. The flavour is quite alcoholic with fruity and woody undertones which give way to a lingering, buttery and nutty toffee. Medium bitterness that is not astringent, though threatens to be at times. Light body and significant carbonation and a very nice finish. Also, warming from the alcohol.
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark opaque colour with a buby mottled head. Strong malty head. Highly fizzy. Not nearly as malty as the scent. Extremely complex flavor for so few ingredients (sweet apple, maple caramel?)
lamas (1550) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz. bottle. Best by: November 25, 2005. Cloudy, dark ruby/brown pour with a thick, creamy dark tan head and little floaties. Aroma is strongly of grapes, grape juice, apple juice and some raisins. Starts off with the tang of sour grapes. Carbonation is a little too high and takes away from the distinctiveness of the flavors. The finish is slightly bitter with some cocoa and chocolate. Thin to medium-bodied. Loses much of its flavor as it warms.
can8ianben (1484) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet raisen like aroma which includes some molasses like essence. The appearance is very nice with a deep dark prune like colour. Huge tan head lasts for a little while. The flavour is interesting. Malty and fruity, almost an apple cider like flavour. Definitely the wine-like feel over other belgium ales. Very smooth and not as overwhelming as other belgiums Iíve sampled. This is very drinkable.
shrubber85 (10587) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. A caramel chocolate aroma. Dark, opaque brown color with ample but quickly collapsing head. Light sweet prune flavor with a slight bitter finish. Pretty weak and watery especially for the style.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a mes rate:
complex and balanced. sweet malts and bitter fruits. smooth and drinkable. i have been told by someone in the know that you can mix it with the tripel to create a fantastic amber. sounds like sacrilege but dont knock it ítil you have tried it. this is wonderful stuff and one of my faves that is regularly available. from a pump it is truely wonderful.