Mr_Vogel (55) - - MAY 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark colour, good head with average retention. Some flaky yeast bits sink to the bottom of the goblet. Complex aroma of fruits (plums and cherries), sweetness, malty caramel, chocolat and finally some yeasty banana. Fruitiness dominates, but this is actually very pleasant as it smells like ripe fruits. No chemical aroma whatsoever. The fruits and malts come back in the taste as well, but fruit no longer dominates. There is a smooth bitterness that sets the tone and harmonizes well with the sweet fruits and caramels. The beer feels creamy like a Chouffe. Because the bitterness restricts the sweetness, you can taste bread as well. Malty goodness. Very refreshing with modest alcohol. This is such a nice beer, complex and characterful.
samzim (290) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel and yeasty aroma with notes of honey. Clear mahogany colour. Bitter front caught me off guard; notes of banana, toffee, and black coffee. Medium in body and carbonation. Nice, but a bit too bitter for my desire of a Dubbel.
ZeppelinNL (29) - NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2015
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
One of the very few trappist beers I don’t like. Too dark, too bitter. Not recommended.
luklaer (129) - BELGIUM - APR 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11-28-2014 - A very nice beer but I like his brothers Tripel and Extra better.
Marxuz (1) - SWEDEN - APR 13, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
roasty, coffee, alcohol, licorice, brown, red, cloudy, brown foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, thick feel, long finish,
richardmackney (2) - Derbyshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2015 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured with a large tan head with tiny bubbles, beautiful mahogany colour when held to the light. Boozy yeasty bubblegum on the nose. Thin body with a massive boozy hit, bitterness comes through leaving a tacky mouthfeel and a desire for another sip. Sweet banana at the back of the pallet. Perfect for the style.
klm1 (329) - - APR 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown colour. Aroma od plums, bananas and some tropical fruits. Similar is flavour with nice balanced malty notes and slightly bitterness. Very drinkable beer.
bunget (605) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Clear dark amber body, small beige head, average to poor retention. Aroma of yeast and alcohol, dark berries, brown sugar, cloves, overripe banana. Taste of roasted malts, herbs and yeast, alcohol. Metallic aftertaste. Good.
dlovell2 (1038) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Maxbier. Pours Brown with off white head. Toasted malt aroma with some yeast. Sweet caramel malt start with some fruity notes and yeastiness. Very smooth brew.
Bartez (5) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2015 does not count
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Veel verkocht bier, geen uitschieter in zijn soort. Maar zeker niet slecht te drinken.
UXO (628) - CANADA - APR 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque ruby brown with a short light tan head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, no lacing. (4/5) Nose is complex: toffee and caramel, brown sugar, dark slightly boozy stone fruit, mild cloves, banana and bubblegum. (9/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter, very slight tart. (9/10) Full slightly creamy body, soft carbonation, lingering dry finish. (5/5)
Really good. The sweetness is never cloying, and as it fades, there’s a very mild lingering bitter that you keep expecting to come forwards - but it doesn’t. The bitter stays in the background and never upsets the smooth fruity flavour or the lingering dry finish. There’s a very slight restrained acidity that keeps the mouth feel clean and almost crisp, and brings out the stone fruit flavour. I love hoppy and bitter beers, and this is pretty much the complete antithesis of that: it’s all about the dark malt fruitiness - and I like it a lot. There’s a reason this is considered a reference dubbel. (18/20)