Cantabrian (383) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, this was a great Friday evening. Not only the Wellington Hurricanes lost their game, but I had this wonderful beer, of which I had expected not too much. Loved the aroma of fruits, yes, they are ripe, some are already too dry, as sweet plums and dates, but there’s also a lively tart strawberry on top of it, and of course the chocolate sits on the back. The beer is dark brown, nice and opaque, with a rocky creamy head that gets tainted by bits of dark brown gunk - I do pour it all! Flavours of chocolate, overripe fruits in the cellar, caramel, vanilla, fresh berries, anything hochmut, totally inappropriate for that bearded Cistercian! There’s little bitterness for the mortification of the flesh, but more of a smoky, woody, earthy feel. Far from a cilice, it is velvety as silk, and although the beer is medium bodied, it is buttery enough to seem abusive. A lovely sin. And to make it more of a sacrilege, for both nations, I had it with Weisswurst, Süßer Senf, Sauerkraut & Kartofell.
Wie bitte? I mean, kan je het herhalen?
Well, "tomayto, tomahto..."
Bamsen78 (819) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy ruby amber with airy off-white head. Clear aroma of malt, flower, dried fruit and caramel, with booze in the long nose. Intense flavour of malt, spices (cloves?), caramel and dried cranberries. A little fruity, slightly bittersweet finish. A nice one.
SamP01 (357) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy reddish brown with a large slowly dissipating beige head. Aroma and Taste is caramel malt, Belgian yeast, some essence of dried fruit, dates and figs with some mild sweet tart bitterness. Palate is a medium body, good carbonation with a pleasant sweet dark fruit and malt flavor. Finishes with a sweet caramel malt, dark fruits and Belgian yeast with some mild sweet bitter notes on the end for balance. Overall a good flavorful and tasty brew.
jmgreenuk (1284) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Cafe De La Gare, Den Haag. Poured a dark brown colour with a thin broken head. The aroma is yeasty with a little fruit. The flavour is alcoholic bitter, yeasty, clean and very fresh. Nice but not my favourite Dubbel.
kermis (2484) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Cafe De la Gare. Pours hazy brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, yeast, orange and raisins. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
RichardW (1155) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle Beersofeurope. Boozy plum aroma to this full bodied red-brown beer. Sourness countered by creamy brown sugar and raspberry
Intriguing combination of flavours.
Martinus (1782) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear brown colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, light sour touch, raisins, madeira and malts. Light sour flavour, caramel, malts. Sweet finish, sour oud bruin touches.
Held up nicely.
(From 33cL bottle @ The Vintage Tasting during Brugs Bier Festival. 1980 vintage. Courtesy of Filip. Thanks for sharing!)
MrHangover (1100) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a murky brown beer with a medium sized, light tanned head on top. Aroma is spicey, hits of citrus, ripe fruits and flowers. Yeasty based esters. Flavour is quite sweet, carrying a lot of maltyness to the palate. Well balanced, not overpowered in any way, this is an easy drinkable dubbel, quite enjoyable as well.
laiti (3925) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle @ hotel room, Brussels. Rated on 20.07.2010
Aroma is somewhat malty with ripe fruits, orange peel and raisins. Flavour has ripe fruits, raisins, some spices and a metallic savor. Decent.
chrisv10 (7860) - DENMARK - DEC 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 7%. Very dark brown with medium off-white head. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruits and a little candy sugar. Flavour is malt, yeast, dark fruits, caramel, medium sweet, hop, little bitter and a little chocolate.