kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2005
a rich,dark color with flavors of both raisins and chocolate.Very good but I liked the pale ale better. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Bottle: Light brown, very muddy/dirty, moderate to large light beige frothy head, fairly decent lacing, lively carbonation. Bready nose, slight fig/date, some candy sweetness. Not as complex on the tongue, quite bready but not as sweet as suggested in the nose, with very little dark pitted fruit like character. I do pick up a slight touch of apple or pear skin. Spritzy mouthfeel, moderate to full body. Finishes smooth, but lacks much character by the end. Sample size was the 330ml. Wondering if the 750ml bottles do much better. More impressed with this one than Agnus, but still not as good as I had hoped. ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 3, 2005
I was enjoying this so much that I almost forgot to rate it. First of all, be careful opening this bad boy or you might put your eye out. i still haven’t found the cork from when it shot out like a bullet. That being said...the first thing I noticed was the wonderfully complex, pleasing aroma with some caramel. After the long wait for the head to recede, I found that the flavor matched the aroma with it’s complexity. Absolutely great. jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Special ale. Firm notes of raisin and chocolate are balanced by fruity/estery Belgian yeast character. Strong and substantial yet oddly drinkable as only the Belgians can accomplish. Belgian ale truly makes life worth living. My favorite abbey (non-Trappist) ale. Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
wow this one’s good, can really taste the dark chocolate & raisins... dark but sweet rather than bitter. ran right out and bought a case. good stuff.
IrishRed1983 (33) - USA - AUG 23, 2005
A very fine looking beer with a nice head and a deep brown ale color. The flavor has hints of yeast, sweet fruit and alcohol. For myself, a let down Belgian. A little too syrupy sweet. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3 liter bottle most recently. Dark brown pour. Huge fruity malty aroma. Lots of raisins and maple / molasses. Nice medium body and decent carbonation. Caramel fruity candied sweet malt flavors. A slight touch of chocolate if its not too cold. Very good beer. ales4ever (24) - gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Lovely dark color and wonderful flavor. I lovethis ale long-time! Brillant malt sweetness blends well with a nice cake-like body, followed by some bitter hops. This is the gate-way Belgian, but not a love it and leave it kind of beer. I could enjoy this one at any time of the year! Nejhleader (1560) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2005
this one poured a big head. i thought it had a raisinish aroma i aked my brother for a second opinion and he said it just smelled like beer. HA! strong carbonation. great overall taste but i couln’t really pick anything out besices the yeastness. no black chocolate or raisin taste in my palate and I have no f-ing idea what port is. CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2005
Bottle from my brother, Alex. Everything you’d expect from an Abbey Dubbel. Ruby brown with brown/white head. Malty aroma, caramel, raisin, yeast. Good mouthfeel, not overly sweet. Well crafted.