dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2005
Dense off-white head on a hazy brown body. It has a very smooth and rounded taste in spite of its 7,5 %. Very well made and complex: raisin, apricot, other fruits, a bit on the winey side. A very pleasant experience on the whole. Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Pours a hazy brown that you can’t even look through, there is a light brown head which is thin as well. This is loaded with a very strong sweet raisin aroma and then I also got some milk chocolate out of it. The taste is similar, but more fruity and like wine. It was nice and smooth, I enjoyed this one a lot. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Pours a lite brown with an off-white frothy head. The nose is very vinous and has notes of vanilla, raisins and maple. The flavor is a bit on the tart side, but has an underlying complexity with sweet apricots and other fruits. The body is med. The finish is long. I like many others far better than this but it is certainly good. bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - JUL 14, 2005
rich brown color with brown head that does not diminish. Sweet malty flavor balanced by hops. very pleasant beer fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Nice strong Brown ale. Pruney Malty chocolately taste. Very well balanced refined Brown ale.
HogTownHarry (6934) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (330ml). In a Corsendonk tulip glass. Pours with incredible head - light mocha, tons of little bubbles, not much bubbling in the beer, somewhat murky reddish brown - even with a careful pour, it was half foam!. Aroma quite sour/tart, raisin, stewed prune, stale wine, vinegar, over-ripe apple, a little bread-doughy. This bottle is about a year old, flavour is incredibly mild (more than younger bottles) slightly tart malt, melange of wine-steeped fruits (see above), with a pleasant cru-ish finish. A hint of hops as it warms up, would be interested in a vintage bottle - say 5 years? Recommended. LawofCreation (8) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 6, 2005 does not count
Man this is some good beer. I had to hold the glass at about 178 deg. or else the head was like woah. And man, what a head. After it settled, it was great, nice n fruity. Left a sort of creamy taste, sort of like that childhood memory of drinks from Sonic. This beer was a beautiful chocolate color. Only gave it a 3 on appearance because it takes like 3 years for the head to settle if you pour this out at any greater than 5mL a min. Still an awesome buy if you haven’t tried it. Good cold or even slitghtly uncold which is nice if you are going to take awhile to finish your glass. Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Huge billow of lasting light tan head that leaves very nice lacing. Half way through the glass there is still a nice skim of
head. Amazing. How do they do that? Oh yes, and the beer itself. A nice tawny brown. Very clean, sweet aroma. Maple syrup. Figs. Some clove and banana, but very subdued and part of the whole, rather than the main thing. Flavors of brown sugar and some toasty flavor that compliments the brightness of the carbonation. A little bit smokey.Some definite bitterness, but none of it lingers into the finish. Mouthfeel is very pleasant. A nice take on the classic Belgian sugared up palate. There is something creamy there that makes it feel a bit more substantial than most dubbels, though still quite delicate and drinkable.
Overall: 17/20 This is a very well made dubbel. It has lots of the types
of flavors that I expect in the average dubbel, but displayed with much
more restraint, balance and subtly. Very tasty. SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUN 30, 2005
33cL bottle. Ah, it’s been awhile since I’ve had a darker Belgian. This thing pours like a beaut. Dark brown with a decent size head that recedes but never disappears. The aroma is a bit thin: vinous, cherry and a little bit of port show up. Flavor is much better than the aroma, raisins, cherry, port, and a slight hint of molasses. Finish is rather dry, but not too much so that it turns you off. Very playful mouthfeel with the active carbonation. As you get toward the end of the glass, it gets sweeter by the sip but remains dry. Overall, it’s rather good. TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 30, 2005
Aroma is pleasant; spicy Belgian yeast, cherry, vinous notes. Pours a very nice ruby brown, fairly clear, very nice off-white head. Body is thin. Fruit, raisins, sweetness in the flavour, slightly tart. Finish is fairly flat. Alcohol is well hidden.