Frank (4209) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Dark garnet with a creamy white head and a few spots of lace. Fruity nose is slightly sweet and vinous. Medium bodied. A delicate balance of sweet fruity, earthy/citric hops and drying alcohol. A well-made dubbel. lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Smell is fruity with a trail-mix banana aroma dominating. Color is a good deep dark brown. Flavor is lacking and the overall effect is thin. My personal favorite in this style is New Belgium Abbey - try it if you haven't! 3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Dark amber. Big banana nose, perfect aroma for an abbey. Mixed with a caramely syrup aroma... thinner than expected. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2003
WOW, this dub packs a sugary, spicy punch to your tastebuds at first sip. It seems alive with just the right amount of carbonation and funky yeast. Tiny amounts of spice keep it from being too sappy or sugary and the alcohol (whatever it may be) masked. Hints of cherry or another berry flirted with me at the end of each glass. A wonderful afterdinner treat. DrnkMcDermott (3108) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2003
On tap, 2003 vintage. Ah, if I am fortunate in one thing in life, it's that my work/home situation means I can hop off the commuter train at one of America's finest brewpubs on my ride home.
Terminus (3689) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2002
I'm no Belgian expert, but this I do know: It's dark brown, with a thin, less carbonated mouthfeel like a session bitter. Nicely matly with roasty and coffee aspects, and a slight "juicy fruit" or cherry aspect.. It reminds me of a hearty porter or even a Russian Imperial Stout, under a thin, lacy Belgian head. Finishes just yummy, too! Take the Metra Electric from Michigan Avenue to beer bliss!
This is very much a Belgian beer. Full of flavor that might overpower some people but I must say that I liked the complex flavor. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2003 On tap GABF '02: Aroma is sweet dark fruity Belgian yeast with touches of gingerbread. Clear orange/red color, full mouthfeel. The malt taste in this is exceptional. Won the gold and it deserves it. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2002
Think Ommegang, and you’ve nailed this beer. ............................... PhillyBeer2112 (2863) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
GABF 2002: Dark amber, good head. Complex aroma: raisins, chocolate candy, bubblegum. Raisiny full flavor. Nice.