SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 23, 2012BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2014
growler. clear copper with no head. malty, brown sugar, caramel, coins aroma. caramel, fruity esters, banana, belgian yeast flavors. mild to moderate sweetness, sort-of dry finish, medium body. lightly warming.
On draft at Max Lagers in downtown Atlanta. Pours light brownish red with no head. Aroma of some Belgian funk and something I donít recognize. Flavor is a bit weird, with some cough syrup flavors, maybe some spice, and a little bit of yeast. Lighter bodied with plus carbonation. This was the only real miss for me on my visit. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Handsome pour, gleaming deep brown with moderate carbonation and nice sticky lacing. Itís a pretty game effort at a dubbel. Soft and inviting nose. Not exactly obvious that thereís Trappist yeast involved, but the aroma is still a nice blend of nutty malts, caramel, and esters. Body is a bit on the thin side, slightly slick in the finish. But it tastes nice, on point even if not "wow." Goodgrief (2022) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Beautiful brownish, amber pour, thin head. Moderate dark fruit aroma. Flavors were similar, dark fruits, candied sugar, some cloves and the obvious yeastiness. The big knock was that it was undercarbonated, to put it kindly (it was flat). Still, not bad and avoids the pitfalls of many american attempts (candied sugar bombs). Worth trying. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2010
Tap. Amber color, white head. Aroma of buttered popcorn. .. Not a Good sign. Flavor is very sweet. Finishes with a lot of cinnamon, for a beer. It has an old (A.B.C.) Big Red not to it. Medium bodied.
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Lightly hazy amber, decent head. Aroma was caramel and clove accented Belgian yeast. Flavor essentially matched. A bit off from a true dubbel, but not a bad belgianish beer. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Red-orange, off white head. Aroma is sweet, sugar, little else. Taste is sweet candy sugar, fruity esters, light clove, alcohol. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Appearance: Clear, amber-golden body with a thin, short-lived, white head. Already, the widespread carbonation problem, which has plagued the other pints Iíve tried, seems to be present here, too. What gives?!
Smell: Spicy and sweet on the nose with a notable bready character and fruity notes of golden raisins and semi-ripened apricots.
Taste: Bready, lightly toasty maltiness lightly brushed with sweet caramel. Moderate amount of sweetness throughout. Background hint of finely-ground spices. Light fruitiness splashed with honey liqueur. Max Abbey has a warming finish thatís a tad on the sweet side.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Lightly carbonated. Touch of stickiness to the mouthfeel, no doubt facilitated by the sheer lack of effervescence.
Drinkability: A decent abbey ale, but, like Max Lagerís other beers, seems to be hampered by a surprising lack of carbonation. Which, donít get me wrong, Iím not a proponent of highly carbonated beers with all their ghastly tongue-prickling fizziness, but that doesnít mean flat is the way to go. Cybercat (5741) - Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Color is a beautiful dark honey-golden, cloudy and opaque, with a decent white head. Aroma is strong, malty, with fruity undertones. Flavor is rich, mainly malty with a touch of apple, and just a whisper of hoppy bitterness. Velvety smooth and mouth-filling, this is a beer to sip and appreciate. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Name: Belgian Ale
Date: November 19, 1999
Source: Taco Mac, Sandy Springs
Appearance: dark amber, whispy head
Aroma: slightly sweet malt aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor, balanced
Overall: but a belgian?
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Score: ** /4
Date: November 02, 2003
Appearance: muddy brown, thin frothy tan head
Aroma: sweet chocolate banana nose aroma
Flavor: rich cholate flavor with lots of banana sweetness leading into a spicy finish
Date: January 20, 2007
Score: 3.1 to 3.6
Appearance: clear dark red, dense creamy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: huge yeasty fresh baked sourdough bread aroma with a hint of fruit and chocolate that appears as it warms
Body: body is a bit thin
Flavor: lots of fruity flavor on a rich chocolate malt base, maybe a hint of banana esters but may be a suggestion from the earlier rating, light bitterness adds complexity and balance
Overall: not as many esters as a typical Belgian but a very tasty and drinkable beer
Date: January 02, 2009
Score: 3.6 to 3.4
this yearís version has dried out quite a bit living it spicy and bitter, as it warms some of the fruity esters emerge but are still a bit too reserved,
Date: November 08, 2009
Score: 3.4 to 3.6
sweet fruity esters are back, nice dark fruits, light balancing bitterness,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4