porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 26, 2006
(Bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co., best before 4/06) Pours dark orangish amber, very thin head which fizzes away quickly. Aroma sweet, yeasty, gluey. Very fine lacing. Mouthfeel kind of chewy, a little prickly. Taste is pretty sweet, yeasty, slightly gluey. A little like a witbier to me. Good. hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
12oz bottle shared courtesy of WOODY_OBEER. Poured a darker amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of bananas, caramel, and other fruits. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, and bananas. Also has a medium sugary sweetness to it. Yes Mike, it is a Dubbel! whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Deep rusty-amber and a uniform, off-white head. Toasted bananas, sweet tree sap, bubble gum, and mild cocoa in the aroma. Flavor is of caramel and medium sweet dark sugar. Sweet and lightly sticky mouthfeel. Decent beer. egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Poured an amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, dried fruits, banana, caramel malts, light yeast and vanilla. Taste of spices, some dried fruits, banana, citrus, and light alcohol in the finish. fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Pours a deep purple/brown eggplant, I know it isn’t purple but it looks like it in the light. It leaves a thin lace head wheat in color. The nose is very fruity black cherries, plum, raisins, grape, very complex with a slight presence of alcohal. The taste is nice starts up front on the palate with a raisin sweetness followed by a grape juice quality. The taste continues with some sight hop bitterness for balance for then finishes refreshing with very light carbonation.
DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Draft from the Drafting Room. This one poured dark brown with a medium, off-white head. The aroma was malty and spicy, with toffee, cabernet, and rock candy hints. The flavor was malty, spicy, with some caramel malt, cabernet, spices, and berry notes. Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Bottle courtesy of StewardofGondor. Transparent amber/mahogany with no head. All yeasty banana up front in aroma. some faint spice and candi sugar in the background. Body somewhat oily. Flavor again banana up front, but also getting apple and peach, minimal clove, barely shows up. Looks like I’m in the minority, but was decnt altogether. ClarkVV (6941) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2006 2005, best before March 06 bottle consumed on 1/18/06. The liquid decants a very clear amber-beige, with some copper and gold hints and a strong ruddy undertone. Fairly large bubbles rise lazily creating a moderate amount of beige-yellow, bubbly head that has VERY poor retention and provides no lacing. Crystal clear, even towards the end of the bottle, with no sediment. Seems bottle conditioned, very lightly so, with a really heavy filtration. The aroma boasts of banana weizeny esters, sugarplums, light dates and simple sugars. Slightest touch of clove, but it’s mainly bananas here. Strength is medium. The flavor begins with an mildly acidic/sour yeastiness, candi-sugar like stickiness (caramelized, dry sugars) and plenty of mushy banana flavors. Light hop apparency is mildly spicy, lightly bitter, quite herbal, while the bananas again dominate and are joined by a bit of bubble gum and clove. Finishes very simple, a round caramel sweetness, light hoppiness lingering. Bordeing near cloying levels of sweetness, mostly due to the lack of complexity. Low carbonation, but not tight at all, leading to a watery feel. Heavily thinned out texture, terribly so on the end, and the filtration allows for light, high alcohol notes to appear in both the nose and flavor. can8ianben (1601) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Good, it features a very belgiun style flavour along with the strong malt and spice typically found in winter offerings. VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Reddsih-brown, clear body with a small head. Sugary, lightly fruity aroma - faintly yeasty. Thin palate. Tastes sugary, faint banana, very faint yeast, and just a little spicy. Decent flavor, but not very distinguished. Mild sweet aftertaste.