skortila (5793) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2003
Very great nose, very strong malty and fruity, quite balanced. Appearance is okay; brown coloured, lasting head. Taste is not as great as its aroma. Much sharper, still sweet and fruity. sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 (Bottled, "St.Idesbald Dubbel") Dark, reddish brown color with a small head. Sweetish-caramely, lightly roasty and wineous, hoppy aroma. Somewhat harshly hoppy, slightly alcoholic and sour, malty flavor with orange-peel and clear Huyghe yeast character. Medium-bodied, bitter and a bit harsh palate with sharp carbonation. A harsh dubbel with very little personality. Cobra (1100) - - NOV 16, 2003
750 ml white painted corked & caged bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Cork gave me a fit to get out. Had to use pliers. Poured out a murky, reddish brown color, with a decent if short lived tan head. Slid back to a yeasty island on top of the beer.
Aromas of toffee, caramel, and malts. Slight spicy note of hops also. Tastes of burnt sugar, sharp alcohol, and slight hops in the background. Finished spicy, and slightly dry. Sort of a thin mouthfeel to it, but tasty all the same. MaBeer1972 (2036) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2003
This one looked pretty nice into the glass. Deep rich reddish brown color with a big foamy head. After letting it warm, it took on the character of a musty old basement. The aroma is powerful and dusty. The flavors are intense, but the mustiness controls. I know these beers are suppose to have plenty of shelf life, but I wonder what happened to this one along the way. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Okay, so I've got to start out by saying that I bought this bottle from a small store that probably didn't turn over its stock very often - hard telling how old the bottle is, but I'm guessing several years... Poured slightly cloudy chestnut color with a creamy off-white head which lasted well and left nice lacing. Aroma is sour fruits, candy and hops. The flavor is sweet and spicy with a vinegar finish - I think this one has turned. Even so, it's still drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. I'll have to get a fresher speciman and do a re-rate.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Red-brown body with a thin tan head. No lacing.edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Slightly sour malt aroma. Yeasty and fruity.
Sweet malt flavor. A spicy hop bite with a slight hop aftertaste. Very unique yeast flavor too. Alcohol is well hidden.
Medium bodied with a somewhat crisp finish. Nicely balanced as advertised!
11/3/03: bottle.mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2003
nice light-tan colored head accompanied by a crimson-red to brown body. lacing. malty nose with a hint of metallic. flavors include malt, caramel and hops with a faint roasted, sour finish. alcohol is well hidden.
Definitely a good buy. Pours with a nice copper color with a nice white head. It is well balanced by malt and hops. It is high in alcohol but very light in taste, won't fill you up. Very Pleasant and full of flavor. ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2003 great. i drank this a week ago, but it's left a lasting impression. i enjoyed it more than the chimay bleu i just ingested. bubbly, sweet, fruity, blah blah. there's a lot going on here. i wish i had a bottle in front of me right now. one of the better beers my rookie-ass has experienced. 3fourths (9331) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 Dark brown with a dark tan head. Caramel, maple and vanilla... very good example of a dubbel. A bit bubbly up front, peppy, semi-sweet almonds, vanilla, and brown sugar. Palate is bubbly and full.