dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2004
Good beer, dark brown with a very frothy white head. taste of burnt sugar is delicious on top of some sweet and smooth malts. A decent abbey double. dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
It look prominig, with its ivory head on a deep red-brown body. The aroma is pretty good. Alas, despite all of these promises, the taste, although otherwise well-balance, has a bit too much alcohol, which spoils most of the good initial impressions. Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle at Plan B. CPH. DK. Deep red color, weak spicy sweet aroma and taste in a medium body with a sweet finish. A bit boring. Sammy (12486) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2004
Decent yeast with fruit, some roatiness and spot of bitterness here. Good session ale. Had at Beer Bistro Winterfest, and hung in together with Westys’ and other fine Belgiums for sampling. Beautiful lace, medium-full mouthfeel. Hops Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
I had 2 bottles in a row, for research purposes, you understand. One bottle, a unique conical shape, ceramic dipped, was a speckled gold-on-black color with gold foil at the neck and an orangish label. The other had a speckled black -on- white, with red at the neck and label. Could they be different bottlings, variantions, slightly skewed recipes?
Conclusion: no difference.
Anyway...ruddy brown color, huge, fluming, speckled creamy head.
Nose: delicious, creamy, cocoa, chocolatey, uplifting, rich, delicious. Just what I need in a good dubbel, or "double", whatever the case may be.
Big burst of hops, and then more complex flavors unfold on the palate: raisins, spices, fruit, ...very nice.Flavor is large, looming, warm, and happy, makes a body quite content about his beer!
Body is near the full side, but a bit mild. Finish is long, lush, rich, rewarding. Misses the deep, dark complexity of Belgian trappist dubbels, but a fine example of the style, anyway. A very good drink.
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Decent malty aroma, caramel and sweet. One dimensional. Hazy dark brown with floating chunks. Thin light tan lacing head. Medium-light body with light carbonation. Mild sweet start, mild acidity. Weak fruitiness, light astringency. Some alcohol. Weak watery dubbel. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2004
Bottled. A deep russet brown beer with loads (too much) sediment. Lots of fruits and malts in the aroma. Taste of sweet berry fruit, raisins, candy sugar, yeast and burnt malts. Disappointingly thin rauchbier (3908) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2004
Bottle, DBF 2004. Bronze, moderate off white head and gentle condition. Caramel and malt in the nose, sweet in the mouth with the caramel and malt again dominant. Some butteriness develops into the finish.
jercraigs (10651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2010 2010-02-12. Very dark brown body with a nice tan head and lace. Aroma and flavour are both quite fruity, with a light tangy not to it. Muted hint of chestnuts and cocoa in the nose. Flavour is similar with sweet sugary dark malts, tangy fruit accents and a dry fruity finish. Average plus to medium bodied palate is well carbonated. Pleasant. 7/4/7/3/14 - 3.5Bottle at Smokeless Joes, Torontolachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2004
2004-07-XX. Bottle. Castro’s Lounge. Dark brown body with a thin head. Mouthfeel is very light for the style. Aroma is sweet malt with a hint of alcohol. Flavour is a bit watery, bit of sweet malt, and more alcoholic notes than it should really be showing. Pretty boring Belgian. 5/3/5/2/10 - 2.5
Nice brown color with medium foamy ivory colored head.It has a sweet aroma of soft malts,honey, caramel and fruits.It has a rich taste and a smooth mouthfeeling.The afthertaste is malty with a good bitterness in the end.