Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2007bleeng (1681) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Flavor profile is close to a Chimay Red but with too much roasty malt dominating the flavor profile. Not bad but not too "dubbely." Taste doesn’t live up to its rather unusual and spectacular name.
Had on tap 8/30/07 at the restaurant. Poured into cold glass-damn. No head and color is light brown and cleanish. Nose is light and refreshing. Very malty/roasty on the palate. Alcohol is well hidden. As is warms the palate gets thicker and creamier, allowing the malts to come through nicely. A well done if pedestrian effort for a dubbel.
Note: I was in here around 7pm on a weekday and it was dead. Great menu if not a bit pricey. Hope they can make it last. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Rating from memory. Pours a dirty orange-brown with a tan head. Aroma is roasty, but there’s some funky yeasty and vaguely mushroom qualities. Tastes of roast, bread, with just the slightest bit of rotten fruit and cloves to keep things pretty funky. Roast carries through to the finish as well, and it’s fairly dry. If this is what the abbey was intended to taste like, then man, did that one miss the mark! To me, this was more like an amped up 1554. Just a bit more yeast characteristics, and a more interesting roasted malt profile. If this and the IPA are where the Covey is headed, then the beer is doing well! Unfortunately the restuarant was dead 2 hours until closing. Good beer.