badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Another fine offering from Unibroue. Deep brown with a fluffy white head. Sweet aroma of malt, dark fruit, spices, and Belgian yeast. Bright and lively palate. Chocolate and vanilla tastes linger behind a robust citrus and mixed fruit flavor and finishes with notes of coriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg with minor alcoholic warmth in the back of the throat. jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Very nice dubbel. Smells of monk basement, fruit, caramel. Tastes malty, fruity, sweet, with a nice alcohol burn that isn’t distracting. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 3, 2009
In the 750 mL corked bottle from a TJ’s in Seattle. I’m pretty glad that I aged this for about a year from the date that I purchased it. I think it is at its optimum right now. Pours a dark slightly cloudy brown with a large dense tan head that actually grew in size in the goblet after about 5 minutes. The aroma at first seemed a bit oaked to me, then it blasted my senses with profuse raisins. The flavor is a crazy grape candy sweetness, but not at all unattractive. This palate is so smooth that I nearly gulped down the glass without a sense of what I was doing. To beat it all, I think I bought this on sale for $3.99. Woefully under-appreciated on this site at 3.5. Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Pours dark brown with a creamy, white, fine head. Aroma is yeasty with qualities of vanilla and banana. Mouth feel is light-moderate. Flavor is dark fruits, raisins, vanilla, spices, and flowers.
sbwahoo (1) - Ventura, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008 does not count
First off, this is definitely a beer to savor. I picked this up at Trader Joe’s after getting a bit curious about the different smaller beers they had. I saw the Vintage Ale’s huge bottle and decided that if anything I’d at least get kind of buzzed. Ended up pleasantly surprised by this ale, and have told all my friends about it.
LongJaw (7) - West Palm Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008 does not count
Good body. Nice head. Malt flavor balances well against a citrus flavor. Great Trader’s product and price produced brewed by Unibroue. Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
Caramel, cane sugar, not too alcoholic, but barely bitter in the finish. Would taste great with a ribeye. seymour (1989) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Tasted from corked 750ml brown bottle into nonic pint glass, thanks Vyvvy for sharing and for cellaring it so carefully! It poured a hazy copper color with persistent off-white foam, tiny bottle-conditioning bubbles and lots of excellent Belgian lace. Aromas of perfumey alcohol, malt, caramelized brown sugar, toffee, plums, raisins, complex peppery yeast phenols, faint banana and clove. Taste: malt-forward, caramelly and fruity, balanced by a subdued tangy hops flavor, very smooth yet tart, notes of brown bread and brandy-soaked fruitcake, great Belgian yeast notes again. some good residual candy sweetness, definite signs of age, beneficial oxidation, but no soy sauce or vinegar notes at all. Spritzy, high carbonation, light body, rounded well-concealed 9% alcohol, lasting multi-layered aftertaste. Absolutely delicious. kennydiaz (358) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 THIS BEER IS BREWED BY UNIBROUE AND IT HAS IT’S DISTINCT TASTE AND FLAVOR. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE OVER ALL QUALITY OF THIS BEER. I WAS EVEN MORE IMPRESSED WITH IT’S $4.99 USC PRICE TAG . THIS BEER IS AN ABOVE AVERAGE BELGIUM STYLE BEER WITHOUT THE BELGIUM PRICE TAG. MUST BUY. jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2008
aroma: comes out as soon as the cork is popped. Definite raisons, spice, dates, and other dried fruit. pours dark brown with generous abouts of white head, and plenty of carbonation. Beer pours mostly clear. Flavor is fruity, raison, dates, with some spice. Carbonation is ample and tickles the tongue, bringing the spice and fruitiness of the yeast character more alive. Really good dubbel.