hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JAN 22, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2008 I like this beer. A dark ruby-red brown with some fine sediment and a light brown head. Aroma hits you had with sweet malt, like molasses, and some dark fruit in the background. The taste is well balanced, with a large malt backbone (a bit of chocolate) with some sweetness followed by a bit of hop bitterness and spice. Low carbonation. Not a trace of the alcohol. I could drink this all night. tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2008
dark fruity nose with subdued yeast. sweet taste and dry finish. Just in case anyone makes the same mistake: make sure to let this warm up properly before drinking it’s worlds different and much better at the proper temp (same can be said for all the Trappist beers) Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Opaque brown with slight head; some lacing. Aroma is a very pleasant malty sweetness. Flavor is a little less than expected. It was good but I wanted more of it. Subtle malt flavor; finished a little dry. Palate a little thin. Not unpleasant at all. I just wanted more. coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle: Pours a silty brown with a bit of light let thru at the edges of the glass. A frothy tand oily head gives way to thicker rings alongside the rim of the glass and covers 3/4 over the beer. Nose of sweet cherries with some whisps of oak. Tounge is enveloped with velvet of gentle malts and hops that build to a stong tinglyness of fruit..mostly cherries but a whip or two of ripe mellons. Taken over then by the superb chalky chocolate/pale malt mixture thata lso has hints of nuts and earth. Good medium finish speaks of patience and confidence. yespr (46530) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours murky brown with a lacing tan head. Aroma is light fruity, subdued malt and with a distinct dough yeasty note. Flavour is smoothly balanced between caramel malt, fruit notes. chocolate and a mild mellow yeast note. Ends with a lingering fruity and mild bitter finish. Solid dubbel, but in my book the weakest style made by the trappist brewers. This one is quite reminiscent of the Westvleteren Dubbel.
robforbes (2256) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2008
pour is brown with red tint, bubbly beige head.
smell is of dark fruit, sour, caramel, sweet cocoa.
taste is tart red grapes, prunes, raisins, caramel, a little chocolate in the back, nicely bitter ending. milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Did not really enjoy nearly as much as I thought that I would. Its quite possible that I happened to have abad bottle, but I thought it was overly bitter and flat....with not much distinguished in the aroma or palate, other than the bitterness and overwhelming flatness. But as I said..maybe I had a bad bottle. Will have to try again at some point. ganache (6007) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2015 Bottle. Sweet nutty and malty aroma, light lemongrass and fruity candy notes, really diverse and attractive. Several different kinds of candy, indeed. Deep ruby-mahogany pour with a soapy light brown head. Crisp taste, bone dry and yeasty with soft maltiness and increasingly hoppy hoppiness. Very dry end is nutty, [regular-] grassy, and complex. Balanced and smooth. Darkly, portentiously fruity with a medium-full body. Superb dubbel - its hop profile is to be envied by just about everyone, everywhere. [May be the best dubbel I’ve had, I need to get my hands on some more Binchoise] [2008.01.15: 4.0]joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle best before end 04/11/15. Nose is extremely fruity and malty, dark red berry and cherry with plum and grape, faint apricot, some banana, strong yeast character. Bit of a slow gusher, but only briefly, pours deep ruby with an overall dark brown impression and a short tan head. Body very crisply carbonated, extremely dry despite the strong, full maltiness and brown sugar / toffee notes; earth, lower minerals, medium fruit in the mouth, still fresh and abundantly estery. Extremely faint tartness. Only light hoppiness and very little of the nuttiness I noted earlier; gently warming in the chest and no sign of alcohol in the mouth, though there’s some roughness that should have mellowed by now. Still crazy after all these years. [2015.03.10: 4.1]
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a murky, non-translucent brown with a massive tan head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma of dark fruit, mostly raisin, some yeast and alcohol. Initial flavor of apple and grape with more dark fruits coming in later. Light body, moderate carbonation, slight alcohol presence, and some lacing. Ok beer, worth a try. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Good stuff. Aroma is equal mix earthy, spicy hops and molasses, strong malt flavors with some fruit esters as well. Pours an extremely dark red tinged brown with a large creamy kakhi head that lasts pretty well. Some of the best lacing I have seen so far. Taste is okay but somewhat watery for a 7% Trappist Dubbel. A bit dry and over carbonated for the style. That said, this beer is worth getting again.