jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Deep amber-brown appearance with fruity aroma. Great balance between sweet, malty, and mild bitter finish. Very nice. Thure (152) - DENMARK - JUL 11, 2007
Brown colour with a tan head. The aroma is of spice, a bit of vanilla and some rasin and toast notes with faint alcohol in the background. The flavor is complexe with both toast, spice and warm alcohol and a malt presence with a bit of bitterness in the after taste. The finish is sweet and filling. yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2007
11.2oz bottle. I have been saving this one and the triple for something special, and chose to try them both for my 500th rating. The beer was poured into a St Bernardus goblet, dark red brown with a nice beige head which dropped away rather quickly. The aroma was inviting, with sweet dark fruits, Belgian yeast and alcohol. I was hoping for an even better beer than the Gouden Carolus Classic.. but… no. Its dry as a bone. And I like sweet. Oh, yes it’s a good beer, even great, but doesn’t even stand in the shadow of the Gouden Carolus. Very hoppy, more so than most Belgians, and especially more so than most dubbels. There are excellent subtle flavors behind the hoppy dryness, but too well covered up. Medicinal herbs and astringent hops is the main profile. If this had some malt sweetness or some Belgian candy it would have been spectacular, but as is its only good. If you like dry Belgian ales you will love this but if you prefer some sweetness, you will be disappointed, as I was. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2007
[366-20070625] 330mL. Smells strongly of malty alcohol with a hint of cherry and light yeasty Christmas spices. Clear, dark brown red body with a long-lasting off-white head. Tastes like strawberry licorice with an alcohol kick but nice aftertaste, also very sweet and reminds me of fresh bread. Smooth full body. Booze is overly prominent. glennmastrange (2859) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Bottle. Moderate notes of milk chocolate, leather, and really no noticable hop smell. The background has raisin and vanilla in it as well. It has an off white fizzy head that’s mostly diminishing with not much lacing. Color is a murky brown/black. Taste starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic and finishes tart, bitter and a bit acetic. Palate is between med/light and medium and the texture feels oily to start and ends quite dry. Carbonation is fizzy and it has a fair amount of alcohol in the finish. A very tasty Abbey.
estoves2 (98) - SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2007
Dark ruby red body with thick thoaty brown head that lasts the entire beer. Aroma is of dried fruit like plums and little yeast and alcohol. Flavor is fruity of plums and some notes of banana. Little yeasty. Spicy clovelike hops. Small bitternes in the finish. Palate is mediumthick and creamy. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Pours a dark brown with reddish hues. Deep maroon, with a small, but well retained light tan head. Lots od dark fruits, dark malts, and candy sugar in the aroma. Very sweet smelling. The taste is big and bold, really sweet and fruity. Dark berries, malts, other dark fruits, some candy sugar, and a slight bitterness in the finish. Seems to be aloit going on here. The aftertaste has a hint of alcohol, but fruity on the palate. Nice brew. Good representation of this style in my opinion. smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JUN 30, 2007
pours mahogany with minimal off-white head. aroma is a little funky with a lot of overripe fruit and some toffee and caramel sweetness. taste is fruity with ripe fruit and berry. there is a good amount of toffee and caramel sweetness with slight tangy and roast bitterness in the finish. pretty solid. Embrouille (2852) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2009 Bottled 33cl. It pours a beautiful deep amber beer with a thick, rather big remaining tanned head. Outstanding flowery aromas of ripe fruits including berries, melon, banana and peaches. Wonderful hints of wild strawberries. Some toffee and licorice in the nose. Very sweet and slightly smoky. Some woody, madeira-like elements. The flavor is very rich and sweet with reminiscent woody characteristics. Rather vinous. This beer has a pleasant bitterness. A very well balanced dubbel with a sharp and spicy taste. Lots of caramel with hints of black chocolate. The finish is bitter with some dark chocolate that comes through.. I was impressed by this dubbel! Additional comment: An excellent trappist - slightly sour. Woody and vinous. Some candied fruits showing up. Unique. Third rerate: Excellent. Huge amonts of aniseed, chocolate, pineapple, homemade caramel, candy and sage showing up in both aroma and flavor. Good bitterness. Absolutely fantastic. After several sampings: Mango does come to mind in the taste especially. carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2007
pours dark brown and a bit hazey. aroma is a bit sweet and tart with malt and some raison. mouthful is rich and and a smooth with great fig/raison and some caramel. finishes crisply. very nice...