tykjen (182) - Florø, NORWAY - APR 21, 2007
Quality beer from the monks. Perfect appearance and texture. High carbonation, huge long-lasting head and dry finish makes it easy to drink. Moderate esters, a perfect balance of phelolics and fruits. A masterpiece. hapjydeuce (1000) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 20, 2007
Pretty old bottle by the looks of it, bbd of 6/12/07. Pours a dark brown with a velvety tan head with moderate lacing. Mediocre aroma of malt, sugar and raisin. Flavor of caramel, slight hint of yeast and orange peel. A bit disappointed with the palate, not very smooth and almost metallic in the end, not good. Medium alcohol finish. I would like to try a fresh bottle, but worth a try. ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 19, 2007
Just poured into a glass. Nice malty glug sound. Deep red hue, small head. Flavor is bright, crisp with some fig, prune and malt.
Palate is thin not a long finish,
It would be nice to do back to back with this style. islay (2642) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2007
Sampled at a blind abbey dubbel tasting hosted by tennisjoel on 4-14-07, along with eight other beers. This was the third beer that we tasted. It finished in eighth place in my rankings, but it was fourth place in the group rankings. Originally poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. The overwhelming winner of the night was ’t Smisje Dubbel, with Corsendonk Pater finishing a strong if distant second.
<P>Weak but nice, chocolatey, chalky aroma. Some alcohol in the scent, also watermelon. Pours a relatively opaque, dark amber/brown with a very small amount of beige head and few bubbles. Alcohol noticeable in the flavor, moreso than in many of the stronger beers that we sampled at the tasting. Subtle flavors including watermelon and tobacco. Slight bitter finish. Light to medium body. I liked this beer better than the score might indicate. I bumped up the overall score to compensate.
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2007
smells like raisins and something berry-esque that i can’t quite put my finger on. cloudy dark amber color. tastes like raisins and malt. the aroma gave me reason to believe this beer would be sweeter than it actually was which is cool with me. prolley not gonna rate as high as some other folk but this is not a bad beer
Diablo9845 (62) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2007
Very unique appearance, almost like a red wine. Minimal head and medium carbonation. Very noticable taste of grapes, somewhat malty and left the palate feeling dry.
Very unique beer in my opinion, I enjoyed it. AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2007
A very pleasing aroma and a hazy appearance. There is a taste of muscadine and a lingering malty finish. Nice. DonkeyHoetay (21) - Bellerose, New York, USA - APR 11, 2007
Bottle, easily available in Nyc. Dark brown with a thick light brown head. Tasted of chocolate and coffee and i think hops? I like this beer alot . BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 I reviewed this beer back in April of 2007, and had a bottle in the US of undetermined age and dubious condition. I had it again in Belgium (at a regular, non-beer-focused restaurant) and thought it to be great, and needed to revisit. The dubbel and tripel from this brewery are very good.
Poured a dark red-brown color with lots of head. Aroma was slightly sour with some cherry notes and a little bit of malt accents. Flavor was maltier and roastier than the aroma with more sourness which was slightly cherry-ish in flavor. Mouthfeel was quite clean and dry and quite good.
I would highly recommend this beer. I had it along with a croque monsieur and some frites at a Brussels restaurant called La Trappiste.
hcalsos (205) - Rælingen, NORWAY - APR 11, 2007
Bottle. Deep brown/black, aroma is sweet hops and faint malt. Flavor is sweet and sour citrus, with a finish of slight chocolate.