79 / 100
75cl brown bottle purchased as part of a bulk order with a bunch of workmates.
Pours a hazy red-brown colour, with a very frothy head of off-white that leaves long, chaotic streaks as it descends. Carbonation is quite high, which isn't unexpected, but it's also quite rapid, and removes the facade of quiet isolation and peace. Looks decent though.
Nose has some spice characters right from the get-go, with a kirsch-like booze connected with a pleasant dry aroma of pulverised white pepper. There's a touch of oaky, tannic red wine, like an old shiraz, and a slightly bodily aroma, which contributes to the fermented white pepper character. Very nice.
Taste is very good. There's still plenty of spice, and some cherry notes, but there's a good dollop of sweetness too, leaving some vanilla and marzipan. There's definitely some tannin notes on the back, and they're connected to the booziness, which provides a heady mixture to go out on.
Feel is a little frothy from the aggressive carbonation, but with a nice astringency from the tanins.
This is a good brew. It's complex and well-crafted to ensure that it maintains its balance. It's perhaps not the top-tier of the trappist breweries, but it's towards that direction.
Pours a burnished gold colour with deep red tinge. Head is cream-coloured, large webs on the side and sinking beautifully and unevenly on the top. Trails of lace left behind and strong, furious bead keeping it alive. Pretty nice.
Nose is quite grainy. Lots of barley with dark grain bread and hints of metal on there. Some slight darker notes, hints of soil and chocolate. Slight sourness with grain husk. Yeah, a bit lacking, just grain and not a huge amount else. Expected more from the style.
Taste is richer, maybe more malty, with a bronzey metallic edge. Lots of burnt sugar up front that descends into a sour and quite phenolic mid-palate with cherry notes and some tart blackberry character as well. Hint of like cleaning solvent or something on the back, with that slightly harsh phenolic astringency. Perhaps not bad stylistically but would appreciate more sweetness or spice. I'm not really enamoured with this beer.
Good full body with lots of texture. Too much carbonation though mars it slightly.
Not too fussed about this, as a dubbel or as a beer. I've had better of both.
77 / 100
Extremely pleasant slightly hazed brown. Head is extremely robust and sudsy, crackling. Lacing is coarse and diverse. i really love the way the haze makes the beer shine so pleasantly. It's a great looking beer.
Nose is a bit organic, giving a light husky grain character. Pleasantly dark, with a sweetness that is pretty tasty. Slight acidity to it, which gives a sharpness and a lift. I like it.
Taste is a bit smoother, and a bit less organic. It's still good but less exciting. Very brown sugar and a bit of spice, but not a lot. In general, it gives me this big well of nostalgia back to my early craft days, when Belgian ale was the beer I drank. Smooth, light spice, some malty grain, lots of phenols. It's what I remember. It's comfortable and enjoyable.
Feel is smooth and light. Although it doesn't have the acidity, it has the bounce of the light body which gives it a lift.
Lovely brew. Even though it doesn't have the brazen and intense complexity of the best Belgians, it's a very drinkable, and very classic Belgian brew.