Otter Creek World Tour: Otter's Dubbel - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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2.95/5 rDev +1.7%
A: traditional, to type with nice clear brownish color
S: has a bit of yeasty, musty nose and some malt but not as lively and carbonated as trad dubbel
T: decent, but it appears to be souring a bit, candy sugar noticeable, not as heavy and earthy as true dubbel, decent enough but slight off (sour) taste and lack of body brings it down
M: nothing to speak of, too watery and not enough carbonation
D: not really for a dubbel
05-06-2010 02:03:18 | More by wisrarebeer
3.18/5 rDev +9.7%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 6oz bottle into an Otter Creek glass. That came as part of a three pack gift set. The bottle itself has no freshness date or abv% on the label but it has a nice description of the beer.
Appearance: It pours a dark murky brown color and in the glass there are deep crimson highlights when held up to the light. On top sits a tall beige head which is slow fading and long lasting with good splotchy lacing.
Smell: The aroma is very sweet overall and full of candy like notes, dark sweet malts and fruity yeast. There are absolutely no hop notes at all.
Taste/Palate: The flavor has loads of sweet malt and dark candied sugar notes up front. There are also some tart, fruity, cherry, and raspberry notes, with chocolatey maltiness. As it warms, this tartness seems to emerge stronger. On the finish I get more of the tart, cherry-like notes, along with some dry yeast and dry earthy hops which add some mild bitterness as well.
Notes: A very nice and interesting, tart and sour beer which is way out of the Dubbel style. This beer reminds me more of a sour brown ale.
04-19-2010 21:13:29 | More by generallee
3.18/5 rDev +9.7%
22 oz bottle poured into a St Bernardus goblet. Thin tan head, no real lacing. Color is a dull ruddy brown. Some highlights around the edges but otherwise pretty dense.
Smell is sour, and that's not right. I do not associate a strong sour with a dubbel. It actually smells like a Flanders Red. There are some tart fruity esters, but it is overwhelmed by the funky sour. Taste is very sour. Usually I expect a pretty high malt character from a dubbel, but this too tart. As it warms there are some hints of chocolate malts. Not enough to balance. Tart dark berries also develop as it warms.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mild carbonation. The sourness creates a tight pucker. I'm pretty disappointed with this offering. If it was labeled as a Flanders Red it would probably score better.
12-10-2009 12:54:07 | More by bort11
2.23/5 rDev -23.1%
22oz bomber into a Delirium tremens tulip.
Pours a tawny, chocolate-amber body with a hint of haziness. Poor head retention, as a rocky veil of khaki foam quickly settles to a disordered mass. Slight vegetal aroma plus notes of dark fruit and an out-of-place spiciness. Over-ripened plum, a faint whiff of Belgian candi, and pepper all make an appearance.
Hmm...slight funky sourness to the flavor, nearly acetic, backing a hint of bittersweet caramel and more veggies. Doesn't smell infected, but who knows, although I've had Belgian styles that flaunt tart flavors much better than this. Either way, I'm not really a fan...less so with each sip. Thin, fizzy body with a sticky sour finish. I can taste a hint of caramel malty potential in this beer lurking behind the off-notes, but it's too little too late. My first drain-pour in a while.
08-10-2009 03:18:11 | More by wagenvolks
1.08/5 rDev -62.8%
poured into a tulip
I think i had a beer that went bad...discount at my local liquor store for $2.50 and the store i located near the reviewer below me.
worst beer i have ever had...drain pour...not worth any more of my time to review tastes sour. not even close to what a dubbel should taste like...
trying to fill the 250 spaces required
should not be called a beer...
07-23-2009 01:56:20 | More by ken2cart1
1.55/5 rDev -46.6%
Appearance is this beer's only redeeming feature. Dark brown in appearance, bubble little head, a little lacing around the glass after a couple of minutes. It smells like overboiled vegetables, sweet metallic overboiled vegetables. Like this has an excess of mninerals in it. Taste is more of the same, except even worse. Slightly-rotted overboiled vegetables, metallic excess minerals, and a taste like an infected beer. Grossly sweet, with a gross sour taste to go with it, like vinegar but stronger. I literally don't want to take even the smallest sip more of this. If I didn't see the other reviews, I'd assume I just got a bad bottle. Mouthfeel for the brief time I had it in my mouth was OK, but I had other things on my mind. If the rest taste like this, I would never want to see it again, nevermind have it. At least I got a review for a cheap price.
07-19-2009 05:27:05 | More by damienblack
1.83/5 rDev -36.9%
On tap at WIllimantic Brewing. Wow, this was bad! Pours a clear brown with a small white head. Aroma of cough syrup and sweet syrupy malt. Flavor of more medicinal cough syrup. This is a truly disgusting beer. I'm not sure what went wrong in the brewing process of this beer, but something surely did. Do yourself a favor and pass on this one.
07-09-2009 19:55:22 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5 rDev +25.2%
Appears a dark chestnut toned brown with a small, off white head. Tiny streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of raisins, prunes, caramel, cherries, vanilla, and wood.
Taste is of overkill caramel(120, and/or Special B), tart cherries, and ripe fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, with grapes lingering.
06-10-2009 02:13:25 | More by weeare138
3.48/5 rDev +20%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is a little estery and contains caramelized malts, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is sweet up front with some flavors of caramel, chocolate and dark fruits. Then there are some complementary flavors of Belgian yeast and a little sourness that creep in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild hops presence that bring a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sour.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this one seems to try to combine different aspects of a few separate Belgian styles, it's a not bad beer but there are other Belgian-style beers that I would choose first.
06-04-2009 01:41:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.13/5 rDev +7.9%
22 oz bottle
Pours a deep redish brown color with a tan head of tight foam bubbles. Head thins out and leaves nice lace.
Smell is sweet and malty with presents of cheery fruit.
Taste is quite sweet and malty. Raisin, grape and cherry taste comes through quite strong. Had an initial metallic taste that seemed to disappear after warming up a bit (or maybe I just got used to it). Not much alcohol to back up the sweetness. Too sweet for my taste.
Mouthfeel was ok. Not too heavy and light carbonation keeps this beer smooth throughout.
Drinkability is too sweet. Higher ABV may help offset the estery taste.
04-27-2009 00:05:43 | More by HopTroll
3.1/5 rDev +6.9%
22oz bottle shared courtesy of weewantarim138.
Poured a deeper brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, and yeast. Tastes of dark fruits (tart cherries), grapes, and caramel. Tart start and tart finish - I don't know if I liked that or not in this one.
04-26-2009 19:21:13 | More by hopdog
3.38/5 rDev +16.6%
Deep amber beer with candied sugar highlights. The head starts out slow but catches up towards the top of the glass with a steamed light cappuccino colored fluffy head.
Scent is tart yet has a nice subtle fruity spiciness. Sliced red apples dipped in peppered cinnamon. There is even a little chocolate covered cherry scents in there. Nice, complex and intriguing.
The taste has a lot of the same features as the nose but unfortunately succumbs to a slightly processed taste. Sweet and tart with the taste leaning more towards a molasses, candied flavor rather then a chocolate. A gritty stale grain flavor appears in the middle of the flavor but is thankfully eclipsed by a baked apple finish.
Medium bodied and smooth but still missing something. I kind of feel that the carbonation mixed with the hints of stale grain/beer flavor really takes away from the feel. It ends up with a calloused yet watery feel that leans more towards rough then pleasant. Ok brew but one that's favor fades fast. Looks ok, smells good but then it starts to slip.
04-08-2009 00:41:04 | More by jbphoto88
2.73/5 rDev -5.9%
A: Deep red with a head that forms well, but recedes very quickly and without much pizazz. If the head were any thinner, it would likely look more like a cola.
S: Sugary malts and grape. It's quite sweet, with an almost wine-like character to it.
T: Grapes are much stronger on the palate than the nose, with a sour note to it. My brother-in-law makes a drink that he calls his 'Chronic Tonic' and it's a blend of cider vinegar, grape juice, and a water dilution. This is quite similar, but sweeter - more of a grape juice flavour.
M + D: Body is quite thin... it has a little bit of the sparkle that I enjoy in a dubbel, but it's not really all that rich. I don't detect much alcohol heat, so I imagine this isn't particularly strong. Not the most enjoyable beer, and perhaps the first time I've had anything that I felt disappointed in from Otter Creek. Unfortunate, but it happens sometimes, I suppose!
04-01-2009 03:41:23 | More by Proteus93
1.5/5 rDev -48.3%
Dark caramel color. Thin, off-white head quickly fades into thin skim retention but leaves nice surf splash lacing.
Smells like port and vinegar, rust and vinous grapes. Eew.
Sour metallic up front with a sweaty handfull of nickels in back. Watery mouthfeel and cloying metallic aftertaste. Eew.
Overall, Otter Dubbel is terrible. I bought it fresh and cellared it properly, but when I split the bottle with a friend neither of us could finish our glasses and the rest of the bottle went down the drain. Otter Creek, I love you, but I'm just not sure who you are anymore.
03-21-2009 11:22:12 | More by donkeyrunner
3.4/5 rDev +17.2%
Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving traces of lace. Cloudy mahogany color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor is tart with hints of caramel, unusual for a Belgian dubbel. $4.85 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
03-20-2009 22:27:45 | More by jdhilt
2.88/5 rDev -0.7%
Bomber from Whole Foods for a good price, into New Belgium glass.
Is this supposed to be a little sour and tart? What I'm tasting taste like an Oud Bruin.
Rasberries, cranberries, blackberries, sour cherries. Some brown ale-like sweetness but surprisedly not much caramel. Some wet wood flavours. Off-putting aftertaste.
I have to count off given the bottle and their website make no mention of sour/tartness or a wild yeast. It feels good at some points but overall doesn't seem intentional...
I can't fully make up my mind...this just tastes kinda off
02-27-2009 05:28:19 | More by MEsquandoles
1.33/5 rDev -54.1%
So, I bought the world tour and got a neat glass.
Pardon the mediocre review. I had to pour most of it down the drain. It was first sweet, then sour. It felt like vinegar in my mouth. I even thought that maybe it turned in the bottle.
The color and head were beery, but the thin head dissolved quickly. It smelled of vinegar as well, mind you, an artsy balsamic, but vinegar nonetheless.
I love most every beer for its distinctive character. This was nasty IMHO.
02-20-2009 02:07:20 | More by dangordon0128
3.18/5 rDev +9.7%
Murky milky brown with a thick inch-high head of light brown dimpled foam that slowly settles and leaves curly legs of lace rising up.
Aroma of dark malt, toffee, fig, clove, band-aid and bready yeast.
Slghtly muted flavor of banana bread, phenols, ripe plum, peppery spice, clove, and some yeasty funk. I would like this more if there were more rich maltiness and less phenols and clove.
Moderate mouthfeel, tending toward slick.
Average drinkability, not my fave from OC.
02-15-2009 22:38:34 | More by far333
2.5/5 rDev -13.8%
Very dark brown with strong carbonation fueling a persistent mocha-froth head. Nose is strong of candied fruit and yeasty Belgian phenols. Flavors like caramel-coated apple and brown sugar give way to a vinegary sour presence in the finish.
Originally I marked the aroma as a 4.5 because right after the pour it was bursting with spicy fruit character. Now about 15 minutes later the nose is overpowered by an unpleasant sweaty smell.
Not sure what's going on here - initially I was impressed with this beer but my impression has gone south quickly. I actually think I'm going to dump the rest of this.
02-11-2009 07:00:32 | More by froggyfrog
3.13/5 rDev +7.9%
22oz bottle, part of a 3-bottle sampler with an Otter Creek glass. Poured into that glass.
This beer has a dark reddish-brown color with a moderate initial head that drops away quickly. The nose is sweet and malty, with a little fruitiness and a touch of spice. On taste, an initial sweetness quickly gives way to a very tart sourness, drowning out any other flavors. Odd... is that intentional, or is this an infected batch? It doesn't bear the complexities of a wild ale, but the tartness isn't quite overwhelming either.
Weird dubble. Not worth buying again.
01-31-2009 02:26:19 | More by allengarvin
2.78/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours a really nice mahogany with a thick tan one finger head. Good lacing too.
Smells of cherries, chocolate, and a bit of smoke but not overly fragrant.
The cherry is present up front out of the glass with tangy carbonation. Sour comes up after a little time but I suppose the dryness and cherries add to the sour attitude. After it breathes in the glass I'm getting more spice and less cherry but still not an overly complex beer.
I'm not a big fan of Otter Creek but will drink most of their offerings. This is not a dubbel, it's a decent beer on par with other Otter Creek offerings. Probably wont go back for another but no big complaints.
01-24-2009 23:57:01 | More by WalterSobchak
3.28/5 rDev +13.1%
Out of a bomber this beer was a cloudy, deep brown/mahogany color with a one-finger head of tan bubbles. The retention was decent as a soapy skim and the lacing was good. The aroma was of sour malt, toasted malt and cereal grains. The flavors were of Belgian yeast, doughy malt, caramel malt all with a very strong sour note. It struck me as lacking balance, dominated by the tartness. Dry and acidic. The mouthfeel was smooth but a little slick ,the carbonation soft and the body medium. It was ok, but not really a good example of the style nor a good example of the brewery.
01-24-2009 23:04:46 | More by thekevlarkid
Otter Creek World Tour: Otter's Dubbel from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
71 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.