St. Vincent's Dubbel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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St. Vincent's DubbelSt. Vincent's Dubbel

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 03-15-2006

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Reviews by ironbike1:
Photo of ironbike1
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a gem from a local brewery. Something I was always passing up. That will not be the case anymore.

Appearance is a beautiful dark amber

Smell is of fruits and a hint of caramel. That could just be the sugar I smell.

Taste is crisp and clean with a huge up front fruit note. Then fades off to the malty side.

Mouthfeel is nice has a very clean feel not to thick or thin kind of just right.

For me this is a dangerous brew, I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. No hint of alcohol at all yet sneaks up on you.

Overall I love this offering from the Cpt. They have yet to let me down even with a little higher price. I will continue to buy this and age this beer on a regular basis.

More User Reviews:
Photo of steelerguy
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy amber, nice head that fades to a lace on top and leaves lacing as you drink. Light carbonation, which does let the head drop pretty quickly.

S - Malt and dark fruit, good but pretty muted which makes it unexciting.

T - Starts off with a nice malt and fruit flavor but then a ton of sourness and bitter hit me. I don't mind some bitterness, even if out of style but the sour cherry like flavor is just not good.

M - Nice medium body, with a crisp acidic finish.

D - Getting through 750 ML of this was a workout. It does some things right, but the sourness just gives me pause between each sip.

Perhaps this was a bad bottle, I had it once before and don't remember the extreme sourness I had in this bottle. In addition, Captain Lawrence usually nails their beers...this is off target.

Photo of renegadeburger
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first time i got to enjoy another local brewery picked up a real nice limited edition here

appeared great fell right into the glass a deep brown color got murky at the end i realized then i had poured some sediment into the glass

smell was great like fresh bready aroma also some figs and even raisins in there

taste was more of the same it had spice though i even thought i tasted some bananas haha it was like banana bread in a glass!

mouthfeel was nice and full maybe a bit chewy in there but fine for me with the big full carbonation

overall a great complex brew will have to check out more of the captain larry for sure seems like realy craft brews for sure

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the latest, just released selection from the "captain", large champagne style bottle, label lets you know this was "bottled in 2006" Pours dark auburn, cloudy, murky, with a typical mocha head, with moderate retention, leaves fine, scattered lacing and delicate sheeting to boot. Nose is softly of toffee and abit of musty funk is picked up. This is a smooth, tasty and well crafted Belgian Dubbel style ale. Rich notes of more toffee, rum, raisins, smokey chocolate. Complex flavors and sensations entice the senses, soft and inviting mouthfeel, with a nice warming alcohol feel in the finish. Scott does not miss a beat and this is an instant favorite. Go get some...bottles are gonna be available at fine area retailers and, of course at the brewery.

Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of ballewblake.

Pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma is fruit and Belgian yeast with a little bit of tartness. Flavor is caramel malt and dark fruit. You get a little bit of tart fruit in the flavor as well as some Belgian yeast characters that you expect in a dubbel. Medium body and medium carbonation.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from tasting notes. The nose is not huge – plum and slight funk with traces of light chocolate. It pours brilliant garnet to chestnut with an enormous 3” light tan tinted head that leaves classic Belgian window lace. The flavor has a chocolate undertone but there is some definite prune and some othe fresh and dried fruits. Medium body and slightly above medium carbonation.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a deep crystal clear dense brown body with a thin bubble head of tan and a gentle carbonation sliding up the sides of the glass.

S- The nutty pecan toasted malt smell is slightly sweet with a rummy note at the finish.

T- The taste of dark malt has qualities of dark cherries, cardboard and dark nougat with a nice oaky flavor and red wine tannins to it. The finish is a smooth slightly smoky bourbon note. After it warms a bit there is a fusel alcohol note to the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with an alcohol heat that increases as the beer warms.

D- This beer has nice complexity with a big alcohol heat that would be better after some age. It is pretty dry for a double but has big good malt flavors coming through which is a nice change.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another lovely drinking Belgium from this brewery. Yeasty and malty aroma. Full bannana consistency mouthfeel. Sweet whipped up maltiness,carmel, sugar with building waves of moderate bitterness. Fruity, but that's only a hint.A it softer carbonation would be welcome.

Photo of augustgarage
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!) - poured from a 750mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Label design is the newer one, by Michael Benvenga.

Deep clear rust colored liquid crowned by a smooth delicate layer of beige foam which recedes to a cakey collar and a light surface slick. Good lacing.

Vinuous, leathery, dark fruit aromatics suggest brandy at first, though the malt backbone, while secondary to the esters, is quite robust with gentle melanoidins and toast.

Grainy, tart palate entry - a mix of unripe and overripe plums mixed with bread crusts - with a yeasty medium-dry finish accompanied by dates and cherry pits in the finish. There is a hint of cider or balsamic vinegar as well (though I don't think this is off or a bad batch).

Medium-bodied, creamy, lightly effervescent...

Has elements of an old ale in addition to a dubbel - which makes this an unusual (and some will say unpleasant) example of the style - one that doesn't stand up to it's Belgian predecessors.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml. bottle. No label - just a sticker that says CLB St Vincent's Dubbel. It pours a hazy auburn/copper with orange highlights beneath a creamy head of yellowed-white. The head retention is somewhat limited, and the lacing is limited to rings of splashes and spots. Steady, fine bubbles rise from beneath.

The nose is spicy (black pepper), phenolic, and candyish amidst dark fruit.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and dextrinous with a moderate carbonation that leaves it smooth and somewhat creamy.

The flavor is much fuller and more complex than the aroma suggests, and it offers notes of sweet malt, candy sugar, light chocolate, dates, prunes, figs, nuts, black pepper, and alcohol. The heat is present, but not overwhelming.

Interesting. Warming. Not really too unlike Chimay Premiere in a way but bigger. Very nice.

Photo of nickd717
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade thanks to koopa.

Pours slightly hazy reddish-amber with an off-white head that leaves foam on the beer.

Smell is a little metallic, but good otherwise. Belgian yeast and candi sugar, along with cherry/red berry.

Flavor is actually not metallic at all. Caramel malt, Belgian yeast, red berries, and candi sugar.

Medium body with some metallicity on the mouthfeel.

Above average drinkability. Overall this is decent, but not one of Captain Lawrence's better offerings. At least it wasn't infected though.

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from mjtierman, Cheers Matt!

Pours an effervescent brown/caramel with 2+ fingers of fluffy cream/sand colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, a touch of yeasty phenols

T: Dark cherries, caramel, a touch of oakyness/tartness, some raspberry as well up front. Tartness & oakyness dominate as this warms, figs & cherry also mix in along some leafy hops when warm. Finishes tart with raspberry & oaky dryness

MF: Medium bodied, with subtle carbonation

A decent, stylized take on the style, would buy this again if available

Photo of sjstraub
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Oversized red wine glass.

A: A medium bown color with a quickly dissolving head.

S: Almost a burnt malt smell. Had to repour to get more head into the beer to pickup much smell.

T: Malty taste, and also a hint of alcohol. Maybe a faint taste of cocoa. Lingers in the mouth nicely.

M: Seems to be a little light on the carbonation. Very smooth feel.

D: A pretty easy drinking dubbel. Certainly could open another bottle if I had one.

Side note: My wife, whose favorite beers are witbiers and weisbiers, made a this is disgusting face after trying it.

Photo of Gmann
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a ruby brown color with a nice puffy tan head that settles into a nice cap. The aroma is sweet with candi sugar, and a bit metallic or rusty from the dark belgian malt. The flavor is a nice mix of belgian candi sugar, a slightly nutty toasted malt and some raisin/fig fruitiness. Everything is in balance, one of the better dubbels that I have had in a long while. A moderate body with very fizzy carbonation, starts off sweet but actually finishes dry. One of the better dubbels that I have had, either US or Belgian. Seems to hit the style head on. This is very nice.

Photo of scootny
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thinks the rumor is true. The rumor that the lines are infected at CL and if your brew is not fresh it sours. This tastes more like Birra DiCicco than the last bottle of this stuff I had. Will review again.

In the meantime...
A HUGE head and lots of lovely clumps of stuff all over the glass. It stays for ages and keeps a nice cap on the brew. Smell is tart and vinous with dry malt graininess. Dusty cocoa and a touch of dark fruits with faint banana and yeasty funk.

Taste has a dry malt graininess and tart brett like sourness. Not much of the usual caramel sweetness and dark fruit. Some soapiness as well. Dry, hopped finish with a wine like flavor lingering.

Feel is velvety with a gentle creaminess.

If this were a Sour style I'd rate this much higher. As it is the look and feel are the only reason the crack the bottle.

Photo of Goldorak
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark caramel brown, the head was an off grey hue that could have had more spunk.

Smell: Rich boozy effluves that gives away fruity aromas like cherries and prunes, all in a warm caramel coating.

Taste: Carbonation felt a little too lively, but it actually worked out well as it mingled with the alcohol that tingled my face all the way to my nose, like drinking sparkling wine too fast. Solid malt presence, but had a touch of ash in the end that spoils the sweetness in the end. Still, a good Beer in a style where I'm sort of hard to please.

Photo of Franchise
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This offering from Captain Lawrence pours an unfiltered dark brown beauty. The nose is dark ripened pitted fruit (Plums, Raisins, Prunes) with a brown sugar sweetness followed by just a slight hoppy bitterness of tart unripened fruit as suppose to citrus to help balance the malty sweetness. The finish is a bit rough, at 8% it is not too hot and the overall mouthfeel is young and a bit raw for a dubbel. I think age would do this Dubbel some good but it is still a nice sipper.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cranberry red color.

S: Sweet caramel and a spicy alcohol presence is on the nose as well as some fruitiness.

T: For flavor there is a distinct woodiness, some burbon alcohol, and a soft smokiness along with some dried fruit and figs.

M: Carbonation, mouthful and complexity is moderate.

D: A borderline good dubbel but falls short in some aspects per style and when compared to their other beers.

Photo of tendermorsel
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a red wine glass.

Great color for a beer. Raisin colored with a nice tight froth. Excellent lacing. Nice fresh aroma of sweet fruits and brandy. Quite a boozy aroma but despite this beer did not taste overly boozy. Basically the alcoholic smell of a quad without that strong alcohol taste. Smooth and easy drinking.

This is a great Dubbel. The best American Dubbel I have had in years. Very smooth and easy drinking. Highly recommended.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a big foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma consist of sweet Belgian malt with some dry fruits characteristics such as dry figs and plums. Taste of sweet Belgian malt with some notes of dry fruits characteristics. Body is full with a creamy texture and some pretty good carbonation. I thought this was a bit too boozy overall to really enjoy on a regular basis thought.

Photo of n2185
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a coppery-brown with two fingers of beige head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Belgian spices with bubblegum up front followed by some slightly funky barnyard aromas. There are also slightly sour aromas in there.

T: Belgian spices here followed by funky barnyard flavors and sour, roasted, char-like flavors. A bit unusual, but not bad.

M: Medium body with medium, sudsy carbonation, this beer is drinkable despite being a little under-attenuated.

O: An interesting and unique dubbel. Not bad by any means, though a little unusual for the style.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml capped bottle split and poured into a Unibroue tulip. No date or info. (Bottle artwork has a guy driving a red convertible)

Thanks to Nerofiddled for this bottle in a trade. It's been waiting a long time to be had.

A - The beautiful golden-hued amber is totally gorgeous but completely filled with yeast particles. The head is a creamy off-white with decent retention and low lacing.

S - Inviting aroma of dark fruits, yeast, and lightly toasted bread. Black cherries abound with a light strawberry and a hint of prune. Caramel and candi sugar give the nose a pretty big sweetness. Toasted bread in the background. Low alcohol phenols from this dubbel.

T - It's really too bad all the sediment is dispersed through the beer. The flavor is off due to massive amounts of sediment and has a touch of sourness and acidity. The background has toasted malt and bread notes with a little bit of that fruitiness from the nose and a pinch of hops.

M - Medium-bodied with a sharp carbonation bite and acidic and light sour finish. Very prickly on the tongue.

D - The alcohol is a bit noticeable after the half-glass and unfortunately the sediment off-sets the rest of the dubbel being good. It's still got potential and decent drinkability.

Photo of vandemonian
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Captain Lawrence St. Vincent's Dubbel is a great looking dubbel that tastes pretty good. I found it to be quite sour.

A: Red orange colour and a great 2 cm head that lasts very well. Highly carbonated. 5

S: Yeast and sour apple along with some spiciness. 4

T: Malty with earthy-rye bread overtones. There is some slight sourness toward the end. The sourness is a bit much for me. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.5

Photo of mikesgroove
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally was able to try this one. Amazingly had not tracked it down prior to last night. Served cold and poured into various tasting glasses throughout the night, this one was consumed on 10/04/2009.

Great pour with a wonderful dark color and a really full tan head that reached a height of around two inches before it finally settled down with a good bit of side glass lacing and a nice amount of foam to it. Aroma went south for me though,. Not really much in the way of balance here. Light frit, lots of brown sugar and light, musky aroma. A bit unsure where to place it really. Warming does not seem to assist that matter. Still too much bready tones for me and not enough fruit. Light would be the optimal word here. Nice strong feel to it though and it assists somewhat in trying to get the flavor back on track, but it really just does no do it for me.

Overall not real sure what to make of this, I wanted to like it but it just did not seem to hold up well for me. I am a huge fan of the brewery and this is really the only thing I have no liked.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy brown to amber. Fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lace.

Caramel and ripe fruit hit the nose first. Some raisin bread, followed by an earthy note.

Caramel malt up front with shots of ripe fruit. Some yeasty and bready flavors. Not overly spicy.

Lighter body good carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. Enjoyable

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St. Vincent's Dubbel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.