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

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 193
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
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

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Beer added by: John on 03-15-2006

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Photo of jrbuch
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a CL tulip glass.

A: Poured vigorously to yield a 2 inch head. This settled down to a full off white film that stayed the whole time. A promising deep nut color.

S: I was not expecting it at all, but the noise is quite sour. Otherwise there is some soft earthiness near the end. As the beer warms up there is definitely spice and dark fruit.

T: The taste is round, dark and sour. The malt comes through in a deep cherry and raisin like flavor. Sour tastes match the noise. Finishes dry.

M: This beer is well carbonated and to style.

O: This is a great beer, but not very close to style. Maybe a little closer to a Flanders Oud Bruin. Drank too cold, this beer will not come off as malty. Would recommend this to anyone who loves Belgians.

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Photo of wschumac
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle picked up two weeks ago at the brewery.

A- Dark brown coloring with one finger at most for head. No lacing either

S- Great aromas of sweetness with hints of something stronger deep inside.

T- Great example of a Belgain style brewed in America... Just a little bit missing otherwise excellent tasting for a Dubbel.

M- Excellent in the mouth form lips to stomach.

D- The bottle went down very smooth

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Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle recently purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $14.99...
All Captain Lawrence brews that I've seen in my area are pretty expensive, but, as their St. Vincent's Dubbel also attests to, they are certainly worth it due to the unique portrayal of various flavors and styles...
Pours a dark, ruby-red, mahogany-brown colored hue with an immense foamy head that lingered on for a bit before gradually receding and leaving a copious amount of lacing...
Smell was excellent for a Dubbel, bursting with malty aromas that included rich caramel and a slight tinge of vanilla...
Taste was similar to the smell, with a huge suggestion of creamy, roasted malts, prunes, figs, dehydrated fruits, plums, caramel, also tinged with a hint of barrel-oaked vanilla...
Great, creamy, thick mouthfeel with an excellent level of drinkability... This one begged for another sip...
Teriffic stuff... Definitely recommended...
As a side note, one thing I really liked about this beer is the fact that as it warms up, a more noticeable smoky flavor becomes gradually apparent...

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Photo of ironbike1
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of sitarist
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful, deep orange color...its brown in less light. Id say its 70% opaque. There is a big tan head that lasts awhile before falling to a nice thick cap that leaves rings of lacing.

My first whiff tells me to let this one warm a bit. I smell plums, grapes, brown sugar, vanilla, fruit roll ups, hint of toasted pecans, and caramel. Mostly sweet, but there is a faint sour note. It smells like its been aged, but its not oxidized. It smells very clean when cool, but as it warms it gets just a bit earthy.

Wow...the sour note from the nose are bold in the flavor. I don't know how to explain the flavors. It starts out sour, then it teases me with hints of almonds, toasted nuts, plums, green grapes, and caramel. The flavors are weak due to the initial blast of sourness, but its still complex and rewarding.

The mouthfeel is flawless. It has a medium body with just enough carbonation to tickle my tongue. It washes the flavors across my tongue before it dries. Wine snobs would love this.

What a great beer! It goes down easy despite everything going on. The alcohol is catching up to me though. This is one of the best beers that Ive had.

I reviewed this beer blind with no knowledge of style. So please note that my score is based on personal preference and not by style.

Thanks to ShogoKawada for this gem.

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Photo of sleazo
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Bottle which I have had for about a year.

A_Dark reddish brown, mostly opague. A decent tan head starts small but retains its shape throughout. Despite the small size of the head, lace manages to adhere nicely to the glass.

S_The aroma is very much akin to a nice port. A good deal of ripe figs and grapes mingle with a distinct alcohol aroma. Some yeasty phenols poke through as well.

T_The taste is very similar to the smell. A nice boozy rich fig and grape flavour is the first thing that is noticed. After that notes of smoke and caramel come through. The finish manages to have a sort of floral hoppiness that I did not expect, especially after sitting on this for a year. The aftertaste has a leather and cola sort of thing going on. The yeast is not as pronounced but leaves its mark.

M_A little bit syrupy, mildly carbonated. Works very well for the beer in question.

D_Yet another nice brew from the Captain. I am not really sure why I sat on this for so long, but I did. The aging might have done it well as it most likely toned down the alcohol which can be felt yet is not distracting.

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Photo of mcallister
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh the wonderful muddy brown, opaque, cloudy, dusty look of an dubbel. Pours with heavy carbonation a off white/tan head that is milky and creamy. Not a style I've had that has been worth a damn when made in America often. How will the Cap fair?

Fantastic nose, raisin bread, yeast, prune, caramel and date. Light milk chocolate, hints of clove esters, spicy and full of bready malts.

This is a damn good beer. Not had many from the Cap that aren't though. Milk chocolate throughout, with nutty flavors on the finish, fresh baked raisin bread, fig, prune, plum, dark malts, yeasty with some spicy flavors. Red currant, and more. Complex, juicy, yet feminine and sexy. A great american dubbel.

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Photo of hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired in trade with jjpm74 (thanks!).

Poured a dark oraganish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, yeast, caramel, and lightly nutty. Tastes of dark fruits, lighter yeast, fruity, caramel, and lightly spicy.

Notes from 11/23/06

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Photo of Lupe
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a huge white head. Head has some serious staying power before settling to a thin sheet and leaving behind some lace.

Deep and rich dark fruit aroma. Fig, plum, and raisin combine with molasses and brown sugar. Big blast of spicy phenol alcohol finishes the nose - this could spell trouble.

This beer has some fantastic layers of malty goodness. Caramel, brown sugar, and molasses mingle with figs, data, and raisins. Very malty with plenty of fruit but has a restrained sweetness and wonderful balance. Yeast adds in plenty of spice and character, adding to the balance and complexity. Also has a nice underlying roastiness to it. And the alcohol that is so prominent in the nose does not show in the flavor.

Full-bodied, smooth and chewy. Too much carbonation upfront, so let it sit in the glass for a few before drinking. Deadly drinkability - reminds me of Nor'Easter with how easy it is to drink but hits like a hammer before you know it.

Very nice - highly recommended.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip, no bottle date. Pours nice hazy reddish orange color with a fairly dense 2 finger khaki head with amazing retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap. Some bits of lacing cling to the glass as well. Tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of huge grape juice, raisin, molasses, caramel, chocolate, nuttiness, and spices. Huge aromas here I could smell as soon as I poured it. Nice stuff. Taste of big white grape, caramel, toasted malt, pepper, spices, bread, and molasses up front; with some chocolate and nutty notes near the finish. A slight bit of tartness in the back adds a different aspect to this, with lingering notes of chocolate, nuttiness, spices, molasses, and caramel. Finish is excellent, not too dry, leaving a nice amount of linger flavors. Nice balance of flavors as well. Alcohol is nicely hidden with none noticed except for a small warming on the finish. Great drinkability. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice and creamy mouthfeel. Overall this is definitely an outstanding dubbel with tons of flavor and great balance. This improved a lot as it warmed up.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely light brown, rosy mahogany hue, with a cocoa-tan head, smallish, but creamy and staying. Nice looking.

Aroma: ah! prunes and grapes, a bit of brandy, cherries and sherry, rich, burnished character that catapults beyond fruit into other sweetnesses...maple and brown sugar. Yum. Now, let's drink 'er...

Ah, again! Bold, brisk flavor from the start, full flavored, nuts and cherries take the lead, aided by a trickle of treacle. Plums and grapes, and rich caramel flavor. Great texture to it, too, really hangs on the tongue and pleases the palate. Sweet and gorgeous.
This is a sumptuous sipper, a relaxing and rewarding brew, stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of the style.
Very, very nice. The 8% is evident, but also enjoyed.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of diddly
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the 25 oz. bottle a few weeks after this year's came out.

Beer almost resembles a red ale in color, with a nice, thick head.

Interesting mix of aromas and flavors - some spices and fruits dominate the scent, but are not overpowering at all. You can taste the beer more than you can smell it.

Very malty, without much hop flavor at all. Great mix of flavors, and a pretty heavy mouthfeel. I don't think you can go wrong with this one - definitely a delicious choice.

Another winner from Captain Lawrence.

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Photo of number1bum
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks go out to my buddy BeerTruth for this one.

Pours a murky reddish brown, sort of a mahogany color, with a big, rising three inches of creamy beige head. Head settles slowly and unevenly, giving it a mountainous sort of look. Eventually what is left is a pretty full and thick lace and splashes of stick on the sides of the glass.

Smell is quite fruity, with lots of dark fruit as well as citrus. Also some caramelized malt sweetness and even a bit of a toasted aroma. There is a brown sugar and candi sugar quality to the sweetness, as well. The yeast is both fruity and earthy. There is just a bit of alcohol in the nose.

Wow! A very unexpected explosion of flavor meets my tongue at first sip. Dubbels are usually so boring, but damn does this one have some flavor. Brown sugary and caramel malt sweetness are there, and lots of fruit like the smell revealed. Dark fruits primarily but there is some citrus there, too. There is some candy sugar and some raisins, too. There's an earthy and subtly spicy quality to it that seem to be a product of the yeast, and also a bit of toasted grain which lingers on the palate with some sweetness. Sweetness is there but not overdone. Lots of flavor and it comes together beautifully; nicely balanced. I don't detect any alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is a medium to full body and is quite creamy, with a heavy dose of carbonation but not so much as to detract too much from the smoothness of the beer.

This is a top notch brew, and a great surprise because I usually find dubbels to be so uninspiring. Loads of flavor here, though, and definitely a beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of AltBock
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown capped 750ml bottle that has a big sky blue label of a man wearing goggles and a scarf while driving a red sports car on some beach road. This is a very special car. Instead of rubber tires, this car is driving on 4 Captain Lawrence oak barrels. I couldn't see how a car could run on oak barrels, but it's fun to imagine running to your tires and getting a glass of Captain Lawrence. Below the picture in the lower right and left hand corner is the name of the designer and the artist. to the left of the picture is the Government warning, barcode, and address of the brewery. To the right is a paragraph that states that this beer is brewed in the honor of the Brewmaster's parents and that it's named after his father. Don't bother looking for anykind of bottled date because one doesn't exist.

Appearance: I went ahead and poured this Dubbel into a Chimay Chalise. What came out of the bottle was a gorgeous murky crimson red colored beer. Inside the color of the beer was a small tint of cranberry red and a splash of orange at the bottom. Sitting on top of this dark reddish brew was a tall 1 3/4 to 2 inch creamy head of foam. The color of this foam wasn't pure white, but more of an off white color. Whatever the shade of white it was, this head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a 3/4 of an inch film and a huge amount of sticky off white colored streaks of lace around the glass. The appearance of this beer was nothing short of excellence!

Smell: When I popped the cap, the sweet scent of black cherries came rushing out. When the beer settled down into the glass, the black cherries were still there, but behind a rich malty wall. Also behind this rich malty wall was the scent of sweet black berries, a hint of ripe blueberries, a tny dash of black pepper, a splash of sweet caramel, and a small underlying scent of oak at the end. Toward the end, the aroma reminded of a cigar store for some reason. Maybe the oak reminded me of cedar. Whatever the last aroma was, it was some sort of wood (no puns please). In the end, I loved the aroma of berries on top of rich malty wall. Well done!

Taste: While the aroma was bursting with berries and malt, the taste was quite different. There are berries in the taste, but there wasn't as many of them in the taste as there were in the aroma. The taste was on the dry side with dried roasted malts, black cherries, a hint of roasted barley, black berries, a dab of dark chocolate, a splash of dry yeast, and then the taste ends on the boozy side with alcohol and a gentle touch of charred oak and citrus hops. I didn't mind how the taste started off on the dry side, but I really didn't care how it ended on the boozy side. With the booze included, it was still an easy drinking Dubbel.

Mouthfeel: This Captain Lawrence is a medium bodied beer with a slightly dry aftertaste of dried roasted malts, a hint of roasted barley, a splash of dried yeast, a smidge of black cherries, a touch of oak, and then finishes with dried citrus hops and a nice sized taste of alcohol. Not too much alcohol, but enough where you can feel it working on you.

Drinkability: This is one of the most drinkable Dubbels I've had so far. Even though you can taste a little alcohol, that's not going to stop you from drinking an entire bottle of this fine brew. It didn't stop me. Another winner from Captain Lawrence! It's pricy, but well worth every cent.

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Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a 2" velvety head that lasts quite a while. Some moderate lacing develops during the session.

Smell: fresh baked bread, yeast, caramel, and some soft spiciness leap from the glass and create a pleasant experience for the nose.

Taste: the yeast spiciness is up front with the bready malt profile. Plums, brown sugar sweetness, and a bit of an earthy tone rounds it out. Bitterness provides some nice balancing to the sweetness. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp at the start, lightly crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Short aftertaste dominated by the yeast spiciness.

Drinkability: excellent version everyone should get their hands on. Easy to drink and more than one bottle can be consumed in a session.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 into a tulip.

A: One of the best dubbels I have ever seen. Deep ruby color with a simply massive 3 fingers of slightly off white head. This bottle was in the cellar for almost a year and the carbonation was still of the charts.

S: Sweetness. Figs, dates and other assorted dark fruit. Malt sweetness as well. Almost has an English barley wine smell at the end.

T: Raisins up front then malt sweetness. One of the best and most complex dubbels that I have ever had. So much going on here. Dark fruit is there as well as a hint of the yeast. Impressive getting so much flavor out of 8% ABV.

M: Carbonation is really high but I did not find that it took anything away from the beer. Feels very heavy on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable but it took me quite a while to get through my share. The abv is low by big beer standards but the flavor is right up there. I love when breweries can get this massive taste out of lower ABV beers. Scott has struck gold again. Maybe it was the year this bottle had on it but it really surprised me at how good it was.

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

hazy auburn pour. delicious, deep nose of brown sugar and trappist yeast with apricot and date hints. a bit overcarbonated, but still noticeably nutty and dry with a nice, simple finish. raisin puree, dr. pepper and slight hop note finish the experience. very drinkable despite feeling the booze as it builds.

this is probably the best version of SVD to date. still, it can't hold a candle to the trappists, but it's leaning in a more traditional and even handed direction.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into two small snifters, one for now, one for later, picked this up at the brewery.

A- St Vincent boasts a dark red/ruby, chestnut color with a clean look to it, not much sediment even in the second pour. A nice off white beige head rose up about 3/4ths of a inch and stuck around leaving some lace, it faded into a cap.

S- This one has a nose on it, thats for sure, it only took a little time for everything to come forth. I get a big sense of apples and plums with a apparent Belgian yeast strain keeping things interesting. Dark fruits and sweet malts make this a pleasure to smell.

T- I think this is the tastiest dubbel that I have had in a while. Sweet caramel and other tastes from the malts with some dark fruits plus some fig action. Some sweet sugars as well. The apple and plum are nicely represented. Some bisquit and/or bread in the middle. A interesting yeasty aftertaste with some alcohol seeping through.

M- The feel is nice with a very strong medium body and some carbonation felt. The only drawback is the alcohol is noticable in taste to a extent leaving for a hot finish, it was much hotter than expected. Other than that this one goes down smooth and tasty.

D- I drank the two snifter glasses in no time at all. The alcohol got to be a bit much during the second glass with the increased warming but the dark fruit action also increased putting a smile on my face. This was my 1st time with this brew and I think two years in the bottle will do this dubbel justice, even though it's real nice right now. For a style I don't actively seek out, this one is worth repeat purchases.

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4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A treat to pick up this grolwer at the new Brew House earlier this spring. Reviewed 2 days after picking up.

Pours a clear chocolate brown with red hue. Thin chocolaty head with large bubbles that cling to side of glass, some open lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate malts, slight funk, some rotten banana peel with hibiscus flower.

Kind of funky past magnolia flower bitter palate. Medium to light body with only enough carbonation to carry the flavors to it's fading bitter finish. Ends with a light flowery funk and off sour. Great spring into summer beer. Malts give way to a flowery barn yard mouth feel. Slight alcohol flavor comes through.

Goes well with garlic olives for no particular reason.

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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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St. Vincent's Dubbel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.