St. Vincent's Dubbel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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4.65/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
07-20-2011 00:58:12 | More by jrbuch
4.5/5 rDev +18.4%
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...
02-27-2008 22:33:26 | More by dsa7783
4.5/5 rDev +18.4%
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
08-14-2008 20:58:59 | More by wschumac
4.45/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
09-05-2007 03:23:14 | More by tendermorsel
4.45/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
02-08-2011 23:18:29 | More by ironbike1
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
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
07-03-2011 01:51:51 | More by renegadeburger
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
08-16-2008 02:35:53 | More by sleazo
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
06-01-2008 14:22:09 | More by Lupe
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
12-18-2010 02:22:47 | More by sitarist
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
08-07-2011 19:33:41 | More by mcallister
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
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
11-10-2008 01:31:22 | More by hopdog
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
10-14-2011 02:44:01 | More by superspak
4.3/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
08-24-2006 02:02:03 | More by feloniousmonk
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
12-10-2008 20:39:56 | More by number1bum
St. Vincent's Dubbel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.