St. Vincent's Dubbel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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2.3/5 rDev -39.5%
This review is prefaced with the fact that I'm not a belgian expert, not a virgin either, but this beer was unlike what I expected.
A: looks nice, deep ruby amber, solid creamish head. not clear, but consistent opacity.
S: lots of yeast. Can smell the sourness. Yeast is overpowering.
T: yeast. Just as sour as it smelled. Tough to even focus on the malts - they're there somewhere just tough to pick up on when my mouth is puckering.
D: capt lawrence was due for a dissapointment, I loved their nor'easter, 5 year, and extra gold, but this one is not so good. I'm visiting this brewery soon enough and will try this beer again I'm wondering if I just got a bad bottle.
03-13-2011 03:14:01 | More by bshanly
2.55/5 rDev -32.9%
Been holding onto this one for awhile.
A: Pours a nice dark brown with a very tall foamy white head. Good retention with lots of thick chunky lace.
S: Mostly malty. Tons of brown sugar and caramel.
T: Not real good to be honest. Malty for sure mostly soured dark fruit with notes of caramel and brown sugar. No real Belgian yeast noted.
M: Medium in body with good carbonation.
D: I drank one glass and poured the rest. Not very good.
11-15-2009 23:42:05 | More by tpd975
2.68/5 rDev -29.5%
Oddly enough, my first Captain Lawrence brew!
Pours a murky reddish brown. Huge off-white foam head. Whoa. I'll cut ahead to mouthfeel and note that this is an insanely carbonated beer.
Smells like ... a bit of caramel, some dark fruits and ... a pungent, almost sour note that is a bit offputting. Hmm .... infected?
Taste is mostly dark fruit with caramel, and an interesting spicy sweetness to it. There's also that weird pear/apple almost-sour tang to it I noticed in the smell. Looking through over reviews, I note people have indicated they tasted apples or pears, but I don't see "slightly sour" noted. Not sure. It's certainly not predominant, just a background twang that's annoying.
Split the bottle, and it was plenty for both of us.
09-28-2009 05:06:18 | More by Overlord
2.88/5 rDev -24.2%
Pours a clear, dark brown body with a small, dense beige head of foam.
Aromas begin with soft, malty brown sugar and caramel, with maybe, just maybe a pinch of molasses. Hints of spiced dates. Yeast esters and phenols emerge mroe and more as it warms.
The tastes begin with sweet, bready maltiness upfront with flavors of caramel and dark brown sugar. Mildly doughy throughout. As it warms you get more of the spiced, candied date fruitiness. Wraps up with the warming, inviting presence of alcohol on the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel with spicy yeast esters lingering into the finish.
Overall I really did not like this. Too much yeast induced spiciness and yeasty esters overpowering the fruity date malt profile.
08-17-2012 16:40:33 | More by claspada
2.9/5 rDev -23.7%
On tap at the Rattle n Hum, and a review taken from notes made at the bar. Served in a tulip glass.
Captain Lawrence St. Vincent's Dubbel pours a very dark and deep purple, with very faint ruby highlights. There's about a finger of tan foam sitting atop the beer, and its dissipation is a slow one. Lacing is essentially nonexistent though. The nose is surprisingly buttery. There are some plum and clove present, but they are by far secondary aromas. The flavor brings more of the same. If anything, there's more of a buttery, toffee presence than in the nose. It tastes like a bunch of English brown ale got poured into my dubbel. Once again the dark fruit and spicy phenol notes can be found, but they are a bit tough to appreciate underneath all the sweetness. The mouthfeel is a touch rich, but the carbonation is nice and bubbly. It's not that I didn't enjoy what was in my glass, it's just that I ordered a beer called St. Vincent's Dubbel, and what I got isn't much of a dubbel.
10-24-2011 03:38:31 | More by axeman9182
3/5 rDev -21.1%
Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Lightly hazed dark amber color. Little yeasties or something uniformly throughout. Three fingers of off-white frothy head with good retention and plenty of lacing.
2.5 S: Smells like a saison as opposed to a dubbel. Barnyard funk and peppery yeastiness are by far the strongest aromas. Light apple fruitiness. I don't know how this is as dark as it is without smelling like anything associated with beers this color. Pretty boring.
3.0 T: At least this tastes like a dubbel. Unfortunately it isn't a very good one. Toffee, light raisin and plum fruitiness, some tobacco. A bit more bitter than I'd like. Again, there's some funkiness in the form of muskiness. It doesn't really work in this beer though because there isn't enough spiciness or dark fruitiness in the forefront. Some peppery yeast.
3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. A bit too much carbonation, which is pretty active and spritzy. Could be a bit smoother due to the carbonation.
3.0 D: I've certainly had better dubbels than this. Now at least I know better about this one. There's really nothing good about it.
Edit: It tastes a hell of a lot better with the yeast mixed in, but the bottle didn't state to do that, so the scores stand.
10-06-2010 00:34:25 | More by DavoleBomb
3/5 rDev -21.1%
The pour is amber in color with a huge off-white head. The aroma is overwhelmingly heavy on the grape. Very vinous and fruit with some sweet toffee and bready malt. The flavor is perhaps even moreso than the aroma. This also has a touch of lactic tartness (which I think is probably unintentional). Not really all that dubbel-like.
07-17-2012 17:31:46 | More by womencantsail
3.03/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
03-26-2011 21:14:02 | More by augustgarage
3.03/5 rDev -20.3%
I've been sitting on this bottle for a little over a year now. A quiet pfftt as I pop the top. An aggressive pour brought about a thick ring and island of head swirling around the glass. The head that did form disappeared quickly leaving a thing ring. The body is a somewhat murky reddish-brown.
The aroma, although not bad, just doesn't seem to jive with the style. Caramel malt is present and forms a solid base. We get offline with a big nose of green apple along with some other orchard fruit it's hard to put my finger on. The caramel is deep and rich.
Flavor starts off a little shyly but before you know it caramel and spicy alcohol come along. There seems to be some of those orchard fruits in the flavor as well and they just don't get along with the caramel sweetness. Things seem to weaken again on the swallow. This is just not a very good example of a dubbel. Alcohol seems to be a little too prominent.
The body doesn't stand up to what a dubbel should be either. The body is thin and the mouthfeel watery. This could stand a burst of carbonation on the tongue.
Not a very drinkable beer. The flavor just isn't where it should be. One glass is enough for me.
St. Vincent's Dubbel is a real disappointment from Captain Lawrence. Everything else I've sampled from them has been top notch. Unfortunately, this offering falls far short.
02-03-2008 02:11:12 | More by joe1510
3.06/5 rDev -19.5%
Bottle obtained from the brewery about a year and a half ago.
Dark brown pour, with a large off-white head that retained nicely and coated the glass with lace. Mild aroma of bready yeast and caramel malts. Taste was very bland up front, cardboardy malts, yeast, light herbal hop notes, no real sweetness or estery qualities that I like in the style; it was really just pretty lacking in taste, though benign and mostly non-offensive. Could've just been that the bottle was past its prime, but I don't see why a beer like this couldn't hold up a year or two in the cellar. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Pretty average overall, not very tasty, but not undrinkable.
04-15-2014 16:18:12 | More by Rifugium
3.1/5 rDev -18.4%
Pours a golden orange with a large head that fades quickly but leaves some nice legs. The nose is mostly malt with some sweetness and yeast. Slightly metallic, mostly malty with a little fruit and even less spicy yeast. Mouthfeel and body are fine. Not overly impressed.
02-28-2010 02:54:39 | More by Popkas
3.1/5 rDev -18.4%
Pours a reddish brown into my snifter with a moderate off white head. Nothing too special, but an overall very solid looking beer.
Aroma is an interesting mix of yeast, caramel and dark fruits. The dark fruits really kind of stand out and weren't what I was expecting.
Things get a little strange in the taste: There is a fairly strong tart/sour flavor going on. Plenty of caramel in the base and hints of yeast as well. To me the tart flavor is somewhere between being from some sort of sour fruit and being a sour wild ale.
Body is fairly full with low to moderate carbonation. Drinkability was on the low end of the spectrum for me, I just couldn't get past that strange sour flavor. I would like to try one again in the future to see if those flavors are still there.
12-05-2010 05:21:10 | More by 321jeff
3.13/5 rDev -17.6%
duvel tulip... meet my cousin vinny...
big soapy/craggy off white head rises 2 fingers and mildly sizzles down at a good pace, unfiltered amber-ish/brown tone, lacing is good, retention is OK. nothing remarkable to report here...
figs in alcohol, wood, earthy and a bit musty, definitely drifts into boozy. you can smell the sweetness as well expressed in dark honey notes at the back end of the inhale, very nice
the after taste is quit cloying and has my face contorted in all sorts of ways (as if I aint ugly enough...), the alcohol is a little hot also, this is at cellar temp and at only 8% (8 aint what it used to be) I was surprised. whew, have to take a break for a second and go grab some strong cheese to cut this with...
the sweetness on the second take was a little more negotiable but not exactly what I enjoy as far as my personal tastes go, this hangs out somewhere labeled "just thick enough" in terms of the ride through the mouth, the carbonation is dead on, it just rolls across the palette extremely well, the flavor is pretty straight forward... this one lacks depth for me. You get sugared dark honey and some mild dark fruit, some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. there is no way I can do a whole bomber of this stuff.
not bad.. but not for me.
08-12-2007 03:04:45 | More by Ego
3.15/5 rDev -17.1%
750 ml bottle, thanks for hooking me up dyan!
Pours a pretty clear dark orange/brown, some reddish highlights, pretty cool colour, thick and big bubbles off white head, very active bubbles continuously rise to the surface, some lace spots, keeps a thick layer. Smell is interesting, lots of apple, some brown sugar/caramel sweetness, pears, lightly yeasty, some biscuit, apple juice, apricots, very fruity, pretty cool. Taste is weird, lots of apple and pear, juice, some caramel sweetness, lots of toast and biscuit, yeast, alcohol, some sour oakiness, pretty interesting. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, a bit thin in the mouth and the carbonation is a bit tough to take. Kind of thin and lightly sour, but I didn't mind drinking it. Thanks Dyan!
07-01-2009 02:12:32 | More by Viggo
3.18/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
10-06-2009 00:49:47 | More by mikesgroove
3.18/5 rDev -16.3%
750mL bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this bottle!
(A)- Pours a caramel-like amber color. Its loaded with sediment, but produced a good eggshell colored foamy head that clung to the sides of the glass.
(S)- Earthy, with lots of clay & yeast. Rather dry biscuit-like notes. Some hints of dried red fruits.
(T)- Very dry & bitter probably due to all the sediment. Tons of clay & yeast all over. More of those dried red fruits, but awfully subtle behind all the bitterness & yeast.
(M)- Good carbonation level. Still, though, rather bitter.
(D)- Probably would be much better if there wasnt so much sediment, but it was still a gentle pour. Showed some promise though.
04-06-2010 21:14:03 | More by sweemzander
3.23/5 rDev -15%
750ml bottle into a chalice. New style logo bottle cap. Poured at cellar temperature.
A - Very dark/brown body. Somewhat clear when held up to the light. One finger dirty light tan head that sticks around forever. Excellent lacing and retention.
S - Not too far off from genuine Belgian dubbels or strong ales. Chewy figs, cherries, ripe bananas, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and bready yeast. Like other reviewers I am getting some faint earthy mint.
T - Starts off with bready malts, caramelized figs, bananas, and cherries. Layers of mint, earthy grass, tobacco and spicy yeast. Kind of watery and muddled with an acetic soured malt aftertaste. Mouth feel is light to medium, with silky carbonation and a noticeable alcohol presence.
O - Kind of a let down. Appearance wise it looks excellent, and the aroma was rather impressive for an American brewed dubbel...but the flavors and mouth feel just fell flat. Watery, thin, unbalanced flavors, and a harsh aftertaste.
07-31-2012 02:34:12 | More by davey101
St. Vincent's Dubbel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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