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

St. Vincent's DubbelSt. Vincent's Dubbel

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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 03-15-2006)
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Photo of Rifugium


3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 16:18:12 | More by Rifugium
Photo of jmdrpi


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL capped bottle. no date.

appears a very dark brown. nice off-white head that fades to a thin covering that hangs around as I drink. smell is dominated by the trademark Belgian yeast esters, a touch of alcohol, raisin. taste is all malt. true to style. complex, good balance of sweet and dry. medium body, lower to mid level carbonation.

overall - a very good dubbel that stands up to the Belgian originals.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 03:36:03 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of flagmantho


3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark amber hue with only a small hint of haze. Effervescence is light, but head poured 2+ fingers of frothy light tan foam with decent retention and a nice lace. Pretty attractive!

Smell: marginally phenolic and alcoholic aroma show up first; perhaps not the best traits to emphasize in the nose. There is a mildly sweet fruitiness in the undertone as well. Not bad, as this is all to-style, but it's not particularly welcoming.

Taste: slightly phenolic dubble-type taste right up front. There is a little bit of dark fruitiness here. Strangely, the phenolic band-aid/old-bubblegum flavor here isn't out of line at all; it's mild enough to be palatable but strong enough to be genuine. An interesting combo.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a damn big creaminess. Silky and creamy -- love it!

Overall: an interesting dubbel. I prefer it to your over-caramel or over-biscuity dubbels, but the alcoholic and phenolic characters are just a little bit overcharged.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 06:01:59 | More by flagmantho
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at DeCiccos in Pelham for $4.99 on sale - summer 2012. Sat in my fridge until the tasting on 12/21/12.
Poured from bottle into crooked stave tulip glass. Poured a see-through maple syrup brown with a finger of off white head reducing down to pencil thin lacing. Looks thin...
Aroma was very metallic at first, but as it warms it has a lot of funk aroma mixed with maple sugar or belgian candi sugar. Taste is nice funk with candi sugar/maple. Some dried fruit - date/figgy/raison but sour. Its a bit too thin and very sour..which would be great if it was supposed to be a sour...
Overall, a nice brew. I actually enjoyed the sour/funk but not very representative of what we all know as a dubbel...Im thinking this is most likley what a dubbel used to taste like centuries ago. Although it pains me to say this, but its a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 02:59:15 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 16:40:33 | More by claspada
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 01:33:58 | More by n2185
Photo of davey101


3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:34:12 | More by davey101
Photo of womencantsail


3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 17:31:46 | More by womencantsail
Photo of rlee1390


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Clear ruby with two finger head

S-Funk, cherries, some grass and spice

T-Some funk, darker fruits, cherries, the mesh isn't quite there though.

M-Light to medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-Not sure if the funk is suppose to be there, but the mesh of flavors isn't where it should be.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 01:07:46 | More by rlee1390
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, ruddy copper with red highlights and a thick, creamy almond head. There is some sediment and a coating of lace.

Spicy funk with some minty hops in the background occasioned by pine tar.

The flavor includes mint, pepper, and dates. Overall, well balanced with a long finish. The flavors are more complex than described and quite unique.

A light to medium body with vigorous, fine carbonation. Alcohol is as expected and drying.

An easy and unexpected beer given the flavor combination. While I am not sure this fits the dubbel style, it was well enjoyed while watching the Super Bowl.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 19:58:49 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of scootny

New York

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 03:45:37 | More by scootny
Photo of atlason

New York

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into Goose Island chalice.

A: Deep copper. Head dissipates pretty rapidly, there is a little bit of lacing but it is very runny.

S: Light but pretty interesting spicy nose promises a yeast heavy experience.

T: Roasted dry malt profile is in front, reminds me more of a stout malt profile than a dubbel. Not much yeast character for a dubbel and a bit too dry and tinny.

M: Tinny, medium carbonation.

Not a bad beer at all but not a winner in the dubbel category --- missing the characteristic depth, dark candi sugars and yeasty roundness.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 03:35:18 | More by atlason
Photo of vandemonian


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:24:05 | More by vandemonian
Photo of superspak


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 02:44:01 | More by superspak
Photo of Bierguy5


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 13:18:49 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of mcallister


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 19:33:41 | More by mcallister
Photo of jrbuch

New York

4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 00:58:12 | More by jrbuch
Photo of renegadeburger

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 01:51:51 | More by renegadeburger
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber; it pours a leathery brown with a creamy 1 finger tan had that fades quickly, leaving decent spotty foamy lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, yeast, sweet malt, lemon, cinnamon, toasted grains and red wine or barrel residue, like bourbon; really a hard nose to peg down, that's sweet overall with a whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of sweet malt, brown sugar, yeast, lemon, cinnamon, pepper, coriander, toasted grains, wheat, red wine or barrel age bourbon, some sweet alcohol or possibly some brett in the mix for the funk at the end.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with very low carbonation, a medium to heavy body and an overall sweetness to the brew, which ends tart and almost bitter.

A pretty tasty beer that gets better as it warms, with dark fruit and caramel coming out as it fades. Worth a try, as I need to have this again to get a better feel for it and really appreciate this creation.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 02:29:46 | More by CHickman
Photo of russpowell


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 23:43:30 | More by russpowell
Photo of meatyard


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AltBock for another gift bottle, this is likely around 2 years old.

Pours a mostly clear, ruby/mahogany with a shortish, light tan head that falls rather quickly to a partial cover without lace.

The smell is sweet and malty.

The taste is more complex with candied fruit, some dark fruit, some bready malt. Alcohol doesn't play any part here and there is just a hint of a tart/tanginess in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium leaning to thin with ample carbonation.

Overall: It drinks nicely but seems a bit off for the style. A person who likes dubbels may enjoy this or they may feel it misses for style. I enjoyed it but not enough to buy a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 20:23:51 | More by meatyard
Photo of augustgarage


3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 21:14:02 | More by augustgarage
Photo of bshanly

New York

2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.
M: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 03:14:01 | More by bshanly
Photo of DefenCorps


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of this at the release of the 2nd batch of Cuvee de Castleton. That would make this just shy of 3 years old at this point, and I'm curious to see how it's aged.

An effervescent, brilliant ruby red with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a good looking dubbel. The nose is surprisingly good. Fruity and phenolic, there's brown sugar, brandy-soaked plums, a little anise and rather surprisingly, a faint aroma of dried mangoes. A moderate fruity tartness is present. As it warms, it grows increasingly spicy with some yeast as well. This has aged very gracefully, with none of the negative attributes that some aged beers have.

The palate is a bit of a strange beast. Opening fruity, tart and vinous, there's a suggestion of an accidental inoculation of souring culture, with a blend of lactic sourness and a very earthy, leathery Brett character. This renders the fruity and the malt character secondary, but it also does help in drying this beer out. There's a definite plum character, as well as a blend of spices with anise and a little black cardamom, there's also a very nice flavor of toffee, cocoa and burnt sugar. Drying and tart with a little bit of leather and spice on the finish, this is quite enjoyable. Light in body and excessively carbonated, this is highly unusual for the style, but still, very enjoyable as a beer, especially when colder. As it warms up, it does grow increasingly disjointed, but I am going easy on my scores here.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 18:22:39 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of ironbike1

New York

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 23:18:29 | More by ironbike1
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St. Vincent's Dubbel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.