St. Vincent's Dubbel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-20-2008 03:16:26 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
Reviewed from notes. Thanks to BeerWorld for this bottle.
Poured into a tulip. Appearance is amber-brown with a light head and some mild lacing with staying power. Nose is dark fruits, toast, and a bit of spicing. The flavor is malty with some dark drugs and yeast. Good body with nice carbonation and a touch of heat. Drinkability is good, though I could have used a bit more complexity.
11-04-2010 15:18:00 | More by Thorpe429
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
A: Poured hazy brown with a huge head. There's a moderate level of carbonation.
S: The moderate aromas are rather yeasty and hoppy with some hints of pepper spices.
T: Unlike most dubbels, it lacks sweetness and also has a noticeable presence of hop and yeast flavors. Some sweetness comes out as the beer warms up but the overall taste is still on the bitter side.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: It's not as drinkable compared to other dubbels given the amount of hop flavors. You really need to warm this beer up.
04-23-2010 01:04:56 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
11-08-2007 20:30:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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
3/5 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
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a small, dense ecru head.
Smell: Soft, malty aroma of brown sugar and caramel, with maybe, just maybe a pinch of molasses. Hints of spiced dates.
Taste: Sweet, heavy maltiness upfront with flavors of caramel and dark brown sugar. Mildly doughy. Spiced, candied date fruitiness. Very faint bitterness perks up late in the taste. Wraps up with the warming, inviting presence of alcohol on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: I usually can go either way with dubbels, but I can't help but find Saint Vincent's Dubbel to be pretty likeable!
10-02-2007 04:18:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
07-28-2006 18:09:58 | More by NeroFiddled
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
A thank you goes to BeerWorld for this one.
Pours a dark bown with a nice thick lighter tan head. Nose is yeast, dough, spices, sugars and fruits (got some figs up in here). Flavor is full. Nice earthy tones. Smooth sweetness and a nice level of figs and matured fruits. A bit hot with the booze, but it doesn't matter so much. Nice feel and nice to drink. A pretty tasty American version of a Belgian style.
08-01-2008 12:21:20 | More by RblWthACoz
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
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
05-28-2011 23:43:30 | More by russpowell
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
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
Got this nice lookin guy thanks to aparris85 since Captain Lawrence doesn't distribute to this part of MA. Poured into my Chouffe tulip.
A: Pours such a large head I had to stop pouring at a 75% head to 25% beer ratio. It contains many large bubbles that slowly pop their way down so I can pour more beer. It's a pretty clear faded copper orange brown color. The fluffy head leaves a light lacing on the glass.
N: Lots of dark sweet malts and yeast hit. It has a yeasty Belgian yeast aroma with hints of spices. It also has a nice dark malt aroma, with Belgian malts accompanying it. There are some light fruit hints, even raisin. A slight boozy aroma finishes it up.
T: Starts with more dark malts. Sweet dark malts with some spices. A little boozy on the taste. Some fruits, raisin almost like the nose. Almost a touch of cinnamon and other spices. A slight warming alcohol feel. Some light juicy malt flavors, blended with hints of Belgian malts. Also adds some light yeasty flavors, with fruity and slightly earthy yeast, some farmhouse dry earthy flavors.
M: Medium body with good carbonation and a warming alcohol.
F: Finishes drier than I thought. The freshening warming alcohol feel doesn't fade quickly. Theres a slight fruity linger, mostly raisin. A slightly sticky feel also stays. The spicy yeast and most of the malts and fruits seem to fade quickly. It also lingers with a slight alcohol boozy flavor. Its a nice dubbel, a little on the boozy side for only being 8%, and a little on earthy farmhouse style.
12-30-2009 03:20:49 | More by jlindros
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth, burnt toffee scent along with a light yeast fruitiness. It's warm with a wonderful malt aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a sweet, malty flavor that boasts of roasted and caramel malts. It goes down easy and finishes dry with a nice warming effect. There is a mild yeast fruitiness that blends well with the crystal malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious beer. It's warm and malty with just the right amount of yeast esters.
09-09-2007 21:14:30 | More by WesWes
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
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
01-01-2010 17:43:31 | More by Mora2000
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
1 pt. 9.4 oz. capped bottle, poured into a tulip glass:
Pours hazed deep amber (towards brown) with a thick, off-white creamy head that slowly descends and stays around, leaving some lacing.
The aroma is spicy, caramelish, bready. Rose-petal floral notes and slight grass in the back.
The taste is malty - caramel with candi sugar sweetness and slight lemongrass. Coriander/pepper spiciness with fairly sharp alcohol gives it a kick. A bit of a metallic tinge is present, but enough is going on to cover it for the most part. It has a rose-petal floral undertone. Complex with a dry finish.
Light-to-medium bodied, somewhat effervescent, the flavor clings to the palate in a spicy way.
Rich and flavor and pretty intense, this is a nice warming sipping brew that hits the style well enough.
10-08-2007 20:24:50 | More by jwc215
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
Bottled 2006, Sampled September 2007
Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, tightly beaded, tan colored head that sits atop a drab, opaque, dark plum colored beer, but which shows a brilliantly clear, bright cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite fruity smelling, with notes of blackberries, sweet plums and cherries being noticeable as the beer sits on the table in front of me. When I go in for a closer inspection of the nose, I get concentrated malt notes as well as the previously noticed fruit notes. Aromas of caramelized malt, brown sugar, a lightly concentrated malt note that evokes thoughts of an umami-like savoriness, toasty grain, lightly-browned soda crackers make up the distinctly malt derived components. The malt, obviously heavily influences the fruit aromatic components of this brew too. The fruit character also yields aromas of raisins, prunes, concentrated-caramelized apples and a bright berry like note. The aroma is quite nice and quite rich; I could certainly wish for a bit more spicy yeast influence, but it is really quite good.
Despite being fairly well carbonated, the beer has a soft creaminess to it up front. The carbonation then kicks in and helps to lighten the beers effect on the palate as well as adding a zippy frothiness to the brew as it flows past the tongue. It is fairly sweet and fruity tasting, though not overly so and in fact dries out to a soft sweetness after the first sip or so. The finish is interesting though, with a definite dark malt influence that leans towards darkly browned toasted bread and even an astringency from the toasted influence. This adds a bit of sharpness to the finish. Speaking of sharpness there is a spicy note in the finish as well; flavor notes from higher alcohols, a touch of phenolics and ginger/clove like note that gives me the sensation of a tongue numbing. Actually that tongue numbing note is really reminding me of the sensation I had last night when accidentally chewing on a clove that was in my bowl of Pho. This has ample fruit notes to it, with flavors of prunes, raisins, touches of dried figs and concentrated berry flavors all being noticeable. The body of this beer has a light-medium heft to it; it impacts the palate well with lingering flavors, yet remains quite light feeling. Strangely enough, I would not classify this beer as quaffable; it seems to have the body for that, but somehow the flavor impact is too large for me to feel comfortable with quaffing this brew (this is most definitely a good thing, given the alcohol percentage of this brew).
This is quite tasty, it has quite a bit more darker grain notes in it than is typical (especially towards the finish), but these notes mostly add another dimension to this brew. While the aroma is not overly so, the flavor definitely has some heavy spiciness to it (though I wouldn't guess this is anything more than fermentation character). Fairly rich tasting, yet the overall experience of this beer remains surprisingly light. Either Dubbels are finally beginning to grow on me (Dubbels have been one of the few Belgian Styles I have not really been exited about), or this is just enough different from the typical example that I am really enjoying this right now.
09-21-2007 02:20:33 | More by Gueuzedude
St. Vincent's Dubbel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.