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

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St. Vincent's DubbelSt. Vincent's Dubbel

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BA SCORE
86
very good

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 13
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 03-15-2006)
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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Photo of meatyard
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of bshanly
2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of ironbike1
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of sitarist
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of 321jeff
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of steelerguy
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy amber, nice head that fades to a lace on top and leaves lacing as you drink. Light carbonation, which does let the head drop pretty quickly.

S - Malt and dark fruit, good but pretty muted which makes it unexciting.

T - Starts off with a nice malt and fruit flavor but then a ton of sourness and bitter hit me. I don't mind some bitterness, even if out of style but the sour cherry like flavor is just not good.

M - Nice medium body, with a crisp acidic finish.

D - Getting through 750 ML of this was a workout. It does some things right, but the sourness just gives me pause between each sip.

Perhaps this was a bad bottle, I had it once before and don't remember the extreme sourness I had in this bottle. In addition, Captain Lawrence usually nails their beers...this is off target.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of taigor
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured slightly hazy amber color with tall head that slowly dissipated leaving moderate lacing around the glass.

S - Yeast and malts upfront with hints of dark fruits and spices.

T - Slightly bready from the yeast with slight malt sweetness and a surprisingly bitter hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Slightly above average but would not recommend it.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Naugled
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy almost murky brown with an ok light tan head.

Smells of sweet prunes and raisons.

Flavor follows the sweet prune raison route. Not much there besides that. Lacks the complexity that I expect in a dubbel.

Mouth feel is a bit thin and on the slick or slippery side.

All that being said, it is a fairly drinkable dubbel. It's just on the lighter more simple side of the spectrum.

Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. Poured a deep copper color with a thick and active foamy head to it. It had both very good head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows some grape and apple fruit flavors from the Belgian yeast. Some bready malt comes through but it's really all about the spicy, fruity, yeasty flavors in the aroma.

The taste has a big rich malty flavor to it with caramel and toffee both coming through. The Belgian yeast give it a peppery, slightly fruity flavor with some hints of apple and pear. It finishes slightly sweet with a little more tartness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it's a very nice Dubbel with some very good malty flavors to it along with the Belgian yeast flavors. Very nice beer overall to enjoy on this Sunday afternoon.

Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut amber color with a thick foamy yellowish tan head with decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Roasted malty aroma which is kind of one dimensional for the style with hints of dark fruit, spice and alcohol.

Full bodied with a lot of dark roasted maltiness balanced by some plum/raisin dark fruit notes, chocolate, spicy and alcohol heat. Nice balance of sweetness from the dark fruit and dry finish. Pretty drinkable.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sweemzander
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml capped bottle split and poured into a Unibroue tulip. No date or info. (Bottle artwork has a guy driving a red convertible)

Thanks to Nerofiddled for this bottle in a trade. It's been waiting a long time to be had.

A - The beautiful golden-hued amber is totally gorgeous but completely filled with yeast particles. The head is a creamy off-white with decent retention and low lacing.

S - Inviting aroma of dark fruits, yeast, and lightly toasted bread. Black cherries abound with a light strawberry and a hint of prune. Caramel and candi sugar give the nose a pretty big sweetness. Toasted bread in the background. Low alcohol phenols from this dubbel.

T - It's really too bad all the sediment is dispersed through the beer. The flavor is off due to massive amounts of sediment and has a touch of sourness and acidity. The background has toasted malt and bread notes with a little bit of that fruitiness from the nose and a pinch of hops.

M - Medium-bodied with a sharp carbonation bite and acidic and light sour finish. Very prickly on the tongue.

D - The alcohol is a bit noticeable after the half-glass and unfortunately the sediment off-sets the rest of the dubbel being good. It's still got potential and decent drinkability.

Photo of Popkas
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade thanks to koopa.

Pours slightly hazy reddish-amber with an off-white head that leaves foam on the beer.

Smell is a little metallic, but good otherwise. Belgian yeast and candi sugar, along with cherry/red berry.

Flavor is actually not metallic at all. Caramel malt, Belgian yeast, red berries, and candi sugar.

Medium body with some metallicity on the mouthfeel.

Above average drinkability. Overall this is decent, but not one of Captain Lawrence's better offerings. At least it wasn't infected though.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 1/2 growler at a newly discovered local spot.

A - Poured from 1/2 growler into a Maredsous chalice a deep brownish amber. Had a very cloudy syrup look to it with a mahogany shine/glow. No head whatsoever (picked up the half growler yesterday maybe it got a little flat?)

S - Spicey and subtle fruits. Has a clean vanilla like smell.

T - Apples, spices with a hint of a hoppy bitterness.

M - Crisp with subtle carbonation and a bit of a spicey/hoppish bite and a clean refreshing finish.

D - A very drinkable dubbel with a hoppy undertone. I prefer darker dubbels, but this would be great for a fan of the hoppier beers.

Photo of Onenote81
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from calise1122 in a trade awhile back. Thanks!

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy dark amber/orange with a big rocky off-white head on top. Great retention; left little lace. Scents of apples, yeast, and light alcohol.

Full body on this and carries a high amount of carbonation on the tongue as most Belgian styles do. Flavors of roasted apples, other dark fruits, and rounded out with a slight yeasty twang on the finish. This was a pretty good Dubbel. Not my favorite style, but this was a treat.

Photo of deereless
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick frothy head that is dropping precipitously to leave a rocky layer on top, the color is primarily an opaque brown with a hint of ruby, what appears to be decent lacing along the edge of the glass - 4.25, S: Strong spice aromas as well as a sweet caramel that reminds me of a tootsie roll, quite toasty and nutty, possibly some prune juice flavors in the depths of this beer, all around a very inviting nose - 4.50, T: Rich and malty, dark pitted fruits step up to the plate providing a date like sweetness, Belgian yeast is obvious as is the candied sugar, quite dry and with a slight warming from a solid 8.0% ABV, mildly hopped - 4.00, M: A touch on the side of chewy - 3.50, D: A very nice and drinkable dubbel - 3.50

Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears hazy caramel. Light tan head falls away fairly quickly.
Smells of fresh hops, spice, malt.
Taste is complex - sweet up front, malt, dark fruit, hops. A touch of licorice on the way back end. Dry finish, a little bitter and earthy.
Prickly carbonation...maybe a touch much for my taste. It does calm down as it warms. Medium body.
A nice dubbel though not great.

St. Vincent's Dubbel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.