St. Vincent's Dubbel - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
Consumed on 8/31/2009 and poured into a pint glass. Thanks Ineedabeerhere! The beer appears dark brown with good clarity and a huge fizzy beige head. Good retention and lacing.
The nose is of bready malt and brown sugar. Alcohol is apparent, as well as a hint of caramel and Belgian yeast.
The flavor is sweet brown sugar and bready like the nose. A fruit component that I didn't notice in the aroma quickly becomes apparent in the flavor in the form of dates. The finish is sweet with some lingering alcohol and sugar. The beer has more carbonation than I'd like.
A pretty straight forward and enjoyable Dubbel.
09-08-2009 22:44:42 | More by HopHead84
4.2/5 rDev +10.2%
hazy auburn pour. delicious, deep nose of brown sugar and trappist yeast with apricot and date hints. a bit overcarbonated, but still noticeably nutty and dry with a nice, simple finish. raisin puree, dr. pepper and slight hop note finish the experience. very drinkable despite feeling the booze as it builds.
this is probably the best version of SVD to date. still, it can't hold a candle to the trappists, but it's leaning in a more traditional and even handed direction.
09-04-2009 02:08:10 | More by goodbyeohio
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
A - Poured with a nice 3/4 finger of lightly tan creamy head that held quite well; very hazy light brown color that hints at orangish
S - Fresh dark grapes; hint of sweet malts; peppery and vinous
T - Vinous and dry; dark grape sweetness; a bit bready; nice enough, but not great
M - Thinner to medium MF; very lively, prickly carbonation
D - Nicely drinkable, and it's definitely within my expectations for the style. It's a nice change from some of the sweeter versions that tend to come up more often.
Overall, an interesting take on the style and enjoyable.
08-24-2009 00:32:14 | More by Nickls
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
Thanks to RomanW70 for bringing this one to the Sunday night tasting. Poured a hazy/cloudy caramel with a head that quickly dissipates into a thin slick. Nose reveals hops, nutmeg, coriander and a peppery quality. Taste consistent with nose; however, some chocolate, prunes and an earthy quality comes out, with hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, fizzy/prickly - too much carbonation on this one. Really nice complexity in this beer. Definitely improves as the carbonation levels subside and the brew warms.
08-10-2009 15:54:38 | More by Jwale73
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
750ml bottle poured into two small snifters, one for now, one for later, picked this up at the brewery.
A- St Vincent boasts a dark red/ruby, chestnut color with a clean look to it, not much sediment even in the second pour. A nice off white beige head rose up about 3/4ths of a inch and stuck around leaving some lace, it faded into a cap.
S- This one has a nose on it, thats for sure, it only took a little time for everything to come forth. I get a big sense of apples and plums with a apparent Belgian yeast strain keeping things interesting. Dark fruits and sweet malts make this a pleasure to smell.
T- I think this is the tastiest dubbel that I have had in a while. Sweet caramel and other tastes from the malts with some dark fruits plus some fig action. Some sweet sugars as well. The apple and plum are nicely represented. Some bisquit and/or bread in the middle. A interesting yeasty aftertaste with some alcohol seeping through.
M- The feel is nice with a very strong medium body and some carbonation felt. The only drawback is the alcohol is noticable in taste to a extent leaving for a hot finish, it was much hotter than expected. Other than that this one goes down smooth and tasty.
D- I drank the two snifter glasses in no time at all. The alcohol got to be a bit much during the second glass with the increased warming but the dark fruit action also increased putting a smile on my face. This was my 1st time with this brew and I think two years in the bottle will do this dubbel justice, even though it's real nice right now. For a style I don't actively seek out, this one is worth repeat purchases.
08-06-2009 16:46:36 | More by BARFLYB
4/5 rDev +5%
Thanks to my wife for bringing a bottle home from a trip. The beer is a dark reddish-brown color with a thick and foamy light beige head that recedes slowly. Slick, patchy lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of malt, ripe fruit and yeast with some spices. Medium body with flavors of malt, dark fruit and yeast along with some hops. The finish is smooth and fruity with a mild spice and yeast aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
07-26-2009 01:27:25 | More by Dogbrick
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the hook-up, thanks Joe!
A: Pours a hazy caramel-brown with an awesome looking, light-tan, three-finger head that surprisingly, didn't leave any lace.
S: Aromas of toffee, caramel, tootsie rolls, dark fruit, and roasted nuts. Hints of cherry, raisin, and chocolate.
T: Dry toasty malt with caramel, toffee, brownies, plums, figs, and raisins. Rich dark chocolate, fruity yeast, cherry, and bready malt. Lemony citrus in the finish.
M: Starts fruity and sticky, and then quickly changes over to a very interesting dryness that leads into an oily fruity bitterness for the long finish.
D: A fantastic beer! Very balanced. Not as sweet and a tad drier than other Dubbels but it made up for it in many other ways.
07-25-2009 23:03:14 | More by GbVDave
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a ruby brown color with a nice puffy tan head that settles into a nice cap. The aroma is sweet with candi sugar, and a bit metallic or rusty from the dark belgian malt. The flavor is a nice mix of belgian candi sugar, a slightly nutty toasted malt and some raisin/fig fruitiness. Everything is in balance, one of the better dubbels that I have had in a long while. A moderate body with very fizzy carbonation, starts off sweet but actually finishes dry. One of the better dubbels that I have had, either US or Belgian. Seems to hit the style head on. This is very nice.
07-19-2009 03:42:44 | More by Gmann
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
Growler from Bellport Beer & Soda (2009 batch). Pours a deep cloudy brown with no head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spices (allspice, pepper, cinnamon, clove), and light roasted malt. Flavor of sweet malt and yeast with a roasty, spicy finish. Some smoked/charred malt notes too. From my recollection of last year's batch, this doesn't seem as complex. It's a touch sweet and weaker in the palate. Maybe it's the tap vs. bottle difference, I dunno, but I'm not loving it as much as I did last year.
07-18-2009 02:02:23 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
Acquired on a trade, poured into a Goblet.
A- This was super fizzy when I poured it. It was just like pouring pop from a 2 liter. The head grew up to 2 fingers then fizzled out into nothing. The beer is a muddy auburn, somewhat clear. The edges glow amber yellow.
S- Nose has sweet candi sugar notes along with fragrant dark fruits and clove. The fruits Im getting are raisins banana and a little apricot. Its not far off from some of the good hefeweizens.
T- Candi sugars, alcohol, fruits. Over all the front is pretty sweet and sticky, some bitterness and more alcohol comes thru on the finish.
M- The carbonation is alot higher than one would expect by looking at this beer. Its prickly and active once it hits the mouth. It seems to sell the medium body short.
This beer is quite sticky and almost syrupy. Higher carbonation than others of the style Ive had.
D- Alcohol is detectable in the taste but its not off putting. There is not much after taste, but the sweetness and stickiness bring down the drinkability slightly.
07-16-2009 02:24:05 | More by MbpBugeye
4/5 rDev +5%
750ml bottle into shaker pint on 7/6/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.
A - Poured a muddy caramel brown with a billowy beige rocky head that settled to a quarter inch of retention and deposited thick, sticky lace around the glass.
S - Initial aroma suggests sweet candi sugar and malts with a dark fruit presence akin to apricots and plums. Alcohol presence is quite subtle overall, especially for a Dubbel.
T - Sweet malts and candi sugar dominate the flavor with tangy dark fruit reminiscent of golden raisins and apricots bolstering the sweetness up a notch. Subtle earthy hops and alcohol notes warm up the flavor a bit and give way to some floral hop attributes. Finish is fairly bitter for the style.
M - Medium to full bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Touch of bitterness and alcohol warmth on the palate with plenty of residual sweetness.
D - Fine Dubbel from Captain Lawrence with quite an aromatic nose and a fruity flavor profile. Good stuff!
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07-07-2009 20:21:39 | More by ffejherb
4/5 rDev +5%
Just received this brew from FooFaa as an extra in a recent trade. Captain Lawrence is gotta be in my top 10 favorite breweries as I can't think of a bad beer I've had of theirs. Drank from my Lost Abbey goblet.
Appearance- Pours a dark copper brown with a HUGE two plus finger cream colored head. The head never really recedes as it maintains a constant half finger head and leaves some randomly strewn lacing.
Smell- Fairly rich nose with a huge caramel and toffee malt right from the start. Brown sugar and even a bit of molasses add even more sweetness from the start. Prunes and dates add the dark fruity aspect that grows more and more as the beer warms. Surprisingly, even as pungent as the nose is, I still get a few whiffs of alcohol.
Taste- Slightly toasty and nutty the beer is not NEAR as sweet as I thought it was going to be. Actually the beer isn't sweet at all. It does however have the toffee and nutty maltiness that we all know and love. A bit of yeast and lots of earthy dark fruits. Dates, raisins and even some overly ripened black cherries. The alcohol is spicy and slightly warm but no where near intrusive. The finish is much the same as the rest of the beer. Just a toasted malty nuttiness that lingers on and on.
Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy body that remains sort of creamy because of the intense carbonation. As aggressive as the carbonation is it somehow remains fairly soft and finishes pretty damned dry.
Drinkability- As someone who's definitely not the biggest fan of the style I really enjoyed this brew quite a bit. The part that I hate is the sweetness and somehow this brew still retains its Dubbel quality. Just an all around enjoyable beer from an even better brewery. Thanks much Dan!!
07-07-2009 16:28:11 | More by younger35
3.15/5 rDev -17.3%
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
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours a deep brown, with a red hint to it. Large, dense tan head resting atop. A sweet malt smell with the definitive Belgian yeast providing a dark fruit hint. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there is a bit of an alcohol or tartness to the smell. This carried through in the flavor, as well. A rich caramel sweetness upfront that is followed by that tart back end. Maybe I want to say a spicy finish to it, because the alcohol is not so high to cause that sensation in my mouth. A bit tart as it rests in your mouth, that spiciness, I guess you could say. There is a nice warming effect as you enjoy it. Definitely a nice sipping beer, with a few different things going on in it. The alcohol may be a little too apparent for my taste.
06-18-2009 23:57:32 | More by bhalter8
3.85/5 rDev +1%
A solid dubbel that trends towards the roasty, malty end of the style spectrum.
Thanks, beerloco, for the opportunity.
Pours a hazy deep amberish brown into my Westmalle chalice with a fluffy couple fingers of head, moderate retention and lacing.
Aroma is toasty and bready, deep rich melanoidin notes, almost a hint of mocha. Very limited spice/phenol character.
This is a fuller dubbel, with big mid palate chewyness, lots of roasty, rich sweetness, finishing relatively dry with mild bitterness. Ripe stone fruit notes and deeply toasted bread.
Briskly carbonated, even with a dry finish this still comes across a bit heavy.
Overall a tasty brew, happy to have tried it.
06-17-2009 01:08:20 | More by errantnight
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
Bottle shared by RoyMunson with Pwoods and myself.
Pours a ruby brown in color. A darker brown for a Dubbel. Nice pillowy head forms on top of the beer. Smell is very ripe plums, raisins, and there's a good amount of belgian yeast as well. Taste is even more of the very ripe and juicy dark fruits. More plums, dark grapes, raisins and more. There's a certain bitterness that comes with these dark fruits that is present in the flavor as well. It gets better as it warms up. I wasn't that into the beer when it was first poured. But it gets better as it warms up and starts to grow on you fast.
My only complaint is that it started to get a bit cloying by the end. Still a decent beer.
05-18-2009 17:17:03 | More by FtownThrowDown
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
Bottle courtesy of proteus93 - thanks!! Split w/ proteus93, IBUnit63, and dkachur, w/ my portion poured into a Rochefort chalice.
Appearance: Pours a hazy, reddish/brown amber-bodied brew, capped by a fizzy, fast-fading dull white head that leaves a persistent thick collar (constantly replenished by rising bubbles) and a dash of sheen. Sitting on the bottom of the chalice are a bunch of yeasty bits - sinkies, really, instead of floaties - of varying sizes. A decent start.
Aroma: Incredibly spicy and phenolic. A dry, peppery, dubbel, slightly woody, green and earthy, clove, slight bubblegum. Light fruits - raisins, figs, cherries. Malts are largely submissive to the spices and fruits, though faintly reminiscent of caramel. There's a definite tart, slightly funky note presiding over this, in an interesting way.
Taste: Still incredibly spicy and phenolic, almost like a Belgian dark. Cherry is the dominant fruity note here, largely tart through slightly sweet, with a few other spare fruity notes, pears, apple skins, largely light. The spices are another dominant note here, peppery, clove-like, perhaps . It quite honestly almost tastes like it was spiked with Brett, slightly funky, slightly tart, slightly barnyard, but in a good way. Candi sugar notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a buttload of carbonation, even, crisp, large, and very light. A good, solid, "Belgian" feeling beer. Best aspect of this beer, likely.
Drinkability: This was an interesting, strange brew. It almost tastes like it was Bretted, though that can't possibly be the case ... can it? Either way, it's a dry, quenching, spicy, fruity dubbel, and I sort of kind of maybe like it. So, yes, I'm gonna recommend it, though be wary of the barnyarditude!
04-04-2009 04:12:07 | More by CrellMoset
3.45/5 rDev -9.4%
Picked this one up in Jersey to bring home for a beer tasting night. Split with CrellMoset, dkachur, and IBUnit63.
A: Quite hazy, orange-amber hue. A decent head, about a finger tall - retention is pretty nice, and leaves a nice sheet over the brew.
S: A pleasant scent... I described it to the others as a 'straight up dubbel scent.' Candi sugar, raisin scents, some date. Pretty good.
T: Tart and some more 'funkiness' ... quite a barnyard like flavour that I would expect more from a farmhouse, saison, etc... It's not too bad, but seems a little unusual for the style, at least to my palate.
M + D: Moderate carbonation, heavier body... though it has a dryness that I can go for. The funk flavours a re a little much for me... I thought I would love it, but can't say I do quite as much as some others. Still worth trying out, and I'd be interested in more.
04-04-2009 03:48:40 | More by Proteus93
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
Draught @ Beer Table, Brooklyn.
Pours a clear, dark red brown with just a bit of a head.
Nose is licorice and dark fruits, a bit of caramelized brown sugar.
Taste is much the same - yeast is subdued for the style, made up for by a pronounced licorice note, dark fruits and caramelized brown sugar, moving to a toasty bread crust as well.
Mouthfeel is just a hair thin, medium to start with moderate carbonation, thinning out on the finish.
There's a definite dopplebock characteristic to this one as well, almost like a dubbel-bock. Clean where it should be spicy, licorice where there should be yeasty. Very interesting and different take on an abbey dubbel.
03-15-2009 12:28:11 | More by JohnQVegas
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.
Poured into a chalice a very nice golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick creamy two-finger off-white head, tons of very nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, dark fruits. The taste is sweet, malty, some yeast notes, nice touch of figs, raisins, and plums. Medium body, this is a pretty tasty brew. Very drinkable, I like this one.
02-04-2009 00:30:36 | More by Wasatch
4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
Thanks to RblWthACoz for picking me up this one in NY. 2007 edition poured into my Bornem Goblet
A-Body is a very hazy translucent medium brown hue. Pours with a nice 1-2 finger creamy off-white head. This eventually fades to the typical eggshell covering seen in a lot of abbey beers and has perfect retention from there. Small traces of lacing left in the glass. When held up to the light the cloudiness is very thick and somewhat dynamic.
S-The nose is big and malty. Almost reminds me of a Scottish ale. Lots of chocolate going on in the nose but also a hint of tart raisins and spicy Belgian yeast.
T-Upfront the dry semi-tart raisin flavor dominates but has a substantial cocoa backbone and a hint of yeast. A splash of phenols and a bit more raisin tartness come out for the finish as well as a hint of spicy Belgian yeast. Left to linger is a hint of raisin and a warm alcohol blanket.
M-Wonderful. Low to medium carbonation and a smooth and creamy feel that has a balance of malt and yeast.
D-I love Belgians, but the Dubbel is one style from the Belgian line up that I have not found and example that I could drink over and over again. This is that example. This is an excellent Dubbel (though the ABV is a bit higher than expected) and is everything that I find "good" in that brew. Very well done by Captain Lawrence and I am looking forward to trying more brews from this great brewing Co.
12-21-2008 04:19:52 | More by PittBeerGirl
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
Thanks to koopa for the trade. Pours a mostly clear amber brown color, a bit light for style but ok. A good pour with a limited head that needed some help. Ok retention and limited lacing.
The nose has a lot of phenols. To start there is a light malt character with some backend caramel notes. Some light nutty notes as well. The phenols come out strong. Some plums and a touch of raisins. Cherries and figs come out as well. Noticeable nail polish aromas and a bit of fusel alcohol notes as well. Some butyric with a odd woody aroma to it.
The taste is a bit more balanced but phenolics still really come out. The malt is more apparent versus the nose. More of a malty sweet essence and not much of a sugary finish. More of a nutty and hints of Vienna malt. Some raisin Some minor mineral notes leaves a dirty impression. The phenols are the same, plums raisin cherries and a funky wood thing going on. The fusels back off verses the nose. Some chalky notes in the aftertaste.
The body is moderate. A bit sweet with a somewhat under attenuated feel. Carbonation is a bit low for style but ok. Overall, a little disappointing. Some off notes and big phenolics really distract.
12-15-2008 22:02:07 | More by Oxymoron
4.25/5 rDev +11.5%
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
4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
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
4/5 rDev +5%
(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a deep crystal clear dense brown body with a thin bubble head of tan and a gentle carbonation sliding up the sides of the glass.
S- The nutty pecan toasted malt smell is slightly sweet with a rummy note at the finish.
T- The taste of dark malt has qualities of dark cherries, cardboard and dark nougat with a nice oaky flavor and red wine tannins to it. The finish is a smooth slightly smoky bourbon note. After it warms a bit there is a fusel alcohol note to the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with an alcohol heat that increases as the beer warms.
D- This beer has nice complexity with a big alcohol heat that would be better after some age. It is pretty dry for a double but has big good malt flavors coming through which is a nice change.
09-25-2008 19:02:22 | More by rhoadsrage
St. Vincent's Dubbel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.