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Diablo - Ale Asylum

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ale Asylum visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Belgian Dubbel ale has dark caramel aromas with a wicked, warming finish.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-21-2006)
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Reviews by DrinkSlurm:
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. This particular batch has been aged since 2010.
Pours a dark brown/honey/burnt sugar color. Very little head but nice lacing. Alcohol and sweet nutty aroma. Very crisp flavour...nutty, toffee, alcohol. Not strong and little aftertaste. This is a very drinkable dubbel. I'd buy again.

DrinkSlurm, Nov 01, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Banana nut bread is dominant in this fine brew from Madison’s newest brewpub. Appearance is pleasing, authentic even. Prune colored with a wonderful head. The crown lasts forever. A slight swirl of the glass and a quarter to a half an inch of cream grows out of the brew. Aroma is dominated by banana but some date, prune, plum, and other flavors are present. Taste is also banana with biscuit and caramel notes. Alcohol is well covered but I can tell that the ABV is high from how I feel. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, very pleasurable. Drinkability is very high. Comparable to Allagash dubbel but somewhat better.

DaPeculierDane, May 21, 2006
Photo of blackearth
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Pours a dark reddish-brown with an off-white head that last. Aroma is of fruity yeast esters. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth. This one was more sweet and sugary than I'd like to see. There was also some alcohol warmth in the finish. Good but not great.

blackearth, Nov 27, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

williamjbauer, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brew-pub before a tour of the facility.

Pour: murky mahogany/amber under a finger of khaki head that fades to a skim. One of the better looking dubbels I've seen.

Nose: spicy-metallic malts; nutty, dusty yeast, doughy bread and light fruits in the finish.

Taste: nutty, spicy yeast; banana esters and roasted malt harken images of dunkel-weiss; sweet candi sugar and raisin/clove give a more authentic Belgian feel; booze rounds out the finish.

Feel: fizzy, light but substantial, viscous with ephemeral booze.

Drinkable: a nice, well-rounded "Americanzed" dubbel with plenty of complexity and great drinkability. Not as refined as the real thing, but that's not what Ale Asylum is all about.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a chalice at the brewpub, cell phone notes

appearance: nice mahogany body poured into the house snifters

smell: mild aromas for the style...fruitcake, mild caramel, light clove

taste: not my favorite of the ale asylum "belgiums", but a decent dubbel...mild caramel, clove, light spice, brown sugar...lacking any sort of punch

mouthfeel: medium body

drinkablity: good

dirtylou, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Fr0stb1te
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Fr0stb1te, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

wmobley, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Kunstman, May 23, 2014
Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +0.8%

CraigTravor, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of blackie
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The beer is given to me in a tulip glass with a low white head. The beer is a hazy medium brown in color.

smell: On the nose I find big aromas of dark, sugary fruits...especially date but also a little dried fig. Estery notes of banana bread are also apparent courtesy of some complex Belgian yeast aromas.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the higher side of the low range, and the body a slick medium.

taste: Very similar to the nose except that the slick sweetness of the sugary fruits is much more evident. Big notes of dates. Just a touch of hop flavor and a subtle bitterness.

drinkability: freakin' easy...an above average American take on the style

on-tap at the brewpub during a two-tour day of Lake Louie and Ale Asylum

blackie, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of One
4/5  rDev +0.8%

One, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

jakea, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Mrpickles, Jan 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Lahockey2121, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

jsash10, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of WJVII
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*Reviewed from notes*
Poured into a snifter style glass on tap this brew was a dark amber color with a slight white head that settled nicely round the top of the glass. There was a definite wheat smell, doughy and strong notes of banana and orange. This brew had a slight sweet taste and a creamy feel in the mouth with a slight amount of alcohol in the aftertaste. The body was medium with moderate carbonation. This was a solid brew, but as with other AA brews the price doesn't necessarily match the quality. All in all a good brew to try, but not worth the growler price.

WJVII, Mar 11, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

superfriend, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chalice, dark amber in color with impressive lacing, not much head to speak of. The bartender said that the barrel was about to kick, so I'm sure I got the last of it. This might have had something to do with the lack of head.

Mild hop bite, biscuity with fruitcake and dates, honey. Doughey bread with rum cake. A little alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, very nice.

Excellent, if a little thin and light for a dubbel.

wheatyweiss, Feb 24, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

panders07, Dec 10, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep, rich mahogany with a creamy tan head that makes me wonder if it's nitro. Belgian yeast, oak and almond as well as a hint of citrus round out the nose. Taste is full Belgian flavor with the tiniest hint of dryness. Several flavors in the malt are blended so well it's hard to pick them out but it seems like cloves, bananas and some other spices. medium body, very smooth and balanced, and typical Asylum style. Simply delicious start to finish.

Thanby, Jan 15, 2008
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

groovy24, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of botham
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewpub poured into a chalice. pours a fiery orange/garnet color with garnet highlights and a half finger of tan head that has good retention and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is of rich, dark fruit and caramel malts, along with sweet crystal malts. the aroma ends up quite sweet and very rich in the nose.

taste follows the nose with fruit notes of raisen and plum along with a subtle note of belgian yeast and a touch of caramelly grain on the back end. caramelized sugars throughout with a sweet profile and a warming aura from the 8.5% APV, which is well hidden.

mouthfeel is full bodied and sweet on the palate with a warming finish of residual slickness. very hearty on the palate. lightly sharp on the back end with a bit of warming.

drinkability is good. a very rich and hearty dubbell that brings the flavor and ends up smooth on the palate and after the fact. a very drinkable brew for 8.5%, but not even close to a session.

botham, Sep 22, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber color with small head that disapated quickly. The smell was weak but had a nutty odor. The taste is strong full flavor spicey and seems to havea nut flavor. Easy to drink culd have more carbonation. Overall a nice dubbel enjoaybale not the best though.

vette2006c5r, Feb 08, 2011
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