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Belgian Style Dubbel - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 06-17-2010)
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Reviews by Hojaminbag:
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is another treat sent to me by Mikesgroove. I'm a fan of Dubbels and I haven't had one for quite a while, so I decided to pop this one open tonight. Thanks, Mike.

Sprecher's Belgian Style Dubbel (25th Anniversary) has a mahogany colored body, with plenty of ruby highlights thrown in for good measure. Holding the beer up to the light not only reveals even more ruby, but some orange in there as well. The head rises and falls very quickly, leaving only the thinnest collar of foam on top of the beer.

Dark malts, dark fruits, and a little bit of phenolic pepper and anise shine through in the aroma, and it is quite good.

Fruit is definitely the hallmark of this beer. Plenty of cherry and a little bit of fig mix with some surprisingly lighter flavors, including green apple and lemon. Sweet malt comes next, with bits of chocolate and toffee, but the malt is quickly overpowered by a strong phenolic flavor that once again brings a bit of pepper and the light taste of anise. The finish actually a touch of bitterness too it, but also a bit of warmth.

OK, so the main problem I have with this beer is that it is insanely light. The carbonation is huge too, and it is ramped up to a saison-like level. The mouthfeel problems make this one tough to really enjoy.

I don't know if it is just a trick from the mouthfeel or the beer itself, but this one seems to be lacking in complexity and breadth. I want the flavor to keep going, but it kind of stops. What is there is pretty tasty though, and a little bit of tweaking could make this one of the better American-brewed Dubbels that I have come across.

Hojaminbag, Oct 19, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see Sprecher down here in NC,I have drank a whole lot of Sprecher in my days.Poured into a goblet a deep mahogany brown with a thinner toasted almond colored head,aromas of dark fruit really stand out,plum,raisin,dates,also light yeasty notes.This is one fruity dubbel and I like it,deep raisin flavors along with a fruit cake-like element,light phenols are kept in check pretty well.A real nice dubbel here,not a style I go to often but Iam glad I picked this up today.

oberon, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is dark fruit, caramel, toffee and some Belgian yeast. The beer smells about like a dubbel should, but it doesn't smell that great. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of caramel malt, along with some sugar, cherries and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but nothing special.

Mora2000, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of deebo
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Poured a 16 oz bottle into pint glass, resulting in 2 fingers of tan head that breaks down rather quickly. Ruddy reddish brown color.

S-Rem. of a dubbel. Heavy in ripe fruits with notes similar to molasses and raisins. Slight alcohol vapor.

T-Over ripe fruits-seems like too much overwhelming the taste of this beer. Not a whole lot else going on but a slight bitter hop aftertaste was noted.

M-Thin for style-my least favorite aspect of this beer. Tingly CO2 bite, with just a hint of alcohol.

D-Rather smooth-would have no problem with a few pints of this beer.

O-I love dubbels so I like this beer, but there are better ones out there. Still great to see Sprecher coming out with all these Belgian style beers for their 25th anniversary. Would be happy to drink this one again.

deebo, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of b_add
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

b_add, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/purple color with a small tan head on top that dissipates rather quickly. Little bits of lacing forms, but does not last long.

S: Lots of fruit in this one, some raisins, plum, figs, and a little bit of banana. There is a good bit of candied sugar and light spice.

T: Lots of fruit right off the bat, raisins and prunes, followed up by candied sugar, as well as some cloves. On the sweet side. Solid.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, just a touch thin, but at only 6.5%, I can't really fault it.

O: Easy drinking and rather flavorful, a solid effort from Sprecher.

mdaschaf, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of beerbrains
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a stemmed Christoffel glass, a nice brown red. the tan head disappears quickly. Smells of sweet grains, dark dried fruits and spices.

Lots of flavor going on. The taste closely follows the nose: dark fruits sugar, some spice, maybe some caramel.

No alcohol heat on this dubbel.

Not sticky and syrupy like one expects from a dubbel.

Very smooth and drinkable.

Paired this one up with a grilled ribeye, steamed summer vegetables and augratin rice. A very good pairing. A imported Belgian dubbel may have been to hot to match up well.

beerbrains, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery, put away for 7 months. Pours a darker brown, with a small white head. A richer malt aroma, perfume and a little boozy. Medium mouthfeel,and a good drinkabiliy from a rich malty taste, the yeast is in the secondary. Not too sweet, closer to an old ale. Very nice.

Sammy, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. bottle into a LaTrappe chalice.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger off-white head with decent retention. Drops to a thin off-white film that hands out for a while. Beer is a clear, dark, purplish-amber. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little to no cling.

S: Nose is fruity with a heavy dose of Belgian yeast spiciness. Grape, fig, and cane sugar makes this one really sweet. Not too aromatic though.

T: Opens grape gummy, clove, Belgian yeast, and a bit of fig and strawberry. Huge malt presence with no hint of bitterness. No real change or development in flavor either. Cane sugar comes through a bit more towards the end as the fruit flavors fade out. Finish is spicy with a sweet, yeasty aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied and amply carbonated. Grainy and bubbly in the mouth and spicy going down. Slightly watery. Finish is accented and aftertaste clings to the cheeks and palate.

D: For its style, the complexity and flavor development is pretty on point. Goes down surprisingly easy. One of the better American-crafted Belgian creations, this one is very solid overall.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16oz single - grabbed at discount liquor i MKE - never did see this in Madison (outside of draft at the sprecher pub)

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, very dark mahogany-garnet body, light tan head with minimal retention

smell: sweet and rich - plum, raisin, date, booze, walnut, rich malts, toffee

taste: pretty great dubbel - rich toffee, very smooth, caramel, figs, sweet malts, dates, raisin, plum, black cherry, brown sugar, touch of clove. Nice choice for a 25th anniv beer - one of sprecher's finest

mouthfeel: exception - rich, velvety smooth

drinkability: high

dirtylou, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Boitnott
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Belgian that I have tried and reviewed...

A: Has a dark amber color. Almost a brick color. Nice cream colored head on it, about a half an inch when I first poured it.

S: WOW! This is one of the best smelling beers I have ever smelt before. Reminds me of a much stronger nut brown smell. Has a hint of vanilla? Not really sure about that.

T: Phenomenal taste. Light nose. Reminiscent of the smell. If you keep it you mouth then the taste stays the same. The finish is a much stronger nut taste. I have trouble describing the taste, other than that it is just really good (after reading some reviews I have learned that it is raisins and malt). I do know that the finish is much stronger than the nose and that the taste stays in your mouth for awhile. My favorite part is that the smell is the exact same as the taste. The two compliment each other for a full flavored effect.

M: The carbonation is light and not overpowering. The beer goes down very smooth and pleasant.

D: I could drink this all day. The medium body keeps you from feeling full and the smoothness keeps every sip enjoyable. For my first Belgian, I would say I am officially a fan of the Dubbel style. Near perfect beer.

Boitnott, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Bobby12many
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nearly opaque dark ruby color with minimal head. Viscous and Oily looking with a ring of carbonation that sticks around the inner circumference of my glass. Not a hint of lacing to be found.

S - Sweet, Dark, and fruity. Hint of molasses and caramel, with a backbone of yeasty breadiness.

T - Rich and fruity up front. Caramel and roasted figs jump out at me, maybe a hint of prunes and raisins. Finishes sweet and bready with a touch of that familiar Belgian yeast. Very nice.

M - Spot on for the style. Rich and full bodied, although could use a bit more carbonation if anything.

D - I found this to be a very drinkable Belgian. Complex enough to sip and ponder the flavors without being challenging to drink. I plan to snag up a few more of these before they are gone for good. If you enjoy Belgian style ales, this is a worthy purchase.

Bobby12many, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Note * I had this beer with a friend and remember enjoying it, but then just had it again when I had the chance to review it and here is the damage

Poured a dark amber brown with a small off-white head.

Smelled of raisin and alcohol.

Tasted big on raisins and dark roasted malt. Had a bit of black licorice toward the end of the drink. As it warmed everything was emphasized.

The carbonation and alcohol had a bite to it.

This was tough for me to finish to be honest. I don't know what it was but it was far different from the first time I had it. Maybe I'll give it another shot and then edit my review.

cjacobsen, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of jdkitchi
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

jdkitchi, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anticipating this due to the high reviews...

Pours with an initial head of tan foam that rises and inch or so. Deep russet color with a glint of scarlet in the light. Head fades quickly after a few minutes, leaving a ring at the edges and no lacing. Surface is flat and glassy.

Explosive aroma of banana bread, figs, raisin, prunes, estery dark fruit.

Sweet fruity & nutty flavors with a low level bitterness and some phenolic notes. Clove, almond, prunes, rich bready maltiness.

Body is somewhat thin, not full bodied like you might expect, though the carbonation does add something. In contrast to the flavor and aroma, the body feels more like heartier lager styles like Doppelbock or Baltic Porter... rich but a little thin. One to sip and savor.

emerge077, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of theminutemen
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

theminutemen, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
6.50% ABV, 10168 on the neck (June 16th, 2010). Interesting because when I picked it up today I was told it was bottled just today. Either way it's as fresh as humanly possible.

A - The tall pour froths up a one-and-one-half finger dense light khaki-colored head. The beer is a beautiful clear mahogany red-brown with sharp red-orange highlights in the light. The head isn't retained all too well as it sinks to a creamy pile leaving lackluster spots of lace on the glass for a Belgian style.

S - Dark Belgian candi sugar pairs well with the up-front toasted malts. Deep, dark fruit esters from the Belgian yeast play a pivotal role despite being in the background. Complex notes of cherries, fig, and prune add a layer of dimension to the hearty, biscuity, caramel malt nose. Serious hop-heads won't find much of their favored aroma in this dubbel but it absolutely hits the mark on the style.

T - Round, deeply toasted malts push right to the forefront of the flavor profile hitting fast with a smooth, dense breadiness and sweet caramel cube flavor. Belgian yeast and candi sugar aren't messing around either as they follow up the maltiness swiftly. Dark fruit esters still add a fantastic cherry, fig, and prune complexity while the alcohol becomes very slightly noticeable on the back end. The nuances grow nicely as it warms while toffee pokes out through the finish.

M - Very smooth and robust, this dubbel really hits the mark here where most fall flat. A medium level of carbonation allows this beer to go down smoothly. A very light warming sensation finishes up the sweet, malty dubbel.

D - Sprecher's 25th Anniversary dubbel nails the style that seems hard to pin down by some smaller American craft breweries. With a fantastic mouthfeel and comparable taste and aroma to boot, it's a dubbel worth the extra money and definitely worth cellaring to see how it ages. I presume it'll change gracefully to something possibly even better than it is fresh. Nice work Sprecher!

[If two years is an indication, this beer ages well.]

BeerFMAndy, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of u2carew
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick tan head then settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear, ruby colored body. Thin lacing on the drink down.
S) Hints of clove, dark fruit - plums, cherries. Pleasant aromatics.
T) Brown sugar, molasses. Hints of apple - the earthy kind. Nice malty sweetness, but the flavor profile drops out toward the finish. Leaving a faint, very faint reminder of the sweetness in the aftertaste. I would have liked to see this stay solid to the end.
M) Medium body. Smooth. Light Carbonation.
D) A nice Dubbel. I'd drink another.

u2carew, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to seeswo for the bottle!

Pours a muddied brown color, lighter brown/ruby edges. Head was slight, light tan with not much retention. The aroma had plenty of fruity esters, some nuttiness, herbal, spicy, yeasty characters, some caramel and overall sweetness. Add some light banana and clove into the mix, and you've got the taste: carried over great from the nice aroma. Body was medium, and it had a nice creamy feel, slightly thick, with lower carbonation. Drinkability is great, and over all, a very robust Dubbel indeed!

EgadBananas, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

finally able to get ahold of this bottle, i had been waiting forever to give it a try and finally it stumbles into my arms, served cold and in a pint glass.

pour is perfect, dark brown with an incredible head of tan that just comes up and over the top superbly an leaves tons of lacing and coating in its wake. aroma of dark belgian yeast, hints of brown sugar, earthy an evil dark grains and hints at light grasses and interesting notes of malts. flavor smooth, creamy, like velvet as it caresses the tongue and really just puts on an amazing show of flavor. creamy and subtle finish is smooth, sugary and long lasting as the last drop is just as good as the first.

overall it was spot on for the style and everybit worth the wait to get ahold of. an instant classic for me.

mikesgroove, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of blackie
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured gently into a st. bernie chalice, lifting a thin, short lived khaki head to the surface, the beer itself a deep amber in color

s: the aroma is big on dark, malty fruits - raisin reduction in particular, date sugars, something of a musty-sweet root vegetable note, red apple, lovely banana esters compliments of the yeast strain

m: carbonation moderate and prickly on the tongue, body somewhere on the heavier end of medium

t: full raisin malts with a caramelized sugar sweetness, cherry, rich, complex fruitcake flavors, dark dessert breads, apple, yeast driven banana esters, turning to a woody, earthy hop and leathery dried fruits at the finish

d: no problem here, a wonderful american example, complex and drinkable

single from Bruisin' back in August

blackie, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of allstar255
4/5  rDev +0.8%

allstar255, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty brown color with a small inch of light tan head that quickly recedes leaving a thin bit of spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with caramel maltiness, sweet dark cherry and a bit of green apple. Faint Belgian spicy yeast in the background but overall this is fairly average, light and simple compared to others in the style.

The tastes begin fairly similar with a bit of green apple and lightly sweet/tart cherry. Some more stone fruitiness and more light prunes and figs join the party but all are still fairly light.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied for the style with medium to low carbonation for the style. Drinks really weird to be honest. A little watery, but at only 6.5% ABV, I guess this is to be expected. Finish is fairly dry and crisp with no flavors lingering or memorable for that matter.

Overall this was a decent beer and for $3 for 500ml a pretty decent bargin. It's really not amazing or memorable in any aspect so while I am glad I tried it, I have no reason to revisit even for much a reasonable price point.

claspada, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a finger of head that camps out for quite a while.

The aroma is potent...sweet raisins, booze, flowers, pumpkin pie, cherry, banana, peppery spice, frosting, and lemon zest. Very deep and sinus cleansing. Excellent.

The flavor is not quite as nice, but luckily it is not due to any off flavors. This is a very clean dubbel, its just a tad watery. Notes of raisin, spice, banana peel, and grapes...but in small doses. The burps are more flavorful that the beer. Despite the light flavor, I do love what is actually present. And I repeat that this is very clean....a well crafted beer.

The body is lighter and carbonation is a medium levels but stings on the tongue a bit.

I often find that the drinkability of watery beers is low for me simply because I have no desire to reach for the glass. However, this one is the opposite. The light flavor helps the drinkability, probably due to the absence of even the slightest off-flavor.

alcstradamus, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

JohnK17, Mar 15, 2012
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Belgian Style Dubbel from Sprecher Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.