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Belgian Style Dubbel - Sprecher Brewing Company

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89
very good

55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 73
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 06-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 73
Photo of deebo
3.07/5  rDev -24%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Heard good things about this beer, but I didn't concur with them. Pours a dark ruby/brown, which looks nice but there almost a complete lack of head. A small collar around the edge of the glass and no lacing.

Aroma is sweet caramel, coffee, toffee and prunes. A hint of alcohol drops the rating down a notch, but otherwise it's nice.

Tastes pretty good--sweetened juicy raisin, caramel, some cocoa and coffee bean. A slight bit of yeasty florals, but they were overpowered.

Feels slick and oily. Flat. Too bad, as it made drinkability much tougher. It just didn't have me going back for another sip after about half-way down. drain pour :( (644 characters)

Photo of cjacobsen
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (1,612 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sending a bottle of this out my way. Shared at a recent tasting and served in a tulip.

Pours a rusty brown color with a half-finger of light tan head. This falls really fast to a thin collar. Not nearly as much head or lacing as I would expect from this style. The nose brings some caramel, cherry, and a bit of Granny Smith apples. The taste is fairly similar with a bit of green apple and lightly-tart cherry. Not infected, but more toward the dark fruit end of the spectrum. The body is medium with a slightly-hard finish. Not terrible, though not nearly up to what I was expecting. (611 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (1,112 characters)

Photo of broompa
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - nice brown color, pretty standard.

S - this is what got me. the peachy banana yeast smells hit me in the face within seconds of opening. Smelling deeper, i found complex toffee and caramel notes.

T - The beer itself is pretty drinkable. I'm not as impressed here as I have been by other domestic Dubbel style beers.

M - This beer was pleasant to drink. I enjoyed it enough but I can't see myself buying it again.

O - seemed great at first but after sipping, I found it to be just okay. I picked it up for just $2.50 per 16oz so the price is good in relation to the beer. (579 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish brown, thin khaki head dissipates quickly. Opaque, Deep reddish leather hues.

Smell: Dark fruits, leather. Esters. Caramel. Bready doughy. Molasses, fig, cognac.

Taste: Burnt sugar, deep roasted malts. Chestnut and belgian yeast. Lingering hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Dark Malts. Strong alcohol presence. Medium carbonation. Smooth finish. A tad light.

Overall: Good but not great. I won't be able to find this easily but I am glad I tried their 25th anniversary brew. (496 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep brown body with a finger of very fine tan froth. Ok retention and light lace.

S: Very sweet: butterscotch-drenched banana bread. Crazy, and a bit over the top.

T: Follows the nose precisely. Sweet toffee, huge banana, and some cotton candy. Burned bread crust on the finish. Intense, but a little unbalanced with all the banana.

M: Creamy medium body. Lovely soft carbonation. Perfect.

O: I'd heard some high praise of this beer, and was rather disappointed in its one-note banana insanity. It was certainly fun in its own way, but not a terribly impressive example of the style.

Cheers! (633 characters)

Photo of garbercury
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this unexpected treat.

A--Ruddy brownish red, some lacing, not much head.

S--Banana esters really come out in this one big time, raisin and plum also seem to be prevalent.

T--Kind of a medicinal flavor that is just a tad off, not bad by any means. The dark fruits and banana again are quite noticeable.

M--Nice smooth feel on this one.

D--This is a good beer, and a nice version of the style. I am not in love with it, but glad to have tried it. Certainly recommended. (498 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Has a brownish ruby color with about a finger and a half of creamy head but little to no lacing. Smells like brown sugar with lighter tones of red vinous notes and some green apple notes as well. Tastes more like raisins and caramel sauce with some toasted bread and more misc dark fruits in the background. Medium body and carbonation levels, smooth nice texture. Worth trying. (400 characters)

Photo of jefferz5000
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown, see through, with a modest beige head that, for the most part, fades away quickly.

Aroma is full of sweetness, undoubtedly Belgian, with notes of bubblegum, brown sugar, dark fruit.

Taste is a bit lighter than the aroma, but basically getting the same notes. Very malty beer. I'm trying to put my finger on what that other taste is. Definitely getting some bubblegumness and raisins or prunes, but there is something else mingling with it.

Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy, but not offensive. A bit thin.

Overall, I don't have a lot of experience with dubbels, but I feel like there's something lacking here. I think if I'm going to drink a Belgian, I prefer it to be stronger, or better yet sour. (722 characters)

Photo of sauron681
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red color with short head thats very thin and fizzy lacing. Aroma of currants and a medium mouthfeel. Not much carbonation.
Tastes of oak, sherry, coffee and raisins. Somewhat sweet, no bitter taste whatsoever. Finishes with a slight throat warming note. This was one of Sprechers 25th anniversary beers (317 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Wisconsin Dells restaurant location.

A: Deep caramel amber color.

S: Candy, toffee, vanilla, clove.

T: Nice banana with some good molasses. Alcohol big in the flavor.

M: A little syrupy. Decent.

D: Good overall. Holds its own with an American dubbel. (269 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Mark!

Appearance -- Pours a garnet hue with good clarity and a slim, sudsy beige head.

Smell -- The nose conjures up baked goods, specifically banana bread and spice cake. Banana and clove character from the Belgian yeast fermentation, mild yeasty tartness, spicy esters, dried fruits.

Taste -- Banana is the most prominent fermentation-derived flavor, along with clove, tart yeast, candi sugar sweetness, dark fruits, spice cake.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is mild at first, but becomes more evident, and more harsh, as the beer warms.

Overall -- Good stuff, albiet too much booziness. The baked goods character of this beer is incredibly comforting. Glad I tried it. If you happen to like rich Dubbels and aren't scared by a little bit of alcohol heat, then seriously consider picking this up. (862 characters)

Photo of impending
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz into a tulip. Pours a deep copper cola, tiny head tiny lacing.

Aroma is classic dubbel, sweet and soft. Quiet solvent banana. superb

Taste is of mild dark fruits with a little of the banana and toffee indeed obvious. Aftertaste begins fairly dry, minor bitters, fades away slowly with a long lasting quiet echo. Sweet / dry balanced well. Thin crisp bodied mouthfeel.

an excellent value
cheers
jd (404 characters)

Photo of chicano4craft
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Deep amber with some dark reddish highlights. The slighly tan head went away very fast leaving a thin halo. Nice looking beer.

Nose is pretty sweet and candy like. Lots of cherry, strawberry and other dark fruits. Slight spiceness from the belgian yeast.

Taste is definte Belgian Dubbel. Sweet malt gives off lots of plum and grape. Not as cherry as I was expecting. Has a spice kick at the end.
Not overly complex but keeps you interested the whole time.

Carbonation is spot on for the style. Drinkability was brought down a little for me. Got a little syrupy at the end.

Sprecher surprised the heck out of me with this one. Really good Dubbel. (671 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Tasting Notes... Poured from 16 oz bottle into CBS snifter. The bottle indicated the vintage was 2010.

A) This is a nice looking brown. There was about a half finger of off white head, which settled to a swirling dusting. No lacing noted.

S) A very pleasing aroma of chocolate, raisin, banana, yeast and dark malt.

T) Follows the nose pretty closely. Enjoyable chocolate flavor, dark fruits, brown sugar, a little nutty, and a touch of spice. A nice finish, and a good aftertaste.

M) A lighter medium, body, maybe just a little thinner than I expected, but really very smooth. The carbonation was also light and very pleasant.

O) Really quite good. One of the more enjoyable Sprecher beers I've had the pleasure of drinking recently. I would gladly recommend. (769 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dense red-brown with zero head, a mere faint ring of white circles the top of the glass.

Bubblegum and bananas dominate the nose, followed by brown sugar and other spices.

Similar to the nose, with added malty sweetness and mildly bittering to close.

Great carobonation, really bringing out the Belgian characteristics. Lingers in the mouth without, without being sticky or cloying.

A great Dubbel - seems to fit the style. Really enjoyed it. (450 characters)

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Belgian Style Dubbel from Sprecher Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.