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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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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 Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An absolutely exquisite example of the style- as far as aroma and taste are concerned. Robust fruits and malts create quite an appetizing and confectionary delight of a beer.

Aromas of dates and figs swirl with licorice, cherries, over-rippened berries, and a mild vinous tartness. Malty aromas give the impression of mild toast, burnt toffee, and interspursed chocolate notes here and there.

This Dubbel pours with an airy-froathy, lightly tanned head that has a great initial stubborn stance but eventually falls to the weight of the sugars. Burgundy to ruby-brown in color, the beer has a mild yeasty haze. Mild on lacing, some legging is evident.

Flavors are very consistent with the characteristic of the nose. With a candied/powdered sugar sweetness acting as a bridge to bring together the fruity esters, browned malts, and subtle spices. Nutty, chocolatey, and toasty the malts give way to the stone fruits (seemingly soaked in rum because of the spicy alcoholic taste) and then toward the peppery, cinnamony, and mildly nutgmeg dryish finish. All this while carrying a port wine-like tawny taste.

The waivering part of the beer is the mouthfeel. While the beer has a smooth, creamy upstart, the beer looses its carbonation quickly giving a rich cola-like feel/flavor on the mouth in a large section of the mid palate. Finishing with a warming and fading body, the beer never reaches the dry feel that is characteristic of authentic Trappist Belgian Ales.

There's no doubt that the aroma and flavor are near world class. But as the beer hits the middle part of the mouth, the procession dies a bit, not allowing the beer to dry or or develop from there on out.

BEERchitect, Nov 24, 2010
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 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 TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet.

After a few other stops of beer-browsing, VDubb86 convinced me to head up to Algonquin to grab a bottle o' this. didn't argue much. It pours a solid mahogany topped by a meek half-finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises banana, fig, bubblegum, clove, cinnamon, dates, Belgian yeast, and a touch of chocolate-covered orange. The taste seems to lead with a heavy blast of fig, wheat, green apple, and caramel, not unlike a doppelbock. After that, it settles back into Belgium with a hearty bit o' yeast, banana, watermelon, and brown sugar. But at the end things fall apart a bit, as though the flavors gave up before the race was over, yielding instead to some calcified water. Things were pretty great up until that last blast there. The body is fairly hefty, with a light carbonation and a smooth, grainy feel. Overall, a very nice dubbel, one of the better examples I've recently had.

TMoney2591, Sep 30, 2010
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 MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Matt for grabbing this up in Wisconsin. Served in a Westvleteren chalice. Some sort of cryptic date code - 23201FL, 101681033.

A - Pours with a thin cap of light tan foam that dissipates to a thin ring and a bit of film, but no lace. Body is a faintly transparent dark purple-brown.

S - The smell is terrific, with notes of banana, maraschino cherries, licorice, candi sugar, cake, dark fruits, and light estery spice. Easily the most convincing American dubbel I've encountered.

T - The taste is significantly heavier on prune and raisin character, with a hint of candi sugar mid-palate, and a finish of anise bitterness and clove spice. The taste isn't quite as good as the aroma, but it's still pretty good.

M - Body is medium, smooth, and perhaps a touch watery. Carbonation is active but thankfully soft and pleasant. Finishes chewy and lightly sticky.

D - The 500ml serving size is surprisingly easy to finish - I was sort of surprised how quickly I finished this one. I'll probably buy a 4-pack when I'm in Wisconsin next. Definitely the best Sprecher offering I've ever encountered. Why wasn't this distributed in Chicago?

MasterSki, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Warm-toned dark beer with Belgian overtones.

Beautiful coppery brown in the St. Bernardus glass. Nice head and excellent creamy carbonation in the mouth. Light bodied but rich with flavor. More than a touch of sweetness but a nice sharp acidity that is mellowed by the long roasted malty aftertaste. Some dried currant flavor, maybe apples, a touch of spice cake, brown sugar. But it has a nice watery taste that is pleasant.

A refreshing style of dubbel that is very drinkable rather than being a curiosity. One of the better ones I've tried, and I am a Dubbel fan.

mactrail, Apr 17, 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 Rochefort10nh
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to BeerFMAndy who included this spectacular beer as one of many extras in a recent trade.

I'll start by saying in no uncertain terms that this is the new benchmark in Belgian Style Dubbels produced on American soil!

Pours a beautiful deep russet color with a thin whispy off white head.

The nose is redolent of Banana's Foster - Sweet caramelized sugar (turbanado) with a strong whiff of ripe banana.

The wonderful aromas carry over to the taste as fruity esters and phenols combined with a copious amount of high quality malt to produce sweet sugary overtones and nuanced stone fruit flavors and figs and prunes to support the banana. So much goodness going on in this relatively lower alcohol offering. Damn this is good and some of the notes strike a remarkable similarity with a good weizenbock. Still this remains largely in Dubbel territory with the lack of spiciness found in those wheat based beers and an increased caramel and toffee presence. Hops were not invited to this party.

Mouthfeel is lush and sticky with droplets of beer clinging to the sides of my glass after each sip.

Drinkability is great for the style as I could easily polish off a couple of these in a sitting.

Overall this is a great way for Sprecher to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. If this beer were local to me it I would be buying it by the case before it disappears!

Rochefort10nh, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

imperialking, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
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 :(

Mebuzzard, Jan 02, 2011
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 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 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 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 sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

16oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled in 2010. . only a month or so ago. Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for the hookups on this one!

(A)- Pours a dark, yet clear blood red hue that produced a decent tan fluffy head with some good retention behind it.

(S)- A light earthy aroma of clay and yeast followed by big creamy ripe bananas. Finishes with bits of dark fruits like plums and currants. A lovely smell for the style.

(T)- Almost precisely like the smell was. Lightly earthy with clay. Flows into some dark fruits of plum and currants. Finishes in a light creamy bananas. Hints of dry cocoa as it warms up.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. A great balance of the above flavors. A tad lighter in body and strength than you might expect from the style, but does not disappoint in that way.

(D)- Easily in my mind, one of Sprecher's most successful beers that tastes great while being traditional and to the style at the same time. For the price, this is one of the better Dubbels I have tasted from the states without question. A fine and fitting beer to have to represent 25 years of brewing. Well done Sprecher!

sweemzander, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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!

woosterbill, Nov 18, 2012
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 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 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
Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

JohnK17, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of crossovert
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

16 oz twist off bottle.

It pours a dark reddish plum/brown color with a big off-white head. The head quickly recedes but has some nice lacing.

Rarely do American beers compare precisely to their Belgian counterparts, but in this case, the malt bill and the yeast are perfect. This reminds me of countless Belgian Dubbels. It is dark and fruity with a hint of yeasty spice. There is a hint of ripe banana.

The taste follows, it is fruity, dark, it has all the elements of a Belgian dubbel. There is a slight hint of Sprecher's brewing process that is totally identifiable but it tastes like it is from Belgium.

The mouthfeel is slightly watery for the style and that is really its only flaw.

crossovert, Dec 31, 2010
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
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Belgian Style Dubbel from Sprecher Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.