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Belgian Style Dubbel - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Belgian Style DubbelBelgian Style Dubbel

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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 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 00:47:10 | More by deebo
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 14:12:07 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of impending


3.85/5  rDev -3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 23:35:11 | More by impending
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 14:00:36 | More by claspada
Photo of broompa

North Carolina

3.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 20:06:25 | More by broompa
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 00:30:30 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of mdcrouser


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 02:08:48 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of jefferz5000


3.73/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 02:53:59 | More by jefferz5000
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 03:33:19 | More by mactrail
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.85/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 01:43:32 | More by yeahnatenelson
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 00:09:30 | More by u2carew
Photo of garbercury


3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 01:21:08 | More by garbercury
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

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 23:37:25 | More by dirtylou
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

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 02:56:11 | More by blackie
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 03:39:23 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of cmannes


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Bottle poured into a Surly Stein.

Appearance: Beautiful Golden color with a hint of red. Can't quite see thru it. Good fluffy beige head.

Aroma: Lovely belgian smell of banana's & clove. Hint of toffee.

Taste: Sweet, malty. More of the toffee. Almost no alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Light, with a hint of syrup.

Overall: Very nice, smooth, great look & smell. Taste is right on for a good Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 01:15:29 | More by cmannes
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 21:45:32 | More by oberon
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 02:49:36 | More by Bobby12many
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 :(

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 08:01:10 | More by Mebuzzard
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 05:27:30 | More by crossovert
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 01:52:51 | More by Mora2000
Photo of chicano4craft


3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 23:20:03 | More by chicano4craft
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:38:31 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 20:08:15 | More by SpeedwayJim
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 01:10:03 | More by MasterSki
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