Belgian Style Dubbel - Sprecher Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle into a big red wine glass, with a very grateful nod to Chris (RedHaze). Helluva'n extra, Chris!
Pours dark brown opaque in the center with just a bit of translucent mahogany around the edges. A gentle pour stirs up pretty much no head at all. Just a few soapy bubbles that disappear quickly. Adjusted up one notch because the app. is simply weighted too highly on this site.
Nose is really beautful. The first whiff conjures very clear images of fresh baked raisin bread - deep, rich, bready, lots of very clear raisins, brown sugar with just a bit of cinnamon, a wee bit of red grape skins, and just enough alcohol to add exactly the right layer of complexity. Beautiful, perfect.
Taste is excellent as well. That same raisin bread character is right here as well, though with a few added bells and whistles balancing it out this time. Fairly dry, starts out with a bit of earthy dark fruit, with raisins emerging about mid palate along with a dryer rendition of the incredibly vivid nose - a bit of bready malts alongside some earthy, almost breadcrusty notes that serve to balance, noticeable alcohol bite serves to add a bit of heat and segue into the finish. Finish is, again, earthy, dry, nice dark fruits, bit of breadcrust, very subtle spiciness echoing those earlier brown sugar and cinnamon notes. Very good.
Mouthfeel disappoints, but only because of how good the rest of the beer has been. Where I'm looking for a fluffy but soft, active carbonation, I instead get a very light, subtle one that adds just a bit of bite and no real creaminess or fluffiness. Still, the body is close to perfect - medium-full, with no stickiness at all, dry all the way around, and something about it that just makes you want another sip immediately. The palate is left just dry enough that that next sip really can't come soon enough.
Drinkability is excellent, again. Only the carbonation holds it back from being perfect. The lowest-abv dubbel I've ever had, as well as one of the best American versions. This is a very, very nice beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-16-2010 01:34:10 | More by JohnQVegas
4.93/5 rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I saw this special release beer in a neighboring city and decided to give it a try.
Poured into a regular ol' pint glass. Nice 1 inch head that is a bit tan in color. There is nice lacing on the glass. Beer color is dark reddish brown.
Smells of malts and fruits. Absolutely spot on for this style.
The taste does not disappoint after such a brilliant smell. Creamy, hints of fruit, then a great malt finish. If I didn't know any better, I would think I was drinking a beer from Belgium. Smooth, not overly carbonated, full of flavor. Randy hit the mark with this one.
Serving type: bottle
08-09-2010 15:41:29 | More by Moe55
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!
Serving type: bottle
08-06-2010 22:04:35 | More by Rochefort10nh
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!
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2010 22:44:42 | More by sweemzander
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.]
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2010 22:43:12 | More by BeerFMAndy
Belgian Style Dubbel from Sprecher Brewing Company
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