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Belgian Style Dubbel - Sprecher Brewing Company

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88
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
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:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 06-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 55
Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of deebo
3.07/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of impending
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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
cheers
jd

Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of broompa
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Photo of mdcrouser
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of jefferz5000
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of mactrail
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of u2carew
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of garbercury
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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

Photo of blackie
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of cmannes
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Bobby12many
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
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 :(

Photo of crossovert
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of chicano4craft
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Belgian Style Dubbel from Sprecher Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.