Belgian Style Dubbel - Sprecher Brewing Company
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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours out of a 16oz. bottle a ruby brown color with a finger of white head with some staying power. not much lacing.
smell is strong banana, brown sugar.
taste is raisin, brown sugar, hint of banana, hint of dark chocolate and dates. very complex and tasty flavor profile.
mouthfeel is moderately chewy, but a bit flat for a dubbel. could use a bit more carbonation for my liking.
flavors are nice and im really digging this beer, but the low carbonation detracts from drinkability. One or two is all I want. Excellent dubbel from and American brewery.
11-29-2010 04:23:01 | More by pdoran10
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
11-24-2010 03:42:15 | More by BEERchitect
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
11-22-2010 01:55:24 | More by emerge077
3.93/5 rDev -1%
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.
11-03-2010 23:33:57 | More by alcstradamus
4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
My first Belgian that I have tried and reviewed...
A: Has a dark amber color. Almost a brick color. Nice cream colored head on it, about a half an inch when I first poured it.
S: WOW! This is one of the best smelling beers I have ever smelt before. Reminds me of a much stronger nut brown smell. Has a hint of vanilla? Not really sure about that.
T: Phenomenal taste. Light nose. Reminiscent of the smell. If you keep it you mouth then the taste stays the same. The finish is a much stronger nut taste. I have trouble describing the taste, other than that it is just really good (after reading some reviews I have learned that it is raisins and malt). I do know that the finish is much stronger than the nose and that the taste stays in your mouth for awhile. My favorite part is that the smell is the exact same as the taste. The two compliment each other for a full flavored effect.
M: The carbonation is light and not overpowering. The beer goes down very smooth and pleasant.
D: I could drink this all day. The medium body keeps you from feeling full and the smoothness keeps every sip enjoyable. For my first Belgian, I would say I am officially a fan of the Dubbel style. Near perfect beer.
10-21-2010 04:31:11 | More by Boitnott
3.15/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
10-19-2010 19:52:08 | More by cjacobsen
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
Type: 500ml. Botle
Glassware: Chimay Goblet
Poured a murky brown in color w/ a 1/2 finger white head that left minimal lacing, and dissipated quickly. Nose was of caramel, toffee, breadiness, and banana/clove. The taste was the same as the nose w/ the addition of mild hop bite on the finish that did not linger, prototypical for the style. Medium bodied and creamy due to appropriate carbonation. Definately could drink alot of this beer w/ the ABV being only 6.50%, of which none was detected.
Overall, I have never been that impressed w/ Sprecher in general, but this beer was a pleasant change and has motivated me to sample more from them. Great American interpretation of a classic Belgian style that was spot on for what it should be!
10-14-2010 14:32:22 | More by mikeyv35
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
A. Off white to light tan head that breaks rather quickly. Dark amber to a reddish brown appearance. Leaves very spotty lacing.
S. Belgian-esche nose of sweet fruits (dates and figs) with baking spice and brown sugar. Very inviting nose.
T. Nice flavors here but I expected a bit more after such a nice nose. Raisin, dates, clove and banana dominate the initial attack. Not much to the mid-palate. Some what prickly finish that's a bit short. Good but not great tasting beer.
M. Medium bodied with good creaminess.
D. Goes down easily with no trace of alcohol - I could drink two of these 16 ouncers in one sitting.
I used to drink a ton of Sprecher 5 to 10 years ago. This beer has piqued my interest again - I need to try some more of their beers.
10-06-2010 01:13:25 | More by bound4er
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
09-29-2010 23:33:35 | More by TMoney2591
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
Served in a wine goblet
This beer pours a viscous clear reddish-brown/copper color. There is nothing to speak of for head, just very minor surface lacing and coarse bubbles throughout. The aroma is quite pleasant the Belgian yeast gives off a nice bready aroma which mostly covers the scent of alcohol that is there. There is the typical banana and clove esters found in Belgian brews. In addition there are flavors of caramel, honey, and hints of vanilla. The overall aroma can be best described as the most delicious dark rich banana bread that you've ever smelled, one that is heavier on the brown sugar than on the bananas. The flavor is a combination of a few items. The most prominent tastes are banana, clove and orange zest to add a bit of citrus to the mix. I can only assume the hops come through in that slight orange zest flavor. There is shades of slightly roasted caramel malts that are on the back of the tongue. For pouring as thick as it did the body isn't as hefty as I would have assumed. The carbonation significantly assists with the mouthfeel. My recommendation is that you consume this at the 50ish °F that is recommended for the style. If you do that it is one of the smoothest drinking beers you'll have. If you don't do that, you can get a harshness from the alcohol leaving some bitterness on the back of the tongue. I did both, and nowhere on the bottle does it say how to consume it. If done right it's incredibly drinkable, if done wrong it's still not bad. If you can get your hands on one, I suggest you get it.
09-29-2010 02:46:28 | More by Vdubb86
4.83/5 rDev +21.7%
Let me start by saying that I am not the world's biggest fan of belgian style beers. I'm more of a hop head and don't typically go looking for something like this. That being said, if there are more dubbels like this then I have seriously been missing out.
I have to say thanks to my co-worker Rob who assured me I would become a believer. He was right.
Poured from the bottle into my DT tulip.
the color is a reddish brown, almost copperish in color. small amount of light tan head that dissipates quickly.
the smell. wow. sweetened plums, figs, baking spices, christmas in new england, caramel, brown sugar, mildly intoxicating
the taste is true to the smell. Again you get hit with the candied figs and plums, the faint caramel, sweet malty goodness, those same baking spices. the balance of flavors is almost perfect
mouthfeel, even at only 10% of the total score, gets a bit too much weighting IMO, but here there is a reason to up that number. creamy body, not the constant tickling style carbonation you get with some belgians as someone else mentioned, but what you get here is just as good if not better
Sprecher typically goes a bit overboard with their beers and I didn't expect to finish this bottle, let alone like it, but I find myself at the end of it wanting more and more. Easy to drink, easy to sip. As I said earlier, the balance is spot on. I will definitely grab a few at Discount this weekend.
Thanks again Rob, you were right
09-25-2010 04:00:49 | More by jmp485
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
Had on-tap at the three cellars tasting with the sprecher owner. Poured by the brewmaster himself (I think). For a free tasting, it was a very generous pour, almost an entire pint glass.
Pours a dark brown color with good sized head. Nice looking beer, nothing spectacular.
Smells like sweet dark fruit, belgian yeast, and malty.
Really nice, clean taste. It captures the belgian complexity, while staying clean enough that I could drink these all night. Great taste.
Very drinkable. Only knock on this beer is mabye a little too much carbonation. They don't capture those tiny velvet bubbles that only the belgians seem to be able to accomplish. Overall, great beer. I really enjoyed it.
09-18-2010 06:11:35 | More by CurtisLoew
4.85/5 rDev +22.2%
Poured from a 16oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
No more than 1 finger of head, most of which didn't stick around too long. What foam did remain laced the glass pretty well, however.
It smelled wonderful! A little sweet and fruity but mostly malty with a caramel note that was amazing.
The taste followed the smell very well, though it wasn't quite as sweet as the smell suggested. The flavor was pretty much perfect - this is my new beer benchmark. Not too sweet but no bitterness and an intermixed caramel/biscuity almost creamy taste. Simply amazing.
The mouthfeel was very good - it wasn't as unctuous as Abt 12, but was still full and smooth. Not syrupy but also not over carbonated.
This would be a little rich - both on the pocketbook and the mouth - for an everyday beer but for a special beer it drinks very well. The lower ABV I'm sure helps but I never really noticed the alcohol with all of the other flavors going on.
I expected a solid beer from Sprecher but this goes way beyond that. The only problem is that it's a one off. Looks like I better start stocking up now.
09-13-2010 00:56:49 | More by mariposafan
4.75/5 rDev +19.6%
Thanks goes to BeerFMAndy for hooking me up with this bottle.
Poured from a bottle into my Duvel tulip.
A: Plum red brown with about a finger of light tan head. Decent amount of soapy lace.
S: sweet candied dark fruit, lots of caramel and brown sugar, lightly spicy, very pleasant and inviting aroma
T: malt sweetness is a bit more mild than the nose, this is a good thing, moderate spice, dark fruits drizzled with candied sugar, smooth bready finish helps tie this into a almost perfect flavor profile
M: Medium to full creamy body with just enough carbonation bite
D: I'm usually critical of Sprecher and this is a style that really have no love for. Well slap my momma! Thia is a absolutely spectacular beer. Super easy drinking with tons of balanced flavor. I will be picking more of this up soon.
09-05-2010 03:16:35 | More by beerwolf77
4.45/5 rDev +12.1%
I poured this beer into a stemmed Christoffel glass, a nice brown red. the tan head disappears quickly. Smells of sweet grains, dark dried fruits and spices.
Lots of flavor going on. The taste closely follows the nose: dark fruits sugar, some spice, maybe some caramel.
No alcohol heat on this dubbel.
Not sticky and syrupy like one expects from a dubbel.
Very smooth and drinkable.
Paired this one up with a grilled ribeye, steamed summer vegetables and augratin rice. A very good pairing. A imported Belgian dubbel may have been to hot to match up well.
09-04-2010 05:15:27 | More by beerbrains
4.97/5 rDev +25.2%
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass
Appearance: a dark brownish red with little head.
Smell: first i smelled raisin bread. then there was malts and fruits. there is some caramelized sugars in there also.
Taste: Wo boy now here is a great taste. it taste almost like it smells. First there is a earthy taste that is followed by fruit flavors and the raisin is the most prominent of them.
Mouthfeel: It is a little dry. It has the right amount of carbonation. It is lighter than i thought it would be. it goes down smooth. It is warming also.
Drinkability: A very drinkable beer, a lot lower ABV (6.50%) than others for this style. I wish i had bought more of these it would be a great one to cellar.
08-27-2010 02:16:37 | More by imwalle
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
08-16-2010 01:34:10 | More by JohnQVegas
4.93/5 rDev +24.2%
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.
08-09-2010 15:41:29 | More by Moe55
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
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!
08-06-2010 22:04:35 | More by Rochefort10nh
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
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!
07-24-2010 22:44:42 | More by sweemzander
4.45/5 rDev +12.1%
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.]
06-17-2010 22:43:12 | More by BeerFMAndy
Belgian Style Dubbel from Sprecher Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.