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Evil 8° Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Evil 8° Belgian-Style Dubbel AleEvil 8° Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Proteus93 on 01-23-2008)
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a week or so ago at the ShopRite Liquors in Wharton. I never had this before and hadn't had anything from the Blue Mountain Brewery and although I wasn't expecting this to match up to anything from Europe, I was hoping that this would be a lighter, easier version of this style to quaff. There was more than enough here to satisfy those requirements as this beer was nice to kick back with on a humid night such as this one!

This had a good pour to it, as the frothy, soft head and the dark, garnet edges to the liquid gave this brown beer a nice lift. The bubbles settled pretty quickly but there were nice rings of lacing that more than made up for it. Not a strong aroma to this but there was enough sugar and dark fruit present to give me an idea of what kind of beer this was. No, this wasn't that strong in the alcohol department and no, there wasn't a lot of yeast to complement everything else...but both were present and went along with the cherry and underlying dark fruits that made this beer so open to enjoyment. The mouthfeel was somewhat full but had a bit too much syrup to it, but it went along with how subdued this felt to the taste.

The alcohol was present after I polished this off but not via the taste and the slight mineral hardness of the water was what lingered in the aftertaste once the yeast, booze, and flavors wore off. If it was possible to brew a mountain-style beer without the grain and with a good European influence, it would taste a lot like this. Not anything to rush out and buy but those looking for a "light Dubbel" would be wise to start here. There was enough to like here without an overriding sweetness and this stayed true to form from start to finish. Fun stuff!

JerzDevl2000, Jun 18, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a chalice a burnt orange infused lighter aber shade with a creamy off white head that leaves a nice full ring of lace as it settles.Alot of dark fruit in the nose along with a bit of caramel toffee and mild phenol spice.A little yeasty on the palate with a decent amount of clove spice to go along with alcohol dipped dark fruit and some breadiness in the finish.Not bad maybe a little heavy heanded in the yeast flavors but it's a nice sipping dubbel.

oberon, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of HerbMeowing
3/5  rDev -20%

HerbMeowing, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle, thanks to mntlover, pours a murky brown with a creamy beige head that retains well at two fingers. Sheets and curtains of lace adorn the goblet.

Aroma of toasted caramel and herbal and citrusy hops.

Medium body supports a moderate carbonation.

Taste has a nutty, toasted brown bread maltiness that is accented by bitter herbal hops. Not really dry, and the hops are balanced well by a pronounced toasty malt profile. Hints of dark dried fruits with a kiss of dark chocolate add plenty of depth. More of a hops presence than I'm accustomed to for this style.

Very drinkable if you appreciate a hops presence in a Dubbel.

merlin48, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of Mealy58
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Mealy58, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

dankjohn, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Aldebaran
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Aldebaran, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev 0%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Mountain- Evil 8

A- Dark murky brown with a very thick frothy head. Thick messy lacing.
S- Very sweet brown sugar, citrus, roasted malt, and bread.
T- Thick sweet sugar/ brown sugar. Bread crust, orange rind, cherries, licorice, pepper, and herbal Ricolah cough drops.
M- Very thick and very sweet. Big maltiness throughout with a touch of alc. poking through.

Overall- A good nightcap type of beer. Very sweet though.

NJpadreFan, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of asabreed
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: a frothy off-white head covers this cherry-colored brew, or maybe a darker amber with a bit of haziness to it. Nice retention and lacing.

Smell: A bit of nice dark fruit seems to be there, but there's a weird charred or roasted malt thing going on here, almost like a RIS, that takes away from it and lends a kind of odd character to the aroma. Unless it's just way over-hopped, which I also get a sense of possible. But something's off.

Taste: The taste is a bit better, sans charred malt or over-hopping, but still I feel like the true essence of the Dubbel is just too buried right now. Finish is herbal, bitter, with decent dark fruits coming through, then the raucous pungency of over-charring or over-hopping. I've said it too much...

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy with good carbonation and a medium body. Along with nice coating sans being cloying.

Drinkability: There's a more rough-around-the-edges aspect of this brew that I just can't get around. It's almost over-hopped or there was some kind of charred or roasted malt that was used that doesn't seem to let the seemingly authentic Belgian flavor through. Glad I only got a single bottle overall. Maybe some age will do something?

asabreed, May 04, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by August 2010 (I am, just barely)

Poured into a Chimay goblet (branded glassware...sue me). So far, so Belgian--the light tan head is a creamy one. Not ultra thick but lasts a good while. The color is a burgundy that can't decide if it's leaning toward a leathery brown or rusty red. Lots of lace. Very dubbel-ish, so Blue Mountain got this part of it down.

Mostly fruity nose, lots of cherry, plum and grape/raisin, slightly musty and very faint trace of mineral. Not much sign of the yeast, but then the label says "a unique strain of brewers' yeast," so maybe they didn't even use an authentic Belgian strain. Doesn't smell like they did.

Although the flavor is big and has complexity, things are just a tad off balance. But, I'm not really minding that much, as this is rather bold, no doubt interesting, and very flavorful. Clearly American in its one-two punch approach, let's look at it for what it is: grassy hop bitterness is unexpected but does well here; milk chocolate spikes out more than in typical Belgian dubbels; dark herbal tea; hints of brown sugar; lots of juicy darker fruits (par for the course); alcohol is a touch medicinal; mineral, tartness and greenness/astringency in the finish.

Very smooth texture here, much like a dubbel from the homeland, even if the bitterness in the flavor says otherwise. I mean, reallly smooth. Silky, creamy, round, robust body. Mmmm.

So, okay, not exactly a doppelganger for the real Belgian dubbel, but a cool American approximation. All but the most insane style-fascists will get something out of this. How is it I've lived in Virginia for 9 years and am just discovering this rather excellent brewery? (Rhetorical question, people...I don't expect you to have the answer. I sure don't.)

Metalmonk, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev 0%

tdm168, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, provide a while back by blackie

consumed during 2nd half of ND-Nevada. paired with some local cheese of the goat

appearance: poured into an unmarked chalice, very nice looking...cola-mahogany body, creamy beige cap with full retention. natural light reveals garnet hues

smell: aroma is well within expectations of the style - earthy sweet malts, raisin and brown sugar crusted dates, plum, pruins, vanilla

taste: pretty acceptable american dubbel - not too heavy, plum and pruins provide nice sweet flavors, smooth malt base, brown sugar, dates, raisin.

mouthfeel: medium body, alcohol is slightly felt, creamy, active carbonation creates a lively mouthfeel

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of hyoung41
4/5  rDev +6.7%

hyoung41, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev 0%

avisong, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of tabascosigned
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

tabascosigned, May 03, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a DEEP clear amber, with a finger of frothy light caramel colored head. Creamy wisps coat the surface, staying rich, and slathering the sides of the glass with spotty lace. The aroma is sugary dough, toffee, cherries & oranges, deep yeast, a bit of spice, and some light heat. Nice.

The taste is bread, sugar, fruity esters, candy, and spice. Bitterness and dusty yeast finish this with a steady spicy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bubbly and lively carbonation up front, that then gets a little sharper towards the back. This nicely meshes well with the moderately intense finish on this. Alcohol is fairly well hid for the most part.

This was solid. Nothing really earth shattering in the flavor department, but I did like that this was a little more hop forward than you would expect for the style. A pleasant sipper.

Kegatron, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S = I picked up dark fruit with notes of caramel and toasted biscuit.

T = Nice maltiness with caramel coming through. There was a slight bitterness in the end, but once it disappeared, I was left with a toasted biscuit finish.

MF = Moderate carbonation and creamy.

Overall, I felt this was a nicely balanced Belgian-Style Dubbel and my hat is off to brewmaster Taylor Smack.

Riverwarrior, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of bum732
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Caramel candy with some breadiness, some cinnamon and clove, faint cardamom.

L: Fairly clear, reddish brown, white creamy head that dissipates.

T: Slight fruitiness with belgian yeast flavors up front. Candy sweet malt with medium bitterness, spicy. Finishes semi-sweet with additional clove and cardamom spiciness.

M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

Not bad, a little sweet for the style, but decent flavors all around.

bum732, Jul 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

apasternak, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer review #666, poured into a snifter

A- pours a chestnut brown color with a creamy light cream colored head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lace behind

S- candied dark fruit, buiscity malt, dark cherry juice and caramel

T- dark cherry flavor with a slight tartness, sugary malt that finishes buiscuity with some herbal notes

M- medium body with light carb, slightly foamy mouthfeel with a crisp, dry finish

O- well constructed and easy to drink, doesn't compare to the world class Belgian examples but definitely worth a try

Treyliff, May 26, 2014
Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly viscous deep nearly black with a medium dark tan head. Aroma and Taste is sweet dark toasted malt, Belgian yeast, some notes of dark dried fruit, plums raisins mild bitterness. A medium body, smooth mouth feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Finishes with a sweet dark mild roasted caramel malt, notes of dark dried plummy fruit and raisin a bit of tart Belgian yeast with a mild bitterness on the end. Overall a very nice tasty drinking brew.

Samp01, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev 0%

VeganUndead, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Sanchezrox23, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Beejay, May 18, 2012
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Evil 8° Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.