1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Winter Solstice Dubbel - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Winter Solstice Dubbel
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
88
very good

22 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: francisweizen on 03-08-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jordanmiller:
Photo of jordanmiller
jordanmiller

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-27-2011 00:51:05 | More by jordanmiller
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerCon5
BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.4%

03-03-2014 15:34:47 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of bf7
bf7

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-26-2014 04:12:50 | More by bf7
Photo of nmann08
nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

01-24-2014 18:28:11 | More by nmann08
Photo of bigfnjoe
bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-20-2014 17:46:32 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of ryser2k
ryser2k

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-20-2014 14:31:16 | More by ryser2k
Photo of duceswild
duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-08-2013 03:39:44 | More by duceswild
Photo of RyanGoodman
RyanGoodman

Bolivia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-03-2012 13:16:42 | More by RyanGoodman
Photo of brez8791
brez8791

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-09-2012 00:39:01 | More by brez8791
Photo of orangesol
orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brewpub during SGBC's 15th anniversary party.

A - Pours hazy brown, with reddish tinges around the edges, with a creamy one finger tall off white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of candied sugar, dark fruits, clove, banana, and some light spice makes up most of the nose. This one smells pretty sweet with some interesting flavors.

T - Taste is pretty much the same as the nose. Starts off with quite a bit of candied sugar sweetness slowly giving way to a mix of dark fruits and the typical belgian yeast flavors of clove, banana, and spices. A light chocolaty flavor creeps in as it warms up. Finish is mostly just sweetness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly boozy feel that lingers on the pallet long after each sip.

O - I have had this one a few times now. I will never say that I love it but it is yet another solid offering from Selin's Grove. I suggest you try it for yourself, especially if it is near the solstice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 03:00:28 | More by orangesol
Photo of stakem
stakem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet, this brew appears a hazed brown with a creamy tap cap atop about a finger strong. As it slowly fades, it leaves a webby pattern of lacework as finger-like strings across the glass.

The smell of this brew initially hints towards Belgian candy sugar. A bit of yeast character evolves smelling of clove, banana and spices. A touch of chocolate malt inclusion brings up the back with another sweet suggestion almost reminiscent of original bubblegum.

The taste initially is spicy with cloves. The yeasty aspect gives way to hints of Belgian candy sweetness that are well integrated with faint chocolate malt character. A bit of herbal hop inclusion provides enough bitterness to keep the residual sweetness at bay. Just like the aroma suggested, there is a light note of bubblegum throughout the profile that leads into some spicy warming alcohol. It displays a mild grassy aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a smooth feel and modest amount of carbonation. Bold inclusion of alcohol produces a pleasant warmth that is overall well integrated. This is a very well done and unique take on the style. Worth a try if you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 15:26:50 | More by stakem
Photo of nh2032
nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-25-2011 13:41:23 | More by nh2032
Photo of akorsak
akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A goblet served at the brewpub on a Sunday morning.

A: The dubbel is a ruddy brown hue, a fully haziness that comes close, but not quite, to being opaque. A small head was present when the glass arrived but it didn't linger.

S: Dark fruits and candi sugars drive the full aroma. Caramel and biscuit malts provide a strong support for the richness of the candi sugars and yeast.

T: Raisiny and rich, the dubbel nails the dark fruit aspect. Raisins, figs, dates, all darker fruits that benefit from both the yeast and the candis. Darker caramel malts add gravitas to the ale, a support for the sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is clean, a sweet plodding body that has plenty of fruit to go around.

D: A stronger ale, it came in a smaller glass. That aided me, helping me get through it quickly and cleanly. I stuck to one glass but, with the normal variety of SGBC, I can't say that I'd go for another.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 21:18:17 | More by akorsak
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown color with a bit of a mahogany hue. Moderate head that doesn't bring much lacing with it. Smells like dark fruits and a bit of caramel and toffee. A bit of light booze. Taste is dark fruit, dates, and a bit of caramel. Moderate body with good carbonation. Overall, just a fairly plain version of the style without much oomph in any department.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 23:32:18 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Gyle41386
Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip.

Clear cherry red/brown pour. About half a finger of foam retains decently. Small bits of lacing stick.

Spicy, somewhat metallic nose. Sort of perfume-y, with a lot of dark fruits, like plums, raisins, and red apples. Reminded me a lot of potpourri.

This beer really tasted like Allagash Dubbel to me. Dark fruits, spice, maybe some brown sugar and chocolate. Somewhat dry, medicinal finish.

Medium bodied with a spicy tingle. Wasn't sure of the ABV at the time, but it was never noticeable. Fairly easy drinker, just not a very exciting one.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2010 23:19:48 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of mikereaser
mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown with an off white head that disappeared quickly

S - plums and raisins come through with hints of chocolate as well

T - the taste is all over the place, raisins and some hints of citrus with a bit of alcohol warming at the finish

M/D - medium bodied and lots of flavor. This is definitely one to try along with the tripel

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2009 17:00:14 | More by mikereaser
Photo of Deuane
Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub on the 2008 Solstice release/12th Anni. party. This is a slight tweak of the old recipe with the addition of just a touch of star anise.

A-Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. A creamy medium light tan head reduces to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

S-Leather, plums, raisin, spicy esters. This is a very complex brew. Notes of apple come through in the background.

T-Dry fruit of apple and plum. A pungent spicy zing punches through. Subtle hint of licorice. So complex, this one gives your palate a workout! Bright citrus notes of lemon and orange in the background. This is simply fantastic. A nice dry leathery ending.

M-Medium bodies with tons of lingering flavour. A creamy feel with a dry finish.

D-Simply spectacular! So complex and wonderfully delicious. Hits the mark for me, only the ABV might slow you down. Easily one of the best dubbels I have ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2008 19:28:41 | More by Deuane
Photo of DIM
DIM

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This one is a somewhat cloudy dark copper color with amber highlights. It pours with a smallish white head.

s: The yeasts smell of tart raisins and have a bready quality. The alcohol reminds me a bit of sherry.

t: This was an interesting dubbel. It seemed at times to be sour and at other times to be sweet. The taste of rasins was the most obvious. It had a dry, floral finish that left a nice warming alcohol in its wake.

m: The carbonation that wasn't visible makes itself known here. This is thick, lush and foamy.

d: My buddy and I had no problems getting through this one. Even after 2 pints each, we both wanted more. I'll say it again. If you ever find yourself anywhere near Selin's Grove, make the trip. This place is an absolute jewel.

Serving type: growler

02-22-2008 10:52:17 | More by DIM
Photo of ffejherb
ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Selin's Grove on 1/19/08. Served in a SGB goblet.

A - Deep plum-colored body with ample off-white head that fully diminished and left no lacing.

S - Spicy Belgian yeast with toffee notes and dark fruits - plums and raisins. Some chocolate sweetness in there as well.

T - Starts off with a spicy frutiness, followed by a toffee sweetness with some chocolate notes, and finishes pretty sweet and mellow. I also taste raisins in the mix.

M - Full-bodied, creamy texture. Spicy on the palate. Not overly carbonated for a Belgian style ale. Really smooth with only minimal prickle on the tongue.

D - Quite drinkable for a dubbel. ABV remains well-concealed. Nicely balanced and incredibly smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2008 21:33:07 | More by ffejherb
Photo of Kegatron
Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a deep, very dark brown with a thin off-white head that retained fairly well and left some decent lacing. Aroma is sweet candied sugars, spices, and deep notes of dark fruits.

Taste profile matches the aroma. Heavy with rich notes of sweet toffee, lively spices, and sour dark fruits (most notably plums & cherries). The mouthfeel is more of a light medium and made for a very mellow mouthfull that flowed over the tongue.

I always look forward to the release of this Anniversary Dubbel each year. It's just one of those deep, dark beers that you can hunker down over, sip, and stare into while the cold winter wind whistles outside. I just wish that it was brewed as often as their equally great Stealth Tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 17:34:36 | More by Kegatron
Photo of ggaughan
ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler my wife graciously picked up for me from the brewpub.

The beer as described on the Selins Grove Website: "This blended ale was brewed in the style of a Belgian Dubbel and celebrates our 10th anniversary, which coincides with the Winter Solstice. This is a special year for us so we aged a Dubbel batch brewed on our old system in 2003 and have blended it with this years batch. A tawny brown beer that is soft and malty on the palette with hints of toffee and spice."

My swingtop growler released a huge pop when opened for the first time with this treat inside. The beer poured a deep golden brown color with a thick and active tan head. The beer had a sweet malty nose with a touch of spice to it. The taste was sweet with hints of toffee and a not of the higher abv. This beer has a very solid body and leaves a lasting sweet, candy sugar taste on the tongue and mouth. I know for sure that I will be finishing this growler in a day or so as it is a very enjoyable beer to drink.

Serving type: growler

01-14-2007 22:34:03 | More by ggaughan
Photo of francisweizen
francisweizen

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy reddish amber colour with a nice head and good lacing. The aromas are very fruity and yeasty. Wheaty as well. This is very reminiscent of the excellent Trois Pistoles, or a better, more pumped up version of Chimay Blauw. The taste follows suit, and this one is all about the yeasty/wheaty Belgian flavors. Dark fruits mingle with a bit of spice, and some chocolate on the finish. The hops are there but are green and hide in the background. The finish is sweet, and lingers on. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and drinkability is very good. wow, a great Dubbel from this little US brewpub. Nice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2005 16:42:42 | More by francisweizen
Winter Solstice Dubbel from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.