Duinen Dubbel - Brouwerij Huyghe
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
I thought this to be a rather good dubbel, overall. Some nice chocolate/caramel qualities going on, however a bit more tart going on than anything else. Guess I was looking for a bit more depth in the malt, some balance. Aroma was average for the style. Wasn't too impressed with the head, it was rather still but I'm guessing that's from its acidity.
10-29-2001 23:50:14 | More by Todd
4.38/5 rDev +10.6%
Presentation: 11.2 oz clear bottle with a bone white plastic coating and a maroon foil top. No freshness date but being a Dubbel it should sit just fine.
Appearance: Deep reddish brown with the customary attractive lace adorned by this kind of brew.
Smell: Diverse aroma of tart fruit, mild herb, toasted/roasted mix of malt and faded phenols.
Taste: Crisp and effervescent, quite drinkable from the get go. Tart start with a mouthful of grain and hint of lemon, fruitiness and toasted grain meld together. Traces of yeast create an earthy character, even chicory and toffee flavours push their way in. Finish cleans up with a husky tartness that puckers the mouth.
Notes: Drinkable and thirst quenching ... wait a second this is a dark Dubbel? Wow this is really good stuff and quite deceiving to say the least being that this brew is 8.0% abv. I enjoyed ending the night off with this beer. A great addition to the Benchmark Breweries of Merchant Du Vin.
06-02-2002 20:09:21 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -8.3%
Appearance I had to work the pour to get a decent head, which was strange for an Abbey Dubbel, but once it came up it stayed for quite some time. As it went down it left nice volcanic pits and laced the glass well.
Smell The nicely toasted malts are laced with huge buttery undertones. There are also some big caramel tones in here as well.
Taste Theres some crisp toast flavors on the tongue to go with those buttery undertones. The sweetness is a little more understated than it was at the nose, but overall everything went well together. There is also a trace of alcohol if you look for it.
Mouthfeel The carbonation was measured, and the body was a little lighter than Im used to from Abbey Trippels. Overall, though, it was very smooth.
Drinkability The butter was a little over-the-top for my tastes but certainly not off-style. I did enjoy the creamy style to this bottle. Very nice.
09-19-2003 00:48:44 | More by RoyalT
3.7/5 rDev -6.6%
Hazy darkest reddish-brown color with a fine bottle-conditioned head of a full inch of big bubbles. Laces in large irregular patches. Musky malts and a dry grape whaft to the aroma. Sharp flavors up-front, not soft, but tart unripe anjou pear, lots of mace prickle, combining with a caraway pumpernickle sense. Finishes with a rum-raisiny punctuation and slight smokiness. There's a bit more acidity in this one than I like in this style (on of my favorite styles) -- I like a little more softness in the fruit and less strident raw spice. A fine Ale, nonetheless, just not my favorite Dubbel.
05-11-2003 11:19:01 | More by ADR
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
This poured to a warm and dark shade of brown with a huge head. It shrank but never went away, and left a good amount of lace behind.
The smell and taste are both very decent. Both are strong without being overpowering, and the overall effect is very pleasant. Mild esters come out in the smell in the form of banana, on top of malt and sugars. The taste contains the same flavors, coming out in a fairly smooth fashion.
Alcohol is barely apparent throughout. The drinkability is very good for the style.
11-26-2004 17:45:18 | More by watermelonman
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
Plum-tilted cherrywood with a thick beige noggin.
Nose is sweet- full of brown sugar, red beets, raisins, brandy- and dry, with pepper and gravel.
Begins bready, pumpernickel loaf, or probably moreso of fruit cake, full of almonds, raisins and dates, drizzled with caramel. Cinnamon spiciness, and peppercorns. Mellow green grape tartness. A flourish of clove late, then that gravelly granite that the nose promised. A modest alcohol fume at the close.
Medium in body, well carbonated. Nicely structured. Not necessarily the most dynamic of dubbels, but absolutely a solid version.
11-02-2004 16:53:15 | More by cokes
4/5 rDev +1%
Aged around 18 months from date of purchase. White ceramic bottle with brown foil around neck and cap.
Pours a deep chocolate color with a substantial brown head that quickly reduces to a 3/4-finger layer of foam. Lots of yeast and other sediment suspended throughout.
Aroma is deep and rich, with layers of yeast, phenols, dark fruit elements (particularly raisins), malts, a touch of caramel, and pungent alcohol.
Slippery on the tongue, with strong alcohol warmth. I'm guessing time has ebbed the brightness of many of the flavors, but this brew is still enjoyable for its rum-like depth of molasses and alcohol It bites your tastebuds, then retreats into warmth and slickness.
05-15-2005 18:36:18 | More by RockyTopHeel
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
Nice, dare I say it, 'lighter-style' Dubbel. I'd expect a more complex flavor profile; and possibly some more body. Nice aroma (slight cork), great ZESTY head, deep copper-brown color. Flavor is as expected, but the yeast doesn't offer a whole hell of alot more. Balanced well. Enjoyable. Very nice overall.
07-26-2002 07:02:02 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +1%
I had not seen this beer at my local sore before, so I grabbed it. Unlike the picture, I got a 750ml bottle that was white with a cork and no red tinfoil.
The beer poured a beautiful amber that glows orange when held to the light. The thick head dissipated quickly to a thin but lacey one.
Malt and raisons hit me first as I took in a large breath of this beer. A typical Belgian nose.
This beer starts out sweet but that quickly fades and a bitterness, almost sourness but not quite, is left in its place. That is it. I wish I could say more about the taste, but it is not as complex as I had hoped.
It is not thin and watery, but quite pleasant, with a slight carbonization.
I enjoyed this dubbel, but I must say it was much better with my steak than on its own.
11-08-2005 03:52:59 | More by tekk9
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
One pint 9.4 oz. bottle, poured a copper red brown color and hazy with a two and a half inch head also has lots of carbonation action.
Has a nice aroma, of molasses combined with banana esters and a yeasty cookie dough; including hints of bubblegum all with a roasted malt background.
Taste has a sweet acidic combination of; molasses, roasted malt, and vanilla licorice.
Mouthfeel is border line syrupy, medium, with a crisp soft carbonation that results in a similar aftertaste that dissipates in minutes.
This is not a session beer but is a refreshing beverage.
12-05-2004 03:46:46 | More by Troyone
3.08/5 rDev -22.2%
When this particular brew was poured into my glass it had a medium sized tan head with small-medium bubbles. It had a brown-amber body hue. I could definitely, without a doubt, taste the alcohol in this brew. It also had a lingering aftertaste to it.
06-19-2003 08:04:15 | More by hotstuff
2.88/5 rDev -27.3%
330 ml white bottle. No freshness date.
Murky reddish brown with a fleeting brown head.
Aroma is slightly vinous, some caramel, some yeast, and over ripe fruit.
Flavor is slightly caramel, slightly sour, dry yeasty finish.
On a good note tho the 8% abv was well hidden
06-11-2007 05:55:57 | More by Padron4KM
3.43/5 rDev -13.4%
Pours from the white large bottle with short lived thing head into my Chalice. The color is a rich amber iwth little to no carbonation and no yeasties floating around in the brew.
The smell peculiar -- kinda licorice with old malt.
This is not an overly complex beer. Little carbonation on the tongue -- dome hoppiness in the finish. I don't notice anything striking about the beer other than the finsih on the sides and back of the tongue.
This beer is an easy one to drink, but overall not one of my favorites.
07-08-2005 01:02:20 | More by TPSReports
3.03/5 rDev -23.5%
A-Dark brown,no head, sediment in the bottem of the bottle.
T-Soy?,Malt taste and beef.
S-Soy and some citrus.
D-One was enough, if you like a salty beverage, try this one.I didnt like it at all.Maybe it was spoiled when I got it.I dont think I'll Have it again.
08-14-2006 13:39:06 | More by MmmIPA
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
The 750 ml white bottle with foil covered cork is tedious to open, but the reward from inside is well worth it. Appearance is mesmerizing, it's a dark red, almost mahogany, leaves a nice head and incredible lacing. The lacing stuck around the glass well after it's contents were gone. Smell is equally impressive, lots of cherry and floral scents, some light chocolate and plum. Taste is sweet, but not sickeningly so. There is the aforementioned cherry and floral, and the beer goes down easily with a candy like aftertaste. It gets better as it warms, and I prefer this type of beer in a goblet to capture all of the aroma. Soft mouthfeel and good drinkability. Yummy. A great dessert beer to savor after a big dinner.
05-31-2004 14:55:51 | More by Trentonator
4.28/5 rDev +8.1%
I saw this one in a cooler and decided to try it. I am glad that I did. Poured from the "white-out" 750 into a snifter. A dark cloudy brown looks like molasses, not the consistancy but the color. Head rises and falls quickly some minor bubble linger into the final stages of the glass. The boquet is really strong, plums cherries and dark fruit dominate with a tinge of alchohol and buttery yeast notes. The taste is great especially as the brew warms nice dark fruit tones again....malty, with some tartness in the middle...followed by a dry hoppy finish. It is nice, has a refreshing quality that some belgians don't have. A cleaner flavor than some. The mouthfeel is a bit watery and slightly over carbonated. I liked this one a lot...pretty drinkable. I enjoyed it....belgians are quickly rising on my list of favorite styles.
03-24-2006 04:29:39 | More by hoffman
4.83/5 rDev +22%
Oh my.. Where to begin?
About 2 weeks ago I finally decided to grab a bottle of this one and was surprised, after wiping the dust off the bottle, to see the date 2002 on the cork. I had it mid-session on a thursday night before a friend left for Ireland, and refused to finish it until he arrived to play some Nintendo Wii. This surprised me somewhat, as my previous experiences with aged brews (the Schneider Aventinus reserve, among others) had been rather unremarkable.
Upon returning to the store the following evening, I purchased (regretfully, only) two additional bottles of the dubel. Both 2002 corks.
Poured into a Rochefort goblet. Just under 2cm of head settles down to a sandy, rather resilient 4mm or so. The view from beneath into a standard filament light bulb is beautiful. Decent clarity and even further evidence of the heads' thickness. Aromas are banana, freshly-bitten green apple, and maybe raisins.
Taste is relaxed, not unlike Chimay Blue. There are a lot of nuances going on, comprising an undefinably earthy flavor of fleshy fruit and moist grain. Finish is thick, slightly tart and warming. Somehow managed to work with a stuffed broccoli/cheese bread that arrived late in the session.
I hope no one knows where I live because I am going to buy the rest of the bottles in stock tomorrow. This is why I drink too much beer.
02-06-2007 03:36:35 | More by Lupin
3.3/5 rDev -16.7%
Big 750 ml bottle with the white ceramic like coating. My red foil was much duller than the picture. Hmmm I may have got a relic.
Dark brown body, murky. Supercharged tight foamy beige head. Exploded when it hit the glass. Bottle swirls produced some dark yeasty goo added to the glass. Nice sweet fruity aromas. Plums and figs mostly. Good belgian yeasty taste. Candied malt sweetness, and faint roasted fruits, but all kinda faint. Earthy finish with just a snap of alcohol heat. Some spicyness lingers. Not a real flavorable dubbel.
Easy going down and paired nicely with grilled chicken, but I guess I expected more from this belgian.
08-07-2003 00:04:04 | More by StevieW
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
The beer pours a beautiful translucent dark ruby red with a creamy head that is impressive in size, the lace fine sticky sheets to coat the glass. Nose is malt, sweet bubble gum and ripe banana also light hits of caramel, one fine smelling beer to please the senses. Front is ambrosial with a skimpy top and a tart finish that is also bitingly acidic, the hop presence pronounced. The beer is a pleasure to drink, and a bit of a Winter Warmer for sure as the high ABV, will Warm the Tummy.
11-24-2002 12:42:00 | More by Gusler
3.78/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours a brownish color with medium head. The aroma struck me as being overly musty and gym-sock-like. Granted, it's a pretty light aroma, but still not too great. Luckily things are looking up flavor-wise. Dried fruits combine with malt initially. A mild bitterness enters in mid-palate and into the finish. The flavor profile is mostly easy and fairly delicate, but nice all the same.
04-07-2006 01:56:17 | More by VoodooBrew
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
Appears a dense dark chestnut with a 2 finger light tan head that slowly fades out into a collar. Tiny streaks of lacing.
Smell is of rich caramel, cocoa, and a prune/raisin mix with dark brown sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a caramel sweetness. Seems like plenty of Special B and Crystal in the mix...maybe. Plenty of doughy Belgian yeast in there too.
Mouthfeel is sweet, perhaps bordering cloying with a brown sugar raisin and dough clinging to the tongue and hanging onto the palate long after the swallow.
Not bad. Better than expected but with so many great Belgian choices out there, this one could get lost in the mix.
05-24-2006 00:44:30 | More by weeare138
4.22/5 rDev +6.6%
Poured from a 750 ml corked and hooded bottle, cork says 2002 vintage.
Pours a clear and dark red brown brew.
Smell is brown sugar, pecans and preserved plums and apples.
Taste is a little sweet with a brown sugar, pecans and spice flavor. Fruit flavor is subdued but apple and prune flavors come through and it ends with a mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel is good.
Certainly drinkable, not the best of its kind but I sure will finish this bottle, no problem.
05-09-2004 06:10:18 | More by Zorro
3.78/5 rDev -4.5%
The ruby hued and lightly hazy brew is topped by an off - white head that settles into a tight layer. Light phenol and dark, mildly cidery lightly caramelized dark candi sugar notes and hint of toffee in aroma. Yeast esters are surprisingly absent, but pleasantly tart green apple acetaldehyde emerges towards the end of the aroma. Although it's sweet overall in flavor, the sweetness isn't one dimensional, and gains complexity from highly caramelized raisin - like crystal malt (perhaps Special - B.) The body of this brew is quite light, perhaps due to the copious use of highly fermentable Candi sugar in the grist. Yeast esters are minimal in flavor and can be overlooked. The finish is clean, a bit caramelly, w/ sugary sweetness lingering on the tip of the tongue. Although Duinen's Dubbel is pretty tasty, it was just a bit too clean overall. A more robust flavor contribution from the yeast strain would've have made this excellent.
06-23-2002 18:38:23 | More by marc77
4/5 rDev +1%
If only I could bottle up the fragrance of this beer and sell it as a perfume. When I first dipped my nose into the chalice, I exclaimed aloud, "God damn!" This beer had quite large shoes to fill in the aroma dept. as well, as I had had a beef roast slowly cooking in the crockpot for the past 8 hours soaked in a Chimay marinade filling my home with succulent aromas.
The beer pours to a plum color, showing through in ruby/amber when held to the light. A perfect pillowy foam cap loiters atop the beautiful looking liquid for quite a long duration.
I've already mentioned how awesome the smell is. I will list specific aromas that I can pick out in the nose, but none of my description could do the bouqet of this beer any justice. It smells of plums and raisins, possibly even apples and berries. Also lurking behind the fruity smells are the sweet smells of belgian candi sugar and malts. Like I said, there's no way my words could give justice to the aroma of this beer.
The taste started off quite delicious, but after a while, it began to be quite sweet and tartish. Has a bit of a cranberry, apple, raisin/plum, red wine sourness that can cause you to pucker up. The sweetness is also apparent up front, but quickly fades to sour and bitter. The hop bitterness in the finish is actually quite pleasently surprising. Also had a huge oak taste in the finish, especially when warmed.
The body seems to be kind of light, but the high alcohol content still remains fairly well hidden inside. Not too highly drinkable because of the pucker factor as well as the high alcohol content, not to mention price. I'll probably try the trippel as well, but I don't think I will buy this again (although the smell is quite tempting, I know of a few beers I like quite a bit better with just as awesome of a bouqet). Worth a try.
04-18-2005 02:27:56 | More by neonbrown82
4/5 rDev +1%
Okay, now I have had both the tripel and the dubbel ... my impressions of the dubbel - poured a semi-opaque amber color. Head was thick and tan, without considerable retention. Beautiful carbonation. Nose is very sweet, with heavy yeast and stewed fruit notes. Palate is definitely of sweet, dark stewed fruits ... perhaps plums, raisins, and persimmins (spelling?). Slightly spicy and a bit of a candy-like character as well. light-meduim body, with lasting sweetness and a slight alcohol bite. Hmmm ...another impressive offering from this lesser known (at least to me) Belgian brewer. Good stuff. I have to say I prefer their tripel, but I just prefer tripels to dubbels in general. This one is really very sweet and is a unique tatse for a dubbel, I think. You expect the sweet malt and yeast in a dubbel, but this takes it to a new level. A good dubbel from the perspective of a tripel guy!
03-28-2006 17:19:01 | More by beerphilosopher
Duinen Dubbel from Brouwerij Huyghe
88 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.