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? The Riddler ? - Rock Art Brewery

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? The Riddler ?? The Riddler ?

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63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 78
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 17.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: velo343 on 04-08-2007

Ah yes, lay this one down in your cellars for years to come. Enjoy this one alone for it’s malt and hop complexity.
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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 78
Photo of Brad007
4.67/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice dark brown color with a thick, foamy head. I detect an aroma comprised of malty goodness in which the alcohol also comes through (8.0% ABV). The taste lives up to the aroma. Thick and malty with a very small hint of fruitiness and a nice, dry finish. Hints of roasted coffee shine in the aftertaste. Overall, a very enjoyable beer that's well done by the folks at Rock Art. The taste covers up the high percentage of alcohol really well, adding to the drinkability.

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Photo of therealnod
4.51/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle bought from Sunflower Market for 3.99.

A: Brown/ruby red. Not much head, some lace.

S: Smells strongly of figs, cherries, and prunes. Smells very much of the dark variety of fruits. A hint of anise, vanilla bean, and espressio tease the nose.

T: This is a malt-forward beer, which I find appropriate. You are presented with an initial blast of dark fruit sweetness, followed by a subtle hop bitterness, followed by the return of fruity sweetness that gets drowned out by subtle waves of toffee, caramel, and coffee.

M: Medium, nothing to complain about.

Overall: I quite enjoyed it. Not as good as some others of the same style I have had, but this was quite the brew, especially for the price. This is a steal. this will be a go-to for me.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, w/o freshness indication/info. Pours darker amber, fine tan head, leaving nice looking tiny bubble lacing and sheeting. Nose is of Belgian yeasty spicing, raisins and sweet malts. Smooth, soft on the tongue, flavorful offering, plenty of raisins, more typical spicy, phenolic Belgian characteristics and yeasty goodness.This is simply a yummy beer, full of nice malty notes, some warming alcohol and flavorful goodness. I like it. 8% well hidden, went great with some nuts, cheese and dark bread. The "extreme" selections from Rock Art are impressing me, more then their regular beers.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look - Cool labeling, as usual for Rock Art. Pours a brown and settles a dark brown in the glass. Can only see light on the sides of it if you try to look through the glass as it is unfiltered. Head is frothy, but not huge. Good looking brew.

Smell - Very light scent, smells like it will be thick. Definite chocolate and malt overtones here. Could have a bit more body to it here but it's still nice.

Taste - Mostly what I expected, but a few surprises. Chocolate rushes in and is stricken down by bitterness and then hops, the creaminess from the chocolate remains.

Mouthfeel - Perfect, the creaminess remains with a twinge of bitter, very hearty and drinks like a filling snack.

Drinkability - I usually don't drink thick beers in high quality, but for being a Dubbel, and a thick one at that, and being 8.0%, this sure is an easy brew to drink.

It's everything I expected and more, great beer.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

yes, the question marks are actually in the title

picked up at winooski beverage in burlington (winooski) vt. 22oz. "influenced by a belgian yeast".

yeah, i gotcha. belgian yeast all the way, with more off-the-wall american spirit.

hazy brown and amber, rich creamy top. aroma exudes a layered sweetness, but not saccharine. maple syrup, glazed carrots and raisin puree... with a touch of candi sugar for even more depth. if i didn't know any better, i'd say young american quad right off the bat.

first sip bites back with fresh noble hops.. slightly peppery and perfumey, which plays nice off the sweet hints already present in the aroma. very drinkable, if not a bit overhopped. belgian at heart still.. calling this a dark hoppy tripel would be the most appropriate tag to hang on this extremely experimental beer. green and dry, i feel the slightly vegetal mish-mash might be hiding a bit too much of the datey-pruney flavors that make a quad a sipping champ (i can tell they are there, just muted). with each venture away from the flagship crap, they are truly improving. for rock art, this is probably their best effort to date (followed closely by the mountain bock and infusco).

the hell's bock, on the other hand, was utter shite. avoid at all costs.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, the beer was a cherry amber color with a small tan head.
Sweet, sugary aroma. Fruit. Some caramel.
Taste of dates, caramel , and piney hops. A bit of peppery spice. The tastes went well together.
Fairly robust, a little on the dry side.
Very drinkable.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bought somewhere during a MIddlebury/Burlington visit.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy burgundy copper brew. Head holds nicely, with sticky lace. Aroma is spicy yeast with fruit and alcohol notes. Taste is hearty wheat upfront, then the Belgian yeast comes on with spicing, which carries into the close, finding more prominent alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is smooth over the tongue, with a dry close, and drinkability is quite good. Another good brew from Rock Art's Extreme series.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Ze Beverage Varehaus in Vinooshki VT for $3.99. Sticker on the bottom of the bottle shows "8 2010" (Aug 2010). Served cold in a chilled goblet.

Dark brown brew shows rigorous carbonation clinging to the glass and generates ~1/4" of thin beige head that settles rather quickly. Nice smell of raisins, brown sugar, hint of licorice. Gingerbread. Yes, that's it: gingerbread. Taste is same but hoppy and a bit of EtOH bite. Hoppy spicy gingerbread. Mouthfeel is fairly thick but the robust carbonation cuts it appropriately. Tasty. Finishes dry with hoppygingerspice.

Maybe a bit hoppy and dry for the style, but I'm not complaining. It is good.

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Photo of scottg
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a 2 finger tan creamy head with good retention and very light lacing. Aromas are a balanced mix or carmelized malt, fruity yeast & sweet cherry. Up front fruity yeast flavor with carmelized malts & sweet cherry leads to a sour cherry, lemony hop flavor, then the alcohol is detected and a chocolate malt & tart green apple finish. The malt is the backbone of this drink while the other flavors take turns leading. Full body, medium carbontion, this beer is creamy and coats the mouth early leaving it dry. Good drinkability, as it warms up the alcohol becomes more apparant.
The label says, "lay this one down in your cellars for years to come." As this ages, all those flavors will meld together very well. Looking forward to it.

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Photo of Probie
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a tulip. It is brownish red with a very small amount of foam which dies quickly.

Aroma: Once you get past the malt aromas there were subtle hints of raisins and maple with some nutty notes.

Taste: Great balance between the malt and the hops. There are hints of some nutiness, raisins, and some apple.

Mouthfeel: A little sour but leaves behind a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: For a beer that is 8% you can barely tell. This was my first from Rock Art and am excited to try more.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut with a nice head, followed by good lacing. Smell is distinctly malt with a nice mellow quality. Taste is a nice malt blast that is followed by a tart hoppy presence. Definite alcohol presence. Nice mouthfeel..smooth, finishing in a dry refreshing way. Rates above average in the drinkability area..smooth and refreshing for a high abv.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a frothy and creamy head. Settles slightly. Thin sticky lacing. Mahogany in color.
S) Banana. Carmel. Hints of grain. Fuji apple.
T) Malty caramel. Just a slight hint of smokiness. Light notes of citrus. Finishes with noticeable hop bitterness, but not hophead-ish.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Mellow grittiness. Medium to full bodied.
D) Delicious. Very smooth. Definitely drink another.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown colour with a big foamy tan head that has moderate retention time and leaves a nice amount of chunky residue on the glass.

The aroma has a good blend of dark berries, slight candy sugar, a bit of earthy malt, perhaps a touch of clove and also a hint of alcohol. There's a lot going on here but all is blended together nicely.

The flavour is essentially more of the same: dark berries sweetness leads the way and blends with a bit of a more tart raisin flavour. The middle of each sip blends a slight touch of Belgian sugar flavour with some alcohol notes that are certainly more noticeable here. The finish of each sip is dry and earthy/dirty. Good stuff. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of chewiness to it.

This one of course gets better as it warms, so let it sit outside the fridge for a while before drinking. Well balanced and full of flavour. Another nice one from Rock Art.

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Photo of velo343
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. A very deep, beautiful mohagany. Extremely clear, as extra care was taken not to disturb the yeast. Head is very clingy, medium size, not too much retention but laces the glass nicely.

Smell - Plenty of sweet sugars--brown sugar and molasses in particular. A deep smell of raisins and plums, a little nectarine as well. Some hot alcohol that burns the nose a little.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Lots of small bubbles of carbonation that really lighten up this beer that has a fairly thin, light body. Some notes of blood orange and molasses. Not as sweet as the aroma would imply, but there is a definite maltiness, like a slice of sweet, dark pumpernickel. Some extra spiciness is also in there, accentuating the moderate bite of the alcohol. Leaves a sweet, lingering taste in the mouth with a hint of bitterness.

Drinkability - Very enjoyable, perhaps a bit light-bodied for a dubbel, but still something I would choose to drink again.

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Photo of Truh
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was attacked by a man in green tights with this one on 7/1/2007. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twcie in a goblet.

A somewhat off-white 1/4-inch head starts things up, with a minimal touch off stick; the thick initial stuff dies down to just a whisper of a trace. Winking ochre hue is a touch hazy but still allows for the eye to discern some loosely scrambling action. Lots of watermelon bubblegum on the nose, with some prune juice notes, as well as root beer barrels, black strap molasses, and some light ashen scent. On the mouth, some definite fruity banana spins first, followed by a rock candy sweetness and s somewhat sulphrous backing. As it warms, there are some more fruit tones noted - raspberries, white grapes, and even a bit of kiwi. Body is fairly even keel, middle of the road.

Am happily surprised by yet another in their extreme series.

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Photo of neophilus
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy chestnut brown brew in the glass, generous tan head sits on top.

Sweet malty aroma with some toasted scents around the edges. Spicy pepper yeast notes. Esters from the yeast round out the aromatic complexity with dark fruits, plumlike richness that mixes well with the sweet malt.

Medium bitterness up front barely holds back the thick sweet overtones of the malty body. Some roasted grain lends more bitterness. Then Belgian yeast characters begin to flood in filling in all the cracks. Spicy and peppery phenolics drive the cutting edge of yeast flavor through the malt. There is a three-way going on here with the malt, the hop bitterness and the yeast characters wrestling for dominance. A happy yet busy and bold compromise is found.

Rich thick liquor coats the mouth but ample carbonation and decent hop bitterness help wash it away. Belgian yeast character lingers for a long while reminding you of your last sip.

Complex, rich and full of bold flavors.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving traces of lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is caramel and molasses, smooth, balanced not bitter. $3.49 for a 22oz bottle from Cabot Quechee Store Quechee, VT.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy deep reddish brown color. Decent head with some nice lacing left behind.

S: Raisins, sweetness, a bit of breadiness, and more.

T: Similar to the smell. Lots of fruit in this one - raisins, dates, grapes, as well as a bit of breadiness and some other flavors I can't quite pin down. Very tasty overall.

M: A little viscous, but nice. Smooth overall.

D: This is a nice take on the Belgian style by Rock Art. I don't think I'd drink a lot of these, but they definitely make for a nice change of pace.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramel, brown sugar, some fruit, malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of caramel and brown sugar with a little fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character and some subdued Belgian yeast. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is very sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, there are better beers in the style but this is still a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Blood red colour with a tall and bubbly beige coloured head that quickly vanishes.

S: Belgian-style yeast, abundant cloves, plum, dark fruits, fainter hazelnut aroma, and oddly a bit of smoke. Quite belgian-like and appealing.

T: Plums, roasted hazelnuts, cloves, subdued dark fruits, caramel base, and faint smoke. A lighter and fruitier-yeasty taste for the style which I'm quite enjoying. Tasty.

M: Lighter body with a medium-low carbonation. Dry and semi-tart, which is giving off a refreshing quality.

D: Quite a nice and refreshing dubbel with very complimentary flavours, especially the roasted nut notes. Would definitely grab this again. If you're looking for a true belgian-style dubbel, this might not impress you, but if you're looking for something different try this.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into my Piraat snifter, pours a one-finger khaki head that leaves a nice layer behind with decent retention, the beer is an attractive medium reddish brown in color

s: pale and lightly caramelized Belgian malts with undercurrents of banana and some darker fruits, a touch of nutty toffee, some safrole spice, a little welcome booze, malts dominant but a large papery hop aroma places this one on the hoppy side as far as dubbels are concerned, moderately sweet, a touch of butterscotch and bubblegum, not a traditional dubbel but nice complexity all around

m: soft carbonation on the high side of medium, medium body

t: starts off mildly sweet with some pale and nutty caramel Belgian malts, after the swallow the beer dries out and leaves nutty and earthy spice flavors with a strong papery hop character, light yeast characteristics, a touch of butterscotch and more fruit after warming, a light-moderate bitterness cleans things nicely

d: easy, and an enjoyable beer

from ppoitras in No BS 3

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark chestnut with ruby hues, and perfect clarity.
A beige head rose to a half inch before falling to a 90% coverage skim coating of fine beads.
Aromatics are well-on for a dubble. Cocoa and phenols.
Shades of raisins and dried figs, with dark caramel-drizzled bubblegum. Some mild fusels waft upward, promising some warmth on the pallet.
Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth, but is hindered by a fairly aggresive bitterness. Almost astringent.
Pallet is chocolaty and a bit boozy. A heavy handed hopping profile steps forward, with a considerable amount of spicy bitters.
The raisins and figs promised in the nose are there, but are overtaken by the warming alcohols and a somewhat rough biterness.
Finishes warming with a lingering aftertaste of bakers chocolate.

A little over the top for a dubble, lacking the creamyness and sophistication of a better example.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know it's all about the beer but Rock Art has one of the most boring packaging schemes in American craft brewing. Pours dark caramel color with yeast floaties suspended mid-beer. Thin white head of super tiny bubbles that fades to a ring, though one can swirl up a skim of tiny bubbles whenever he/she chooses.

Smells of apple cider, butterscotch and fig alcohol. Mild hop spice.

Tastes of raisins, plum, and other dark fruit. No signs of 8% abv. Mild macintosh apple with swallow. Mouthfeel is a little thin and champagne-like bubbly but not out of place. Kind of enjoyable actually. Flavors meld together and blur as it gets warmer.

Yeah, it's not an upper tier dubbel but at $8 a bomber it's certainly good enough.

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Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and dark amber with a beige, finely bubbled head. It leaves decent lace on the glass.

Sweet cocoa aroma--very close to the smell of an open can of Hersey's. A little overpowering as I cannot smell anything else.

Very different from the smell--the chocolate is only present at the initial sip. Soon, the alcohol warmth takes over along with light yeast. The ending features the hop for the first time (32 IBU's)--it soft. The aftertaste brings back the cocoa. The body is spot on with some creaminess.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown body with a bit of white head. Recent from the brewery itself. Yeast aroma. The taste was a bit Rochfort-like and drying. Hop bitterness in the end. Not as full mouthfeel as I would like, but a satisfying Belgian effort nevertheless and one of the better ones from this brewery that I have tried.

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? The Riddler ? from Rock Art Brewery
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