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? The Riddler ? - Rock Art Brewery

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? The Riddler ?? The Riddler ?

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 17.71%
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:
Ah yes, lay this one down in your cellars for years to come. Enjoy this one alone for it’s malt and hop complexity.

(Beer added by: velo343 on 04-08-2007)
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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jaxon53, Jun 27, 2013
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andrewborstein, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of neophilus
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

neophilus, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Afraid of this beer ever since I tried their double esb but I'm going for it. Not sure of age on this one but I got it from a spirits unlimited, a chain liquor store known for selling dated beer, but it being a Dubbel it should hold up to a couple of years at least. Think funky brown color with no visibility through the glass. Thin lace of off white head lots of action hoof on in the glass. Subtle.nose of raisins and fusel alcohol.

Not terrible, might actually be fresh. Full thick mouthfeel. Sugary malt sweetness up front followed by caramel and chocolate covered rum soaked raisins. Finishes with a spicy hop finish which tries to balance the beer but doesn't do it so well. Some.detectable.alcohol and lingering chocolate like sweetness. Different but simple for how big it is without enough balance, body holds up but there's not much carbonation to challenge it.

Displays an over powering.licorice taste as it warms. Cloying sweet and not very good.

jtierney89, Jul 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

amnesia85, Apr 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of CharlieMurphy
1.75/5  rDev -50%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Warm inviting ruby rising sun orange through a dark sky. Looks like my glass is full of cognac. No head to speak of.

S: Warm candy sweetness, a hint of booze... and ... ?

T: Primarily bitterness. Pretty shitty riddle. Metallic, dry, oxidized (and less than a year old)

M: Metallic, nearly flat.

O: I opened this planning on using the ass for dregs in a starter. No fucking chance of that. I don't even want to finish.

CharlieMurphy, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

DZales1000, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Digimaika2
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

Digimaika2, Jan 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: cloudy deep brown, trace head, little lacing

S: fig/raisin, banana, clove, malt

T: sweet raisin/fig, malt, spice, ginger finish

M: light/med, semi-dry mouth

O: Rock Art is good, but this
Dubbel could be heavier.
Nice newbie offering.


BeerLover99, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +42.9%

BrewinHeadBanger, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a garnet color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of caramel and toasted bread.

Tastes of some sweet fruits and a bit of bread. Notes of plum and raisin lead off with a moderate amount of sweetness. A bit of clove spice comes through, but is fairly light. Some toasted bread adds body and depth along with some caramel. Alcohol is noticeable, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a solid attempt at a dubbel. It falls in line with most American attempts at the style, but still cannot hold up against any of the Belgian brewed dubbels.

ocelot2500, Sep 25, 2011
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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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 19, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a creamy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly with lacing, over semi dark cherrywood mahogany colored beer.

Nose has a nice Belgian dubbel mixed with oud bruin mixed with English barleywine, plenty of dark malts, a bit of molasses, brown sugar and candi sugar, lots of fruits raisin fig etc, a bit of a bready but musty earthy herbal malt and yeast as well as hop addition.

Taste is similar, a hint of warming and tingly booze, a bit of an earthy herbal bitterness, some fruity Belgian yeast with more raisin fig and date, plenty of sugars with brown, candi, and molasses, a bit creamy but slightly oxidized tasting because of the herbal hops and creamy malts and yeast, a bit grainy, hint of spices from the belgian yeast. Finishes a little sweet but does a bit, fairly sticky and lingering herbal hop bitterness and molasses and fruits as well as that slight oxidized taste.

Mouth is med bodied, a bit of warming booze, sticky and decent carb.

Drink is not so hot, warming booze, sticky finish, fairly sweet, a slight oxidized taste, and the lingering herbal hops.

jlindros, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +20%
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.

lordofthewiens, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

BeerNinja007, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of tbart428
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a beautiful mahogany color with amber haze with a inch and a half white head.
S: Dark fruit, brown sugar, raisins, caramel with chocolate
T: Figs raisins, dark fruits, prunes,, caramel, with bite from alcohol at end.
M: Like many of rock arts beers the mouth feel is thin and really thin for the style.
D: Is good but would keep it to one bomber due to sweetness of the beer.
Will have again for sure especially for the price another good beer.
Consumed on NOV 9th 2010

tbart428, Nov 11, 2010
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? The Riddler ? from Rock Art Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.