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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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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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, brownish body with a thin, wispy off-white head.

Smell: Spicy aroma with caramel malts, a bit of cocoa, and two scoops of raisins.

Taste: Caramel malt with plenty of sweetness and tart raisin fruitiness. Hint of cocoa. Light bitterness. The high level of phenols along with the alcohol make for a fairly course finish. This is what we are dealing with here, people.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Severely lacks any depth or complexity, and what is there doesn't mesh well at all. Some beers just plain do not work for me.

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Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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 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 mdfb79
2.2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells like garbage. Smells oddly of sweet fruit, alcohol, and pine/turpentine. Not good.

t - Tastes of dark fruit, alcohol, sugar, and licorice. Not good again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Not a good beer. Would not want to have again.

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Photo of jwc215
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours brown with a thin, fizzy off-white head that becomes a vanishing isolated patch. Looks cola-ish with a small patch that disappears.

The smell is of cocoa, some earthy spicing, some raisins. Overall it has something root beer-ish about it, with some alcohol.

The taste is of molasses, sweet cocoa, rock candy, sweetened anise. There is a pumpernickel breadiness (from yeast strain?) Alcohol comes through in a drying way. Some bittering, almost non-descript (grassy?) hops balance the sweetness - but is neither sweet nor bitter by the finish, which is rather abrupt. Looks a bit better reading the description, but the taste is so mild and "something about it" just doesn't work so well.

The feel is rather thin/weak, with a boozy kick that seems to give it more of a body than it has. It has some carbonation, but misses the boat on "Belgian-esque" - might not have aimed for it...still - it's a bit awkward in any case. An unpleasant aftertaste comes and (thankfully) goes.

There is a listing of suggested food pairings. I would rather not experiment with it to find out...too awkward, and in the end, things just don't mesh so well, for me. It does have a certain drinkability, I suppose, but wouldn't return to this despite the very reasonable price tag of about three bucks for the 22 oz. bottle.

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Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry roasted, almost smokey character with some subtle fruity undertones. The taste is average as well. It has a very dry and alcohol laced flavor that boasts of roasted malts. It's thin with some smokey character. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average beer and probably one for scrap heap. I'm glad I had the chance to try it. Thanks almychristopher.

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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 Gavage
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear brown in color with a 1/2" head that sports some large bubbles. Some light lacing develops.

Smell: caramel, yeast, and some bitterness is detectable.

Taste: caramel, light chocolate tones, some brown sugar, ripe red grapes, yeast, and some decent bitterness creates a decent flavor profile. Some breadiness seems to come out along with some alcohol warming as the glass empties.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, a bit smoother and dry at the finish. Pretty short aftertaste here. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this one didn't overly excite me. Worth a try but if I want a Belgian Dubbel this one is close but a bit too bitter.

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark chestnut brown with a small CO2 pockets rising to the top. The small, off-white head slowly fades into a mild cap and thick collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of bready, caramel, cocoa, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the same with toasted nuts in the flavor and light bitter flowers with toasted pecans rounding out the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front with bitter cocoa, mild astringency, with nougat lingering.
This is a pretty yummy beer overall. Perhaps one of the best outings from Rock Art. It may be the first beer I remember them using a Belgian yeast strain for fermentation.

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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 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 Viggo
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At Goldoraks tasting, post-Mondial 2007! Big group of RB guys and a couple BA's, and some on both, it was a great time! I think this says Barry brought this, I can't read my writing, so thanks!

Pours a cloudy brown/red, quite opaque, thin off white head forms, leaves some decent lacing, good retention, nice ring. Smell is sweet, very malty, toffee, chocolate, berries, yeasty bread, interesting! Taste is caramel, bit of roast, bready yeast, very fruity, mixed berries, touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Not too bad, interesting Dubbel, pretty average for the style, interesting flavours though.

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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 Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing this one. Poured a murky mahogany brown. Half-inch off-white head with good retention left behind trails of sticky lacing during the tasting. Aromas of caramel and brown sugar, as well as an alcohol and fruity character, but difficult to tease apart. Spicy taste, as well as a mild whiskey character. Flavor profile is very complex on this one. There is definitely a slight bready quality, and the taste of dark fruit is fairly pronounced, but I had a problem breaking this one down. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with well-balanced carbonation. Drinkability is decent on this one. Alcohol was well-hidden, but complexity makes this one a sipper. Also, I didn't feel like this was consistent with a dubbel. Seemed closer to an old ale to me. I'd be curious to see how this one ages.

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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 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 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 grub
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from Lupe as part of the 80s BIF. thanks jason!

22oz bottle. sampled july 26/08.

pours deep reddish brown with a ring of fine tan bubbles. the head drops quickly and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. dark fruit - date, raisin, fig. nice caramel sweetness. hint of toffee. bit of dark chocolate. whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. alcohol. touch of toasty character.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. dark chocolate. hints of caramel and toffee. alcohol. bit of belgian yeasty character. earthy. a little anise too.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body with a fairly dry finish. fine medium carbonation that carries just a touch of sting.

drinkability is pretty good. i like the caramel/dark fruit thing it has going on, and the body is about right, but it seems to have a little of the toasty character that i would associate with something like a brown ale or english porter - a typical mistake with american attempts at belgian styles. still, a pretty good attempt that i enjoyed.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped for $3.05 from Wine and Liquor Outlet in Boonton... Brown bottle logo claims that this sample was "Influenced by a Belgian yeast..."... Pours an attractive murky-brown complexion with some carbonation visible and a decent-sized frothy head that soon receded... smell had a noticeable caramel and slightly sugared aroma to it... Although the nose was decent, I was pretty dissapointed by the taste, which was a very bitter, slightly sour and not-at-all tasty representation of a dubbel... a clear lack of complexity, rounded off by an off-balanced malt combination leads to an undesirable, bitter finish and poor aftertaste... Mouthfeel was more light and watered-down than anything, and the drinkability was poor due to the fact that this beer lacked any real depth or character to it... This one was a miss... Not recommended...

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
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.


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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of the bomber this brew was a root beer-like brown with some ruby highlights. The head was tan and fizzy, laced ok and retained ok. Good aromas of caramelized malts, some chocolate, yeast and dates. The all malts at first, then sweeter with spices and fruits in the middle and hoppy at the end. Nice progression in this regard. The yeast however, adds an unusual twang to the symphony that really throws the whole thing off. The mouthfeel is average. In fact the beer is average, and the flavor is to blame.

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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 aerozeppl
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Need deep brown color with quite a bit of haze. A finger of mocha colored head. Spotty lacing.

S: Nice sweetness and maltiness. The yeast comes through but it is not very strong. A touch of coffee in the back.

T: Much better than the nose. Roast right up front into some malt sweetness. Then a touch of coffee which is a nice departure for a dubel. Only the slightest hint of fruit that I also look for in the style.

M: A touch dry. The yeast really went to town on this beer.

D: Again for the price this is an excellent beer. It is bone dry though and that does cut down a bit on drinkability.

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? The Riddler ? from Rock Art Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.