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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
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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 Lenny2884
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 22 oz. bomber

Pours a chocolate/root beer color with a 2 finger creamy white head. Smells of prune juice and bubblegum with a faint hit of root beer at the end. Taste is smooth with a nice hoppy bitterness to start, moving to a more fruity flavor, and finishing with hints of dark chocolate. Overall, a nice dubbel tho Americanized, a good sipping beer. (369 characters)

Photo of deanhead
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rummy with raisins. It's clear there is some alcohol in this beer.
Lacked the body I might expect in a beer like this. With that said the Mouthfeel was on the lighter side of medium. It comes in thin, then builds up as it is warms my palate

It's somewhat drinkable, but lacks dimension for this style. It just doesn't have the complex layers one would expect in a dubbel. (373 characters)

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of iceball585
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark red hue, one finger thick tan head that disapated slowly to a thin lacy layer, fine yeast sediment throughout

S- Raisens, toasted malts, nuts, slight hint of caramel

T- Dried fruits(mostly raisens and dates), grassy, wheat, coffee, yeast, spices, pepper, oranges, carrots, baker's chocolate, overall fairly bitter taste

M- Strong crisp kick of flavor begining that quickly disappears to a warm alcohol feeling

D- Really complex, but couldn't drink more than one is a sitting

The name of this beer is definatly fitting because it really keeps you guessing on what flavors you taste. It's like a quick kick to the mouth of 50 flavors that leaves you saying... "what the hell was that?" Also you can really taste the alcohol in this one after a few sips from the glass. (784 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of Truh
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (1,275 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.67/5  rDev +32.3%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of velo343
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (993 characters)

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? The Riddler ? from Rock Art Brewery
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