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St. Paul Double - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADR on 08-09-2002

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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 35
Photo of stumac
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Busted this 5 year aged 1.5 Liter magnum bottle out for the 2015 Super Bowl!!

Pours up a super yeasty murky dull orange with a nice big retaining white head. Nose is musty, yeasty, bready, orange peel. Flavor is pale malts, slightly Metallica, dehydrated apricots, slight hop balance. Medium body, spritzy carbo.

Very nice after 5 years of cellaring.

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kwjd
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of mattfancett
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Squelch
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown. Tan head. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Not much here to write home about.

Taste: Moderate sweetness. Slight esters. Great roasty prune flavors in the finish. Best part of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Slightly dry. Foamy from the carbonation.

Overall: Run of the mill. Nothing stands out. Wouldn't come back for more.

Photo of crossovert
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Awesome-lookings 500ml white speckles bottle with a red foil over the cap and neck and a little necklace booklet.

It initially struggles to form a greyish head but then it eventually bubbles up to near the rim of the glass. It leaves some decent lacing as it recedes. The beer is a murky dark reddish brown.

The aroma is sweet with a huge dark fruit aroma that carries and carries. It also has some cocoa toffee to it.

The flavor is rich and sweet, but the lower carbonation makes it seem richer. I am not the biggest fan of the mouthfeel, it kind of is a bit watery. The flavor is a bit one-demensional towards sugary sweetness, but it isn't bad overall.

Photo of Noctilucus
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at De Bierloods/Zytholoog.

Deep murky brown with a reddish tint and big beige head. Nose of refreshing hops with solid, slightly sweet caramel malts beneath. Taste is less hoppy but all the more pronounced (roasted?) caramel malts, striking a great balance between sweet and bitter. Strong taste considering it's only 6.9%.
Pleasant mouthfeel with not a lot of carbonation, which fits well with this kind of beer.

Very good introduction for me to the St. Paul series, will definitely try out the others (St. Paul Tripel & various St. Sebastiaans) as well as revisit this one. Good stuff!

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1.5 L Magnum with a different label than shown in the BA photo. Pours an opaquely hazed deep gold color, foam is fluffy and holds decently enough. Probably the lightest colored dubbel I have ever seen.

Smells nice...yeasty esters are prevalent with a light alcohol presence. Grainy malt here, as opposed to a typical darker, breadier dubbel. I get a touch of peanut butter here that I usually associate with a tripel.

Very smooth and enjoyable Belgian beer here. Yeast does alot of work and provides some bread dough and fruity esters. Fits somewhere in between a tripel and a dubbel and wont blow anyone's socks off, but it is damn tasty. Lightish body and ample carbonation give this a refreshing quality that is pretty cool. I might even be able to rub off a whole magnum of this given a couple hours.

Photo of Andreji
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So the double was my second-in-line here and a slightly superior experience than the blonde.

Pour was dark brown-reddish and considerably opaque with a no less abundant off-white head. fizzy within. looks decent.

Smells of sweet malt, it is also fairly subtle and one must work hard to perceive it but it comes off with some boozy caramel, not bad.

taste was also very subtle but less watery than the blonde, although less sweet than expected as well. drier malts filled in, a decent medium body and a combined hoppy-alcoholic finish, not too strong either but a better mouthfeel indeed.

still, fairly drinkable, but not too memorable.

Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht

From a bottle into a chalice

Note: Now comes in a thin green bottle with an overly long neck.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger fluffy medium looking tan head with decent retention. Head fizzes and pops its way down to a thick foam cap that hangs around. Colour is a deep opaque seal brown with medium to low end carbonation. A good film cap remains and leaves some decent though thinner lacing down the sides of the glass. Very nice colour and look overall.

SMELL: A pretty strong nose with dark fruits, raisins and grapes mostly, and a nice spicy element, including clove, coriander, and maybe a bit of pepper, which are characteristic of the Belgian yeast. Some sweet caramel malt there too and a slight roasted quality gives it a bit of uniqueness. Pretty nice really.

TASTE: Some sweet caramel malt and toffee to start off. Dark fruits again, raisins and plumbs perhaps, and a good deal of spiciness, cloves mostly, from the Belgian yeast. Finishes with a touch of roasted bitterness. Mild and long lasting spicy aftertaste is slightly bitter as well with only a touch of alcohol. Pretty good overall, though not quite as bold as the nose.

PALATE: Medium body and lower and carbonation. A bit watery, unfortunately. Not quite as creamy as I'd hoped, but goes down smooth with no bite and finishes with the right amount of dryness on the palate. Average at best here.

OVERALL: The palate is a bit average on this one, but other than that, this is certainly a top notch brew. I've had my share of these Belgian doubles, and this one can compete with the best of them. St. Paul is definitley a solid line. If you're a fan of the style, this is one you'll have to pick up. Recommended.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark copper, with large off-white head that fades quickly to a layer.
Aroma is quite interesting, lots of spices, sweet toffee and roasted malt, wholegrain bread and a hint of vegemite (might be getting a bit old...).
Flavour also has a lot of sweet bready malt, hints of molasses and candi sugar. Quite enjoyable.
Lovely creamy mouthfeel, but a moderate (low for the style) carbonation which fails to rein in the sweetness.
Simple for the style, but quite drinkable although the unbalanced sweetness starts to get a bit cloying.

Photo of spointon
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 16oz very cool, very distinctively painted white bottle into my Duvel glass.

A= This ale, poured aggressively, was a murky cola brown color with a very loose 1/4" off-white head. There was almost no yeast/sediment present in the bottle or in the glass. The head dropped to zero in a minute or two and did not leave any lace to speak of.

S= Nice malt and dark fruit sweetness, maybe some candi sugar, and a hint of molasses. Alcohol present when the beer was swirled.

T= Rich dark malt and dark fruit sweetness, reminiscent of ripe plums, raisins, figs. Finish stayed fairly sweet with only slight alcohol. As compared to the aroma, there was a thinness to the flavor profile that I found disappointing.

MF= Thin bodied and a bit watery, with very low carbonation level. Not a still beer, but the softest of soft on the tongue.

D= I admit that I bought this one because it had a cool bottle and I am always up for trying a Belgian ale I haven't had yet. This one was not terrible, but not even close to the better doubles I have had.

Photo of nokes
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in Toronto at BierMarkt. Seemed at about the perfect temperature for the style.

Poured into a goblet-style Affligem glass. Decent head, and hey...I really like that colour! Only slightly cloudy, but a nice brown with beautiful warm reddish tone. This is a very pretty beer.

Smells fruity and fresh. Somehow lively (not sure how something can smell lively, but it does, honest). Nicely balanced.

Taste...nice. Effervescent to begin, but not too much so, and then an immediate tang (wow...tastes lively, too) followed by a settling down to a more complex melange of fruit. Deep raisins at the end, maybe even enough to suggest a licorice/anise flavour. Somehow, that doesn't seem to fit quite right, but it's not unpleasant. I really like this beer.

It feels good and lively in my mouth, good mix of flavours. I could drink entirely too much of this without much trouble. I'll definitely drink this again given the opportunity...I just have no idea where I'd find it.

Photo of bobsy
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the Only Cafe in Toronto. Murky brown pour with a decent frothy off-white head that left sheets of lacing. Caramel, dark fruit and wood in the nose. Extremely pleasant depth and oakiness to the flavour. Nice dark fruits, in particularly raisins, soaked in peaty scotch and quickly dipped in a dark caramel. Medium body and carbonation, with a slightly warming finish.

Overall, this was a very pleasant surprise from a beer I had not heard of before. It certainly holds its own against other dubbels, and performed with great honour against the Belgian heavyweights I also got to that evening. Recommended.

Photo of champ103
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown color. A two finger tan head forms and leaves some lace.
S: Very malty. Some dark fruits and a lovely woody/oak character.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet malt with dark fruits. Very tasty.
M/D: This has a medium body that is a bit over carbonated for my tastes. Very smooth and easy to drink though. A relatively low ABV make this easy to quaff.

A very nice Dubbel. One I am glad I got a chance to taste. I would recommend this and try again when I find it.

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

Thanks to Southern Star Brewery for pouring me a glass from their massive 3 liter bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet malt with dark fruit and some spice

T - Is very similar to the smell a little sweet with spice and dark fruit

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - Compared to other doubles the abv is lower which made this pretty easy to drink the taste is good too its worth drinking if you can get your hands on some

Photo of cyrenaica
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

I tried this beer on November 1, 2007 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a dark reddish brown colour with a thick, fluffy, off-white head that lingers. The aroma was a compbination of malt, yeast, and subtle hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with mild carbonation. The flavour was yeasty with some malt in the background.

Photo of ATPete
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle purchased at 'the Bier Koning' in Amsterdam, NL

A- Pours a deep brown with some red amber highlights and sports a dense tan head.

S- Nose of sweet malts, chocolate and coffee

T- A world-class dubbel, real nice fruits right up front as well as good tangible malts, chocolate, candi sugar, caramel, great aftertaste and no sign of noticeable alcohol.

M- Exactly what a dubbel should be

D- Excellent, the 6.9% wont really do a number on your head, its complex enough to pick apart, yet balanced enough to drink lots of. The only problem would be its sweetness, it is NOT a sweet beer, but given the amount of residual sugar found in most dub's a hangover might occur if used as a session beer...

Photo of goochpunch
2.43/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out (FROM A THREE LITER BOTTLE) a leathery hazelnut body with a little haze. Head is frothy beige head and spotty lacing. Smell is really "corky" with underlying dark fruits, dry fruits, and grape juice. Has some caramel and toffee aromas too. Flavor is about the same with the "corkiness" and the grape thing. Kind of goes over the edge with the grape and the sweetness. Other fruits are more muted than in the aroma. Finishes with a touch of dryness but is overall way too sweet. Mouthfeel is sticky and thin. The carbonation isn't too forced though. Beer is too sweet and grapey to be drinkable. Nice Tie. Psyche.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl), tasted in 2002 (a pretty bottle)

Appearance : brown color, with tan foam head (effervescence average).
Smell : sweet nose of chocolate.
Taste and mouthfeel : chocolate flavor, with a low bitterness.
Drinkability : good beer in the Belgian style Dubbel

Photo of vancurly
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL crock. Difficult getting a head. Pours an attractive cherry brown. What head was there fades quickly to a bubbly slick.

Upon opening, there was a fleeting nose of whisky-like malt. Dominated by the malty profile, with a handful-of-rusty-nails note. Bread crust, and spicy dried fruit.

Flavours of dark malts, some caramel. Subtle citrus note, like a sip of lemonade, flits by, but then back to bread crusts, dates or raisins, and a late hint of something like candied popcorn.

The body is medium, which helps lift the subtleties rather than subduing them. Finishes quite lightly... not sticky sweet or cloying.

Quite a solid example of style.

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St. Paul Double from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.