St. Paul Double - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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St. Paul DoubleSt. Paul Double

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ADR on 08-09-2002

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This was a foamer. I had to pour judiciously just to keep the carpet clean. The body is a very deep, cloudy brown. Beautiful.

Smell – Raunchy, ripe fruit aromas gush at the nose. Deep, dark fruit scents of Bing cherries, apricots (the reddish flesh towards the pit), squishy (overripe) peaches, fresh pears (like the ones from the pear tree on my front lawn), and out-of-season raspberries. The yeasty malt comes out as well, but this Abbey Dubbel is all about the fruit.

Taste – Even more big fruit on the tongue than at the nose, if that’s possible. This is like tossing tons of fruit (the fruit from the nose) in a vat of ale, letting it soak for six months, then bottling and selling it. Don’t get me wrong, the musty malt/yeast is there, but this fruit is so big you have to take note.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium to full-bodied; very creamy and smooth.

Drinkability – This one went down very well. It is creamy smooth, fruity, and well put together.

Comments – This one was nicely done. It lacked the complexity and malt depth of the finer Abbey Dubbels, but was a good ale that felt great on the way down.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in an unsual bottle, narrow neck, brown with tiny silver speckles, wierd and differant. Pours a rich dark shade of murky brown, with a moderate ta head, that leaves moderate stringy lacing. Nose is all about mustyness. Horse blanket,must, mold, we're talking character. Smooth and soft mouthfeel. Fruity and yeasty. Notes of chocolate, raspberries, toffee, tasty and easy drinking Belgian. Worth a try.

Photo of ADR
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to control pour, a good work out for my new belgian-style tulip glass. Hazy cinnamon color, beautiful head that's tall and lacy on the edge. Nutmeg aroma with some toffee notes. Nice sweet flavors, ripe sweet fruity pear dominates. Low carbonation. Just the most delicate flowery hops. Exceedingly drinkable, just glides past the tongue. Hard to notice the alcohol. Props go to this brewery's bottles/crocks -- this one was a nice dark glass bottle flecked with gold in a pyramid shape.

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

Pleasant and drinkable. Decent yeast with fruit, some roatiness and spot of bitterness here. Good session ale. Had at Beer Bistro Winterfest, and hung in together with Westys' and other fine Belgiums for sampling. Beautiful lace, medium-full mouthfeel. Hops made it a balanced experience.

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

Beautiful earthenware flip-top bottle, bonus points for that.

Pours a clear dark red with a big rocky off white head with amazing lacing. Aroma of molasses, corriander and a bit of orange rind. Taste was a bready front with some chocolate creeping in, and a pleasant burnt toast finish. Buttery thick mouthfeel. Wow this was enjoyable.

Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky brown color on the pour, the head modest, the texture frothy, with the residual lace a fine sheet. The nose has a caramel sweetness at the start with a hint of yeast, fresh and clean, the start is nicely malted, sweet with the top light to moderate in feel. Finish has a stern acidity, the hops pleasing and spicy in their bite, the aftertaste quite dry and a very nice end of the day beer, or when you’re in the mood for a good Belgian beer.

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 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 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 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 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 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 mzwolinski
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear ruby in color, with a thin, light tan head which clings to the edges. The aroma is dark and enticing - slightly roasty malt, molasses and rum beckon. The flavor starts off surprisingly fruity, develops a hint of toffee-like flavor, and yields to a nicely blended hop finish. The fruitiness persisits throughout, however, giving this beer a fairly sweet character and just a wee bit sour. Medium full in body, with a well balanced finish. Quite a nice beer.

Photo of Derek
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Available at Beer Bistro.

I have high expectations for this style... and I thought this one lacked that dark fruityness I adore.

A: Brown, pours a nice off-white head, but there's no retention or lace.

S: Spicy, sweet treacle, light fruit aroma.

T: Treacle spicyness, hints of dark roasted malt, modest bitterness, light tropical fruityness (not the dark raisin/prune I'd expect). There probably isn't any crystal malt here. Definitely Belgian.

M: Highly carbonated, highly attenuated, slightly dry.

D: A Belgian should be digestible, but I think this was a little too light.

Photo of paterlodie
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before A-2006. poors in without to much of an head thats yellowbrown and a dark brown beercolor. Lots of chuncks of huge format spoil the appearance though. Smell is very malty, sweet caramellic and a spicy yeastarome. Taste is rich too; malty( mostly caramellic but also some chocolate), litle sweet before going into a good and clean bitterness in aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good but chunks were noticable so not that pleasant. This off course influences drinkability negative cause if it was without the balls in the soup it would be a good beer.

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

Bottle at beerbistro in Toronto -- my only bottle of the night.

Poured into appropriate glassware (though I don't think it was the brewery's), a pale brown with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma was floral hops and a candy malt backbone, with mild peppery spice. Flavour contained more of the same, with some additional spices and some sour apple or pear notes. Standard mouthfeel, sweet aftertaste. Fine, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of GClarkage
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/4/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 16oz clay style bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance- Murky milk chocolate colored pour. 1/3 inch head which quickly fades to nothing. Little lacing left behind.

Smell- Raisins, brown sugar and a light caramel malt base. Slightly wine-like as well.

Taste- Semi-sweet toffee malt flavor with a hard hit of anise. Light hop bitterness and a hint of bittersweet chocolate from sip to sip.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, semi warming.

Drinkability- Not really my favorite style, but definitely drinkable.

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 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.

Photo of clvand0
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cool bottle. This one pours a dark, cloudy brown with a large head and nice retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is extra spicy, with lots and lots of fruit aromas. The flavor is very fruity with some nice spice from the yeast. Has a good malty character and finishes slightly bitter. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

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.

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St. Paul Double from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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