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White Birch Dubbel - White Birch Brewing

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 27.45%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgain Style Dubbels have a history going back to the mid 1800s. Our interpretation of this style is a ruby mahogany colored beer highlighted by toffee, caramel and dark ripe fruit notes with a subtle dry finish. Great on it’s own or paired with chocolate, red meats or fish.

(Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 10-22-2009)
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Reviews by puboflyons:
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle number 287 of 315, Batch One, Bottled on February 4, 2010. Sampled on February 14, 2010. The pour is a rich brown color. No ruby or amber hints, just straight up brown, with only about a quarter inch of off-white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is incredibly sweet and full of caramel malts and toffee. The mouthfeel is of medium body. The taste is about as sweet as the aroma with a delectable combination of toffee, sweet caramel, and butterscotch. There is nothing in the way of yeast or citrus in this bottle-fermented beer. It has the characteristics of an English Bitter rather than an Abbey Ale but it is still very likeable.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 23:11:09 | More by puboflyons
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.18/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Batch One: 10/5/09

Appearance: Far too light in color, pours amber with a modest head; no lacing

Smell: Just a vague hint of caramel - nothing else

Taste: Vaguely sweet, up front, but the caramel is quickly overtaken by a green apple flavor that dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well, this sure doesn't taste like a Dubbel; more like a combination of unsweetened apple juice and artificial sweetener

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:34:35 | More by brentk56
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

09-02-2013 01:30:30 | More by EvanWilliams
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largadeer

California

1.5/5  rDev -51%

08-09-2013 07:31:54 | More by largadeer
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

1.5/5  rDev -51%

07-08-2013 17:50:34 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

1.5/5  rDev -51%

07-07-2013 22:23:55 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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spycow

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

05-01-2013 03:37:12 | More by spycow
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

04-23-2013 05:34:06 | More by Kelp
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Wally1912

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -34.6%

11-24-2012 00:34:05 | More by Wally1912
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HEADYdb

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

06-02-2012 13:28:54 | More by HEADYdb
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illidurit

California

2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle 116 shared at the May 2012 iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. The brewer’s description invokes toffee, caramel and ripe fruit. What I get is toffee and caramel left in your pocket after your pants went through the laundry, and unripe fruit -- mainly scuzzy apple juice notes. Tastes old, and like it wasn’t too good in the beginning either.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 20:59:39 | More by illidurit
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Diomede

California

3/5  rDev -2%

05-19-2012 17:12:49 | More by Diomede
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

04-04-2012 02:12:29 | More by wizo
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +30.7%

01-21-2012 02:52:21 | More by BigCheese
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an orval glass, color is amber, with light tan head tht presents somewhat thinly but lingers on top

Smell is very is mainly some brown, toasty malt with hint of caramel. no phenols or yeasty notes.

Taste is sugary, touch of toasted type flavors hint of caramel, no phenols or yeast.

Mouthfeel is pretty clean, not too carbonated, flavors come in and linger lightly, little bitter finish.

Overall, a very sub par dubbel, something mixed between a brown ale splashed with some notes of something that might be a dubbel but never lives up to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:21:26 | More by mvanaskie13
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Brown bodied beer with some orange in it. Bit of tan head that left a bit of stick on the glass.

S - Smells sweet, a little sugary. Maybe some spices. Doesn't smell like any Dubbel I've tasted.

T - Tastes more like a brown ale than anything else. Kind of reminds me of Moose Drool or whatever that brown ale is, or at least, a poorer version of it. Really tastes a bit like a cheap cola, think RC.

M - Too fizzy for the style, but perfect along the lines of trying to make a cola/beer hybrid. Medium bodied.

O - It's a pretty unoffensive beer, but it's not good, and it's not a dubbel. Guessing they misprinted some labels and then just used them anyway. Oh well, for them, this isn't a bad beer. Fails as a dubbel, but whatever.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 03:47:34 | More by AgentZero
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Sean9689

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Alex! Good beer/bad beer tasting. 22oz bomber poured into Bell's tulip.

A - Pours a mirkey orange/brown color, white head, thin collar.

S - Light spice, generic sweetness, malts. The spice is subtle and nice, the sweetness smells a little "fake" (think Nutrisweet) to me, and the malts help hide the sweetness a bit. Not offending, which is good.

T - Watery spice, light malts, touch of caramel sweetness, pretty generic and un-Dubbel-like. Almost reminds me of an American Brown Ale. The alcohol is barley noticeable, and for 9%, that's damn impressive. Again, not offending...go WB!

M - Too thin, light body, good carbonation, watery clean finish.

O - Well, it's not a good Dubbel, but the beer doesn't smell or taste bad, which is a step forward from my previous White Birch experiences. I cannot recommend this to those who are looking to try a Dubbel, but if you want to try a drinkable WB beer, this is all you!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 16:32:27 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Ethan! Batch Four, consisting of 1536 bottles. Bottled December 10th, 2010. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - A dime of tan foam settles to a thin ring, wispy patches, and a few tiny lace spots. Hazy brown body.

S - Reminds me of corn starch and off-brand cola. Perhaps a hint of tobacco and anise in there too. Reminds me quite a bit of adjunct-brewed Guinness from the tropics.

T - The taste is a bit better, but it mostly tastes like fizzy sugar water. There's a hint of chocolate, and some seltzer flavors as well.

M - Zesty carbonation, surprisingly medium-light body, dry texture, well-hidden alcohol, and a sticky finish.

D - Congratulations! You've just brewed the worlds first 9% cola! Fairly easy to drink actually, but horribly off-target for a dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 17:37:04 | More by MasterSki
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

01-02-2012 01:04:23 | More by InspectorBob
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jophish17

Georgia

1.5/5  rDev -51%

12-24-2011 07:53:45 | More by jophish17
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

2/5  rDev -34.6%

12-18-2011 00:17:01 | More by nathanjohnson
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atlason

New York

2.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into tulip. Serving temperature from 48 to 55F. Batch 4.

A: Light brown, ample head dissipating fairly rapidly. No lacing.

S: Roasted and toasted malts dominate. Smells like a dry stout.

T: Metallic, not much Belgian yeast character. Strong roasted flavors with a touch of dark sugar.

M: Thin, lightly carbonated.

Overall this doesn't seem like a dubbel at all ? Somewhere between a stout and a Belgian strong dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 03:06:19 | More by atlason
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -2%

11-25-2011 23:12:12 | More by Rochefort10nh
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KGarrett

New York

4/5  rDev +30.7%

11-19-2011 00:55:29 | More by KGarrett
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Ryan011235

Ohio

1.3/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a Rochefort chalice on 8/9/11

Bottled Feb 4, 2010; Batch One

Thanks(?) to MbpBugeye for sharing

Ugly, murky brown. Muddy pond water - with bubbles! One finger head crackles out quickly to a thin layer of popping bubbles. The head holds fairly well, I guess. No lace.

Smells terrible - rotten tomato paste, garbage, yeast, biscuit, spoiled banana and a cluster of other disgustingly over-ripe fruit. Cherry air freshener aromas as it warms. I don't want to taste it. And yep, it tastes terrible; nay, pathetic. Dead and withered fruit... notes, I suppose. Tea leaves and earth. Vapid implosions of cocoa dust on the finish. Thin body with way too much carbonation. Meddled, dirty finish. Dry erase marker.

This beer is very unpleasant; though a little less so as it warms. Regardless, it's atrocious.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 22:17:13 | More by Ryan011235
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White Birch Dubbel from White Birch Brewing
73 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.