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Terrapin Double Feature - Terrapin Beer Company

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chefmikeanderson on 07-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by chefmikeanderson:
Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Really nice amber honey color that has a champagne like head and carbonation. super bubbley and very inviting look. head disappears real fast

S: Smells like loads of candy sugar. slight hop character in the background which fits the style.

T: Not as sweet as the smell. theres a nice caramel malt upfront with the candy sugar but a nice grassy hop that cuts through it. Has a bread character to it from the yeast I assume and finishes off with a fresh flower sweetness to it.

M: Not to much lingering around so my palate stays pretty fresh. pretty big amount of bubbles to sting almost attack the tip of my tongue which I kinda like.

D: This beer isnt the absolute easiest to drink but its a fresh tasting version of the style. It makes me want to be outside sitting on the porch and firing up the grill watching the dogs. Each sip goes down really smooth and really balanced. I enjoyed it

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Bottle number 2249 of 6168.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, cherries, yeast, sugar and caramel. The flavor is Belgian yeast, toffee, caramel, brown sugar and some dark fruit notes. I get cherries as well as some dates in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good American-made dubbel.

Photo of mondegreen
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice. I thought since the good folks at Terrapin brewed this with Rochefort yeast, the least I could do was pour it into a Rochefort glass. Looks quite nice...

A: Pours a ruby red grapefruit color with a thin off-white head. the head receds to a rim around the glass. Looks very classy.

S: Lots of Belgian-type stuff here. Yeasty phenols, dark fruits, the works...

T: A touch light for a Dubbel, but still very very good. All the dark fruits and yeast flavors one would expect, and the quality is top notch. Nothing artificial tasting here at all.

M: Smooth. Very well carbonated. A little heavier than medium bodied. Dead on.

D: This is a very drinkable Dubbel. It doesn't wear on the palate, but the flavors invite sip after sip. Bravo, Terrapin!

Photo of Mavajo
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly translucent reddish brown color with an off-white head. Nose and taste are full of yeast, phenols (clove) and esters. However, I found the flavor profile a bit lacking. It was generally tastey, but seemed to be missing something. Body was decent - no real problems, but nothing impressive.

All in all, this is a decent imitation of the Belgian style. If it had a more reasonable price tag, then this might be something I'd look at again. But at $13 a bottle, it's quite frankly overpriced.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 09/22/2010:

22 oz. bottle at 45* poured into my Koningshoeven trappist glass.

A: The pour is a pretty, cloudy, ruby red offering with no head but a decent amount of carbonation. It is pretty light for a Belgian Dubbel.

S: The aroma involves some dark fruits, candy sugar, bubble gum, some vibrant maltiness, and an exceptional spicy belgian yeast character.

T: There is a nice intermingling of dates, figs, bubble gum, candy sugar, and some bready dryness at the end.

M: It's a little sticky-sweet with some bubbliness, yet refreshing.

D: It goes down quite easy and finishing the bomber is no problem. It isn't like the dubbels I'm used to but, then again, it's a varied style. It's very good for what it is.

Photo of EgadBananas
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Muddy, deep copper color. Tan head, creamy. Aroma was fruity, nutty and lightly malty, which held true with the taste, though with a bit of nuttiness and slight tropical fruits. It's missing the rich maltiness in favor of a fruity character throughout. Creamy, almost full bodied feel though.

It wasn't bad, but I personally found it to be uncharacteristic to the style.

Photo of jsanford
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice caramel-brown with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving just the slightest ring of tiny bubbles around the edge. Big, malt-forward aromas of caramel, toffee, over-ripe pear, and baked raisin bread. Taste is similarly malt-heavy, with caramel and toffee, candied orange peel, more ripe tree fruit, and grain. Not bad, but nothing unique. Mouthfeel is a bit fizzier then I'd like, but it may be due to the age. Medium-bodied overall, with fizzy carbonation. Overall a decent attempt at a Dubbel, but nothing special.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was really well done here with a nice amber color with a light hint of caramel around the edges, big head comes up and over the top and settles down gently into a firm and long lasting pillow with loads of side glass lacing. Aroma is nice, much sweeter then I was expecting. Lots of caramel and malts right up front here, light hint of an herbal note boucning around as well, but not terribly strong. Warming brings out a yeast note that is quite intresting and adds a light fruit touch to it, but very sweet still. Flavor again is very intresting and not what I was expecting. Rich notes of caramel and almost candied like sugar abound here. Light touches of hops play on the tongue now as well, very intresting. Comes across almost like an amber ale to me, has that bready maltiness and caramel flavor I associate with it. A bit thin on the feel but the carbonation really saves it and gives it that little bit of pop to pull you in. Soo nicely done that it goes down like candy and really just a smooth and really nice drinking beer.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet.

Pours a hazy copper with a light tan head. Even with a vigorous pour, only about a finger of head. Head drops rather quickly to barely a thin wisp of foam.

Aromas of sweet malt, hard candy, no hop aroma. Some dark fruits, raisins and figs.

First sip is of dark fruit sweetness, mainly of raisins. A slight carbonic bite, and a hint of flintiness. No hop flavor.

Body is rather thin, almost watery, with a big carbonation prickle. A little over carbonated and too attenuated.

Decent drinkability. Not an outstanding example of the style. Not sure the cost, even if the money is going for charity, is justified. But I'll gladly finish the bottle.

Photo of Kromes
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A hazy dark amber, brown color with a thin off-white colored head.

S: Lots of alcohol and belgain sugar aromas with some strong dark cherry and a little caramel.

T:Very strong alcohol and begian sugar flavors with some cherry fruitiness and a bit more of a brown sugar flavor than what appears in the nose.

M: I was expecting the beer to have a little more body to it. It is rather light.

O: It is strong in the alcohol and fruit flavors. There is a bit of brown sugar and maybe molasses, but it is overpowered by the previous. Pretty good beer though.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 2702/6768 into Chimay chalice.

A: Cloudy copper shade topped by a light sudsy white head with good retention.

S: Belgian yeast... banana, pear, and bubblegum. A little buttery, but plenty of life to it one year past release.

T: Brown sugar, clove, raisins and plums with a touch of sweetness. There’s an unexpected hint of smokeyness, and a slight bitterness followed by abrupt estery finish.

M: Medium-bodied with heavy carbonation and a slightly drying feel.

Not bad for a brewery without a whole lot of experience doing Belgian styles (though the Monk's Revenge was better). Also, gotta love these projects benefiting local icons.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22-ounce bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Served at cellar temperature, 50 degrees F.

Pours a beautiful clear, deep golden hue, almost honey-like in color, with a thick two fingers of slightly off-white froth that fades away rather quickly, leaving behind a thin cap and some fat, broken rings of lacing on the walls of the glass.

Aroma, like appearance, hearkens to honey, with honey-like malt notes mingling with some faint apricot notes and loads of spicy phenols.

Quite light in body and moderately effervescent. Very dry in overall character throughout; some sweet honey and candy sugar notes show themselves faintly up front and around the edges of the palate, surrounding a middle of mild hop bitterness and powerfully dry, spicy phenolic notes. The dry yeasty goodness carries through all the way into the finish and beyond, with a lasting bone-dry impression with just a hint of lingering sweet grain.

Very light for the style, but with a combination of characteristics that jumps toward easy-drinking, despite the alcohol content which moves in on the head as the bottle drains. Very pleasant and exceptionally clean, this is certainly a well-executed example of a Belgian ale, Dubbel or otherwise. Nothing is out of place, complexity is nothing mind-blowing but exists in a minimalistic sort of way; I'd be willing to wager that this beer would fare favorably in a blind tasting of Belgian-style and true Belgian ales. Hats off to Terrapin for crafting this delicious wonder. I may not have won the golden ticket, but I most definitely found a golden beauty.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a moderate brown color with a very thin off-white head and just a smudge of lacing on the side of the glass. The nose is fairly bland with some dark fruits lingering in the background behind a bit of a plain malt presence. The flavor is quite plain and is hindered by the body, which is way too thin. Moderate malt presence with a bit of sweetness plus a bit of dark fruits in the background. The mouthfeel really killed this one and overall it just didn't have much of anything going on, especially for a style where the best examples are incredibly complex.

Photo of kflack
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Damn, no golden ticket here!

A: Wonderfull amber color, one inch head, mild lacing.

S: Hmmm... Like Heaven? Lots of apricots, little rasin.

T: Much milder than I expected. Fruit forward, but some hops get you in the midsection.

M: Very thin. Surprised by this! Expected a lot more malt "chewyness". (Is that a word?)

D: A nice beer, but too much $$$ to buy again. Hey, it goes to a good cause, so no love lost!

Photo of cosmicevan
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to Pellinore1 for sending this one my way a while back. bottle #530/6168.

a - opened the bottle and filled my ommegang chalice. brew poured a semi transparent reddish orange with a thin foamy head. definitely an american version of a belgian classic. none of the creaminess i look for in the style. head was a thin layer after a few moments and mostly fizzy.

s - as soon as the bottle opened, sweet grapejuice filled the air. upon closer inspection, has a boozy purple grape smell. some applejuice and a lot of beeriness to it. the malts are nice and it works for this brew, but definitely not classic.

t - very nice flavor. sweeter and less boozy than the better known belgian counterparts. dark fruit, but mostly purple grape.

m - despite the appearance, the mouth is good and actually more subtle than many of the classics and a lot more drinkable. not all that creamy, but smooth. watery a bit.

o - overall, dubbel is not my favorite belgian style, but one that i do enjoy. this version is definitely an american take on the dubbel, but very drinkable. very worth seeking out, but don't expect classic dubbel...expect something a bit more subdued and juice-like.

Photo of bamadog
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle (#3896) of this while on a recent trip to Athens, GA. Review is from notes taken on 11/6/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a light apricot/coppery color and it starts with a firm 1 and 1/2 finger, slightly off-white head with solid retention; head fades to a thin, but full cap; body is rather cloudy, but still manages to show plenty of slow-moving carbonation bubbling up throughout; fair swaths and spots of lacing are left hanging out on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Scent starts with a sweet, syrupy fruit-like smell, kind of like the syrup that canned fruit comes in; a slightly grainy scent lingers in there too, and it's reminiscent of a big lager's graininess, actually; a slightly sweet and bready yeastiness finishes things out; not especially robust, but still pretty solid.

Taste: Interesting, and definitely better than I thought it would be based upon the nose -- starts with a smooth and mellow fruitiness that reminds me of banana or perhaps mango (definitely a bit tropical and sweet); a mild caramel backing hides out in there, but it is also slightly outshined by a toasty graininess that is again reminiscent of a big lager's with just a bit of a bitter hoppy resin to it; actually there is a very faint presence of alcohol lingering on the breath as well, which is odd as I thought it may be buried beneath the flavors, considering it's also only around 7%.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and there is a thick, semi-dry sticky coating left all over the roof of the mouth; the body is well carbonated, but it's soft, foamy and smooth and not even remotely harsh; belly is left just a tad warm.

Drinkability: Quite nice, a beer that I could easily sip on all night, especially on a very cool late fall night like this; has a nice set of flavors ranging from the tropical sweetness to the mildly toasty and bitter grains and hops; certainly not the best Dubbel the world has seen, but still a very nice take from a very solid brewery.

Photo of Buebie
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #2,128 of 6,168 courtesy of gford217.

Poures a pale caramel color, transparent. Decent collar of retention and thin skim over the surface. Aroma is sweet containing that typical begian yeast funk and candied apples with hints of bubble gum and caramel malt goodness.
Taste is extra funky and filled with large amounts of sourdough bread. Mixing with sweet flavors, malty caramel, banana and clove.
Good beer, but nothing that really stands out. True to the style.

Photo of gford217
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours surprisingly light for a dubbel - slightly hazy orangish amber with a small beige head that recedes to thin collar and leaves only a bit of lacing.

The aroma is seriously sweet with lots of candi sugar and fruit. The fruit isn't quite dark fruit - more like pears than raisins.

The taste is sweet - honey, sugar, pears and apples. Lots of caramel malts and Belgian yeast as well. It's not quite as complex as I was expecting, maybe a bit watery

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for the style and seemed a bit lacking in the body. The carbonation is light and a bit slick.

This is a decent dubbel but pretty light bodied for the style. Not bad but not one of my favorites from the style.

Photo of evilkalla
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No ticket. :(

Serving: Bomber into a chalice.

A: Slightly cloudy and copper-colored. Lots of carbonation. About a quarter inch of head which receded fairly quickly, but quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Great.

S: Belgian yeast mixed with a little spice and breadiness. I swear though that my nose is useless when it comes to smelling beer.

T: Somewhat dry, with biscuity malt and a fair level of hop bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable. Not bad.

M: Overall, pretty fizzy. The bitterness kind of slides all over the place in the mouth. Okay.

D: Not my favorite beer but definitely drinkable. Glad I decided to try it.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: deep rich amberish color, good head retention

smell: lots of carmael, typical belgo yeast

taste: a nice dubbel, well made, on style

mouthfeel: medium bodied but a little thin for style, not bad though

drinkability: paired well with some bbq chicken pasta.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A hazy copper red. Small tan head, with little to no lace on the glass.

S - Heavenly. I smell the sweet malts, and fruit flavors such as apricot and raisons. Strong yeast components.

T - Good, but not as good as the smell. Sweet fruit flavors up front. But nothing that blows you away.

M - Highly carbonated. Thin.

D - It's good, but not good enough to drop another 10 spot on a bomber. But I don't mind contributing $ towards rebuilding the Theatre where I have had so many tasty Terrapins.

Photo of atsprings
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Hopus glass pours a crisp dark orange with a decent frothy khaki head. Aroma is a nice subtle amount of dried fruits and burnt caramel malts with a hint of spice. The taste is a nice amount of sweet fruits and caramel. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. This is certainly an interesting dubbel, one I would certainly have again.

Photo of axeman9182
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (thanks nerdrocker101 for what looks like bottle 1505/1658!) served in my Duvel tulip at fridge temperatures.

The beer pours an attractive enough light ruby color. A nice, three finger cap that's just dirty enough to avoid being called white forms, but fades somewhat quickly. Not really much lacing at all, but this may be in part due to not doing a great job of cleaning/drying my glass before this beer. The score would be a bit lower if I didn't think I might in part be to blame. Unfortunately this beer continues to not impress, as the nose has more biscuit and caramel than fruit. That's not a bad thing in and of itself, but it's not what I'm looking for in a dubbel. I'm also not finding any hint of spice or anything from the yeast, which is to me something of a prerequisite for the style. The flavor is a little bit better. There's still a bit too much caramel and biscuit on the front end. Then the expected dark fruitiness comes in (although not as dark as I'd expect either, it's as much fig and apricot as it is plum and raisin), before a brief, gentle, not e of bitterness creeps across my palate. The close finally features some traditional clove/spicy yeast notes. I was ready to score taste a 3.5, but the fruity sweet notes become both more pronounced and darker as the beer warms. Nice, rich body, with plenty of carbonation to keep Double Feature from getting syrupy. In fact I'd say the carbonation flirts with being over the top and a little bit distracting. The carbonation is just a tad too high, and doesn't really take much away from drinkability. Still, the beer doesn't particlarly impress with smoothness for the style, so I have a hard time giving it a higher score than this. Between my love of The Iron Tankard and being a Terrapin fan in general I had high hopes for Double Feature. It doesn't quite measure up, especially given some of the great dubbels being produced both domestically in Belgium. Still though, the beer was an enjoyable drinking experience, and were I not rating to style it would probably score better.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Before red curtains framed the Georgia Theatre stage, they hung alongside silver screen legends: Bogart's trademark scar, Bette Davis' eyes. The Elite Theatre hummed with a reel-to-reel movie projector, and lines for the box office looped the block for the hottest ticket in town. By 1935, the building's signature red-lettered marquee advertised double-feature nickelodeons and spaghetti westerns. Like any good sequel, the Georgia Theatre kept what was great about the Elite: star-studded evenings of entertainment. Double Feature stars as the second in Terrapin's Georgia Theatre Sessions, a Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale as smooth as the silver screen." Brewed in the style of a Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale, This beer was released in 2010 amongst Terrapin's other three Georgia Theatre Session Ales. This is the second installment. Bottle number 4977.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Terrapin snifter. Served above 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, sudsed ginger-white head over a copper-orange body. Clarity is moderate with a mild haze and some flecked sediment. Carbonation is plentiful and vivacious. Retention is average at best, lacing is thin and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Aromas of light toasted caramel malt syrup, Belgian candied sugars, essences of fruit including plum and figs and a pinch of vanilla and spice round out the aroma. No notable hop presence is to be gathered from the aroma. A fairly well-rounded Belgian Dubbel and a pleasant aroma with little harshness nor unpleasantries. Potency is moderate. 4.25

(Taste) The flavor continues much of the aroma's emphasis on malt-forward character, with a light bready sweetness, some toasted grain and a pinch of spice for the Belgian edge. The drink notably exposes a previously well-hidden booziness that grazes much of the subtler flavors. While this doesn't ruin the beverage, it is admittedly out-of-check and distracts from the overall drinking experience. Double Feature finishes with a peppy note of candied apples, plum sugar and honey, ending on a pleasingly sweetened high note reminiscent of a traditional candy shop sampler. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The drink texture is smooth, lightly syrupy and a bit chewy. Carbonation adds a bold crispness and air to the texture for a buzzy mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style and medium+ amongst all beer. Alcohol presence is medium/high, fairly easy to pick out in the flavor, although it is well absent in the aroma. Balance is slightly in favor of alcohol over sweetness, with fruit tartness subtle to indiscernible. Bitterness, uncommon in most traditional Belgian styles, is expectedly absent in this beer. The carbonation is unusually vivacious in this Dubbel but seems to work well enough against the flavor and average body this beer has. 3.75

(Overall) Despite some poorly concealed alcohol presence in this beer, I was incredibly pleased with how well balanced and approachable Double Feature was. Despite only being halfway done with the Georgia Theatre sessions, this is more enjoyable to me over the Iron Tankard Old Ale, and while I don't expect it to improve any more with age, I wouldn't turn down the idea of picking up a bottle and trying it again in the near future, if the price is reasonable- granted, if I could find another bottle! 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company's
Georgia Theater Double Feature
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Photo of billab914
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Pumking chalice. It poured a murky, orange/brown color with a very modest head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a big banana bread flavor to it. The yeasty, estery flavors really come through with the banana flavor but are pretty light in the spice department, which I like. A malty, sweetness is there with a little caramel showing through. Again, sweet banana bread really comes to mind.

The taste shows a lot of the banana flavors that were present in the nose. It's sweeter though with more of a syrupy, malty, sweetness to it. A little spice is there but it's relatively moderate for the style. Just a bit of alcohol and bitterness come through in the finish. Definitely leans on the sweet side with a lot of banana though overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I liked all the flavors it brought. It was definitely different with more banana and sweetness with less spice compared to others in the style. It worked pretty well though and I actually liked it quite a bit. Pretty nice beer overall.

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Terrapin Double Feature from Terrapin Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.