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Dubbel - Rockmill Brewery

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Rockmill Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Otesanek on 12-02-2010

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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 24
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3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Quick notes:

Decent Dubbel aroma, with dark fruit and some spices. A bit of caramel malt aroma.

Flavor is a little hard to pin down. There's some dark fruit (prunes and plums), some more bread-like malt, and a fair amount of dryness and spice. Decent yeast presence. Balance is lacking, as is any aspect of the profile that really grabs my attention and makes me want to take another sip.

A little thin on the feel, while also being pretty hot for 8%. Dubbels aren't typically a style that hide ABV well, so I'm not holding it against this beer too much, but it isn't making the overall experience any better.

Ultimately, not a great beer, and not a particularly good Dubbel. Very few American brewers have managed to pin down this style. Definitely a drinkable beer, but certainly not something I'd seek out, especially if I'm actually in the mood for a Dubbel.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruits are present in the nose—pears and plums seem to stand out in particular—along with some hints of candi sugar and Belgian yeast.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of grapes, pears and plums along with notes of Belgian yeast and hints of candi sugar. Only a slight amount of sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer was rather easy to drink for a dubbel because any traces of alcohol were well hidden from the taste and it didn't have that heavy of a body since the carbonation helps to lighten things up.

Serving type: bottle

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3.71/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance: Pours a rusty dark brown color with accents of red. Rich, decadent slightly off white head of a finger and a half is produced on the pour and is present while drinking. Active carbonation is above average for the style.

Smell: Airy white pepper and dried peppercorns greet the drinker on the nose. Biting spices, tart green apples, and boozy dark fruits warm up on the body and really open up this aroma. Touches of brown sugar and candied sugars really pop on the body. Earth, pine, and grass are subtle on the back end.

Taste: Dark fruits hit the palate immediately. As the booze and fruits pull you in, herbal, earthy spices begin to grow and dominate the mid palate. Plenty of candied brown sugar, tart green apples, and some slightly soapy flavors blast on to the scene. Wheat, barley, and prairie grass all bring some flavor full circle, with a touch of lingering tart sugars.

Mouthfeel: Highly drinkable. Spices are noticeable but balanced on the palate. Only a touch of the 8% abv is noticeable and even that takes nothing away from this brew.

Overall: I was all in on the aroma but some of the tart, soapy flavors on the body are a little disappointing. That being said this is still a very well done dubbel which is worth a shot.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Whoever said that fantastically brewed, complex and digestible Belgian ale must come from the Trappist abbey has obviously not drank in Ohio. The Rockmill brewers are quietly putting out some of the best Belgian flavors in the U.S. One sip of their Dubbel shows why!

Its pours with the high and rocky foamstance to nearly topple the chalice. Its malty-sweet scent starts with succulent brown sugar and maple but turn peppery and vinous ahead of the first sip. Its steely caramel taste has the essence of of maple and toffee but without such sweetness.

The beer's complexity blooms across the middle where it seems that rum-soaken fig, raisin, date apple and grape bring out the beer's sweetness while a balance of black peppercorn, pecan husk, fennel and merlot-type acidity offset the beer's malty tone.

Its high effervescence lifts the malt sweetness with ease and forces a quick finish, relegating much of its complexity to be appreciated in aftertaste and texture. Champagne bubby highlights its peppery bite, woodish hop bitterness, and tangy vinous acidity, and brandyish warmth.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Maltenbach
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a two-finger, rocky, beige head that slowly dissipates to a quarter-inch head. Aromas of malt, fruity esters, spicy fruit. Flavors are brown sugar, caramel, plum, and spice. Finish is orange peel, dried fruit, and caramel, with a noticeable alcohol burn. Medium to heavy on the palate. Overall, a very nice beer. Complex, but malty and smooth. Very well made. I would definitely buy this one again.

Photo of zeledonia
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 222, bottled 25 February 2012. Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for the bottle. Tasted 31 July 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium brownish amber with orange highlights. Clear on the first pour, cloudy on later ones as the yeast rises. Half finger of tannish head, okay retention, decent lacing.

Smell is sweet and sugary, with a few more interesting things going on. Brown sugar is the first one that hits me, and plums, too, but there's an airy bubble-gum-like aroma around it. It's nice, but on the simple side.

Taste is fine. Sweet, brown sugar again, a mild alcoholic bend. It's got that characteristic dubbel "I'm sweet! Oh, no, I'm not. OK, maybe I am." But that's about all there is. It's tasty enough, but lacking complexity. Finishes mildly bitter, becoming a little more interesting as it fades out; some spice comes through, combining nicely with the sweet and bitter.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation that flares up instantly and slowly drifts back down, stirring up the flavors and adding markedly to my enjoyment of the beer.

A decent dubbel, sweet in the right way, and pleasantly tasty. No complaints, really; just falls on the simple side.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Dubbel from Rockmill Brewery
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