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Dubbel - Rockmill Brewery

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very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
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:
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(Beer added by: Otesanek on 12-02-2010)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  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.

BEERchitect, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.6%

WoodBrew, May 25, 2014
Photo of GrumpyGirl
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

GrumpyGirl, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of beveritt
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Had at Shaw's restaurant with a great friend. We slowly worked ourselves through 3 of the 4 Rockmill beers. Poured from 750ml bottle into Rockmill logoed glass.

Appearance: Pours with half finger light tan head that sticks around for the remainder of the glass. Great lacing. Beer is mahogany with some sediment in the last pour.

Smell: Raisins and dark sugar; hints of molasses.

Taste: Earthy grains with undertones of dark fruits and coffee. Mild hop bitterness in the finish with slightest of ginger. Lingers with slight metallic bite.

Mouthfeel: Massive carbonation, as I expect. Great body!

Drinkability: This, like every other Rockmill beer, is awesome. My go to beer.

beveritt, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, purchased a couple weeks ago at a tasting event at the brewery. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a cloudy cola brown color with about a half inch tan head that didn't stick around for too long. Not much lacing left on the glass. Aroma is dark fruit, herbal and spicy hops, toffee and a little bit of cola. Taste is similar to the aroma, there's dark fruit, spicy hops, bready malt, and some herbal and toffee flavors noticable. I can also pick up a bit of a smoky flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has good carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good brew, just like all the other Rockmill beers I've tried. Definitely worth trying.

bluejacket74, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of vrbulldog22
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

vrbulldog22, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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

metter98, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Kubrickx, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of MisterFuzz
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

MisterFuzz, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from MbpBugeye in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Seth!

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a hazy deep brown with orange highlights. Huge, light tan head that is like meringue. Head is very slow to drop, leaves a good lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aromas of chewy malt, dark fruits, raisins, figs. Spicy belgian yeast, and a touch musty.

Flavors of dark fruits, raisins and figs, dark cherries, some caramel malt. Tobacco. Enough bitterness for balance, but no real hop flavor that can be called out. Some alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, good level of carbonation. Mouthcoating with a nice layer of carbonic bite around the edges.

Overall, a very nice american version of a belgian abbey dubbel. Missing a nuance that would make it a true "belgian dubbel" but a great beer on its own. One of the best American versions of the style. Seek it out.

JamnesCameron, May 16, 2011
Photo of nollie77
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

nollie77, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

leprechaunandfatman, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of recall1242
5/5  rDev +29.5%

recall1242, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +3.6%

aasher, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with a sticker indicating it is from batch #145, brewed 9-18-11, bottled 10-21-11. Served in a belgian-style chalice/goblet. The cork was exceptionally difficult to pull out, to the point where I almost resorted to a bottle opener. This inspires definite confidence in the integrity of the ale inside.

Pours a muddy garnet color, cloudy with ruddy highlights and a 1/2" off-white frothy head that slowly reduces.

Has plenty of berry fruit aromas, including strawberry and raspberry, honey, and creamy malt. Smells clean and fresh, with hints of mild acidity.

Has a grassy, earthy taste to it, with punky yeast, dandelion greens and floral sweet combining up front, before a slightly tart and acidic finish kicks in. Taste is much lighter than one would expect with an 8% alcohol ABV.

Medium bodied, with soft, bubbly feel that gives way to a dry tart finish. Not sour, to be sure, but definitely on the tarter side.

A decent brew, and certainly the first I've had from Lancaster Ohio. I bought this at a specialy alcohol shop in Columbus for $22, and while I'm enjoying this ale, it is not a $22 bottle of beer. I've since seen it for much less in the Cleveland area ($14-$16), which I think is more reasonable, particularly if obtaining a fully organic ale is important to you (this one is certified by both the USDA and the OEFFA).

TheHoppiest, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of speedvagen
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

speedvagen, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of hustlesworth
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

fingers definitely crossed

A- pours a mostly clear reddish brown which turns to bright ruby red when held up to incandescent light. tan foam is light and airy and settles quickly to a loose disk leaving no lace behind.

S- sweet, fruity and yeasty. fig, date, banana, plum, raisin, cookies, chocolate, clove, nutmeg, brown sugary malt, sandalwood, and some berry like tartness. very nice.

T- same odd bitterness as in the wit and the saison. what kind of hops are they using? is it from the yeast or something? dude, i gotta say i don't like it. i still have a bottle of the tripel yet to try and i think i'll cellar it for a few years. some spicy yeast flavors remain behind but nearly every trace of malt flavor is wiped away by this acrid bitterness. again, very disappointed.

MF- nice body with carbonation that expands on the palate giving it a larger than life creamy feel.

D- i now officially feel that i wasted $60 on these four bottles from rockmill. something needs to be done with this weird bitterness.

hustlesworth, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of movingtrain
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is exciting...a Belgian-style brewery in Ohio! I love the idea behind Rockmill, and can't wait to get over to Lancaster for a visit.

In the meantime, here is a review of my first beer from Rockmill. I found this while visiting a good friend up in Columbus.

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. The bottle describes the beer as being certified organic, bottle-conditioned, and unfiltered. Sampled from a Bornem glass.

Pours a hazy/cloudy brown. Man, this truly is unfiltered...the body of this is very clouded, and lots of yeast floating around. There is a small white head floating on top. Looking at the bottle, there is a thick layer of yeast that has settled on the bottom, and most likely contributing to the cloudy appearance of this beer.

The aroma of this dubbel actually kind of smells like wort. It has a very sweet smell, and very yeasty. There is some spice in there--cinnamon, clove, wet grass/hay, honey, wildflowers, and some bitterness in the nose.

The taste is very sweet, somewhat citrusy like an orange juice, or more likely a cider. The finish offers a burnt chocolate flavor and crusty bread. It is very dry, almost salty. There are elements of dark fruit, too. The alcohol lingers quite a long time, a bit pungent. The beer is overwhelmingly yeasty.

This is a chewy brew. Lots of sediment gives it an interesting mouthfeel, earthy and dry.

I feel like this beer is young yet. The sweet flavors remind me so much of tasting wort where yeast has just been pitched. I would like to see where this beer is in a year. Right now, the beer tastes immature and in need of age. That said, I can see good things coming from Rockmill in the future.

movingtrain, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

jaidenjb, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of projectflam86
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. By far the most difficult cork that I've ever dealt with. That thing was in there pretty good...

A- Pours a nice cola brown color with a thick slightly off white head that leaves good lacing.

S- Very sweet caramel malt aromas with some spice and lots of dark fruit scents as well. Belgian yeast and toasted bread.

T- Dark and light fruits lead the way initially with very strong notes of banana and raisins. Caramel, figs, tobacco, and some brown sugar round out the flavors. The yeast plays a major role in the flavor here and adds some delicate spices and complexity. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Even with the spritzy carbonation the mouthfeel is actually much fuller than I was expecting. Smooth and creamy with a very nice lingering sweetness.

O- This is my first of the Rockmill brews but I must say that I am impressed. I'll definitely be heading back to the store to pick up the others.

projectflam86, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of addiwilliams
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

addiwilliams, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of KFBR392
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

KFBR392, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 2/25/2012. Pours very hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing on the glass, wit ha fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of cherry, raisin, pear, apple, molasses, pepper, clove, herbal, earth, dark candi sugar, toast, biscuit, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of big raisin, pear, apple, molasses, dark candi sugar, pepper, clove, herbal, earth, toast, and yeast spices. Lightly tart yeast esters on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, molasses, herbal, dark candi sugar, pepper, clove, earth, toast, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors with good complexity, and no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and slightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after this finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel. Great flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. Very well done and highly enjoyable.

superspak, Jul 16, 2012
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Dubbel from Rockmill Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.