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Vanilla Tree Dubbel - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 20.76%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Vanilla Tree is a Belgian-style dubbel brewed with a variety of dark crystal malts and dark Belgian candi syrup. After fermentation, the beer is aged on whole vanilla beans and toasted oak chips. The result is a wonderfully smooth, malty ale with notes of dark fruit, spice, and (naturally) vanilla and oak!

20 IBU

(Beer added by: thadbme on 10-29-2011)
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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by GPHarris:
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4.24/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a one finger thick creamy tan head into a tulip glass. the body was dark brown bordering on black.
s - vanilla with a hint of oak.
t - vanilla and roasted chocolate with a hint of oak in the finish.
m - creamy and smooth.
o - interesting take on a dubbel. the oak is subtle but well done.

GPHarris, Oct 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

SPRichard, Feb 25, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Though not hitting the dubbel style, still a decent production of something for dinner. Wasn't overly tasting, rather serviceable. Not very drinkable by itself. Average mouthfeel.Not cloying, but too sweet and would more interesting with a changed emphasis on spice.Thanks Doug.

Sammy, May 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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HuaiDan, Aug 12, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a dark reddish brown with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to a one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, earth, spices, scented candle, coffee, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, earth, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Every aspect of this one really flowed well together and enhanced the other components really well. The vanilla was very nice on the followthrough to help keep the brew interesting throughout the glass. Definitely a beer that is worth trying or seeking out.

thagr81us, Feb 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +46.2%

mbenthall, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17%

WillyMac, Nov 21, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes, had last Wednesday night at Gene's in Charleston.
Cloudy light brown pour, finger of light tan. Sticks to the glass ok.

Aroma, I get mostly yeast and vanilla. Some clove and allspice.

Taste, Quite a bit more nutmeg and allspice. Vanilla heavy after. Just mild malt, yeast, rainsin, brown sugar one might expect.

Just to the left side of mid bodied. Nice carbonation, drinks pretty well, as long as you get by the spice. A little over spiced and sweet for me, but worth trying once.

Bung, Feb 12, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber (bottled 11.11.12) into a Westmalle chalice (wishfull thinking via osmosis?)

A: pours a deep and dark chestnut brown. Nice color, but almost no head, a razor line. 2nd aggressive pour gave me maybe 5mm with very rapid dissipation .

N: doesn't smell like a Dubbel, the dark fruits I would expect are pretty subdued. Smells more like a Christmas ale, aged on oak, oak is almost the primary nose I get. Smells sweet, but not really Belgian Candy sugar sweet.

T: again, doesn't really taste like a Dubbel, more like a Christmas Ale or Winter Warmer. Nice maltiness that you would expect, sweet with light cocoa and a very subtle vanilla. Actually I was concerned when I bought it that the vanilla would blow out the rest of the beer taste, but seems the aging on vanilla beans does little other than suggest vanilla. Oak comes out in the finish.

MF: lack of carbonation is the miss for me. Smooth and easy to sip, with very little alcohol astringency on the finish. Nice, but probably not as velvety as a Westmalle or other true Dubbel.

Not a bad beer, just not a true Dubbel.

JeffreyJDavis, Dec 09, 2012
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UnderPressure, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

tclapper, May 05, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a bomber and poured into a tulip. The beer is a dark mahogany with a quarter inch tan head. This has the soft fruity scent of a dubbel with a hint of vanilla and malt and some dark brown sugar. Tastes of malts, dates and oak with a hint of vanilla and a soft spice in the background. Alcohol is not prominent. Carbonation is light and has a nice mouth-feel. Overall, not bad at all. A nice offering from Westbrook.

RescueKitty, Mar 09, 2012
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BeccaH, Sep 11, 2014
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Vanilla Tree Dubbel from Westbrook Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.