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Vanilla Tree Dubbel - Westbrook Brewing Co.

Vanilla Tree DubbelVanilla Tree Dubbel

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 21.24%


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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GPHarris

Alabama

4.24/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 16:54:26 | More by GPHarris
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JonnyVendetta


4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Westbrook is a local hero, and they keep cranking out great quality and unique beers. Many of their beers have very complex flavors and it can cause the flavor to be almost harsh, not to say that is necessarily a bad thing.

This vanilla heavy beer pours a dark caramel, almost chocolate color with a short-lived creamy tan head. Upon first taste is provides a crisp taste of vanilla with a hint of spice. The spice becomes more apparent in flavor and aroma as the candi syrup lingers.

Design: Westbrook incorporates classic lettering in bold white, accented with more playful illustrations of a vanilla tree, oak barrels, and decor on a wood grain background.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 01:49:37 | More by JonnyVendetta
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 16:48:53 | More by thagr81us
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brownish color and a slightly hazy consistency.There was an inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: The vanilla was very evident in the aroma, along with malt and some fruit.

T: As it was with the smell, the taste had a good deal of vanilla - not a bad thing - along with malt, yeast, and light fruit (apples). Definitely not your classic dubbel, but it's very vibrant and interesting.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a prickly, lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a different type of beer, but well worth checking out.

Serving type: growler

12-09-2011 14:25:17 | More by avalon07
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ksimons

New York

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a dark chestnut with hints of ruby highlights with a fingers worth of creamy looking head that sticks to the glass

S-rich malt, Belgian yeast, vanilla, and a light bit of dark fruit

T-taste is similar to the smell. It is also unlike other dubbel's I have had, probably due to the vanilla and some fruitiness. I like it though. Good blend of malt, yeast, vanilla, dark cherries, and a mild amount of hops to give it some balance.

M-medium body, medium carbonation, slight drying taste left in the mouth

Overall I am a big fan of Westbrook. So far I have liked all of the beers of theirs I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 23:07:36 | More by ksimons
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thadbme

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a darker brown caramel color into a wine glass that I've got on hand. About half a finger of head, low to mild carbonation on it. The head disapears rather quickly. In the light the beer appears to be a caramel color.

S: A sweet smell to it, more of a caramel smell than the vanilla but its there. Its just a hint, nothing overpowering. The malts smell like they are toasted, in a coffee house kind of smell. There was something else that was there that I couldn't pick up on, and I read from their website, its the oak chips that it was toasted on.

T: A slightly sweet taste with a hint of malts. Its blended well, and is a very smooth drink. I think this is something that the wife would approve of. Not a hint of alcohol in this one, the only thing slowing it down is the fact that it is sweet. A nice pickup for a growler, think this could be a glass or two beer for other folks to drink. Covered in overall better, but I really wish the malts and oak were a little bit more prevalent.

M: Light to Medium body, mild carbonation, not really a great deal of head to the beer. Goes down very easy.

O: A good brew to try. This is a different kind of dubbel than I've tried and that is likely due to the sweetness that comes out from the beer. Its blended very well and nothing is overwhelming. I think its almost a little bit underwhelming, and I was hoping that the flavors would be a little bit stronger (more hops, more oak flavor). The vanilla was just about right. Don't regret trying this one, its worth a shot.

Serving type: growler

10-29-2011 01:40:11 | More by thadbme
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Ruby brown color with a 1-finger creamy, frothy, cream-colored head. Nice retention as the head fades down into a thin cap of froth that sticks around throughout, and there’s some patchy lacing. The color is in the right place, but the head characteristics aren’t as great when compared to true Belgian dubbels.

S – I’m getting a lot going on here – Chocolate, vanilla, plums, black cherries, candi sugar, cloves, a touch of oak, and some medicinal phenols. The aroma isn’t bad, but the medicinal qualities make it a bit less smooth than good Belgian examples. The aromas also aren’t quite as well blended as the better examples.

T – It starts off with a mix of sweet malt flavors and spices, specifically plums, raisins, black cherries, cloves, vanilla, molasses, and a bit of cocoa. As the taste progresses, vanilla becomes more prevalent, along with candi sugar. Towards the finish, dry, woody oak appears. It’s not your typical dubbel, but it’s certainly not bad.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a creamy and velvety smooth mouthfeel, and a sweet and somewhat dry finish. Malty and dark fruity sweetness lingers for a bit along with some oak dryness. The creaminess makes the mouthfeel very close to great dubbels; I just find it extraordinarily hard to find an American example with a spot-on Belgian mouthfeel.

O – This is a decent beer, albeit not the best example of a true dubbel. All the elements are there in the aroma, taste, and mouthfeel, but they’re just not where they need to be to make it a good example. The head characteristics could be slightly better, the aroma has some medicinal phenols that are slightly off-putting, and the aromas and flavors aren’t as well-melded as good dubbels. The mouthfeel is maybe the best part and is very close to the real deal. The oak is an interesting factor, but doesn’t really add to the beer in any major way. I can’t lie and say that I didn’t expect more from Westbrook, but hey, they make so many fantastic beers that they deserve a pass every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 03:17:33 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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Bung

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 01:18:23 | More by Bung
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RescueKitty

Montana

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 01:13:16 | More by RescueKitty
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 23:57:01 | More by Sammy
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 16:46:02 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - Sam's Beer & More in Lexington, South Carolina. Bottled on: FEB232012.

Appearance: Very light, beige-hued head on the slim size with a dark brown, hazed body underneath.

Smell: Plum skins, some raisins, and a dusting of Dutch process cocoa atop a base of well-toasted maltiness. Then, some prickly phenols, a spritz of liquor. Sniffing around in vain for the purported vanilla and oak have me feeling a bit fleeced.

Taste: Deeply toasted malts with some brown sugar, some caramel, and even some chocolate powder. The vanilla character is particularly light, the oak hints are rather low as well. Modest esters. Some licorice-hinted spiciness, a sliver of dried herbs. Phenolic, warming finish with light touches of chocolate and, if you squint and tilt your head just right, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Light stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: So-so. I liked the idea of vanilla beans and oak chips, but they just didn't deliver in the final product. Take out the elements and even the underlying dubbel was somewhat lacking.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 16:26:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apprearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a modest head that fades somewhat quickly leaving only a few vague strands

Smell: Burnt brown sugar and vanilla, with earthy herbal elements

Taste: Burnt brown sugar and vanilla, up front, with an aggressively charred, herbal flavor developing by mid-palate and lingering, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: After a long string of great beers from Westbrook, I am afraid this one misses the mark with me; more like an American Strong than a dubbel and I just don't care for the flavor profile

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:17:04 | More by brentk56
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is brownish orange with a small, light tan head. The aroma offers malt, apples, light spice, subtle yeast. Smells like adult apple juice. The flavor is quite a bit different, with a lot of brown sugar in addition to apple cider. Alcohol is present throughout, but ot overpowering. Overall, a decent beer but not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 01:03:36 | More by Huhzubendah
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oline73

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bomber into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy mahogany color with a thin layer of off white head. The head fades toa ring around the glass.

Smell: I'm getting a dark fruit like malt, but this one doesn't seem particularly sweet. There is a whole lot of oak going on here.

Taste: There is a ton of oak here too. I think this is a bit too bitter for the style. I'm getting some malt and a touch of dark fruit, but no real sweetness. The finish is bitter with lots of oak and just a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium to thin with carbonation that dies rather quickly. The finish is really dry.

Overall: I wanted a lot more sweetness from this one. There is a ton of oak and not enough vanilla. I'd pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:26:45 | More by oline73
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark cloudy brown body with a little fizzy head or not much at all.

S - vanilla, oak & dark fruits. I was thinking subdued vanilla with a dubbel backbone.

T - Very metallic to me. The taste follows the smell.

B - Light bodied carb on all accounts. Seems undercarbed to me.

O - I like what this brewery does. But, this beer isn't dialed in at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 22:38:42 | More by cvm4
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this Dubbel on tap, at the brewery, in a pint glass. Poured dark brown color, produced a small tan head, poor retention and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of some roasted malt, raisin, chocolate and a slight touch of vanilla. Medium in body, this ale featured roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, vanilla bean and some spice...Ginger perhaps? Overall, this ale was ordinary, not a traditional Dubbel and not different enough to make me want to order a second.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2012 20:22:38 | More by GossageBrewery
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mdfb79

New York

2.45/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 03/30/12 notes. Bottle shared by Thorpe429 to start off our mini-Westbrook tasting. Poured into a tulip. Bottled on 02/23/12.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, fruity malts, lightly musty, light roasted notes, light vanilla, some oak, and some spice. Interesting, but a little bit of a weird mix; doesn't seem to mesh well together.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, fruity malts, metallic, light vanilla, spices, pepper, light wood and toasted malts. Like the nose, doesn't mesh well together, and has something of a metallic taste to it. A step down.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No real heat.

o - Overall a disappointing beer after trying their berliner. Just doesn't mesh well together and the taste is a bit off. Far and away the worst of the four Westbrook beers we tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 15:51:09 | More by mdfb79
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drabmuh

Maryland

1.75/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer is a complete disaster. Gross beyond belief.

Beer is brown and hazy with a lazy off white head of small bubbles, decent retention, no lacing moderate carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is a mixture between yeast and trash.

Beer is undrinkable, it has this late tobacco-ish roastiness to it, strong but gross. Never again.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 18:13:46 | More by drabmuh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.65/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle courtesy of beerbyrd. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a light-medium brown color with a decent off-white head. Not too much lacing on the way down.

The nose carries some really strange notes from the start. There's some fruity malt plus some odd spices. I can't really pick out any vanilla anywhere. Honestly, the whole thing is a muddled mess, and that carries over through the flavor. You could maybe say there's a dubbel somewhere in the background, but I really don't get much out of this besides some odd malt and some spice.

Body is medium and oddly spice. Really, I just don't know what was wrong with this one. It was like some prune juice with spice. Beyond that, I had difficulty describing just what it was that was going on.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 03:13:51 | More by Thorpe429
Vanilla Tree Dubbel from Westbrook Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.