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Vanilla Tree Dubbel - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 20.53%
Wants: 5
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:
Beer added by: thadbme on 10-29-2011

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
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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 21
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4.24/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.77/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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Vanilla Tree Dubbel from Westbrook Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.