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Vanilla Tree Dubbel - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 20.88%
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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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -70.6%

05-11-2013 01:08:26 | More by tommyguz
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.65/5  rDev -51.5%
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
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drabmuh

Maryland

1.75/5  rDev -48.5%
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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Heff19

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -41.2%

03-01-2012 01:56:43 | More by Heff19
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Circleo12

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -41.2%

01-30-2013 12:21:32 | More by Circleo12
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claytong

Vermont

2/5  rDev -41.2%

03-14-2013 00:52:53 | More by claytong
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henryhampton

South Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

11-30-2012 02:45:11 | More by henryhampton
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

01-06-2013 05:53:26 | More by sendbeer
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

11-10-2013 04:45:08 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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mdfb79

New York

2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
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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b2rade2n

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

05-20-2012 15:49:24 | More by b2rade2n
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ckk527

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

03-11-2012 22:54:34 | More by ckk527
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Jlang2012

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

01-08-2013 23:14:21 | More by Jlang2012
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
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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dvmin98

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.8%

03-16-2013 21:54:05 | More by dvmin98
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aasher

Indiana

3/5  rDev -11.8%

07-07-2012 22:49:48 | More by aasher
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Hopbully

Virginia

3/5  rDev -11.8%

07-16-2013 00:58:29 | More by Hopbully
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.8%

08-27-2012 17:36:19 | More by sholland119
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Soto

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.8%

09-06-2013 22:17:45 | More by Soto
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Alex5

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.8%

12-10-2013 23:18:00 | More by Alex5
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mrandypandy

Georgia

3/5  rDev -11.8%

05-06-2012 03:25:32 | More by mrandypandy
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.8%

05-21-2013 00:01:08 | More by ADTaber
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marshmeli

New York

3/5  rDev -11.8%

05-10-2013 20:52:42 | More by marshmeli
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
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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oline73

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Vanilla Tree Dubbel from Westbrook Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.