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Vanilla Tree Dubbel - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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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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1/5  rDev -70.8%

tommyguz, May 11, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
1.65/5  rDev -51.8%
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 03, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -48.8%
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.

drabmuh, Apr 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

Heff19, Mar 01, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

Circleo12, Jan 30, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

claytong, Mar 14, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

henryhampton, Nov 30, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

sendbeer, Jan 06, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

iatethecloudsfor, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
2.45/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

mdfb79, Apr 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

b2rade2n, May 20, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

ckk527, Mar 11, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Jlang2012, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of GossageBrewery
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

GossageBrewery, Oct 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

dvmin98, Mar 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

aasher, Jul 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Hopbully, Jul 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

sholland119, Aug 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Soto, Sep 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

mrandypandy, May 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

ADTaber, May 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

marshmeli, May 10, 2013
Photo of cvm4
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

cvm4, Sep 06, 2013
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3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

oline73, Dec 08, 2012
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Vanilla Tree Dubbel from Westbrook Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.