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Vanilla Tree Dubbel - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 20.82%
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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Cougar990

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

09-29-2012 14:05:16 | More by Cougar990
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12%

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

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +10%

07-20-2012 02:46:42 | More by buckyp
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aasher

Indiana

3/5  rDev -12%

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

Florida

5/5  rDev +46.6%

07-01-2012 19:26:25 | More by analienacorn
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

06-28-2012 12:08:19 | More by ohtheguilt
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Mattybz28

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

06-22-2012 02:02:00 | More by Mattybz28
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freduardo

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +32%

06-16-2012 01:45:32 | More by freduardo
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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

New York

4/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

05-29-2012 23:07:36 | More by ksimons
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b2rade2n

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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

Georgia

3/5  rDev -12%

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

05-05-2012 02:05:56 | More by tclapper
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +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.

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

Maryland

1.75/5  rDev -48.7%

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.

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

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

04-05-2012 02:03:11 | More by MarvinTheMarzen
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mdfb79

New York

2.45/5  rDev -28.2%

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.

04-04-2012 15:51:09 | More by mdfb79
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.65/5  rDev -51.6%

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.

04-03-2012 03:13:51 | More by Thorpe429
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

03-30-2012 01:04:03 | More by jrohrbacher
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JonnyVendetta


4.18/5  rDev +22.6%

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.

03-23-2012 01:49:37 | More by JonnyVendetta
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ckk527

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +32%

03-11-2012 16:25:26 | More by UltimateLivewire
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%

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

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

Montana

3.58/5  rDev +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.

03-09-2012 01:13:16 | More by RescueKitty
Vanilla Tree Dubbel from Westbrook Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.