Dubbel Doodle - The Doodle Brewing Company
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Reviews by tito42:
3.4/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured from bottle to a Blvd. tulip. Brewed within 5 miles of my location, no date stamp on bottle.
A: Very hazy copper with a thin copper head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.
S: Bready yeast dominates, with raisin, apple cider, and caramel notes.
T: Raisin, plum, and tart apple up front with biscuity yeast and a peppery finish. Lots of fruit up front without being too sweet. Some dark candy sugar but a bit lacking in flavor in the middle. A spicy kick at the back end.
M: A nice, mild hop bitterness at the finish. Dries the palate but not unpleasantly so. Just a little on the watery side.
O: A nice entry from a very small, self-proclaimed "artisanal" brewery. The epitome of "local." It is like a very good home brew that is available through a couple dozen local stores. A lot of rich fruit flavors are enjoyable, but I'd like a little more body and a bit more flavor to follow up the fruit. Nice job.
04-08-2012 02:42:24 | More by tito42
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3.38/5 rDev +1.8%
Very excited to try the inaugural offering from Doodle. A freshly delivered 22oz brown bottle poured into a .4L Bruery Tulip. The hiss from the bottle when opening is worth noting. It's a good sign for a Belgian-style beer.
A cloudy, deep chestnut brown body yields a very nice three fingers of off-white foam. Foam is nicely dense and holds appropriately and leaves a nice lacing behind on the glass. red/amber hints around the edges of the glass, with a reddish brown middle. Just right.
Aromas of yeast-derived and (guessing) Styrian-Goldings hop spices burst from the bottle and really blossom during the pour. The spice is overwhelming really. It takes a lot of effort and concentration to get to the dark fruit aromas in here. But, they do exist in the aroma which is good. However, the spicy pink peppercorn feels out of control.
Flavor is subdued spices from the nose with a nice soft malt balance. There is still a hint of the raisin and fig dancing in the background, but again, it takes some effort to find those style-appropriate flavors. This one just doesn't feel quite dialed in yet.
The mouthfeel is perfect. Carbonation level is perfect with a great scrubbing action that fits the Belgian digestible characteristic perfectly. There is a slight creaminess for a bit before it dries out and leaves you ready for more. This beer nails the mouthfeel for a dubbel.
Drinkability is a mixed bag. Finishing this glass will be easy, but the high spice level will keep me from another. This will go well with a number of foods and isn't a bad beer by any means.
Doodle is new and this is a very good first step. For fans of true Belgian style ales, it's a good one to try for a different slant. For those who like the sweet American knock-offs, stay away. I wonder if a couple of months age will tame the spice and leave an exceptional beer behind.
Keep it up Doodle, I will certainly give you many more chances.
03-06-2011 00:38:29 | More by gwguest
2.78/5 rDev -16.3%
Thanks to welosiped for sending this bottle out my way a bit back. Served in a Mikasa goblet.
Pours a reddish-copper color that is mostly see through. Initial foamy off-white head falls fairly quickly to a quarter-finger cap without leaving too much lacing. Impressive retention of the cap, however. The nose has a light amount of dark fruits and a bit of caramel. Flavor is far too much sweet red grape and a bit of raisin, along with an odd bitterness on the back-end. Feel is too thin and not chewy enough. Not something I'd come back to.
08-09-2011 14:45:30 | More by Thorpe429
3.4/5 rDev +2.4%
22oz. bomber served into a tulip glass
Pours a tawny, light copper color. Somewhat murky at the center of the body. 1.5 fingers of tight, buttermilk colored head leave behind adequate lacing. Above average for the style.
The first thing that hits me with respect to the aroma is the array of spices. You can't really pick out, say, nutmeg from clove from brown sugar but you get the sense that you're smelling each of them combined. I pick up a vegetal quality as well, which is intriguing and typically found only in actual Belgian Dubbles (not American iterations of them). Distant coffee grounds and some semi-sweet chocolate chips. Obvious breadiness. There's nothing here that amazes, but it pushes enough of the right buttons to secure a 3.5 score from me.
The taste follows the nose: a light mix of brown malt flavors (chocolate chip cookies, coffee grounds) structured around a dominant spice profile from the yeast strain. Just a kiss of dark fruits. That vegetal quality I picked up on in the nose? It's certainly here. A friend calls it out as being celery. I might not go that far, but it's a green vegetal taste that comes close to being celery. Which, I'm all for, frankly.
The mouthfeel is dissapointing. It is pretty watery and thin. There's a certain dryness, too, where this style usually calls for lots of sweetness. I'm OK with the Dubbel having a less sweet side. I enjoy that side of the Dubbel. Overall, this is a solid American iteration of the Dubbel style. This differs from a lot of Dubbles in that it isn't all that sweet. It has a green vegetal component that makes me think of this beer as a little brother to St. Bernardus 6. This was a cheap, tasty bomber of beer that I'd like to see in six-pack form. If you've ever wanted to session a Dubble, this initial offering from Doodle Brewing is a beer you should try.
05-08-2011 06:43:40 | More by Reaper16
2.75/5 rDev -17.2%
Unfortunately, this was one of the least appealing looking beers I've ever seen. There wasn't any head or lacing. As a result, the brownish, cloudy brew looked most analogous to diarrhea. There were tiny flecks left at the bottom of my glass. Not sure what they are. I hate to rate a beer this low on "appearance," especially since the rest of the beer isn't so bad. But it's the truth.
The smell has some belgian yeasts and is malt dominated but it's too faint, really.
The taste is pleasant enough, though. A little sweetness, malts, no discernible hops. But it's too watery and there's not enough complexity.
It's not a terrible beer (except for the appearance). It's just a poor representative of this excellent style. All that said, it's drinkable and you could have quite a few. I just wouldn't, given that there are better Dubbels out there.
I will re-review at a later date, hoping that this relatively new local brewery has improved upon the appearance and made the taste a little more robust.
06-05-2011 15:08:01 | More by jar2574
3.8/5 rDev +14.5%
These just hit the shelves from the brand new brewery from Liberty, MO.
22 oz bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. There is a half inch tan head that quickly recedes, but leaves clusters of lacing on the surface. Body color is warm maple syrup color, with minimal clarity around the edges. The center of the glass only lets shadows be seen.
The smell is not very strong at first, though it does develop as the beer warms. There is a mild spicy Belgian yeast bite, surrounded by sweet ginger. The sugars are taffy like. Taffy is a great way to describe the flavor. It is sweet and soft. There is a spiced raisin finish with a little more ginger.
Mouthfeel is a little on the light side for a dubbel. The ABV is not listed on the bottle, but I get the impression this is around 6-7%. Even still, I find this a very drinkable offering. I could probably put down a couple of bottles on the weekend and not feel bad about it. This is a strong start for Doodle Brewing, and I can't wait to see what's next.
03-01-2011 03:06:03 | More by bort11
3.63/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours a murky copper brown. Nice frothy head. Very unfiltered looking.
Spicy aroma. Dominated by Belgian yeast. Touch of Clove and nuttiness.
Butterscotch, spice, little bit of caramel. Dark fruits are there, but not very pronounced. Interesting scew from the traditional double.
Lots of carbonation. Fairly light body. Easy sipper at 7%. Not a fantastic brew, but a very solid take on the doubles style. I could easily drink the whole bomber without batting an eye. A great first offering. I'm expecting big things to come.
03-13-2011 04:44:50 | More by bfields4
2.9/5 rDev -12.7%
A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger head of off-white foam. It left minimal lacing.
S - It smelled of dried fruit and some nice Belgian spices. Some caramel and toffee notes, too.
T - It tasted a little over-carbonated, almost cola-like with sweet caramel. Fairly spicy with a touch of fruitiness.
M - It was crisp and sharp but slightly over-carbonated. A medium bodied ale.
O - This was a little off. I can see the potential, but the flavors were odd.
12-13-2011 02:37:44 | More by zeff80
3.05/5 rDev -8.1%
Glad to see Nick got his operation over at Doodle up and running. He's been trying to get operation off the ground for a while. Definitly will give his beer a shot.
Poured a capped double deuce into my over sized Triple Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a caramelized sugar mahogany with a massive 3 inch cap that leaves some substantial lacing down the glass. Overall, looks like a pretty nice double. Good start. The nose is fairly estery off the start. Nice spice, a bit of pepper. Honestly not much more then that. Just a hint of toast and a bit of caramel sweetness. No ripe fruits but just a hint of green apple. The flavor starts off with some spice. Nothing overwhelming but definitely still there. Followed by some toffee and what I perceive as some bitter bakers chocolate with some watery coffee. Kind of a odd combination for a Dubbel. Honestly, the mouthfeel is what drives me bananas. I'm really torn on it. Its extremely dry which is totally not what I was expecting. I love dry beers, but im just not sure about it in a Dubbel. I expect a little more heft in by Dubbels. Overall its a good start. I'm excited to see what else they put out. Here's hoping its a saison with this exact same dryness.
04-09-2011 01:28:35 | More by hwwty4
2.83/5 rDev -14.8%
Poured into a tulip.
It's a hazy copper. Tan head that goes away and little to no lacing.
It's got a hefty spice note. Yeasty. Sweet.
This beer has a lot of yeast. It's also got a firm spice bite. There is a bit of sweetness. This is a pretty dry beer though.
This is a very dry beer. It's not necessarily pleasant.
This beer missed the mark for me. The yeast did not flocculate well in the bottle and was a messy pour. Because of this the beer was much too yeasty for m taste and had an unpleasant feel.
01-18-2012 23:55:56 | More by TippySelenoid
2.9/5 rDev -12.7%
Been looking forward to trying this. Picked a couple up at a local store and sent one to a friend in Chicago. Bonus points for being from my Hometown. An aggressive pour from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.
A- Pours a beautiful deep copper color with 3 fingers width of fizzy tan head that leaves no lacing on the glass. This beer is surprisingly clear. Looks great.
S- Spicy Belgian yeast. Some dried dark fruits like raisins, figs, and plums. Slightly bready.
T- Something seems off, It's not as sweet and bready as I want it to be. Also, it's more bitter than I expected. Not really digging this. The appearance and the smell are much better than the taste.
M- Over carbonated, and too thin. Not near enough body for a dubbel, in my opinion.
O- Started off really promising. Really like the whole local aspect of this beer, as I grew up and currently live in Liberty, Mo. There is room for improvement though. I look forward to trying this again to see if it improves. Hopefully Doodle Brewing will put something else out to try too. Not willing to give up on Doodle Brewing yet.
05-30-2012 08:01:14 | More by rfbenavi80
3.55/5 rDev +6.9%
Shades of orange, red, and brown, with a narrow rim of tannish head, which died down from thicker pour.
Dark fruits, spices, a hint of Belgian yeast on the nose.
Carmelized sugar, figs, bubblegum, spiciness to close.
Pretty well carbonated - really highlights the variety of flavors.
Enjoyable, and looking forward to more from Doodle.
03-24-2011 01:59:36 | More by mdcrouser
3.28/5 rDev -1.2%
22oz bomber poured into a Lost Abbey goblet. The label is so damn literal!!
A: Pours a dark brown that looks slightly hazy and has slight hues of amber and orange. A fairly large two finger khaki colored head piles up on top and then settles slowly to a thick ring and a patchy film. Minimal lacing is left behind, with medium legs.
S: After the initial pour, there didn't seem to be much going on here. There is definitely a spicy Belgian yeast character, but that's about all that I could pick up on. As I let the glass sit for half an hour, though, it opened up a bit ... for better or for worse. The spiciness grew to an overpowering, although not completely unpleasant, level. There is also a earthy, grassy characteristic that is a nice complement to the spice and yeast. There are also some hints of fruit ... fig and possibly plum.
T: Immediately spicy, but not quite as overwhelming as the smell would lead you to expect. The spiciness is toned down just a little and allow some of the other characteristics to be showcased alongside the spices. There is a great malt profile that adds a little complexity, along with the belgian yeast. The finish is, of course, spicy an malty, but also has a considerable grassy note to it that verges on a fresh cut celery taste. Overall the taste is enjoyable, although it's lacking a bit of balance.
M: The mouthfeel is very nice. I'd peg it at medium, with a very nice carbonation level that creates a slight tingling sensation on the tongue. A slightly drying and spicy finish.
D: Moderate drinkability. The spiciness was initially too much for me, but after letting it warm and open up, it became much more enjoyable and quite easy to put down. Had I tried to finish this quicker, I would have passed on another glass, but having taken time with the first, I'll gladly give it another go.
Overall, this is a great place for Doodle to start. A solid effort and a mostly enjoyable beer that leaves room for growth. I'll continue to keep an eye on them! Thanks gwguest for sending a couple bottles my way!
03-26-2011 22:19:18 | More by Mississipping
Dubbel Doodle from The Doodle Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.