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Doublecross - Crux Fermentation Project

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 75
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 28.49%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crux Fermentation Project visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 04-18-2013

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 75
Reviews by switzer:
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Photo of woemad
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz (?!) bottle purchased at Mid Columbia Wine & Spirits in Kennewick, WA, about three months ago. This was the first place I’d seen beers from Crux, and I have to admit I fell for the cool label. Incidentally, that label lists the abv as 11%, and is stamped with a bottled-on date of “Jan 19 ’15.”

Poured a dark, ruddy color into a Chimay goblet, with a thin, bubbly beige head that vanished on the double-quick (a very thin beige foam collar stuck around).

Vinuous aroma, coupled with fruitcakey dark fruits and booze.

Sweet and bitter dark fruits and apples are the primary flavor characteristics, along with notes of red wine and an underlying boozy flavor. There’s an undercurrent of diacetyl that brings down the drinkability.

Too full bodied for an authentic Belgian experience, and the mouthfeel suffers for it.

Good flavors were present, but they were compromised by the diacetyl and the overall “heaviness.” Although only 12(ish)oz, it became something of a job to finish this, so I’m grateful this wasn’t a bomber or 750mL, as it might well have become a drainpour.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of distantmantra
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap @ baileys

Opted for the 10oz pour, rather than the offered 20oz pour (yikes). Served in a mini-nonic. Dark mahogany body - aromas of dark fruit, wood, booze. A nice radiating sweetness, rich chocolate malts. First offering from Crux was a pretty impressive BSDA

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy brown body.
The aroma is brown sugar, raisins and figs.
The taste has lots of dark dry fruits, mildly sweet and a latent alcohol heat.
The texture is soft.
It's great and super drinkable.

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Photo of SamuelR
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a dark reddish amber with a half finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark stone fruit, moderately estery, a touch of alcohol. Flavor starts with sweet dark fruit, caramel malt, clove then develops an herbal bitterness with residual dark fruits and moderate boozy element. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. The initial impression is very sweet, but the developing bitter herbal element tends to cover and complement the sweetness. A somewhat idiosyncratic take on a Belgian strong dark, but I rather enjoyed it. The finishing booziness is a bit of a negative, but there are plenty of strong flavors here to support it.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Codycusey
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vkv822
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

16.9oz : Teku

Clear, deep garnet colored body with a thin, bubbly light tan head.

Sweet, candi sugars upfront, some molasses, very faint Belgian yeast and dark fruit. Nice, but a bit subdued/one dimensional.

The taste is similar to the nose. Nothing offensive, and some good points, but really lacking in any complexity and fails to leave me with really wanting more.

Medium-thin body, mild foamy carbonation.

As stated above, nothing unpleasant, but also nothing particularly well done either and left me with no real desire to even finish the whole bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours like garnet stone (deep dark ruby). Little head that settles to NO bubbles. No lace as well.

Sweet and sour smell. Lots of berry, reminds me of a guerze.

Taste matches the smell--sweet and tart with a dark malt background. The finish is sour and lingers through the aftertaste slowly dissipating. Highly carbonated with a moderate body.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled during the recent Sasquatch fest. Wasn't a big fan of the pils they were pouring, but this stuff was great.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is quite attractive, as I pick up dark fruits, a hint of prune, chocolate, vanilla and underlying spice. The flavor profile replicated the nose in this fairly sweet dark ale, and mouthfeel is soft and fairly full. Alcohol was well integrated into the flavor profile, though you could tell it was up there a bit. Still, I would not have guess this was a 10% abv. beer if I hadn't been told.

Really an impressive effort from this new to me brewery.

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3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 9.10.13

A - Pours a dark caramel brown with a fluffy, active tan head that fades pretty fast.

S - Caramel, toffee, bready.

T - Toffee, raisin, dark fruits.

D - Medium body with good carbonation.

O - Sweet toffee and raisins with a lighter body. Ok.

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3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Doublecross from Crux Fermentation Project
83 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.