Doublecross - Crux Fermentation Project

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crux Fermentation Project visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ccrida on 04-18-2013

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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 14
Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This tastes more like honey than any beer I've had that didn't claim to be brewed with honey. The dry finish is almost tannic in it's sudden takeover of the sensation in the mouth. The initial taste also reminds me of IHOP berry pancake syrup, starting out sweet and ending up bitter. There's that medicinal note at the finish. Stems and seeds.

The aromatics are very intriguing. Cedar and raisin pie. Even hints of cinnamon and allspice. The color is a dark copper with a brief flush of foam. The carbonation stays a little longer on the tongue as you sip. An interesting strong brew, From the 500 ml bottle purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland. Bottled on 02/17/15. This batch is 11% ABV.

Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into my Val-Dieu goblet.

Appearance: ruddy, tawny hue with a good effervescence and a moderate haze. Head poured a pretty thin layer of ivory foam, but despite that it's still a good looking beer.

Smell: rich and sweet raisin, date and tobacco aroma. There's a bit of dustiness and a whiff of strong alcohol (which I like) and a dash of biscuit (of which I'm not so fond). Mostly a very good aroma, though.

Taste: toasty and a little biscuity, like a Belgian-inspired altbier. There are good dark-fruit flavors, though, with more of that raisin and date character. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a good creaminess that I rather like.

Overall: it's hard for me to *love* this beer, what with its biscuity qualities, but otherwise it has a lot going for it. The more I drink, the less the biscuit bothers me; I think as it warms the fruitiness comes out better; it's pretty good stuff. I could see being in the mood for this again.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Photo of ccrida
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught at Bailey's, DoubleCross is mahogeny with a small, big-bubbled off-white collar that leaves

Smell is fruity, dark crued fruits, prune, some rum-raisin. Some gingerbread spice.

Taste is deep dark fruits and malts, yet there is an elgegant litheness to it. Smooth, nice depth.

Mouthfeel is light, digestible. A touch stichy, and drying from the ABV.

Drinkability is very good, this is well executed, smooth and flavorful.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of woemad
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of vkv822
3.06/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500mL from Belmont Station.

A: Brown with red tints. Head rapidly forms into a bubbly crest and then recedes into nothingness. Decent legs.

N: Raisin, toffee, prune, bubble gum, clove, coriander, and a hint of banana. A little bit of smokiness. Lots of esters. Pretty good approximation of a Belgian, albeit not quite as smooth around the edges.

T: Biscuity, slightly bitter, and moderately sweet. A bit light on the flavor, but what flavors it does have blend together well.

M: Somewhat watery. A little bit sticky, and alcohol exhibits itself.

O: A much better beer than a number of Crux bottles I’ve opened. It lacks that deep complexity of its Belgian forbears as well as the luxurious mouthfeel, but I’d be willing to try this again.

Photo of Fux
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark amber / light brown with a small beige head that fades quite quickly.
S: Smell of caramel malts, toffee, some dark fruits and soaked fruits with some fruity esters and yeasts aromas. Nice.
T: The taste is not as rich as foreseen from the nose, mainly malty, but with lots of phenolic flavors and a herbal scent which is a bit disturbing, somehow medicinal. Does not last very long on the palate.
M: Medium bodied with a low carbonation. This makes this ale a bit cloying given the bottle is 500ml.
O: Quite a well made Belgian strong ale, true to the style, pleasant from the nose, but not really exciting after all. Enjoyable but quite forgettable.

Photo of JakesCrew
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Opened on December 28, 2013
Appearance: Attractive, amber color, no head
Smell / Aroma: Vanilla, boozy
Taste: Strong dominant boozy / bourbony flavor up front and throughout, sweet malty / candy flavors mixed-in
Drinkability: Low, too boozy
Overall: A boozy beer, fine for the style but not a standout
Serving Type: Bottle

Doublecross from Crux Fermentation Project
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