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Trubbel De Yards - Yards Brewing Co.

Trubbel De YardsTrubbel De Yards

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2002)
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Photo of jwhancher


3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 750-mL bottle at the brewer back in June. Poured into a oversized tulip glass for review. Pours a dark opaque brown with amber edges. Great lacing on the glass with fluffy head. Smells like burnt raisins with molasses, brown sugar and carmelly taffy. Tastes chewy with similar tastes as aroma. Feels medium to full. Overall, okay one-off. Like the idea of a Tripel/Dubbel hybrid, but I feel this one can't really find it's identity. Seems more like a dubbel to me. Even with that, still a decent beer. Not sure it's worth $10 a bottle, but still def worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 00:50:27 | More by jwhancher
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by Jeff. Thanks man.

The beer is dark chestnut brown with a thick, beige head. Ample lacing coats the glass. The aroma offers a prominent dose of banana, followed by Belgian yeast, malt, brown bread. Too much banana character in the flavor. A bit sharp and unbalanced. Not on par with the authentic Belgian dark beers I have grown to love.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:46:35 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a murky brown color with some light hints of red within. Upon pouring there is a tan colored head of about one finger height. The head is composed of lots of fizzy bubbles fading fast to leave some light streaking lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of darker fruits with plum, cherry and raisin. Along with the fruit there is a rather strong roasted malt aroma as well as sweeter smells of toffee and candied sugar. Rounding out the smell is an aroma of yeast bringing with it some notes of coriander and clove spice as well as some banana.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and roasted malt flavor upfront. The sweet is heavier of a caramel and toffee flavor at the start, but transitions to being more dominated by some darker and lighter fruits more toward the middle and the end of the taste. Along with the fruits coming into the tongue, so too does some spice flavors of clove and coriander with just a hint of yeast. A chocolate flavor develops more at the end of the tongue and is joined by some warming boozy alcohol tastes to end up leaving a sweet and darker malt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is average to slightly high. The combination is very nice for the darker and warming flavors of the brew all while complimenting well the fruitiness of the beer.

Overall- Very dubbel like in nature but with a bit more potency and some notes of a triple mixed within. A rather enjoyable brew for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 13:33:00 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of jjanega08


4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating

A= Pours a dark brown almost black color with a finger of thick head on it that holds steady retention with a light brownish color. Solid lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell has a nice dark roasty malt aroma to it with little of the Belgian candy sugar smell that I don't usually care for as much when it's overpowering. The Belgian yeast is kept tame in the nose as well but does make itself present lending wafts of esters. The plums and dark fruit Belgians usually have are not in the nose too much.

T= The taste has a nice dark cherry flavor that I notice immediately. The Belgian yeast esters come through a little more but they are not over the top. The black cherry is most dominate and it is unique to this beer. I haven't had too many beers with such a nice flavor. There is a little biscuit malt coming through the end and a nice dark fruit plum compliment follows.

M= A nice mellow carbonation.

O= This beer I wasn't expecting to enjoy as much. Dubbels aren't usually my thing but this beer is an exception. First beer from Yards and it's a winner. Check this beer out for sure if you can and big props to MPLSbrewer for the hook up!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 04:12:29 | More by jjanega08
Photo of metter98

New York

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy brownish red in color. It poured with a half finger high dark beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate of dark fruits are present in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is reminiscent of a dubbel and has some sweetness and flavors of candi sugars and dark fruits along with some hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer and I really liked it because it tasted liked an Imperial Dubbel, if the is such a style.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 02:46:43 | More by metter98
Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

AP: Nice rich dark brown colour with a 1/4" cream head that dissipates

AR: Really nice and complex aroma. Dark fruits (raisins and figs) are the first to hit my senses followed by toffee, baking chocolate, honey, caramel and under all that the light fruits (apricot, peach, white grape) try to push their way forward.

T: Taste follows the nose, but the lighter fruits have a stronger presence than in the aroma so the flavours are more in balance with each other. A hint of cola as well mixes in there making for a rather tasty brew.

M: Creamy with moderate carbonation, finish is surprisingly crisp and almost palate cleansing but at the very end there's a sticky coating of toffee and candi sugar that lingers.

OV: Intriguing blend of a Tripel and Dubbel that I thought was rather well done. I would seek to enjoy this one again, especially on draft.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 04:17:32 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
Photo of Suds


3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 22 ounce bottle, this ne'er is a dark brown beer. The head is medium brown, thick, and lasting. The s,ell is of Belgian yeast and dark malt...almost molasses scents with a cookie-like scent. Allspice-like with some earthiness. The taste is semi-dry, with lots of warming alcohol. Medium bitterness and lots of spice. Full in body. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 04:07:15 | More by Suds
Photo of philbe311


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Two fingers worth of densely packed uber lush creamy light khaki colored batter like head with a lot of big chunky bubbles sitting atop... Solid retention... Once receded, there is a mostly full yet splotchy veil of lacing and a moderately thick collar... The color teeters on the edge of deep dark candy apple red and a medium brown... A limited bit of moderate paced carbonation throughout...

S - A huge inviting aroma can be detected without even bringing one's nose near the glass... Lots of dark fruit to start... Plums... Cherries... Dates... Fig... Raisins... Some light tobacco notes... A mix of caramel and toffee sweetness... Some brown sugar as well... The Tripel notes are much more muted, but still quite inviting... The first of these is the Belgian yeast... The second is a light subtle spiciness... There is also a faint booziness present as well...

T - Almost exactly as the nose would lead you to expect... Lots of dark bing cherries... Plums are abundant as well... Some fig and date notes as well... The Belgian yeast and spicness takes a distant back seat, but are still adequately present and provides additional depth and complexity...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Sturdy and satisfying... On some slight carbonation... Smooth... Even and consistent... Goes down easily sip after sip after sip...

D - Very satisfying... Every facet of this beer is a success and I have no complaints... This brew only helps to solidify my the lofty regard in which I hold Yards... I can highly recommend this without hesitation...

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 01:02:01 | More by philbe311
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam. Light lace develops.

Smell: malt and yeast are most predominant on the nose.

Taste: big malt profile here. Yeast, prunes, and other dark fruits make a hearty dubbel style ale. Bitterness is mild and alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Long lasting aftertaste. Light crispness to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: this is a very drinkable hearty beer that goes down quickly despite the higher alcohol levels. Very satisfying overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 23:38:17 | More by Gavage
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bottle into a snifter, ruby/black pour, medium white head, light lacing. Dark fruit notes, alcohol on the nose. The beer taste like neither a dubbel or a tripel, but like other dark belgians. The beer is fruity, phenolic, notes of alcohol, lingering finish. The body is medium, average carbonation, dangerously drinkable. A tasty brew, I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 00:44:02 | More by bonkers
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An interesting concept, I suppose. This wasn't poured with any attention to the art of "head". Impenetrably black and viscous-looking, though it drank lighter and softer, presenting a modicum of lightly-oily smoothness. I had to run to catch the train, so I couldn't allow it to warm up and reveal the extent of its flavors and aromas, however, I can sum it up rather briefly...for this sample at least - Jäger, mellowed significantly in alcoholic fusel-osity, beefed up with a light-moderate amount of malt flavor and body. I didn't get the "biscuit, chocolate, and caramel" nor the "spiciness of a tripel" much at all. Not one of the more memorable Yards offerings, but something I might give a shot again at the brewery or elsewhere.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2013 04:57:09 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of fdig23


3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Appearance: deep mahogany brown with a khaki head

Nose: Coffee, caramel candies, subtle dark chocolate, some fig newton and black cherries.

Taste: Caramel forward with bitter coffee and raisins following behind. Some tripel-like banana and clove are present along with a hint of chocolate and toasted pumpernickel.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter in the mouth than the flavors call for. Sticky.

Overall: My favorite from Yards so far. Interesting idea and a unique flavor profile. A little lacking in the depth department but still a nice, tasty, original brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 04:15:14 | More by fdig23
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bomber poured into a stemmed tulip

A dark brown in color, reaching black through the core, with a creamy tan cap. The cap rose steadily to fill the glass and fell slowly. Some delicate spider web lacing and sip marks.

The nose is a little muted in spots. Caramel and roasted malt with brown sugar, fruit cake, brown bread, herbal hops, toasted nuts and a touch of booze laying low.

Cocoa powder and mild roast seem to hit first. Brown sugar, dried fruits, caramel, nuts, and some herbal hops through the middle. The finish is a residual sweetness, a touch of booze, and a lingering roast/chocolate bitterness. A decent balance. Definitely more dubbel than tripel.

Smooth, creamy feel. Full-body. Lush with just a touch of lingering sweetness.

This is an interesting beer. Definitely more dubbel notes than tripel notes. The latter imparting an herbal, phenolic presence that is subdued by the richer flavors of the dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 16:51:22 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whys this say retired? pretty sure this beer was just released. Darker color then expected, deep deep chestnut with a foamy off white head. Very nice roasty and nutty nose with touches of Dulce de leche, chocolate, and rich sweet caramel. Wow, really different, does kind of drink like a dubbel tripel blend. Sweet caramel and chocolate on the front end with chestnut flavor through out. Dubbel like flavors with a tripel like mouthfeel and body. Bright effervescence clean snappy finish. Pretty well balanced, complex and well layered. Caramel comes through nicely and is the dominant flavor of this beer. Dry tripel like finish balances the brew. So rich up front and crisp on the back end. Really really unique. Not the best beer I've ever had but it really pulls off something nice and different here. I love it. Alcohol slightly detectable but not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 03:46:01 | More by jtierney89
Photo of BeerLover99


3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown/black body, finger khaki milky head,
stunning lacing display

S: mild biscuit, malt, chocolate, caramel

T: caramel, chocolate, biscuit malt, subtle spices,
smooth finish

M: med/heavy body, creamy/smooth mouth
very light semi-dryness in finish

O: Compelling beer experiment, still leans more
to the dubbel side of the equation. Curious to see
what other craft beer fans think of this creation. I would
try/enjoy again. Alcohol is well hidden, sneaks up on you.
Fine intro Belgian style and complex for craft beer geeks.


Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 21:13:19 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Winter 2012-2013 release.

Dark brown with mahogany highlights. The head is several fingers high and displays excellent retention. Lots of chunky lace left behind. Classic BSDA aroma - leads with chalky yeast, follows with toffee malt and ripe dark fruit. Floral hop note along with some brown sugar.

This 9.3% ale drinks more like a 7.3% ale, in a good way. Rich and malty, sweet at first but balanced out with a light hop bitterness. A bit of yeasty phenols give way to plentiful fruity esters of raisin, plum. Very well carbonated with an almost creamy, stout-like smoothness. Drinking an entire bottle in a single sitting is very possible, and enjoyable. As tasty and drinkable as this is, it still falls a bit short of the true stand-outs in terms of richness and complexity of flavor.

Been a while since I had a Yards, but this is a real treat and certainly their best release to date. This is drinking very well when fresh, so buy now and drink now.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 18:22:21 | More by gr0g
Photo of Rifugium


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Yards, Philly, PA

Dark brown pour, more or less opaque, with a 1/2 inch or so of foamy tan head that sank to a ringlet, and left a few dots of lacing on the glass. Dried dark fruits and caramel in the nose, booze, and light spice. This is labeled as a "tripel dubbel," but definitely comes off more as a dubbel. The aroma was reflected in the taste, caramel malts, brown sugar, dried fruits, slightly woody and nutty, with an herbal and earthy hop finish. Fairly boozy throughout. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty good overall, but I definitely like the bourbon-aged version better.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2013 23:42:28 | More by Rifugium
Photo of SwarthmoreBev1


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was given a 750 ml bottle to try. I poured it into a tulip style glass, and was pleasantly surprised by the darkness of the brew as I poured it into my glass. It was blackish in color with a 1 and a half finger head that was a dark cream color. When I smelled it, I noticed the caramel aromas from the roasted malts.
As I drank this it was not as sweet as I was expecting (i.e Golden Monkey). The sweetness was muted, which made the beer better! The roasted aroma came around to the taste and was a joy to drink.
I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Belgian beers, and that this came out in the winter, was perfect timing from Yards.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 21:33:36 | More by SwarthmoreBev1
Photo of BARFLYB


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Grey Lodge.

A- Comes to me looking dark ale like with a dark shade of black with some brown peeking towards the edge. A coat of burnt sugar like foam that left slight stick.

S- A nice play of dark fruit and nuts mixed in with some bready Belgian yeast and some aroma hops in the back. More dubble in smell than a triple?

T- A great way to start the day at 7AM. A medley of dark fruit and berry flavor with grape and some lingering Belgian Yeast complimenting a triple middle in taste, if that makes sense. Nuts in the end making for a dubble in every sense.

M- Medium bodied with a nice carb and a fruity finish. Alcohol does not make a whimper and Im left with some grapes in the end between sips.

D- Im glad Yards decided to brew this one up again and hope it does not take another 5+ years for it to be done again. Imma get more glasses of this before it runs out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 04:15:24 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of oglmcdgl


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A short pour on tap at the grey lodge for the groundhog day event.

A- comes to me with a small cap of creamy tan head that settles in a few to leave a thickish ring and a nice wisp or two on top. The body is a murky dark brown with an amber glimmer at the edges.

S- sweet fruits and a deep yeasty goodness. Some dark bread and a pixie stick sugary sweetness. A little caramel and fruit cake.

T- spiced fruits and caramel cake. A good yeast mustiness and cocoa powered. I keep coming back to the spiced fruit cake thing that's going on.

M- a bit more then medium in body and a small bubbled yet assertive carb that tingles nicely.

D- this is a cool brew for sure, a nice twist on the styles is the way to say it I guess. Ill add a super nice addition to any good breakfast.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 13:33:41 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Back on tap at the Yards brewery...

Pours a mahogany brown color with thin cap of yellowy white head, good lacing in the proper glassware. Scent is lightly sweet blend of dark fruits, candied sugar, belgian yeasts and biscuity malts. Taste brings the above components of scent, very plesent best described as a highly approachable dubbel without the cloying sweetnes or overpowering fruityness or bold yeastyness or alcohol burn of many in the style. A nice lightly bubbly carbonation level, slight dryness on the end. A pleasent suprise to find on tap and a very approachable belgian style beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 15:50:21 | More by rfgetz
Photo of darthpeepee


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from the Yard's Brewery on 12/23/10. Maybe they un-retired this beer?

A - Dark brown, Light black. Light tan head and lacing. Served in an snifter.

S - Dark, fruity aroma. Alcohol smell was present.

T - At first, tasted like your average dubbel. Dry, dark fruit taste, light hop flavor. Once the beer got towards room temperature, the flavors really started to come out. The alcohol taste actually subdued a bit and more of the grain flavor was present.

M - Medium body

D - At first, I was not impressed with the beer but once it started warming up I really changed my mind. Dubbel's aren't my favorite of the beer styles however Yard's has done a great job with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 17:48:00 | More by darthpeepee
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 1 1/2 year old keg at Bridgid's:

Appearance: Arrives with a cola brown color and a modest head that declines to a ringlet but leaves no lacing behind

Smell: Dark fruit aroma with some woody notes and some alcohol

Taste: The dark fruit comes through as a tamarind flavor on the opening; after the swallow, the oxidation from the age comes through, providing an interesting dry wood complexity along with some tart acidity on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with very modest carbonation

Drinkability: This beer has matured to provide a rather interesting flavor profile - slightly sweet but lots of tartness and dry woody complexity; I'd like to taste this when it was younger just to gain some perspective

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2006 02:13:04 | More by brentk56
Photo of crookedhalo


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served a deep mahogany color with no head at all. Filled to the snifter's brim. Warming alcohol and roasted candi sugars mostly made up the aroma with fleeting glimpses of rum soaked raisins and tropical esters. A hybrid dubbel/tripel, eh? Initial sip tells me it's more like a dubbel than a tripel. Lots of dark roasted candi sugars and raisiny fruit esters. Lightly dry in the finish like a tripel, though. Hops are moderate and kept mostly in the background of the finish. Very warming. My only gripe is the lack of significant carbonation. Even a vigorous swirl once the snifter was halfway through didn't induce any head whatsoever. The flavor was great, though. Due to the alcohol, it took me almost an hour to consume a 12 oz. snifter. Definitely a beer to revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2005 06:10:23 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of francisweizen


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having had a bad example of this brew a few years back I was really excited about getting a chance to try this beauty at Yards' 2004 open house. Anyway, we had this in the "Secret room" of Yards from a just tapped keg. Although this was served a bit too cold, this was a beauty to behold. Dark brown/ruby with a nice head of khaki-coloured foam that left nice lacing as well. Nice! The aroma was definately like a cross between a Dubbel and a Tripel. Banana, yeasty fruity esters, sweet candy sugar, nice malts, and subtle leafy hops. The taste was very good as well with a nice balance of sweetness and tart bitterness to balance this one out and make it remarkably smooth. Although BA's who are not fans of Banana, should probably stay away from this one, as it had a very heavy Banana taste, IMVHO. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, slick and smooth, and the drinkability was great as well. Thanks Yards!

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2005 19:17:00 | More by francisweizen
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Trubbel De Yards from Yards Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.