Trubbel De Yards - Yards Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by metter98:
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of sponberg
4.79/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled: 1 liter flip-top bottle, in Belgian snifter. A cross between a Belgian dubbel and a Belgian tripel (taste of a dubbel, strength of a tripel).

Aroma that is straight out of Belgium - chocolatey fruity malt notes, with many signature Belgian tones. One of the best smelling beers I've sampled. Pours a beautiful chestnut brown. The flavors of Belgian malt and candi sugar (used?) just blossom on the tongue - velvety, chocolaty, with a number of fruity notes. I lost count of the flavors and wanted to grab a glass away from any one of my friends, whom I had unwisely split the beer with as I quickly realized I should have kept this bad boy to myself. Incredibly smooth - of course, the beer that preceded it was Dogfish Immort Ale, so... Flavor-wise, definitely more dubbel than tripel. An outstanding beer, IMO.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must remark on the unique one liter flip top bottle that you don't see many off helps move this beer off the shelves I bet. Picked it up in Erie at the six pack shop. Appearance: Deep bulbous brown with a thick tan head leaves a nice Belgian style lacing. Aroma: Sharply sweet fruit esters appear including tart apples and raisins and a touch of toasted malts caramel, coriander, and other spices. Some tropical and citrus tones peek through with a mild anise note to be detected. Taste: Very sweet with the apple raisin tones stealing the show, finishes with some chocolate malts and other toasted malt varieties. A bready yeast note and touch of chocolate apparent in the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied soft carbonation. Drinkability: Decent tasting American brewed dubbel was taken a back at the quality when compared to some of the other Yard's products I have come across.

Photo of rastaman
4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly wonderful experience. I have to admit i wasn't expecting much, only because i was paying attention to some of the more highly rated US beers we had at the tasting. But all that aside, this was a truly fantastic beer drinking experience. Love the bottle, huge one litre swing top bottle, ensured my experience lasted longer, because i got a bigger serving sample. This was a very mellow, yet complex beer. Lovely chocolate-ish malts, some sour fruit, maybe some cherries and grapes, defintiely a bit vinous. Beautiful tart refreshing sourness to finish off (a bit Rodenbachish), with a lingering finish. I won't ramble on about it to much, i think i did last night when having it, everyone was probably like "shut up, dickhead", coz i kept going on about it. What can i say, i loved it.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Dark auburn color as it pours. Nice dark color in the glass, but very minimal head after the pour

Smell - Lots of caramel and malts here

Taste - Roasty sweet and caramelized malts

Mouthfeel - leaves with a nice bitter finish

Overall - Fun boozy beer that is hides the alcohol content well

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle specially prepared at the brewery. Carefully poured from a long standing (unmoved) bottle it's surprisingly clear. The color is an unusual deep mahogany with a ruby cast. The light tan head is limited but nicely creamy. The nose is quite unique with a combination of ripe dark fruits (raisin, plum) and low level spiciness. It's almost medicinal in a way, except that the lightly tart side of the fruitiness keeps it from moving too much in that direction. I'm not sure if there's a minor amount of spice added, or whether it's from the yeast, but the spice character is quite interesting, much more like candied ginger than coriander. The nose is very engaging, and it tempts you to taste the liquid before you. The body is medium/full and the carbonation is very fine. It's exceptionally smooth across the palate (although the 32 oz. bottles are more highly carbonated). The flavor mimics the aroma with a rich, dark fruitiness that's has a borderline tartness, a sugary sweet maltiness, and an intriguing soft spiciness that brings to mind ginger, clove, and sweet orange peel. The finish is exceptionally smooth, with all of the flavors simply falling away. Really impressive! Well-balanced, complex, and highly drinkable - it continually draws you back to taste again! Quite a nice surprise!

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of philbe311
4.17/5  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...

Photo of Gusler
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep muddy brown color, the head gigantesque, and the lace in thick glutinous sheets, both light chocolate in color. Malt seems to dominate the nose with ripe pineapple and caramel hints also noticed. Front is malt sweet, the top has a middling mouth feel, pleasantly acidic, pertinently hopped, droughty aftertaste. Quite an interesting beer, complex and well worth the effort to find and try for the “Belgian Style beer Lovers”.

Photo of frank4sail
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at N3rd (Northern Liberties) a pretty good beer bar. Deep dark color with a beige head that settles quickly into a thick sheen in the center of the goblet. Fruity flavor of peach and plum with a slightly bitter plum finish. Full mouth and yeast nose. Rounded and full mouth. Nice strong winter selection.

Photo of darthpeepee
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a hazy brown body with an ok off-white head. The aroma has a bit of apples in it and it also has a slight tartness. There's a nice touch of caramel in the flavor and it's a little sweet. It's tasty, but I can't say I was overly impressed with it.

Photo of rfgetz
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  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.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fine dark tan head rises up from below, holds for a minute, and fades away leaving a thin film. Dark, dark liquid, possibly brown. The aroma goes straight to the brain, it's a lemony raisin mix. Tangy bitter taste, almost lemony, which is strange for such a dark beer. Finishes lightly chocolate malty and lightly bitter. The body is on the thin side. I didn't know what to expect, and was definitely thrown for a whirl. A good beer, s

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was a real treat. I wasn't sure to expect - but lets be honest, the bottle looked really cool and I had to buy it. I was surprised at how dark this beer was - poured a luscious deep, oaken color. The head was appropriate; all variance of bubbles and good lacing. I took a smell and had my second surprise with this beer. Potent, potent smell. It was as if someone had mashed nectarines and peaches in my glass and blended them with molasses. And in fact, thats what it tasted like. A huge bouqette of fruits and flowery herbs. I had to check the bottle - suddenly I felt like I was drinking a lambic. Overall, an impressive beer. I'm not much of a fruit guy, so I had to lower my taste score on this one. I would try it again, but not often.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of ajm5108
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly carbonated for a belgian style, has some solid caramel malt notes and some faint breadiness you find in the style, but doesn't leave a lasting impression. Good, captures the broad essence of the Belgian style but lacks the intricacies. Probably would have benefited from going head-on into the tripel aspects instead trying to balance it with the lighter dubbel.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  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

Photo of SwarthmoreBev1
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Trubbel De Yards from Yards Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.