Belgian-Style Dubbel - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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4.78/5 rDev +24.8%
Reviewed from notes:
Beautiful amber color with a finger of head with decent white lacing. Slightly cloudy with a surge of bubbles sprinting to the top. Nose was caramel malt and sugar. Taste was slightly salty with raisins and apples, and tickling bubbles. Overall a great dubbel with complex flavors and a smooth relaxing finish. Highly recommend.
12-25-2011 22:13:21 | More by Hopswagger
4.63/5 rDev +20.9%
A growler from Ale Yeah, Roswell, GA served in a Westmalle chalice.
A - A dark bourbon brown with a fizzy head that runs away quickly and no lacing from my sampling.
S - Sweet caramel notes with a hint of buttery bread.
T - The caramel and roasty malt goodness comes through on the front end of the palate. Surprisingly the middle carries a little hops nugget. It leaves on the back-end with a nice buttery belgian taste you would expect with some of the roasted taste coming back for an encore.
M - The battle between the tight carbonation and the slippery feel (Who said Diacetyl is a bad thing) keep your mouth from being bored.
O - A very good and fairly complex representation of the style. If you are looking for a dubbel with a little something extra then this beer won't disappoint at all. Yet another quality effort from the little brewery from OK.
12-16-2012 00:40:33 | More by weeheavybutdieting
4.5/5 rDev +17.5%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):
Dark russet clarity still shines in the light, and a fading head holds on for a long time. Green plantains, golden raisins, brown bread and a hint of Band-Aid in the nose. Smooth with a big crisp snappiness in the medium body. Starts off with a dry, roasty, toasty maltiness; fruitiness ranges from burnt raisins to baked apples. Light hopping is there just to balance. Alcohol is present with a slight warmth. Light on the medicinal phenols; nutty yeast, similar to walnuts. Hints of cocoa powder and toasted bread in the semi-dry finish.
Dry and drinkable, yet semi-complex and a dry-ish malt bomb. Nice for a change to have a Dubbel that does not rely on that typical sweet alcoholic combo; it rivals its Belgian counterparts.
01-11-2011 02:03:19 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.5/5 rDev +17.5%
Pours a slightly hazy amber/brown with a medium tan head. Smells of alcohol and red wine. Taste is malty, biscuity with a hint of belgian yeast strain. Very clean tasting finish. Mouthfeel is very creamy, smooth carbonation. Super drinkable for 8% abv, I am definately buying this again; one of my favorite dubbel's for sure.
12-29-2008 00:17:15 | More by tronester
4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
22oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Yep, the one w/ the GABF sticker on the front. Why do I have a feeling this is going to put my Texas beers to shame?
A - hazy dark reddish brown. Head goes down pretty quickly, little lacing going on. So far, so good.
S - delicious! Belgian yeast, sweet malts. Really sweet & fruity (raisins, plums, cherries, currants, strawberry, banana). Really, I can't stress how deliciously fruity this aroma is for a dubbel (as compared to like, a fruit ale, which I drink tons of as well).
T - sweet malts again, caramel, a little spice, candied fruits...maybe not quite as intense as the aroma, but then again, didn't expect something overly fruity, since I'm having a dubbel, so appropriate for the style. Very tasty! I don't notice the metallic stuff that some others are mentioning (yay)...I get a fruity aftertaste, mostly cherries.
M - medium-bodied (could have been a bit heavier, but that's SUCH a nitpick), carbonation was fine for me. Really smooth.
D - like whoa. I'm not feeling the 8% at all (do I drink too many quads, or what?) & am having no problem at all putting away this beer while watching the ALCS.
Fantastic dubbel, & out of Oklahoma, who knew? I'm really glad I picked this up. My neighbors to the north should be really proud of this one! I'll definitely be picking this one up again, very happy to have it as an almost-local.
Edit a few months later: I have continued to buy this beer, & it's continued to be great! There's yet another bottle in my fridge at this very moment. Still really impressed such a great brew came from OK!
10-19-2010 02:52:46 | More by fragilehearted
4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
Poured from 750ml bottle between GuldenDraak tulip and Chimay goblet.
Appearance – Pours a hazy dark amber body with slight copper hue. Thick tan head produces mild lacing with average dissipation.
Aroma - Rich malty complexity, toasty notes, raisin character. Fruity esters moderate including cherries and some subtle apple character. Phenolic spices are low.
Taste – Strong malt sweetness that is highly complex. Fruity undertones are present to the palate. Mild phenol spices present, akin to clove, most noticeable alongside a dry finish. Bitterness is medium with balance toward malt.
Mouthfeel – A medium body with medium carbonation. Low alcohol warmth is present.
Overall – A surprisingly good Dubbel…..from Oklahoma. More thoroughbred Belgian-lovers will notice the differences, but this beer is all about the malt complexity, offering a surprising and highly enjoyable beer.
09-03-2012 08:03:41 | More by WoogityBoogity
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
World class beer, comming right up! The sticker on the bottle boasts, '2009 GABF Gold Medal Winner'. As much flack as those judges take, I think they got this one right.
The pour delivers a russet, mohogany, ruby colored beer with moderate haze. A froathy head forms and never waivers, leaving an ordinate amount of lacing behind. A very appealing look.
Sugary soft and spicy aromas of stone fruits, honey nectar, and a peppery mix blend in a mouth-watering and inviting aroma. Flavors further emphasize the malts with a sugar cookie sweetness with cotton candy softness and meld well with fruits of grapes, figs, dates, plumbs, prunes, raisons, cherries, raspberries, and currants. Spicy white pepper, curraco, corriander, and allspice seem to all be yeast deriven and balance the beer well with the absence of assertive hops. Delicate and honey suckle-like with only gentle hints of alcohols that are dispersed intermittenly.
The beer has a wonderful pace to it and is displayed no better than in the mouthfeel. Sweet to taste up front but the beer fades smoothly and effortlessly into an evaporative whimsical dryness. Like cotton candy, the beer is intensly sweet and characterful up front but then does its vanishing act, leaving only a shaddow of taste in the finish and aftertaste.
This is a wonderful beer and deserves its acclaim. Only strength of flavor and conservative dryness keeps it from rivaling Chimay Red and Rochefort 6. Thanks again BlueOkie!
01-09-2010 04:59:32 | More by BEERchitect
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
shot out to coldmeat23 for this bottle.
A - deep ruby red/light brown color. it overflowed right out of the bottle as soon as i took the cap off. massive 3 finger head with amazing retention.
S - very spicey w/ lots of raisins, dark fruits and apple skin.
T - very rich. both sweet and spicy w/ a ton of fruit and very malty, with low bitterness. In addition to the raisins and general dark fruit I taste a bit of chocolate, which adds to the growing complexity as it warms up.
MF - very very carbonated w/ a massive body
D - very approachable American made dubbel. I could go for another bombers worth right now. this would be a definate go to if we could get it out here in the Mile High. I guess for now i will have to stick w/ New Belgium's Abbey for local Belgians.
oh yeah, let this one warm up people!!
07-14-2009 01:27:05 | More by bonsreeb85
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
Brought the bottle back from Oklahoma city a year ago...poured in a chalice....lost an ounce on the floor as this is a gusher! Minimal head quickly disappeared. Aroma of raisins, figs, dark malt, caramel. Moderate carbonation, full moutfeel, overall quite tasty. Notes of raisins, caramel, dark malts, galangal root, and a subtle alcohol warmth. As it warms up more melon rind notes appear...small sediment floaties at the end. Nice complexity and flavors.
01-07-2013 01:43:32 | More by DenverLogan
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
Poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice, bottle spewed foam when I opened it, luckily it was over the sink!
Brownish-red murky color with 1/2" off white head that immediately dissipated to a small ring with minor lacing that also disappears quickly.
Smells like sweet bread, booze, spice, caramel and malts.
Tastes even better that the smell, buttery sweet bread, caramel, toffee, dates, golden raisins, malty with slight peppery spice to the finish to balance it out.
Rich creamy mouthfeel with a sweet buttery essence, medium bodied.
Overall a really good Belgian Style Dubbel from a local American brewery - Highly recommended. Cheers ~
04-29-2012 04:33:58 | More by 4balance
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
Wow, these Choc Signature beers are coming fast and furious, and I can't get enough of them. So nice to see a local brewery take it up a notch with the bigger beers and do them well.
Pours a dark brown with cherry hues into a goblet. Topped with a fairly quickly fading, two-finger somewhat airy tan head. A thin lacing sticks to the circumference of the glass when all is said and done.
Aromatically we get some dark chocolates, cherries and esters, some toasted malts, an essence of hops, and some sweet candy to wrap it all up. It's complex and a bit subtle at the same time.
Taste is robust and complex, although not as much as the smell. I'm getting some more dark chocolates and some grain. Taste also involves some silky sweetness.
This is a full-bodied brew. A good shake reveals some quick bubbly activity, so I would say carbonation is medium. The alcohol (8%) is blended well, and is barely noticeable until the very end.
As I've said before, I may be a little biased since this is a local brewery, but you can't go wrong with these brews, and nobody I've talked to about them has been dissapointed. Seek em' out and enjoy.
10-24-2008 21:10:00 | More by stephens101
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
This brew looks the part of a proper dubbel. A fingers worth of khaki head sits atop a hazed mahogany body. The head settles to a ring somewhat quickly. Plenty of lace is left down the glass.
The aroma is spot on. Some dark bread notes hit first. Caramel candy present as well. Fruity notes, stone fruit perhaps, hit mid way. A nice bit of spice and a light band aid note round out the nose.
The taste is no less impressive. Sweet caramel hits first. That fades into some strong brown sugar and spiced rum notes. More dark bread notes abound. A peach like fruitiness present as well. As sweet as this beer starts out, it fades into a fairly dry beer. The finish has a burst of a drying quality, with a short lingering brown sugar quality.
The mouthfeel is nicely light. The carbonation is decent, if a bit light for the style.
This is a fine enough example of a Belgian dubbel. Its one of the better dubbels brewed on this side of the pond. While I can't say its on par with Chimay Rouge or St Bernardus Prior 8, it's a quality dubbel none the less. Props to the folks north of the border for crafting a tasty brew.
02-05-2011 03:09:28 | More by Sweasty
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
A - Pours a hazy garnet with a 1 finger of light-tan head that retains very well.
S - A mix of green and red apples, solid caramel background blends with raisins, prunes, figs, spice, with a nutty praline aroma. Hints of dark rum and pine.
T - Dark fruit, raisins, Adriatic fig, currants, raw brown sugar, spice, all blend with a candy syrup sweetness with notes of caramel covered bananas. Dense malt backbone layers well with the fruit esters and spice.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, nice dry finish.
This is a staple December beer in my house. Bold flavors that are delicately inter-weaved. Very well done.
10-17-2011 02:14:56 | More by StaveHooks
4.25/5 rDev +11%
Pours a brown tinged chestnut with a finger of tan head. Nice oily sheen to this, some lacing & head retention
S: Fruitty with a hint of mint & phenols, plus green banana
T: Bananas, a touch of minty hops, pears, & apple skins up front. Carob & bananas as this warms, along with a touch of fusel alcohol that works for this style, plus a touch of herbal hops & juicy fruit, figs & a nice nuttyness too. Finishes figgy with a touch of Granny Smith apples & dryness & just a kiss of dirty booze
MF: Light/medium bodied with a bit too sharp carbonation that smoothed way out half way though
Drank really easy for the style, not spot on, but damn close & artfully executed. I will happily buy many of these to send as extras in trades, nice for me to finally see something (besides their biere de garde) I can crow about from Oklahoma. ( there are some good draft beers as well ). Fantastic value for $6 a bottle. This one needs to start at cellar temp, not any cooler
12-11-2009 05:16:06 | More by russpowell
Belgian-Style Dubbel from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
86 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.