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Belgian-Style Dubbel - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 110
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 18.86%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stephens101 on 10-24-2008

20 IBU

Gold at GABF in '09
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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 110
Photo of Beejay
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium brown with deep garnet hues. nice light tan head, though it dissipates to a thin layer fairly fast.

S: I am picking up a lot of roasted notes, as well as a oaky maple syrup type of smell. It almost smells like an English Barley wine. Perhaps some sugar candy and raisons. I am missing that belgian yeast character. It smells good, just very un-dubbel to me.

T: The taste is good, but also seems more like an English Barley wine to me. Some nice roasted notes, a touch of fusel alcohol. Raisons and dark bread, and perhaps a touch of tin. There is a bit more of a fruity flavor that I tend to associate with Belgian yeast, but overall it comes off as askew from the style. Slight medicinal flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly thin in general, with a carbonation that dances on your tongue.

O: It seems like this brew doesn't have enough of the Belgian characteristics to be a great dubbel, and it seems to lack body.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Reddish brown color beer with a bit of a tan head that left behind some moderate lace.

S - Kind of an odd dubbel. A bit malt-heavy, with some dark fruit coming through. Slightly boozy as well.

T - Sweet malts, with dark fruits, raisins, and some spices. It's overly malty, kind of bizzare, and not great. Bit of booze.

M - Didn't care for this, too thin with too much carbonation.

O - Don't like this take on a dubbel. Too thin, malty, boozy, and carbonated. It's not like it's horrible, but I find it a poor and weird example of the style, or a bad take on it.

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Photo of Ambiorix
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown pour, with a foamy tan head that faded all too quickly.

S: Fruity, estery, sweet, bready malt, cherry.

T: Thin, estery, bready malt, cherry. A little stale tasting, not in a good way--cardboard, slightly metallic.

M: Thin, undercarbonated for the style. A little too sweet.

D: Pretty average overall. Too thin, not carbonated enough, lacks the character I expect in a Dubbel. For this to have gold-medaled, it must have been a bad year for Dubbels.

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Photo of happilysurly
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark red amber. A little more than a finger of head with great retention.

S: Dull sweetness and very malty. Subtle orange peel but otherwise no citrus aroma.

T: Malty and a smack of metallic taste immediately. I did not see that coming and I did not like it.

M: Damn, all I can taste is metal. Its a shame because there was a lot of potential here. Maybe I got a bad batch or something.

D: I won't have this one again. I may not even finish the 22 oz bottle I have here.

Later that night...

Ok, I'm starting to come around a LITTLE BIT. This beer has more to offer than metallic taste, though I still can't get past that flavor.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slides out a well-hazed, dark amber-hued body with a smallish, fine-textured, light khaki head.

Smell: Sweet-scented caramel coating a sensible portion of toasted malts and appropriately adjoined to notes of spice and stewed whole plums.

Taste: Sweet upfront, with malty tastes of toasted bread and caramel. Slight candi sugar accents. Quickly, the flavor turns to plums and raisins with a touch of tartness. Spiciness hinting at nutmeg powder. No real distinct hop character coming through. As it progresses, the fruitiness ratchets up to previous nothches unknown. Remains fairly sweet for the fruity, slightly boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium plus carbonation.

Drinkability: When I think of the best an Abbey Dubbel has to offer, I seriously doubt Choc's offering will immediately spring to mind. This one just didn't have the desired body and stayed sweet til the end. Still, it's okay, I guess, and works in a pinch, especially in Oklahoma.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

OK tick. Some interesting very recent reviews...Pours a reddish copper with a decent light tan head, good retention, ok lacing...The aroma is amazingly skunky for a dubbel, really sweet and malty, cherries and plums but the skunk is the backbone. Too sweet for me without balance....The taste has a weird syrupy cherry texture and taste, like a sweeter cherry cough syrup. Despite that sounding like a semi good thing, in reality just tastes weird and borderline bad.

I pretty bad dubbel I can't recommend unless your ticking OK.

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Photo of BgThang
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to blueokie for the bottle as an extra

A - pours a red, coppery colorand has quite a bit of carbonation

S - I got the traditional dubbel belgian yeasty nose off of this one and seem to be headin gin the right direction

T - I get the spice of the belgium yeast up front and this sweetness pours over my palate like a candy coating of sugar.
A diabetic's nightmare.

Drinkability - this was not a bad dubbel, its was a descent one. Too sweet for my taste I am glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter

Appearance: The pour is an auburn and bistre color with three fingers of head. Lace is practically non-existent, and the head retention is okay. The beer appears to be quite effervescent.

Smell: The nose is a mixture of raisins, plums and a bit of pepper. There is a little bit of alcohol coming through as well as some sugary malt.

Taste: The tasting starts out with some rather sweet malt that lingers for quite some time. The spices and fruits start to come out at the end revealing more plum, raisin, cherry and a dash of pepper. The finish is moderately dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonation was a bit high for my liking.

Drinkability: The alcohol in this seems higher than eight percent to me, but, what do I know. This is an enjoyable beer, though the amount of sweetness that crosses that palate was a bit much The beer has a very nice fruit profile which I wouldn't change, but I'd lower the alcohol, thin out the body (mostly in carbonation) and I think this would be a more drinkable beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for yet another Oklahoma tick, Bobby.

A: The pour is a muddled brown color and an off-white head without much, if any, retention.

S: This one smells like carbon-dioxide, sweet malts, and a bit of toffee. Also fairly oxidized, too, with quite a bit of cardboard aroma, too. Some mild fruits, such as raisins and apples, too.

T: Bread, toffee, and mildly sweet caramel provide the maltiness and sweetness to the beer. Again, a fair amount of oxidation gives this one some cardboard. A mild spice character, which could be added or perhaps yeast esters.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I've liked the majority of beers that I've had from these guys, but this one was a miss. Oh well, you can't win them all.

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Photo of JoshKlugh
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opening Notes: Poured from a bottle purchased 5/27/2011. Upon opening, it appeared to be slightly over-carbonated as it overflowed just a little.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/auburn/brown color (I’m colorblind, so I’m guessing). Nice head on it as it pours, but dissipates quickly.

Smell/Nose: Smells a bit fruity… Maybe plum, grape, or old apples; there’s a whiff of the alcohol as well, but it’s not over-powering. Overall the smell is pretty sweet, almost too much so.

Taste: Tastes are reminiscent of the smell; lots of fruity sugary and a little bit of alcohol. There’s a bit of a bite coming from somewhere right at the end, which gives it a pleasantly dry finish in the mouth after the wet, sticky taste of the fruit.

Mouth/Feel: Thin, overly carbonated (in my opinion; it overflowed upon opening from carbonation). I don’t drink many beers of this style, so it might be characteristic of the group, but it felt weaker/thinner than it should have. The color and smell made me expect something with some body, but it just kind of flowed through without leaving much behind to show its passing except a bunch of bubbly fizz.

Drinkability: Overall, drinkable, but not sure it would be my first choice. The alcohol content is 8%, but didn’t feel overpowering to me. The mouth/feel was a bit weak, but that might be just my opinion. The fruity smell and taste, while a bit strong at the beginning, grew on me as I drank it. The biggest drawback for me was the amount of carbonation. Every drink felt much too fizzy in my mouth, and made it a bit disappointing even though the taste was fine.

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Photo of ZAP
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Deep amber color....light fizzy head..

S-Rich and malty....caramel square candy...brown sugar...dried cherries, and plums....some spicy notes from the phenols...very nice aroma...

T-Solid but a little weaker in the flavor department than I expected from the aroma....the caramel is softer....the dried fruits are still there but also an apple skin note now...finishes with a little peppery note...flavor really seems to fade deeper in..

M-Not as big as expected but not bad either....a little too fizzy for my liking...

O-Nicely done dubbel. Got this bomber for 2.98 in the closeout barrel.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 26 Jan 2010.

Poured in a 0.4 L Kur Pils snifter. A large lacy fizzy orange tan head fills most of the glass. Well carbonated. Clear burnt umber color. Aromas of grapeskins, ripe bananas, some brown sugar. Tastes of bananas and wheat toast. Some candy sugar. Finish is a bit medicinal and tannic. Aftertaste is warming. Body is on the thin side.

Nice to see Choc expand their offerings.

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Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer shared with armock.

A: Pours a reddish/brown color. A two finger beige head forms at first poor, but recedes to a ring in a second. Little lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt and yeast. Though mostly an odd metallic twang that detracts for me.
T: Sweet malt and yeast. Some caramel and dark fruits. A very light metallic twang again.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Easy to drink. I would have no problems finishing a bomber.

Very solid and worth a try. Though it is not among my favorites of the style or Choc's Signature series.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous trader for sending this one out my way a few months back. Served in a Mikasa goblet.

Pours a rusty copper with a bit of a reddish hue. Fizzy two-finger head forms off of a hard pour, though that quickly recedes into a thin cap without any real lacing.

The nose brings a bit of caramel and dark fruit. Some bread crust there as well. Faint pepper and phenolic. The dark fruit character is fairly mild, though I'd say it is the most dominant. The flavor adds a bit of sweetness and a bit more pepper. Dark fruits throughout. Medium body with fair carbonation. Light alcohol presence. Fairly dry in the finish as well after a semi-sweet palate. Pretty decent, but not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into a pint glass

Ap- pours a cloudy brownish red color with an inch and a half head that dissapears really quick. Seems to be really carbonated, likes its ALIVE!!!

Ar- malt, raisins or plums. the fizz is jumping out of the glass tickling my nose as I smell it. Kinda weird.

T- sweet and malty up front. finishes off with the raisin/plum tast and a little bit of alcohol.

M- medium feel with a lot of carbonation. Is a bit sticky or thick.

O- I think this is the first Dubbel I have tasted (at least that I can remember) I enjoyed it. I don't really have another Dubbel to compare this too but I liked it, so I will give it a B.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upon opening, the beer gushed out of the top of the bottle. Luckily, it turns out the beer was just overcarbonated and not infected.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of alcohol, toffee and raisins. The flavor is very heavy on the dark fruit - specifically raisins. I also get some apples, Belgian candi sugar, toffee and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle into glass tulip.

$7.99 / ea.

A: Deep copper body topped with a big rocky tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin creamy cover.

S: Sweet ripe fruit aromas dominate. Banana, plum, and molasses. Hints of booze throughout. No hop presence to speak of.

T: Boozy ripe banana profile with a sweet malt backbone. Finishes clean with only the slightest cloying or bitter hop flavor.

M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Rounded smoothness throughout with a strong carbonic bite at the end. Finishes dry.

D: Just a tad too sweet for me to drink in volume, but the taste and aroma are interesting, and the mouth is acceptable. Good beer, but one is plenty.

O: Decent selection. I'll be interested in trying more from this brewery.

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Photo of csiewert
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 batch...

A - thick dark brown color with a couple fingers of fizzy tan head on top. Head reduces down quickly, but a thin layer retains very well, no lacing though.

S - Belgian candi sugar, spices and some bready malt... Appropriate to style

T - candi sugar and spices upfront, rounded out with bready and coffee brown malts. Finishes with a slight dark fruit sweetness.

M - overcarbed for sure... Stinging feeling to the tounge... Also some cloying sweetness coating the tongue at the end

O - a good dubbel brewed in OK... Try it out

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Photo of armock
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an amber color with a tan head that fades quickly to a ring that leaves some lacing

S - Is of sweet caramel malt with some dark fruit scents

T - Follows the nose sweet caramel malt with dark fruit flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This isn't a bad beer but it isn't on the same level as a true Belgian Dubbel it has a good taste thats enjoyable but not as good as an authentic I'd say its still worth a try though

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Photo of nickd717
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber via trade thanks to stephens101 on BA. GABF gold medal displayed on the bottle.

Very nice deep ruby-amber color with a nicely formed off-white head and some lacing.

Aroma is very fruity and malty. Red berries, caramel, and lots of phenols. Some Belgian yeast as well.

Flavor is a bit metallic, but otherwise very good and to style. Fruity phenols and esters, caramel malt, and Belgian yeast.

Medium body with fairly lively carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, and solid overall. Well what do you know, a Belgian dubbel from Oklahoma and it's not even half bad. Crazy.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber as part of my haul from Midtown in Tulsa. Pours a dark ruby red with minimal bubbly head that quickly fades away. Smells of fruitcake and other spice - nutmeg, clove. Kind of like Christmas in a bottle. Taste is of fruitcake and figs. Slight malt character and sweetness in the finish with some heat from the alcohol. Further sips yield notes of brown sugar and cherry. Needs more malt character to balance out how sweet it is. It's highly carbonated but has a disappoiting body for a beer this tasty. Decent example of a Belgian dubbel, may be a little too sweet for some palates.

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Photo of Docer
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally cracked this bottle I received in a trade...

- Nice creamy dark brown sugar-like color with an everlasting creamy off-white head and lacing all about....

- Pleasant ester and currant scent with a robust sweet malt and sugar... little bit of alcohol and zest.

- Sweet malt... bit too sweet... but a great balance of ester fruit sweetness and Belgian yeast mix... overall nice.

- Bit sweet and sticky... but not too dry.

- Drinkable, and a very nice offering from Choc. Great carbonation and appearance... perfected for what it is!

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Pours lightly hazy, dark brown-amber from a 22 oz bottle., Had a huge, medium density, tan head on top that settled fairly quickly.

Smell: Bready with dark fruits and subtle chocolate. [Served too cold, probably impairing the aroma and flavor.]

Taste: WAY more like a Belgian quad than expected, with a alcohol presence that seemed more like 9%. Also seemed more like a barrel-aged beer than one would expect. The apparent booziness is not unwelcome, and seems to add complexity, if perhaps overwhelming some more subtle flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body with medium-high carbonation; harsh for style.

Overall: A pretty good, but not great, example of the dubbel style; Compared to a true Belgina dubbel, this one has a more intense flavor (more like a quad) and, perhaps, is slightly less aromatic.

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Photo of impending
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


22oz into a tulip. Pours a copperish OK red clay, encouraging pour required to raise a dense tannish head that receded fairly quick, minor lacing.

Yeasty dark fruit aroma including solvent over ripe banana esters.

Fairly sweet, traditional carameld raisinets but with a touch of zinc. The phenolic aftertaste is not a strength but nice none the less. Medium bodied.

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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up a cloudy brown with a ruby edge and a fingers worth of tan head that settles quickly.

I'm getting a bit of spice and fruit from the yeast in the nose, but not as much as some of the Belgian examples exhibit. There's also some nice dark caramel and toffee character and a little bit of medicinal phenolics and some higher alcohols.

Again, plenty of caramelized sugar character to be found in the taste with some fruity and spicy yeast adding complexity (plums, strawberry, cinnamon and clove). A strong raisin/grape character really carries the beer from start to finish. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy and I would really prefer a little more carbonation to cut the sweetish finish a bit and put it more in line with some of the classics. It also lacks the depth of character that the best in this style exhibit.

Overall, not a bad attempt at the style, but I have to say I don't like this release nearly as much as the first one. Perhaps they rushed it along to capitalize on the 2009 GABF gold medal?

Noted: Rereviewed the same batch a few months later and the carbonation/mouthfeel has really improved with the additional conditioning time. I'll continue to enjoy this beer over the next year as long as it's still around, as I think it will continue to improve.

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Belgian-Style Dubbel from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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