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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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:
20 IBU

Gold at GABF in '09

(Beer added by: stephens101 on 10-24-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks, smells, tastes more or less, as a dubbel. Appearance of amber -golden body with some white head of yeast, and tads of lace. Medium plus mouthfeel, creamy. Smells double Belgian yeast, you know. Taste was hasher in first half of body. A spot-on dubbel, though harsher, aggressive on palate really, at least at first, than I would have thought.

Sammy, May 05, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11%

t0rin0, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +11%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Texasfan549, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Has a great Belgian look, with a rocky ecru head sitting atop the cloudy chestnut colored liquid; the lacing was surprisingly modest, however

Smell: Peppery phenols forward, with caramel, banana, baked apples, allspice and rye bread elements

Taste: Allspice-spioed baked apples, with banana, raisin, toffee elements, up front; by mid-palate, the peppery phenols arrive and overwhelm the more subtle flavors; the sweeter flavors return, after the swallow, and the finish has a caramel apple character to it

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A pretty good, but not great, example of the dubbel style; surprising that it won a Gold at the GABF but perhaps that says more about the domestic competition than the beer itself

Thanks, chocosushi, for the opportunity

brentk56, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

BEERchitect, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

womencantsail, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this bottle!

Review #1900. Looks like Belgium has indeed come to the Land of the Sooners. Right on. This bit of evidence pours a deep sunset ruby-auburn topped by a finger of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises clove, raisin, rye bread, banana, fig, dark toffee, light nutmeg, and a nice undercurrent of cocoa. The taste holds notes of clove, banana peel, light orange peel, brown sugar, black pepper, nutmeg, dry caramel, and lightly-toasted wheat bread. The toastedness and spices really come through powerfully, taking out much of the rest. Luckily, enough remains for things to nearly balance out. Unfortunately, I don't get the cocoa anymore. Shame, really. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very lightly grainy feel. Overall, a more-than-solid dubbel, one that Belgium would be proud to have birthed herself.

TMoney2591, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

russpowell, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

wrightst, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle obtained through a trade, adorned with a 2009 GABF gold medal sticker.

Nothing too crazy about this beer, just a (for the most part) well made to style dubbel. Pours a dark mahogany/amber with a retentive bubbly light brown head. Aroma is a sweet, rich toasted blend of malts, fruity esters, yeast and sugars. Flavor is similar to nose, initially sweet with caramel malt, raisin and plum before a slightly more toasted malt and spicy finish. Medium bodied with slightly aggressive sharp carbonation producing a relatively dry, clean finish. Not quite the class of the style, but an excellent American interpretation, I would enjoy having this as a local.

yourefragile, May 18, 2010
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +4.4%

BillRoth, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

chinchill, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It's always good to see local brews in a box I get. I wish WY had more than the 4 beers from Snake River that are bottled. That's the sum total of all beers bottled in WY. :^(

I pop the cap, get a nice small pop and I see the foam starting to rise slowly towards the opening.

It pours a nice hazy to cloudy dark brownish red with a good finger's worth of foam. I'm checking for lacing and there's a buttload of it. I'm guessing that this is bottle conditioned..

Lots of Dubbel like aromas hit my nosebuds. Bananas, anise, light notes of pepper, nice malt and spice forward with minimal presence of anything bitter. It smells the part.

Good flavours as well. Bananas and anise start things off with an interesting apple like tartness that shines somewhat about mid palate but fades in the finish where it returns to a spicy nature, including light dashes of pepper.

Interesting. Very interesting. Some warmth from the alcohol comes through but isn't abusive. I think I like this puppy's taste but I think I like the smell more by a smidgeon.

The mouthfeel borders on medium for the most part but does become a little watery in the finish. That's not a huge check mark against it.

Drinkability? Despite the required abv for the style, this is certainly easy enough to drink and I find that the more I drink it, the more I like it. Way to go Krebs Brewing!

Bitterbill, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.1/5  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.

jrallen34, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
2.95/5  rDev -23%
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.

AgentZero, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of ZAP
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

ZAP, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

champ103, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber-brown color. The head is three inches in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of star anise, spice box, dark fruit, and plums. This is a very interesting aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma. The is a lot of nice spice, and enough malt to balance things out without getting cloying. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with vigorous carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very fine dubbel.

KarlHungus, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber hue with a solid bubbly one finger cream colored head. Pretty good retention with a bit of spotty lace.

S: Lots of rich sweetness. Caramel and brown sugar stand out. Sweet red apples and yeast quickly follow.

T: Tasty malty goodness up front. Lots of caramel with hints of sweet toffee goodness. Summer fruit in the middle with hints of yeast and a touch of spice. The finish is sort of tropical. A tasty brew for sure.

M: Medium in body, very smooth, with great carbonation for the style.

D: Good, I will enjoy every bit of this bomber myself.

tpd975, May 18, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass. It's a murky brown color with a modest off-white head topping it. The nose is quite phenolic, with some underlying fruitiness. This is a fairly sweet Dubbel, with no detectable hop flavors. Light caramel malt with a spicy yeast overtone. Nice full body.

A well-crafted dubbel.

allengarvin, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a St. Bernardus goblet. Extra special thanks to thehand for this extra in our recent trade!

A: Pours a color like the "Burnt Orange" Crayola crayon. Hazy and quite actively carbonated. Sitting on top is a beautiful layer of light tan cream that forms a perfectly silky blanket. Retention is fantastic and large ropes and chunks of lace are left clinging to the glass.

S: Big nose of toffee, candi sugar, and plums. Along the way I also noticed vanilla, caramel, pan roasted nuts, more dark fruit, spices, tangy orchard fruit, toasted malt, and some vaguely tropical hops.

T: Flavors of dark fruit, toffee, nuts, candi sugar, and tangy fruit. Also noted were caramel, milk chocolate, grassy hops, and a vaguely metallic/mineral flavor. The flavors are very nice, but the taste doesn't pop quite like the smell does.

M: Creamy, sweet, and slick in the beginning and for much of the middle. As the finish begins to come about, the mouthfeel turns slightly drier and spicier and also with a touch of fruity tang. Nice combo of spicy hops and/or pepper & spices in the finish, as well.

D: What an excellent surprise! I'd never heard of this brewery before last week and now I'm totally eager to try more from them. Subdued sweetness and subtle spiciness plus no hint of alcohol make for an exceptional experience.

GbVDave, Oct 06, 2009
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Belgian-Style Dubbel from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.