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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 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 allengarvin
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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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 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 GeezLynn
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade with Coldmeat. Poured into a Koningshoeven chalice.

A: Cherry wood brown with a tan foam collar.

S: Very bright and fruity yeast aromas. Grape and banana in particular are apparent along with a touch of caramel malt. Smells like it should be pretty sweet.

T: Starts slightly sweet with raisin, apple and bready flavors, followed with a little spice. Finishes a little short and on the dry side.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation resulting in a pretty smooth feel.

This is a little lighter than some of the better known dubbels out there, but is well-done, especially the aroma. Easily the best beer i have had from Choc and would be happy to drink again.

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Photo of fragilehearted
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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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 whoneeds8
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Westmalle chalice a dark amber with a very thin head. The scent is very strong of grapfruit notes and belgian yeast. The flavor is also strong, a rather nice suprise. Lots of carmeled malted front end. Some of that grapefruit flavor is in there also with some raisin after taste. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style with just the right amount of carbonation.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin off-white head and hazy amber-red color. Aroma is complex, fruity and spicy with caramel, vanilla and fruit notes. Flavor is Belgian all the way with fruity and malty flavors dominating, with some malt sweetness balanced by the hops and the drying effect of the 8% alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium and very effervescent. Overall, this is a very good example of the style, technically flawless and totally above reproach.

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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 KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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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 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 yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

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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 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 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 JohnQVegas
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into chalice, and a big thanks to Lane (Stephens101) for this great local extra!

Pours a very hazy red-brown with a healthy, one finger light-khaki head. Quickly settles down into a smattering of fine bubbles on the top. Nice silky lacing as well.

Nose is quite rich - notes of toffee, cola, caramel, brown sugar, and raisins, with just a bit of spicy alcohol.

Taste matches well - big time dark fruit, bit of spicy brown sugar sweetness, pronounced earthy breadcrusty bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe just a hair on the syrupy side, with a light, tingling carbonation that really works well. Nice and tasty, quite drinkable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

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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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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color, with a finger of tan head. Good lacing on the side of the glass as I give a gentle swirl, reduces down into a nice ring that sits atop the beer.

S: Dark fruits, sweetness, and belgium yeastiness you expect from a good dubbel.

T: Flavors are spot on what you would expect from a good dubbel. Caramel, malty, just a touch of alcohol.

M/D: Thick, almost sticky mouthfeel (not a bad thing, however). Medium carbonation, drinks very smooth and finishes well.

A very good offering from Choc, was excited to pick up a bottle and this is definately going to be one I pick up often. Since it is a local, it's also a great value at around 5 bucks for a 22oz bomber. For the money and the taste I can see myself picking this over some of my other belgian-style favorites.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to thehand for this extra from a recent trade.

Ugh, unfortunate volcano effect as I lost a good deal of the bottle upon opening. This is a 22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Dark brown to black color, fizzy and well carbonated (obvious after the eruption). Smell is very sweet: a combination of candy sugar and grapes. Taste is sweet as well with more sweet dark grape juice, pears, and other fruits. Fairly light bodied and pretty easy to drink, this is a pleasant surprise.

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