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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

100 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | 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:
20 IBU

Gold at GABF in '09

(Beer added by: stephens101 on 10-24-2008)
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BeerNutz324

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -6%

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.

10-08-2011 01:54:17 | More by BeerNutz324
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

09-21-2011 17:39:32 | More by Thorpe429
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -23%

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.

07-14-2011 21:47:37 | More by AgentZero
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JoshKlugh

Oklahoma

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

06-30-2011 01:31:21 | More by JoshKlugh
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

04-19-2011 05:06:09 | More by ZAP
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Ek0nomik

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

03-26-2011 00:54:14 | More by Ek0nomik
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Beejay

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%

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.

03-20-2011 04:13:07 | More by Beejay
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Sweasty

Texas

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
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soonergeddon

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Excelent variation of a Belgian-Dubbel. Poured a good head with a good dark amber, almost Burbon color. This beer had a plesant aroma, tasted well and left with little bitter after tase. Highly recomended, excelent progress on the part of Oklahoma based Choc brewery!

01-16-2011 02:21:39 | More by soonergeddon
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

01-12-2011 00:29:06 | More by jrallen34
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

12-06-2010 03:01:30 | More by Mora2000
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allengarvin

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

12-01-2010 02:57:31 | More by allengarvin
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Ambiorix

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%

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.

11-27-2010 15:57:30 | More by Ambiorix
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womencantsail

California

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

11-22-2010 07:19:29 | More by womencantsail
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

11-15-2010 06:47:25 | More by GeezLynn
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fragilehearted

Texas

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
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

22 oz. bottle into glass tulip.
45°F

$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.

10-15-2010 01:12:29 | More by dpnelson1978
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whoneeds8

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

10-05-2010 22:33:00 | More by whoneeds8
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

09-19-2010 23:58:53 | More by EagleTalon
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

08-11-2010 14:58:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

08-10-2010 01:58:18 | More by KarlHungus
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eclaycamp

Kansas

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

06-26-2010 21:56:15 | More by eclaycamp
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

05-19-2010 04:10:51 | More by htomsirveaux
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

05-18-2010 02:15:43 | More by yourefragile
Belgian-Style Dubbel from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
86 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.