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

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100 Ratings

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Ratings: 100
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 happilysurly
3/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

happilysurly, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of armock
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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

armock, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

nickd717, Mar 08, 2010
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 JohnQVegas
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

JohnQVegas, Feb 16, 2010
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 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 bump8628
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

bump8628, Jan 05, 2010
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 kylejohnson03
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

kylejohnson03, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

webmanspidey, Oct 10, 2009
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
Photo of Docer
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

Docer, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark amber color with white 2 finger head. A= candied sugar, sweet malt. T= sweet caramel,, toffee flavor, big candied sugar comes through, also detect a slight plumb flavor too. Get a tangy, green apple undertone, I'm guessings from the yeast. Finishes sweet. Also getting some cloves flavor in the after taste, but just a touch.
M= nice thick, sticky, smooth, medium mouthfeel, pretty highly carbonated.

Overall= really nice dubbel, glad this one is made locally. Which means i can get a great Belgian for $5.50 a bomber, score.

webbcreative, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of sholland119
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange with a nicely fluffy off white head, great retention and good lacing.

S-Nice candi sugar, Belgian yeast and dark fruit.

T-Very nice. Sweet malt, lots of candi sugar balanced by a good tangy yeast background.

M-Medium bodied with lingering sweetness. A bit over carbonated.

D-Yes, that was tasty. I really enjoyed this one.


sholland119, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!!

bonsreeb85, Jul 14, 2009
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 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 BgThang
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

BgThang, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of ryan58813
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark copper, tan head.

Belgian candy, high acidity and fruitiness. Definitely taste at cool or room temperature.

Flavor hints of toffee or slight coffee. Tropical fruits with deep hops and warm bite.

High carbonation is well balanced with silky and thicker texture.

I was overall pleasantly surprised with complexities and by far my favorite to come from Pete's Place so far.

ryan58813, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Blakaeris
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark apricot with a thick foamy head.

Aroma is sweet candied sugar with a strong yeasty funk. Subdued tropical fruit and a hint of powdery chocolate.

Taste is initially sweet caramel malt. Toffee and citrus fruit - notably orange and plum. Chocolate makes an appearance with a dry powdery aspect. Surprising amount of earthy hop bitterness before the yeasty finish with lingering clove and corriander.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite full and soft.

A pretty good Dubbel. Surprisingly good, especially for a brewery in Oklahoma. No off flavors whatsoever. Definitely worth a try.

Blakaeris, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of bashiba
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy coppery brown color with a big creamy tan head, nice retention with moderate lacing.

Has a sweet toffee nose with some pineapple and mango fruit overtones and a touch of Belgian candy sugar.

Has a nice woody flavor with hints of toffee, candi sugar, tropical fruits, and a banana yeasty goodness along with some nice earthy hops balancing it out nicely.

The mouthfeel has a nice bit of carbonation with a creamy and full thickness to it.

Very solid and spot on Dubbel, a very good American version of the Belgian classic.

bashiba, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of tronester
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tronester, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Beertracker - thanks! My first Oklahoma beer. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy reddish brown, more brown than red, perhaps. The carbonation on this one is off the charts - at first when I poured this, it did the fizzy "dubbel" head thing where it fades quickly at first, bubbles, froths, and spits, and then calms down. When this one kept receding though, I just assumed the head retention on this one would be poor. Turns out I was wrong, both because it eventually DID slow down and stop receding and because the carbonation is so intense and so fast that it replenishes the head from underneath. Strange, but impressive. Leaves some nice patches and splotches of runny, watery lacing.

Aroma: Phenolic and fruity. Smells very weizenbock-esque, really, in that the malts are light and powdery, there's almost no darker malts or crystal sugar notes, and there's tons of yeast character - bananas, berries, apple skins w/ accompanying cider-esque spice notes, and lots of spicy, medicinal phenols. It's not unpleasant, per se, but it is a little strange for the style, very ethereal and yeasty.

Taste: Improves drastically as it warms, and is a decent stab at a dubbel to boot. Has all the right notes - candi sugar sweetness, brown sugar, faint dextrins, medicinal spiciness, and fruity yeastiness. It's all decently balanced, though definitely leaning towards the yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly carbonated, with a full, exploding, fizzy, but powdery, pillowy soft mouthfeel. It somehow manages to maintain a degree of evenness, too.

Drinkability: A decent beer, fairly solid all around, and with well-hidden alcohol that's of a reasonable level for the style. I'd cut down on the medicinal phenols on this one, let the sweetness and the fruity flavors shine through, and it'd be a definite winner.

CrellMoset, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

stephens101, Oct 24, 2008
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Belgian-Style Dubbel from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
86 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.