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Hertog Jan Dubbel - Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)

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BA SCORE
83
good

16 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij) visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-06-2004)
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of paterlodie
2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What to say about a abdij bier that is not even one... not much except that it smelled like a pilsener, just a little (bad)chocolate in the taste and sweet... hardly any bitteness in smell, taste and aftertaste... sweet, sweet .... not pleased to taste one again.

paterlodie, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of Absumaster
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have to agree with the people reviewing before me. This was not very outstanding. Information on the label mentioned caramel colouring, which should not be used in any beer IMO. Still I reviewed this beer without any prejudice.

Colour was OK, black or dark brown with a retaining head. Smell was that of molasses and slightly oily with a bit of chocolate flavor.
Taste was very much like the smell, molasses and oily, almost absent bitterness and a little sticky. It lacks any form of complexity. I always perceived Hertog Jan to be a very good brewery, with the outstanding Grand Prestige and Triple, but this is too bland for me.

Absumaster, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of Odyss002
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Odyss002, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Brabander
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer was in a ceramic bottle. Drank it in a westvleteren chalice which is ok for this type of beer. The beer has a nice (slightly brownish couloured)head and a darkbrown colour of the beer itself. You would almost think that you have a westvleteren! Which is, of course, really not the case. For a dubbel it is an OK beer, no more and no less.

Smell is average, not unpleasant.

Brabander, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Iaido
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Iaido, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of rekel
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

rekel, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of mdagnew
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml ceramic bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a deep burgundy red colour... Creamy tan head poured thick and foamy with tight bubbles then faded to light ring around the edge... sparse carbonation and... some light lacing...

Aroma - Toasted biscuity malts, spicy fruits (raisins, currents, prunes), winey hints, faint aniseed notes, some nuttiness, earthy, some light rum notes coming through, light brown sugar sweetness, some spicy hops..

Taste – Quite strong spicy fruits (raisins, prunes, some strawberry hints), woodiness, aniseed notes, peppery, warming alcohol notes coming through, toasted biscuity malts, light caramel / molasses sweetness, peppery hops, some light rum traces...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry with some smoothness coming through afterwards... medium bodied...

Overall - An ok beer.... Everything could do with being beefed up a little though... worth a try...

mdagnew, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl. in stoneware), purchased in Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : deep red color, with tan foam head.
Smell : roasted malt and fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : caramel malt flavours with a hint of bitterness in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style Dubbel.

thierrynantes, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Drknight, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

dmorgan310, May 18, 2013
Photo of ilphay
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%

ilphay, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of dirtyskunk
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50cl stoneware container into a tulip. Points for the badass bottle. Nice rocky head, but it needs a little bit of a force pour. Retention isn't great, but at least it leaves a thin cap on top of a dark, clear, blood-ruby beer. More clear amber than many darker brown dubbels.

Smell is cherry and booze and cinnamon with a little caramel/toffee breadiness in the background.

Sweet and spicey. Just a hint of bitterness in the middle. Definitely some nice dark fruit suggestions, and not too heavy on the crystal malt. The peppery booze helps balance the sweetness, but is also nicely balanced. A little chocolate makes this one taste like one of those chocolate bon-bons with the cherry liqueur inside.

Light body for the style, some moderate viscosity and lifting carbonation keep this from becoming unpleasant but it feels lacking.

Overall an interesting take on a dubbel, a good beer with balanced flavors. I would like to see this scaled up a little, especially with the body. Worth it though and I would buy it again, if only for the sweet ceramic bottle.

dirtyskunk, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +11.4%

AlexAfonin, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of Kiro
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%

Kiro, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Douberd
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml ceramic bottle, black painted, with a cork on top. At home, poured into a chalice.

Small head, something more than one finger, off-white in colour, with average retention. Second pour was into a tulip, not any difference. Colour is deep ruby, almost brown. Lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top.
Aroma of light caramel, red sweet wine.
Tastes more like wine too, the alcohol very nicely conceiled. Mostly sweet, with a short acidic finish. A subtle cinnamon note on the finish as well.
Full body and as much carbonation as needed.
A very tasteful dubbel.

Douberd, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of RueSailmana
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

RueSailmana, May 20, 2013
Hertog Jan Dubbel from Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
83 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.