Portsmouth Belgian Dubbel - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Belgian DubbelPortsmouth Belgian Dubbel

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89
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Traditionally, this full-bodied brown ale was brewed to nourish monks during their Lenten fast. The incorporation of Belgian candi syrup as well as the yeast strain employed give this beer its authentic flavor.

(Beer added by: charlesw on 09-28-2003)
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Photo of Rekrule
2/5  rDev -50.9%

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to EnronCFO for this bomber!! Poured into my Portsmouth snifter.

Pours a dark amber color with a very loose cola type head. No lacing at all. On the nose I get fruit, some banana, candy sugar, Belgian yeast. I'm getting those flavors in the taste but the brew is a bit watery and diluted. Body is light/ medium with mild carbonation. Overall a beer that I can certainly drink but not on par with most Portsmouth brews that I've had.

Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of nheinzie57
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to warriorsoul for the trade...
Appears a chestnut tone with a small beige head that fades into a mild cap and collar. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, estery yeast, candy sugar, bread, sugar, toffee, raisins, and plums.
Taste is of the same aromas but more subdued with sweet raisin bread as the standout flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, semi-sweet, with cocoa dusting, and a lightly fizzy finish.

Photo of ales4baldo
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ajcormier
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle recently bought from the Portsmouth Brewery store.

Pours a murky brown color with hints of dark reddish tints, very small head that fades fast.

Smell is light but had the typical estery belgian notes.

Taste is wow, lots of banana and bubblegum with this dubbel, probably the most I've had from the style, the banana being a little more pronounced, decent malt backbone, not overly candied like some, seems rather slick and buttery compared to other beers from Portsmouth.

A good dubbel, certainly hides the strength fairly well.

Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a few sips of this vom Faß at the Brewery now and then, but this review is from a bottle bought at the Brewery store today... a 22oz bomber, setting me back all of $4.00...

Into the chalice it pours a clear, deep garnet/ruby color. Lovely! Some lackadaisical carbo meanders slowly to the surface, where a thin rim-job of bubbles attempting to form a head awaits. Leaves only a tiny smidge of lacing. Nose suggests a dry bier, with some fruitiness present, as in perhaps a little grape or raisin, along with Belgian candi-sugar notes. Body is solid, a middle-of-the-road medium, accompanied by a fairly smooth feel on the tongue.

Flavor has some light sweetness, with a distinct candi-ish character. A fruit-cake like aspect kicks in, though the fruit angle is somewhere between sweetish and puckery, being neither... perhaps a slight touch of cherry, along with grape and pear. A well-made example, albeit not a home-run hitter. A solid Tod Mott & Co. bier...

Frohe Geburtstag, und Prosit!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

946

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at brew pub

Big fluffy head, light lacing, dark maroon copper brown color, clear.

Nose dark belgian malts, light herbal phenolic like aroma, sweet malts, hint of candi sugar, light herbal hops, sweet candy.

Taste sweet toasty darker malts, light herbal hops, sweet candy and candi sugar, bit gritty, touch of warming booze and light phenolic, finishes little sweet, some herbal hops, bit boozy,

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied with decent carb and bit warming booze.

Overall good, not great, herbal hops and phenols kill me, but otherwise great flavors.

Photo of NEhophead
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a goblet.

Thin amber with a ruby hue. Frothy, white head that quickly evaporates to a small pool of bubbles. Minor spotted lacing with average strength.

Caramelized brown sugar and sweet molasses. Plum, raisin, light orange, and alcohol-soaked apple and grape. The alcohol presence is sweet and spicy with a brief cinnamon dryness.

Sweet molasses with a refined, slightly dry toffee and brown sugar. Vinous, aged fruit; rounded with a soft semi-sweet alcohol flavor: raisin, orange, grape, and apple. Notes of sweet spice with a lingering dryness and aftertaste of fruity esters.

Medium in body; creamy, somewhat active, and slightly dry. A well rounded balance texture.

Nice balanced flavors and a mellow body. A tough style outside of Belgium that Portsmouth pulls off remarkably well.

Photo of heganhound
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby with a little hit. The smell is one of sweetness--both dark and tart fruits. The taste includes fruits as well as some molasses, raisins, and a bit of roasted malt. The body is medium and sweet, with a little bit of tartness coming in. Drinkability takes a little hit, as this one is a little too sweet, but overall a very nice representation of the style.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of cnwillis31
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Kinsman
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery on 4/26/11

Pours a hazy amber colored body. Moderaltey sized sticky beige head with plenty of retention.

Aroma is notably fruity and sweet upfront. Also notable is a yeasty spice character.

Fruitiness on that palate could best be described as apples and raisins. Candi syrup sweetness is balanced out by clove and maybe corriander for a spice note. Finishes with just a kiss of grassy hop flavor.

Sticky and slightly chewy medium body mouthfeel. Overall, a very enjoyable dubbel not too far off from some of the best from Belgium.

Photo of Vancer
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A super bowl payoff from jrdegriselles. Nice.

And a nice beer too – Good looking oaken mahogany with a small ivory head. Aroma was reserved, just subtle notes of sweet molasses and malt. Tons of spices pop up in the taste, quite a load of pepper mixed in with the Belgium yeast and sugar cane. Dry & crisp, sharp and tangy – it made for a nice afternoon on the deck while enjoying the world.

Photo of cleeze
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice ruby color with barely no head. It did show some pretty good lacing however.

Smell was kind of sweet. Maybe some raisin and some other dark fruits.

Taste was amazing. Sweet but not over the top. again raisins and some light alcohol notes as well.

This is highly drinkable. Before I knew it I drank half my growler

Photo of Azurescens
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 5/14/11

A: Pours a dark purplish-red with light tan head, pretty clear when held up to the light. Very little lacing left around the glass.

S: Very fruity and spicy aroma, I pick up dark fruits with plenty of banana, cloves, raisins and some molasses. Only a hint of alcohol.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of dark fruit and sweet malts with bananas and spices. Some molasses as well with more alcohol than the nose. Lingering taste of raisins and other dark fruits.

M: Smooth and creamy feel, sweet with enough bitterness to keep it very well balanced. Moderate carbonation, nice and clean.

O: Very good beer, haven't had too many dubbels that I have truly enjoyed but this one is quite delicious and drinkable, especially when considering that this is packing an 8% ABV.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Donna (the day bartender) said I'd like this. It was OK. A nice red/brown color with a minimal head. It had a malty, dark fruit aroma. It tasted mostly of cherries. I thought it was pretty good, but not as deep or complex as a Belgian style dubbel. Just a little bit on the thin side, and the tastes didn't go off in my mouth as I thought they should.

I didn't remember reviewing this beer previously when I had it last week at The Brewery. This time around I loved it. It doesn't at all resemble what I first reviewed 2+ years ago. It was a dark brown/red color with a minimal head. Sweet aroma of fruit and honey. The taste was moderately sweet, honey and raisins. Very smooth and fairly rich. I like this version.

Photo of andylipp
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rayman2112
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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Portsmouth Belgian Dubbel from Portsmouth Brewery
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