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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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2/5  rDev -50.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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.

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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.

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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 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 chickencoop
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up on a trade from one of my east coast bruddas'. Been sitting on this for some time and it still came out great. Poured a deep deep amber, little head, maybe old, but not a problem. I was a big fan of the taste on this, big fruits, banana bread, good sweet stuff. Overall loved this beer, reminded me of the Flat Earth Belgian, I will be drinking this again hopefully.

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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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4.22/5  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.

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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

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Portsmouth Belgian Dubbel from Portsmouth Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.