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Tröegs Jovial - Tröegs Brewing Company

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87
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orangesol on 09-02-2014

Brimming with optimism, Jovial reveals its enduring charm and infinite merriment with each passing sip. This enticing Belgian-style Dubbel ale features hints of raisin, fig, date and prune. As the flavor develops, traces of toffee, chocolate, and subtle spices emerge.
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Photo of Lowlow2010
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like the taste It's smooth to the pallet imo

Photo of MistahBeah
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice copper color with about an inch of fluffy beige head

Aroma: Yeasty. Dark fruits, particularly dates and raisins) and caramel.

Flavor: Dark fruits up front. Raisins, figs and dates. There's some spice which cuts these flavors off before they get to be too much. Some toffee noted. Finish is long and smooth with notes of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: On the fuller side of medium bodied. Carbonation and spice dances on the palate. Smooth finish.

Overall a very nice dubbel. I'd say on the same level as Ommegang or at least very close.

Photo of snansel
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsnyder61
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andthevolcano
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bdel34
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Corburk
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brushkanna
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great nice lacing and tight bubbles clings to my glass
Smells malty with caramel tones
Tastes malty smooth with little flavor on the back end, I find it hard to come up with all the cool flavor words like a buttery English muffin with peppered peach tones, what?
Good mouth feel but again no lasting flavor but the bottle conditioning make for great carbonation
Overall I like the beer a lot I enjoy the American style Belgian flavors, keep up the great brewing

Photo of BeerMama2014
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tröegs can just keep on putting out beers from this series and it is a-ok with me.

Pours a nice clear brown. Decent creme head on it. Flavor has quite a Belgian thing going on with a sugary sweet thing with mature and mild fruits. Smooth and consistent flavor. Well done. Carbonation seems a bit too aggressive as it's really nipping at my mouth. Kind of annoying, but oh well. Overall a very nice beer. I have no clue if there will be similar beers released over time, but if there are, I will be trying them.

Photo of gr0g
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Mahogany color with some haziness. Big, fluffy off-white head with good persistence, leaves some nice lacing. Aromas of fruit and a bit of spice. Yeasty phenols. Ripe raisins and dates, a touch of caramelized sugar.

Flavor is semi-dry with some malt / candi sugar sweetness showing up mid-palate. Both malty and fruity, hints of dark fruit underneath a toffee malt backbone. Some initial harshness in the carbonation subsides quickly. Really nice Dubbel by Troegs.

Photo of DIM
2.18/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What the heck happened here?

This is beautiful in the glass at least, A bright golden tinted amber and it poured with a thick fizzy head.

At cellar temperature the aroma is mild and "off". The samitized yeatiness of a brewery and maybe a trace of raisin. This smells of plastic and band aids too. The flavor profile is weird too. A grainy, odd tasting yeastiness and a little bit of a grassy tingle. Where are the sweet fruits? There is nothing even vaguely "Belgian" here, let alone anything resembling a dubbel. The mouthfeel is chalky and unpleasant.

Shockingly bad given Troegs' track record. This has to be a bad batch, no way this is as they intended it to be.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dweedlebug
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bf7
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stakem
2.19/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

375ml corked and caged bottle that I believe to be from the newest (2nd batch ?) as I missed out on this when it was initially released. Poured into a matching Troegs teku. I chilled this bottle down to the point of being too cold but let it warm up and sipped on it for the better part of an hour to give it a chance to warm/open up. The brew appears a beautiful clear chestnut color with brilliant ruby clarity and a khaki cap that persists a finger strong. As it fades slowly it leaves thick patches of lace.

The smell is mildly green and yeasty with a touch of phenolic spiciness almost like plastic overtop caramel/bready/nutty malt. Some minerals, strange cheesiness and mild alcohol come out as it warms imparting a feeling that is quite medicinal. Nothing about this smells like your typical belgian dubbel.

The taste is also unfortunately very atypical for a dubbel. It has a distracting green yeastiness about it that is vegetative with mild plastic phenolics and minerals into the finish. Mid-palate this brew has a mild toasted grain flavor mingled with an exaggerated hop bitterness. Despite having some flawed aspects that really stick out to me, the overall flavor of this is dull, flat and lifeless. There is seemingly no desirable belgian character about this brews flavor.

This is a medium bodied brew with lively effervescent carbonation. Visually this brew was a masterpiece though the aroma and flavor were a failure. This brew is stylistically flawed and they should be ashamed of themselves for releasing this to the public. There is no desirable belgian flavor to this which makes me think they totally bombed it on the fermenting temps. Taking a moment to read the label's description proves that this beer has not turned out the way they intended. "Raisin, fig, date, prune, toffee and chocolate" -nope, none of that is found is this though other examples of the dubbel style do so vibrantly. Perhaps I got a bunk bottle/batch? If thats the case, I would not mind trying this again though im not wasting more money to potentially buy something this bad.

Photo of SadMachine
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of troy138
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. Nothing too dynamic or experimental going on so it may lack excitement for some. However, if you're a fan or trappists, this beer is will not disappoint. Not as rich as Westmalle dubbel, but has it has the same velvety, luxurious mouthfeel of an Orval. It's a treat to drink and highly impressive that Troegs was able to produce such a genuinely tasting Belgian brew.

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thgreatrandini
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vermilcj
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skaboom420
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Tröegs Jovial from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.