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Tröegs Jovial - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 5
Gots: 42 | 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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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 37
Photo of TopherBreski
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow. Wanted a lot from this beer but it didn't deliver. Color, smell, and taste at good but nothing spectacular; pedestrian.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice: color is amber, a little dense, head poured thick at least 2 inches at first pour, then slowly dissipated, keeping at least 1 inch through the tasting.

Smell is very good, its not as deep in its belgian yeast off flavors, but the malt profile is wonderful: light toast, bread, toffee, then some fig, raisin, and fruitiness - very enticing.

Taste is slightly less in depth than the aroma leads you to believe, the flavor drys out and balances what the smell would lead you to believe would be a sweeter flavor: malt is bready, light toast and toffee, less fruit than aroma, just light fig.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice lighter sweetness balanced by the drying fermentation.

Overall, a very good, cleaner dubbel, seems to be in between a bier de garde and dubbel, but a great aroma seems to create a great balance between styles.

Photo of jspaner
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The look is somewhat opaque medium brown, more akin to a Belgian dark ale vice the usual dubbel ale. The smell is somewhat mild, hardly distinctive in any way. The taste is where I'm most disappointed. Seems rather plain, and unremarkable. I'm not tasting any of the usual distinctive, Belgian style flavor, let alone any of the fig, date, raisin, and prune the label claims. If their intent was to make a mild beer, then they were successful. I was expecting way more flavor than this very mild brew. The mouthfeel is fine, no complaints there, but again, nothing special either. Overall I would have to rate this a big disappointment.

Photo of Flounder57
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle was poured into a chalice.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is an amber brown color with no vision of anything. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, bready, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spicy, and a little booze.

Taste: You definitely pick up more flavors in every sip. Some chewy notes in there too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little dry, some alcohol, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Will have to say that this beer obviously got better with time like most dubbels. Nice dark fruit flavor and spicy Belgian yeast flavor too.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks back in Totowa, having never had this before. I like the 12.7 oz. bottle as well as the cork and cage setup and for the Dubbel, this more than held it's own. Not terribly strong but full of flavor, there was enough here to savor as this turned out to be on par with the other offerings that Troegs currently brews.

Nice pour to this, as the beer had a radiant brown hue and frothy head that never fully settled. Some light came in around the edges and this was quite cloudy, but not on the level of a Chimay. Lots of the aforementioned plum and raisin in the nose with a good shot of yeast in the taste up-front. The stickiness of the toffee kicked in as I worked my way through this, but never really felt the chocolate or any outstanding hint of candied sugar. Lots of carbonation kept this from feeling too heavy and there wasn't much of a spice presence either although a hint of cinnamon could be felt under everything else.

Booze? It's here but it was felt and not tasted, thankfully. While not as potent or as deep as examples from Europe, this was a Dubbel that was true to form and bound to please nearly everyone. It did not taste like the other beers from Troegs and had I not seem the label on the bottle, I wouldn't have been sure who brewed it. Bright for this style, this was chewy and full enough to savor and something that I'd want to picked up again. Nice job by Troegs on this one!

Photo of hosehead83
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Neat little corked and caged bottle. Deep brown/burgundy pour with nice off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Dark toasted malt note
Taste-Dark fruit, figs, Belgian spice, caramel. Nice character and complexity.

Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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"

Above commercial description is spot on

Small bottle, caged and corked ... as they say...

NIce malty caramel toffee brandy ripe dark fruit reserved spice Belgian yeasty goodness. Very good - at least

Photo of ksimons
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-caramel color with three fingers worth of khaki colored head

S-caramel, brown sugar, raisins, yeast and spices

T-caramel malt, light dark fruits, raisins, bit of spice and yeast

M-medium body, high carbonation

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant dubbel, won't seek this one out again. Was hoping to find the flavored described, but wasn't present cold or when it warmed.

Photo of KTCamm
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours reddish brown, dark, full 1/4 inch thick white foam with lengthy settling. Figgy jam nose, raisins, dates, too. Fruity taste, cherries, raspberries, subtle lemon, belgian flavor bitter. Quite good.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp bottle that was a gift from my brother Curt. Thanks!
Pouring into a snifter and even with a gentle pour I get 5 cm of dense foamy head that recedes slowly and leaves tightly packed lattice. the head does overflow the top of my glass but does not run down the outside. The color of the beer is a dark rich chestnut hue, I was expecting a lighter shade of gold.
Aroma is malty with brown sugar and dark fruits mixing, maybe raisins. I also get a little bit of spiciness, anice and some nutmeg hints? finally I find some pear notes too. Nose is very mild overall, however, and it is tough to pull scents and describe them.
First sip reveals an average body with gentle rolling carbonation.
Flavor is malty with toffee and some brown sugar mixing with raisin and plum. Some hints of a general spiciness too, but not well defined. The booze is completely hidden and certainly not much of a hop profile anywhere.
An easy to drink brew with nice albeit mild flavors and well hidden booze add to the drinkability.
Im enjoying the beer, but am not wowed by it at any step of the sampling.
Good Dubbel, but I wouldnt chase this down.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good looking beer, there is some dark fruit, very subdued, seems like raisin. There is also a wheat yeasty smell with what I would call toffee.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml cork and cage bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Dark maroon color with shades of brown. Fine-bubbled and cream-colored head retains very well. A thin slip of lacing slides down the glass and eventually forms thin rings.

S: Fig and raspberry jam, candy apple shell, coffee cake, yeasty, subtle black pepper and clove. A little muted perhaps, but good.

T: Bready and crusty. Toffee and light coffee roast. Raspberry jam and figs, candi sugar. Cinnamon and spice, Dentyne gum. Yeasty. Pepper and bitter herbal spice build middle to end. Slight medicinal phenols. Cocoa and husky grain as it warms. Big sweetness, though it dries quite a bit toward the finish. Yeasty, spicy, and herbal end.

M: Hefty body. A sense of weight presses firmly but gently, but is then completely whisked away by a lot of acute and fine-bubbled carbonation. Soft creamy texture.

O: This is a decent take on what proves to be a very challenging style for American brewers to nail down. My expectations were met.

Photo of ranchosdancingbull
1.7/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Super watery. Not much nose. Very carbonated in a good way.

Photo of dd43
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer has deeper flavors than the aroma profile would lead you to believe. Definitely benefits from warming into the low 40s from fridge temperature. It's a great looking beer, perhaps a shade darker than I expected for a dubbel but very appealing overall. This is a beer that wants to spend some time in your mouth before being swallowed.

Carbonic mouthfeel allows the dark fruit flavors that you can't pick up in the aroma to come alive on the palate. This is a nice cold weather brew, there's almost a warming quality to the spices that become more apparent as you spend some time with it.

Don't rush this beer, and your patience will be rewarded

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12.7 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a chestnut color with decent clarity. The head is two fingers high, and off-white in shade. Retention is impressive, and the soapy texture manages to leave behind webs of lacing on the glass. Quite a pretty-looking brew. (4.25)

Smell: Ummm...I don't get much here. Not from my glass, or from the bottle. I'm picking up some slight caramel, slight bread, slight peppery yeast...and that's it. No dark fruit or cherry aromas to be found. The subtle hoppiness is nice, but again, it needs some counter-balancing fruity notes - ones it just doesn't have. I love Troegs to death, so I'm shocked by the subpar showing here. (2.5)

Taste: Caramel and brown sugar greets the palate immediately, while the finish is gently hoppy. I'm really having trouble not only picking up the specialized fruit notes of a great dubbel, but the Belgian yeast in general. All I get is a touch of apple and bread on the mid-taste. Really underwhelmed here - this drinks like an ordinary brown ale instead of a dubbel. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated - almost overly fizzy, even. The carbonation doesn't even scrub away the residual sweetness that well. A Belgian-style beer should be rich at first, and then significantly dry out later. This does the opposite. (2.5)

Overall: I mentioned in this review before that I love Troegs. However, they can't all be winners, and this is a pretty significant misfire from them (the biggest, even!) It tastes like an overly fizzy brown ale rather than a proper dubbel. As the former, it's a fine beer - as the latter, it's a failure. It might improve with some time in the bottle, but I'm hesitant to buy another bottle to find out. (2.5)

2.71/5: Lack·ing (adjective): deficient or inadequate

Photo of micromaniac129
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a clear deep copper color. A tall head forms on top, my glass can barely contain it.
Alot of carbonation.
Smell with malty sweet and hoppy and something else I can't put my finger on.
Drinks sweet and malty. Also feels flat and liveless.
Everything about this beer is off in my opinion.

Photo of Lowlow2010
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of MistahBeah
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Brushkanna
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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 RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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 +3.4%
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
2.2/5  rDev -42.6%
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 stakem
2.22/5  rDev -42%
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 troy138
4.76/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Tröegs Jovial from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.