Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale - De Brabandere
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4.13/5 rDev +13.8%
Smells thick and malty, with heavy caramelized brown sugar notes floating in a sea of toasted grains. Vanillas and the promise of darker fruit esters are also present, with just a hint of chocolate malt.
On the tongue, dark sugars abound, including the aforementioned brown sugars, as well as hints of molasses, but also including a variety of lighter, sweeter flavors, including wildflower honey and cane sugar, as well as light fruit esters, vanilla and rosewater. Towards the end of the mouthful, the sugars peel back slightly to reveal a bed of light to medium-toasted grains, with just a smattering of hops. Mouthfeel is very light, only a few degrees off of water. Luckily the flavors don't follow suit.
Overall, while this ale pours a fairly dark brown, the light, sugary, almost airy flavors prove an unexpected surprise. I can see how some would be turned off by this (expecting more robust, earthy notes), but the flavors work well for me.
08-08-2011 03:34:56 | More by jondeelee
British Columbia (Canada)
2.38/5 rDev -34.4%
330mL bottle poured into a chalice. Brown color with an average tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, cloves, and some sourness. This has a sweet & sour flavor with caramel, raisins, lots of sugar, and a sour finish. This beer seems like a cross between a Dubbel and a Flemish Ale. Body was a bit on the thin side. Not very drinkable, I found the taste of this unappealing.
01-24-2010 21:43:11 | More by chickenm
3.64/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from an undated brown 33cl bottle into a St. Bernardus snifter, including all of the dark, muddy sediment that didin't remained fixed to the bottom of the bottle. The beer was still rather clear, dark brown in color, with a small tan head. The head soon died to a partial top coat and ring but left the glass nicely coated with lacing with each tilt of the glass.
Sweet and fruity aroma. Sniffing this is the only way one gets a hint that the ABV is over 4-5% (except for some warming).
The flavor is sweet, too much so, with a slight buttery note [diacetyl?] that some would take as a defect. Dark fruit over medium and medium-dark malts with a hints of smoke, cherries, and sherry.
M: Full smooth feel with a bit of astringency and mild alcohol harshness.
O: OK, but compared poorly to the Val-Dieu Dubbel that preceded it.
05-19-2013 00:07:43 | More by chinchill
4.08/5 rDev +12.4%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has as a dark opaque shoe polish brown body with a super thick head that has a yellowish-tan color to it. The head pushes up above the rim of the glass holding its form for most of the beer. There is a lot of strands of micro bubbles sliding up the side of the glass which reminds me of the matrix. The beer matrix.
S- This beer has a slight tart note to some slightly sweet brown malt with hints of wood and sherry in the background. The smell is smooth but has some complexity to it.
T- this beer has taste of tart notes followed by some slight sweetness which is probably from brown malt and a bit of brown sugar. There are notes of black roast malt in the background and a hint of dark cherries. The finish is a soft bitterness from malt and a nice spicy alcohol taste that hangs on after the finish. As this beer warms there is notes of wet wood and caramel malt that come through.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a tight fizz in the finish. The last few sips are without head and the texture turns a bit watery with a slight alcohol heat in the finish.
D- This beer is subtle but still complex. This is a good session beer if you like wild ales but can't drink a monster tart beer. I could have several of these and the subtle notes make we want to taste more of them.
05-30-2007 20:35:40 | More by rhoadsrage
2.45/5 rDev -32.5%
11.2oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a Chalice. 38699
A: Pours a very dark brown, completely opaque. Maybe a finger worth of loose, yet creamy tinted head. Dies to a thick creamy skim within a minute or two. Decent lacing throughout.
S: Sweet caramel malts with hints of dark fruit, wood, smoke, and an odd alcohol. Is that sour? Maybe vinegar?
T/M: Sweet malts and dark fruit. More of the wood and smoke notes but much fainter. The alcohol is very wierd... almost makes it taste flat...though the carbonation is a touch high. It is sour. Not overly sour at all.. but definitely not what I want in my dubbel.
D: Definitely not one of my favorite dubbels by any means. It's easy to drink but I just really don't want to, lol.
05-09-2008 01:36:11 | More by pwoods
2.93/5 rDev -19.3%
Deep leathery red with a full inch of brown head that dissipates to a thin collar. Light reddish highlights peak through the glass.
Smell is woody and earthy with a faint cherry scent. Slightly spicy with a hint of malts but subdued and mild.
I dig the scent but the taste looses it for me. It taste like cherry syrup from 7-11. I don't get any of the typical Belgian flavors like bready yeast or darker fruits and caramelized malts. In fact this is so sweet it feels like its eating through my teeth and giving me cavities. The malts finally appear after it warms up but nothing great.
Not a bad mouthfeel but nothing great. It has a smooth carbonation but the beer's finish is fake. It's too sweet and tastes more like a poor extract homebrew attempt. I have to take away points on the drinkability. This is like cough syrup in a bottle with a cool beer label. I would avoid this one.
09-10-2008 02:12:39 | More by jbphoto88
3.53/5 rDev -2.8%
330ml bottle. I do like the jolly St. Nick character on these guys' labels.
This beer pours a murky, somewhat sediment-strewn dark ruddy amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, thickly foamy pale beige head, which leaves a broken wall of drooping cloud lace around the glass as it steadily settles.
It smells of sweet, kind of sugary caramel malt, maybe a bit of thin breadiness to it, and some dark tart fruit - cherry and plums, mostly. The taste is sweet caramel malt, bolstered by a more heady fruitiness redolent of plum, cherry, and red grapes, all with an edgy, somewhat tart character. Not over the top, more subtle and beguiling.
The carbonation is on the low side, but still adequately supportive, the body a decent medium weight, smooth, and just a tad creamy. It finishes well off-dry, the lingering malt hard to overlook, and the drying fruitiness still playing second fiddle.
While there's nothing off-putting nor underwhelming about this offering, little stands out by the same measure. The increasing dryness is a plus, happily making the initially overbearing various malt essences but a befuddled memory.
03-09-2011 06:14:19 | More by biboergosum
4.19/5 rDev +15.4%
A - dark amber with a big, loose, soapy, brown head that fades to a thin lacing
S - huge sugary caramel, some fruit
T - big caramel malt, sugary, dessert apples, pie crust, very mild bitter finish
M - medium bodied, some stickiness, well carbonated
This is really an impressive beer. It has a tremendously malty flavor profile. It has an intricate range of flavors that keeps me interested in each sip. There really isn't anything bad to say about this one. It was definitely a good find.
04-05-2013 15:39:50 | More by tdm168
2.63/5 rDev -27.5%
Pours an effervescent walnut with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing
S: Dark fruit (cherry & jammy notes especially),
T: Faint figgyness, some cheeey & a touch of strawberry mixes with brown bread. A touch of raisin as this warms along with dryness, Finishes watery with some raisin notes & a touch of dark candi sugar; yawn
MF: Light/medium bodied with slight carbonation, thins out as it warms
Very underwhelming dubbel. This mixed gift pack is all over the map, some good, some not...
10-20-2011 13:33:02 | More by russpowell
British Columbia (Canada)
3.35/5 rDev -7.7%
33cl bottle poured into tulip glass
A: Nice deep orange reddish dark brown, big khaki coloured head with big bubbles that dissipate pretty quick down to tiny and tight. No lacing
S: This stuff smells simply wonderful, like some fantastic dessert. Molasses, vanilla, chocolate, spicy tobacco, dried fruit, oak. Almost worth the $3 bottle just for that!
T: Sadly, disappointingly, does not live up to its nose. It is however pretty darn tasty, if syrupy sweet. Tastes as it smells, but with a nutty mild coffee flavour reminiscent of Kahlua. Again just too sweet for my liking. Reminds me of root beer mixed with dessert Sherry.
M: if my sense of smell went bad I'd swear I was drinking thick and creamy dark A & W root beer. The tongue accepts this stuff quite easily, but for a beer? Its a bit odd.
D: too sweet for mass consumption. I wish my girlfriend liked beer, as about half a bottle is all I can take.
02-01-2011 05:09:47 | More by ozmodium
3.1/5 rDev -14.6%
Into a large wine glass from a 330 ml. bottle. Opens with a standard pffft. I then reach for a glass and find half the beer foamed over onto the counter. Only a very firm pour after that outgassing lets this beer garner a head of foam. Looks good otherwise, clear and ruby in the light but the head dissipates way too fast.
Decent nose with a bit of cherry liqueur and some chocolate notes. Bit too sweet/simple to decipher more subtle dried fruit aromas. Improves with a bit of warming yet never takes off.
Flavor suffers from the immediate blow off of carbonation. Bit flat and thin in body and feel as a result. Bit of roasted chocolate malt and a light caramel presence. Apparent sweetness becomes somewhat cloying as the carbonation lessens. Overall a bit too sweet in a simple way.
02-25-2010 07:27:22 | More by HalfFull
3.95/5 rDev +8.8%
A - cloudy dark brown, tall tan head dissipated fairly quickly with light lacing
S - rich plumb and raisin, alcohol, brown sugar, roasty, and phenolic
T - sweet candied plumb and rich fruit, molasses malt, light nuttiness with a phenolic note
M - generous carbonation, rich and smooth feel, finishing sweet and rich fullness
D - very rich full flavours and a great feel make this both physically and mentally stimulating
02-18-2011 03:38:16 | More by joemcgrath27
4.25/5 rDev +17.1%
Interesting reddish brown color with thin tan head. Smell is kind of like grape. Taste is almost like grape soda and spices and maybe a bit of chocolate in the aftertaste. It has a crisp light mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable and its not to heavy alcoholwise making it even more drinkable. Had it with some lasagna.
06-04-2009 23:26:30 | More by hdofu
3.55/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a hazy chocolate brown color with a rather small tan head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of red wine, prunes, and carob. The taste has a red wine flavor, candied cherries, a touch of soy sauce (odd), and a light roasted malt. Some strong flavors, a bit of a mismatch though. The feel is moderate with strong carbonation, a bit sticky, finishes sweet. Even thougb it is only 6.5%abv there seems to be some alcohol burn. A strong flavored dubbel for sure, though some of the flavors are odd. It is a tad overcarbonated for a dubbel. Average.
11-09-2008 05:20:16 | More by Gmann
Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale from De Brabandere
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