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True Blonde Dubbel - Ska Brewing Co.

True Blonde DubbelTrue Blonde Dubbel

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 08-21-2004)
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Photo of JohnBender


2.06/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

From a Bomber, $6.49.

A: Far too clear with no head.

S: Yeast and wheat. A little sugar. Smells a little burnt and stale. Still the highlight of the beer.

T: Peanut butter flavored bubblegum. Just horrible.

M: A little thin, but not terrible.

O: Hard to drink. Really disgusting.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 23:57:05 | More by JohnBender
Photo of chugalug06


4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice foamy white head. Brew is crystal clear orange with light yellows. Not much in the way of lacing.

Elegent belgian scents; lots of banana, spices, and cloves.

Slight rubbing alcohol flavor beneath the deep belgian nuances. Very dry and slightly over carbonated. Mellows out a lot once brought to room temperature.

Another killer offering from SKA. A very nice and relaxing Dubbel, perfect for a hot summer day. Recommended, priced a bit high ($8), but still a very nice brew!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 03:33:37 | More by chugalug06
Photo of sitarist


3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden in color. There is almost no head, what there is falls fast to a micro-ring. There are a few spots of micro-lacing.

It smells like circus peanuts. Banana, honey, and honeydew melon.

The flavor is really faint, the aroma barely carries over.

It has a lighter body with little carbonation.

Not sure what they were going for with this one. Not something that Id drain-pour, but I wouldn't order it again either.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 01:08:41 | More by sitarist
Photo of dsmcva00


3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz brown glass bottle (with a cool, yellow wax covering the cap and bottle neck) into a pint glass.

A - Pours an orange, unfiltered color leaving a thick, lasting head (over a finger). Large soda-like bubbles hug the glass. The head dissipates in a few minutes, with no lacing.

S - A bouquet of sweet, citrusy notes tempts me. Very sweet.

T - A taste of corn and noney. The ale finishes with luscious Belgian hops, banana, and more wildflower honey.

M – Thick, caramel mouthfeel, very wet, belying the 8% ABV. Over-carbonated at first, but after a few minutes of off-gassing, the carbonation becomes quite manageable on the palate.

D – Very refreshing and sweet. Not a bad dubbel! Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 22:53:30 | More by dsmcva00
Photo of intensify


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live tasting.
Poured from a 1pint bottle. I must say that the presentation is great with the yellow wax on the cap. Anyhow, not much of a head. Slightly over carbonated for my liking. Pours a golden yellow colour which is a bit lighter then typical dubbels. I smell a touch of honey and maybe corn and a hint of banana. The taste is clean. Not a complex beer at all. Picking up some banana and buscuit. Alcohol presence is nowhere to be found. Medium bodied.
Overall this is an okay dubbel. Much better then some i have had. The boys at Ska hit this one pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 05:00:08 | More by intensify
Photo of hopfacebrew


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber with yellow wax to globe glass.

A - The beer pours a golden yellow hazy color with a lot of carbonation and a 1 finger white head with good retention and lacing.

S - A light honey character in addition to a detectable sweetness and yeast on the nose. Alcohol is also subtle.

T - The beer tastes just as you'd expect from the aroma: starts off with a sweet honey malty character. The middle of the beer brings out the mild bitterness and a little heat from the alcohol.

M - The beer is medium bodied with a ton of carbonation.

D - The alcohol is hidden fairly well though noticeable. Pretty solid drinkability.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-18-2011 14:47:25

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 14:56:46 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

if this is a dubbel, its a new version for me. looks or smells nothing like the yeasty sugary effervescent belgians. pours a cloudy yelow color with a 1 inch white head. smells fruity and sweet, like orange blossom honey. taste is unique too for a dubbel. again fruit notes, orange? mouthfeel was good on the body, but i feel like this tyle demands more bubbles. wasnt flat, just not bright. overall an exellent beer from ska, and one worth seeking out. sort of like reinventing the wheel here...

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 16:13:09 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a schooner at the local beer fanciers club. No obvious best before date.

A - pours a clear yellow with a small head that disappeared fairly quickly. Some hints of lacing on the glass.

S - combination of malt and honey on the nose

T - initial strong sweetness (rock candy) and bubblegum melting into some late bitterness with hints of apple

M - slight booziness with light body; mild carbonation

D - super-drinkable

Very nice Belgian Pale style beer - great outdoors and frankly delicious anytime! Another great beer from SKA!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 16:46:55 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of DavidST


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, no freshness date.

The appearance is an almost golden color with a decent white head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of belgian yeast esters, some banana, candied sugar and alcohol. The feel is medium with good carbonation. The taste is okay, I get some candied sugar, a hint of spice and the alcohol is very present and not very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 04:15:57 | More by DavidST
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife made me buy this beer last night, and she was nice enough to split it with her.

Appearance-Light yellow with some light haze. One finger off white head that leaves some lace. Comparing to other Belgian Strong Pales, this beers head and lace ain't got shit on the others

Smell-Wheat, light malt, lemon, very subtle, but nothing unpleasant.

Taste-Sweet and Sour tang. Light alcohol creeps through along with some lemon peel. Light hops in the middle and finish is pretty sweet. Strange balance but I like it.

Mouthfeel-Pretty light, moderate carbonation.

Overall-For 5 bucks and a beer that I can split with my wife, thats a winner in my book. It's nothing crazy, but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 02:57:16 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of cpetrone84


3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with a thin white head. The nose is a bit stale and bready at first with a fair bit of lemon, notes of candied sugar and banana, and a touch of belgian yeast. The taste is more sweet with a touch more balance. Overly sweet candied sugars, notes of lemon and banana. Light spice in the flavor. The feel is a bit oily, very slick, bitey in the finish. Overall a bit sweet and sugary, not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 22:18:27 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Pencible


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear light gold with basically no head.
S: It smelled like grassy and lemony hops, with some sour yeast and bready malt, and a bit of candi sugar.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and grassy hops, with wild yeast and a little bready malt and candi sugar. It had a mellow sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery and thin with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a nice clean and crisp beer, with good scent and taste. The body was pretty weak, but the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. There was nothing special about this brew, so it was forgettable. But enjoyable to try anyway.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 01:30:10 | More by Pencible
Photo of cagocubs


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into glass. Wax capped.

A: Pours a golden color with good active carbonation and a 1 finger white head that retains and laces well.

S: Light smell. Some sweets, hops, and malt. Very faint.

T: Much like the smell, the taste is faint. Has the sweet character to it. Some hop bite. The alcohol is present in the sip.

M: Medium bodied. Crisp. The carbonation last throughout the drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 07:00:26 | More by cagocubs
Photo of FosterJM


3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

613th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22 oz
Waxed & capped

Thanks to a vendor of mine for sending this bottle tomme while HE was on vacation.

App- Golden honey colored with a gigantic fast receding three finger head. Not a lot in terms of legs or cling.

Smell- It was far off from what I thought the nose was going to be, seeing the words dubbel. Was more in line of a spicier saison. Im giving the mark for the good aromatics.

Taste- This just fades so fast from app/smell. It's a very average beer that the flavors are unbalanced with the honey. There is some yeast and candied sugar.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbed with the remaining notes of honey and yeast.

Drink- I'll call it average because it was free and I'm not trying to slam it for using an ingredient I don't like. Couldn't finish the bottle either. Made my stomach hurt as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 17:23:17 | More by FosterJM
Photo of BeerLover99


3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: deep gold/cloudy orange, trace head, solid lacing

S: Belgian yeast, light lemon, dash of spice

T: sweet fruit front, malt middle, Belgian yeast, hint of spice
in the sticky finish

M: med/light body, hint of sticky/oily mouth

O: Must say, I'm a tad disappointed. I really
enjoy Ska Modus Hoperandi and thought this
would be a terrific beer. It's not awful, but
the flavors are so subtle and muted.


Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 20:41:51 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of FanofHefe


3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been enjoying a few Ska beers lately so I picked this one up to try a different style. I could not find any dating on the bottle or label. Poured from a bomber into a Chimay chalice. Light golden body with a slight haze. Surprisingly, very little head and almost no lacing. But, nice bottle with the wax covering.

Lemon, yeast, sweet malt and a little spice make up the primary base of the aroma. Not much else going on here.

The taste features more of the spicy flavors from the yeast than the aroma would suggest. The flavor is predominantly sweet, paced by the malt. Only the slightest amount of hop notes come through way in the background.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Low level of carbonation. A bit more of a hefeweisen taste and feel to this beer than I would have expected. Not great but passable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:37:13 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of theboozecruise


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a St. Bernardus goblet. This one is a clear deep golden color with not much head at all.

The aroma is all spice. Coriander, lemon zest, honey, all present over a faint floral hop smell.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Honey is pretty dominant then receding to the floral hop notes. It's pretty tasty but nothing revolutionary to me.

Decent mouthfeel, there is hood carbonation despite the lack of head.

An above average beer in the grand scheme of things.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 00:46:05 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I always forget which SKA beers I have reviewed and took a chance on this one. Good thing that it wasn't on my list.

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear light golden color with a small 1/4" head of whitish foam and was made up of small bubbles. There were quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, so it was 1/16" or so a minute after the pour. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass as you drink the beer.

Aroma: The aroma of the very cold beer is very clean and reserved. I initially got just a little bit of lemon grass and some sweet malts. Perhaps my senses are dull, but the aroma of the cold beer is very muted. As the beer warms up some, it is starting to favor the hops and the yeast, leaving only mild Pilsner malt toastiness to stand up for the malt, but overall it is still very reserved.

Taste: OK, going into the flavor, it is also very reserved with some citrusy notes from the hops in the beginning and then it quickly fades to malty sweetness with some Pilsner notes which take you into the finish. There are some bittering hops in here that are definitely present, but are staying out of the way of the malt for control of the finish. Late after the sip, evident alcoholic warming sets in and stays with you for a while. The carbonation is adequate for what the beer is, and the body is medium which is helped by the carbonation to keep the beer from coming across as heavy. There are some yeasty notes coming out as the beer warms up some.

Opinion: This is an alright beer. I guess if you were wanting to give someone an introduction to Belgian beers (sortof) you could use this beer...but the use of American hops throws that theory out the window. I don't know. There's nothing wrong with it at all, but there's nothing that really stands out about it either. If someone offered me a pour, I would gladly take it, but I doubt I will be buying another bottle to enjoy anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 04:21:25 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from depechemode1983, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a thinnish bubbly white head that recedes slowly and sticks lots of lace everywhere. Smells of sweet juicy fruits, apples, pears, maybe mango in there. Slightly earthy, peppery spicy aroma. Taste is honey and light brown sugar mixed with some sweet pear and tropical fruit with a spicy peppery edge. Smooth sweet mouthfeel, medium body that finishes just this side of dry, medium level of bubbles. Not to bad, but almost seems watery if that's possible in an 8% brew. I enjoyed it, but probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 00:10:57 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of emmasdad


3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at the Rackhouse last night, and was thoroughly unimpressed. Clear golden color with a good white head. Aromas of yeast, bread and white pepper. Way over carbonated (think tap BMC) and light bodied. Not a whole lot going on flavor-wise here either. Maybe I need to try a bottle of this one sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 16:33:08 | More by emmasdad
Photo of metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of candi sugar and yeast in the nose along with some notes of honey.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some initial sweetness followed by some bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is well masked from the taste so this beer is not that difficult to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 00:16:46 | More by metter98
Photo of Dster


3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from waxed sealed bottle into a unibroue 0.3L glass.

A - a medium gold and thin head.

S - very ripe bannana

T - bannana; a little citrus; small but bright carbonation. I think this was designed to be a drinker; flavors are not overly complicated and easily sessionable; 8% abv? couldn't guess that by taste in a million years.

M - smooth, nice carbonation

D - easy to drink; ABV could sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 05:16:32 | More by Dster
Photo of katan


4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz into a pint - waxed bottle

A - Pours a very clear, light golden color. Very bubbly, effervescent. Head formation is initially strong, pearly white, but then breaks down to a film. Bubbling is light. Not sure this is to style, but it does what it is intended.

S - Holy Belgian yeast strain, Batman! Very strong clove, white pepper, orange like yeast note. Sweetness backs it up nicely. I have to say it again, Belgian yeast white pepper - big time.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, malty, mostly 2 row and maybe a hint of pils. Mid stream gets the big time yeast, lots of white pepper at first, but then turns to bubble gum with a hint of citrus hops. Back to white pepper in the finish, very spicy and earthy.

M - Moderate body, moderate carbonation. Very smooth and in balance. Some carbonation sting hits the front of the tongue. Leaves a little sugary cling.

D - Scary drinkable - an excellent dinner accompaniment due to its very strong but compatible flavors. ABV will knock you around, but you wouldn't know it.

Great offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 03:31:02 | More by katan
Photo of diamondc


4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 07/12/11.

A: Cloudy, bronze, almost orange shade. Head doesn't stick around for long, but there's a thin cap of foam that hasn't dissipated after a few swigs.

S: A tropical fruit smorgasbord with banana, kiwi, strawberries and pineapple dominating over everything. A bit overboard with the yeast, but I like it a lot.

T: Banana, cloves, a bit of peanut brittle and spicy coriander with a lingering alcohol hotness. Hops are almost non-existent here. Reminds me of Avery's Salvation a lot.

M/D: Halfway through the bottle the alcohol becomes more noticeable, but its not that big of a deal. If you drank two bombers of this, you'd be on the floor. I'd buy another. The steady carbonation makes this really easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 03:51:49 | More by diamondc
Photo of stakem


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 8/31/10.

Thanks to Ryan for the chance to try this. From a bomber into a snifter, it appears a perfectly clear orange color. A thin lacing of white head coats the surface of the brew and sticks in patches about the glassware.

The aroma is belgian phenols smelling of clove, slight banana and a bit of other fruits and spices. A slight metallic note mingled with an indication of sulfur.

The taste is dry cloves upfront that mix into a light spiciness and sweetness with a flavor mindly banana like and a bit peppery. There is a lingering flavor of spices that contrasts a light amount of fruity sweetness. This brew takes quite a turn in the finish from how dry it seems when it was first sipped.

A medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation yet still has a bit of pop to the tongue. Fairly well drinkable for 8%. Even at room temperature, the abv is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 00:43:16 | More by stakem
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True Blonde Dubbel from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.