True Blonde Dubbel - Ska Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Crosling on 08-21-2004

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Reviews by Onslow:
Photo of Onslow
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't i just run towards you yelling moo?'s too late for that! ..

Drank on a Friday; 6:30pm, April 23rd 2010..with a homemade cheese + salami plate, ..booyaa!

Pours out a medium gold, light haze, and a good solid headring.. lacing could be better for a Belgian styled brew ..

main aroma of sweet yeasty honey, some light fresh pancake and honey infused fresh dough..

decent mouth, shows a bit of heat with a slight sweet tinge.. bitterness level is right on! ... . Boy am I glad I didn't jump.

honey, dough, light maple, and light twisted apricot..

An enjoyable brew, mild on the complexities..but it does a nice job of giving you a simple middle of the road introduction to the Belgian side of beers.. and have it with a side dish/platter, one of the nicer SKA's i've had ...

Charlie had a theory. Even a trip to the bank could be exciting...if you wore a ski mask.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the three "big" Ska brews to be found here in NC,poured a deep golden with some dark orange hue with a fluffy white two fingered head leaving a trace amount of lace behind.Whoo there is alot of honey in the aroma along with some apricot and an underlying medicinal herb quality,flavors are quite sweet alcoholic,quite fruity like apricot and candied ginger.The alcohol really hits in the finish,not bad not complex by any means but quite drinkable.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber with yellow wax covered cap. Pours into my glass a light golden, yellow hue with a very small head that quickly falls. It doesn't end up looking all that appealing in the glass, lets see where it goes from here. Aromas of sweet pale malts with a nutty, floral aroma. Honey and a yeasty spiciness with a bit of pepper and clove. Quite nice overall and makes up for the appearance a bit.

First sip brings a mildly sweet pale grain maltiness with a floral, cooked veggie flavor. Light spicy yeast comes through with each sip adding a peppery twang. Flows down with some fruity flavors and honey as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but rather light with good carbonation. This is not a beer I'd pick up again in the future, it just doesn't really hold a candle to most BSPA's. Kind of an odd brew.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is coriander, oranges and lemons. The flavor is Belgian yeast, coriander and orange citrus. As the beer gets warmer, the alcohol becomes more and more present and the beer gets very boozy. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer is alright when it is cold but gets pretty bad as it warms.

Photo of Sammy
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crushinator's bottle. Lots of floaties. Blond wax seal was cool. Yeast aroma, malty, medium to light mouthfeel. Based on Greman style, but not really German style. Not a bad one, but also not representative of the style. Did not taste 8%, closer to a lager in mouthfeel, but with yeast that gave it a bit of spiciness.

Photo of alobo1
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer is really good! The taste is great! The design of the bottle is unique. It's a no brainer. (The abv is 8%)

Photo of dirtylou
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, received via bif, yellow wax

split during march madness weekend 2

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a pint, light golden body, murky, light beige ring

smell: wheat, very light yeast, tangerine, subtle aromas

taste: somewhat bland - light malt structure, belgian wheat/yeast combo makes this an easy sipper, tangerine, corriander.

mouthfeel: light, zesty

drinkability: good enough

Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber with a friend. While this was obviously a Belgian-style ale, it was also clearly an American interpretation. The Belgian spice was very strong and dominated the beer without much room for complexity or subtlety. The beer is overall smooth and drinkable for the strength, but the flavor doesn't inspire you to drink more. It's just too focused on the single, peppery Belgian yeast character.

Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can't believe I've never reviewed this...

Pours bronze/honey with a finger of sand colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Appleskins & pears & honey, tropical fruit

T: Honey malt, appleskins, brown sugar & dryness up front. More of the same as this warms, where are the hops? Earthy yeast is present,in abundance, but doesn't add much flavor depth. Finishes dry with appleskins & some pineapple, almost gave this a 3.5, but the flavors are muted or mish-mashed

MF: Medium bodied, fairly lively carbonation, okay balance

Drinks fairly average, just not enough flavor of any variety to make me think this is a Belgian PA, closer to a saison or bier de garde, but even a mediocre example of those styles IMO, nothing special here...

Photo of Backer2004
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What is a Blonde Dubbel anyway? Found this one at an Organic Marketplace for some reason and was rather impressed with their overall selection. First time I've tried a Ska brew . . . the labels definitely caught my eye and with the wax cap, it was something different. Probably would not get this one again, due to the lack of any real exciting qualities, but wouldn't mind trying some others from this brewery.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The presentation is nice; 22oz. bomber with yellow wax. The pour turns out a small head that has increasingly gotten larger with a few seconds passing. 3/4" of fluffy, soft, foamy head is how it finishes out. From this, lacing would be a given. The color of the brew is a bronze honey, more on the honey side than the bronze, though. I would say so far, this looks like very attractive (true) blonde. Couldn't resist...

S- The first scents are of lemon and grain. Honestly, that's about it. There is a spice hidden deep inside that obviously comes from the yeast strain, but I cant pinpoint it. Maybe cinnamon? White Pepper? It is really not as complex as I thought it might be, but definitely not offensive! That is a good start.

T- The tastes start nice and sweet from the malts melded nicely with honey and Belgian Candi Sugar. The bittering hop kicks in midstream and balances quite nicely. A light boozy taste comes in at the end but is quite well hidden for 8%.

M- Medium in the mouth, maybe a little sticky. Carbonation is good for the style.

D- I really didnt think this was a bad beer at all. It has had at least 6 or 7 months in the cellar (maybe more time on the shelf) and I actually enjoyed it just fine. I would drink this again for sure.

Photo of Beertracker
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ska's True Blonde Dubbel pours up with good carbonation that creates a thin whitish head that's barely sustainable over the slightly hazy deep yellow-golden body. The grainy aroma features some sweetness with a moderate fruitiness and some yeast born spiciness. Low earthy hoppiness. The flavor starts off rather grainy then gives way to a touch of candi sweetness that's quickly subdued by a rather marked bitterness that carries through to a slightly cloying, spicy (clove/nutmeg), warming finish. This medium bodied Belgian Golden Ale is rather one-dimensional and lacks complexity, but is certainly drinkable. Great packaging & label. Here's to the buxom blondes from Durango!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of Dster
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22z bomber like their other bombers it is wax sealed, this one yellow.

Pale hazy golden with a small short lived head and no lacing.

Aroma is bananas light citrus and yeast.

Flavor is mostly sweet, banana with a mild dose of bittering hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is mostly thin, but does take on a wheat like texture near the end.

Is this a mediocre Dubbel or a mediocre Hefe? Either way it's just that.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this ale has a beautiful burnt golden body that's just slightly hazy filled with good carbonation and topped with a thick fluff and bubbly head. The head quickly dissipates and leaves some nice lacing around the glass. It has some really strong fruity and spicy aromas; orange peel, wheat and sugar cane come through nicely. Its light bodied and smooth on the tongue. Its bitter on the corners of your mouth and you can taste the alcohol in its aftertaste. Its sweet overall and the hops are mildly present when it hits the middle of your tongue; the Belgian spices that make this style great are strongly present. Not bad at all, I don't know if I would buy this particular one again...

Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta give this one its due respect on bottle presentation for sure, great label and the wax tops seals it nicely. Had scene this in the store many times and had been curious to try it, so picked one up to give ot a whirl. Poured a very nice dark golden yellow, very cloudy with a big white frothy head, Great retention left the head around for most of the glass. Lots of sticky lace driped down the flass and left rings on the sides. Great visible carbonation could be seen bubbling throughout.

Smell was very intresting. Quite lively aroma with hints of sweet fruits, lemon and a touch of sugar. Bananas, figs, and pears could also be picked up as well as a touch of grapes as it warmed. First impression of the flavor was to be honest a bit of a shock. There was something in it I could not place right away, some other reviews have touched on a saltiness, and at first I thought it did have that too, but there was this other underlying flavor which I kept trying to pin down. Finally settled on something of a sweet lemon cake or tangerine and orange combination. Very pleasant and very sweet flavor, never had tasted it before in this style, quite intresting. very smooth delievery and great carbonation gave it a very lively feeling on the palate. Silky smooth. Lots of yeast and grains to be had, and pears and apples could be detected as it warmed. No real hint of alcohol, very well covered up by the sweetness.

Overall this was very enjoyable. It felt very light, and effortless to drink and had a tremendous complexity about the flavor that I was not expecting. Was nowhere near as big as some of the others from Ska (decadent and nefarious 10), but I wasnt really looking for that. I would definatly recommend giving this one a try, seems a very well crafted and put together brew that I would gladly drink again.

Photo of metter98
3.61/5  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.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer disenfranchises itself from the 22-ounce brown bottle a luminous golden amber color with a creamy light tan head that is portly in size and after its disintegration; the lace forms a thick sheet upon the glass. Nose has a honey and vanilla aroma that is undergirded with a nutlike malt sweetness, crisp and quite pleasant, start is quite with a delectable malt presence, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is customary in its acidity and the hop delicate in their spiciness, droughty aftertaste that settles firmly on the palate, a nice drinking beer that I found quite refreshing.
(Note): I met the nice folks from SKA at the 2005 Arizona Beer Fest, some fine people who enjoy beer and the people who drink beer and this beer seemed to be a big hit with the attendees, and I thank them once again for the goodies they shared with the “Beer Pullers” from Little Guy Brewing.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a surprisingly clear, medium gold color with a large-bubbled white-ish foam. Fades fast and does not leave a whole lot of lacing.

Smells tripel-like with a decent dose of peanut butter and alcohol. Grainy malts are very nice and mellow. A little yeast influence, but not much. Smells pretty tasty.

Taste is sweet grainy malts with a decidedly Belgian tripel yeast profile. Grainy malts with some alcohol infused peanut butter. Amazingly drinkable and for some reason, this beer really does it for me. I know it does not fit the style profile very well, probably doesnt actually fit into any style, really. This is the third bottle I have had of this over the past couple years and have absolutely loved it each and every time...crazy the way some beers are like that for certain people.

Photo of weeare138
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for this...
Appears a transparent gold with a small white head and scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of corn husk, light corn syrup, and a touch of sweet malt with honey.
Taste is of the same aromas with nothing really jumping out.
Mouthfeel is soapy with too much corn syrup sweet junk going on.
The best part of this beer was the bottle.

Photo of patre_tim
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Golden filtered with little carbonation, and a finger of off white head.

S: Belgian yeasts, slight smokiness, sweet, corn.

T: Belgian yeasts, slight smokiness, light sweetness, corn. Light fruitiness.

M: Medium light, slightly syrupy, medium low soda like carbonation.

O: An okay beer. As good as many Belgian versions I’ve tried. Got it at Earthfare, Asheville for $2.99 which I thought was a great deal for a 650 ml bottle.

Photo of gbontrag
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She has a beautiful spicy belgian yeasty aroma: Rich and dark like the back of the pantry.
Tastes spicy with hints of floral hops, and definitely sugar cookie dough followed by plain DOT candy. The maltiness is very full and flavorful. The overall mouthfeel ends up clean and crisp. They advertise the use of candi sugar and wildflower honey. The color is of sunshine through a thin slice of lemon. She has a low-key froth, but it lasts and sticks like sweaty lace undies. I like the SKA! labels. This one features 2 blond cartoon girls with huge...smiles leaning on their blue scooters. Cool. I didn't detect any of the off flavors seemingly present in some of the earlier reviews.

Photo of JohnBender
2.15/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Photo of roblowther
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold with a nice head and great lace. What's not to like? The smell is caramel & wood, with a note of banana. The taste is very tripel-like, dominated by caramel & pepper. The mouthfeel is good, generally smooth and just a tad undercarbonated. The drinkability? Set 'em up again.

Photo of srrn
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with white fluffy head. Very faint smells of clove and yeast. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Taste is like a "Blegian lite" not as much going on as could or should be. This is not a bad beer, it was a gift, if it's expensive I would not buy it again. There are so many great beers in this style average doeesn't cut it.

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True Blonde Dubbel from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.