Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...
Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest BeerAdvocate updates delivered to your inbox.

Brewer's Art Resurrection - The Brewer's Art

Not Rated.
Brewer's Art ResurrectionBrewer's Art Resurrection

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

155 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 155
Hads: 471
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 19
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Brewer's Art visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-06-2003

During the fermentation of the first batch of this
Abbey-style dubbel, the yeast «died» and was
«resurrected» by brewer Chris Cashell. Made with five types of barley malt and lots of sugar, this beer is quite strong and flavorful, without being too sweet. 7%abv
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 155 | Hads: 471
Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Mahaffey's in Baltimore. Thick layers of lace on cloudy amber.Yeasty aroma including some funkiness. Some sourness. Some hops. Balanced, not too sweet. Alcohol detected of palate.Interesting though there are many very good examples of the style. (263 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: half finger head with poor retention on a slightly hazy deep amber body.

S: aroma is very very light with hints of cola, hints of molasses and toffee and some caramel.

T: very plain. some spices, very light yeast. toffee and caramel base. this one just isnt up to par with other dubbels I have had.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: its definitely very drinkable, its just not very flavorful. almost like a watered down dubbel. (455 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a copper haze, and a firm head that leaves sheets of lace on the way down

Smell: Fruity aroma with some yeasty elements

Taste: Fruity up front with a nutty sweetness that persists through to the finish; some nice yeasty/hoppy flavors kick in after the swallow and I am convinced there is a peppery/coriander bitterness on the finish (may be from the yeast but something else might have been added); I'll add that the dryness of the finish is unusual for a dubble, but very enjoyable here

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability; Very interesting take on the style and I love the finish; can't wait to try more Brewer's Art beers at the 10th Anniversary dinner tomorrow (732 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second bottle of the night that was opened. This one like the first was served in several snifters. Consumed on 06/30/2010.

The pour was a nice medium caramel color with a nice tan head that graced the sides for a good few minutes. Same very carbonated pour as the ozzy but the lacing hung around considerably less this time.

Aroma of light caramel, figs, prunes, hints of various other ark fruits mixed in throughout now as well. But it seems to have some murky, not completely full profile to it. Flavor follows suit with something just obviously missing here. Not terribly balanced or pronounced the flavors are there, dark fruit, light spice, but do not seem to really take me anywhere. Alcohol is well hidden and the body hols its own.

Overall not a bad beer by any aspect, but a rather non stand out from the crowds. (826 characters)

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

Thanks to Kevin for sending me this one.

A: The pour is a nice amber color with a short lived off-white head.

S: Lots of different sugar influences in the nose in the form of toffee, caramel, and candi sugar. A mix of different fruits as well, such as pears, apples, plums, and perhaps some banana. Slight spice (clove) and yeast notes, too.

T: Again, lots of sweet malts and sugar notes along with a definite Belgian yeast character. Some dark fruits, pears, apples, caramel, and candi sugar along with just a subtle spice flavor.

M: A medium body with a high level of creamy and smooth carbonation.

D: This was pretty good. I didn't have incredibly high hopes after having some other canned Belgian style beers (Siamese Twin and Monk's Blood), but this one exceeded expectations. (786 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a two finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, amber body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Some toffee, spicy Belgian yeast, and a touch of red apple.

T - Spicy yeast up front with a bit of red apple. Some toffee in the middle and more muted spice, perhaps a touch of coriander. Finishes with more of the same toasted malt and light spice.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A bit bland for a dubbel. The yeast character is mild and the malt is not quite as dark as I would expect it to be for the style. Just not much going on here. (620 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown with a slight red tint to it. There is a two finger fluffy thick off white head that leaves some lacing and a layer remains throughout the pour.

Smell: Mildly sweet bready malt smell with hints of fruit (Cherry) and some Belgian spice.

Taste: Sweet malt backbone with hints of dark fruit and caramel. I'm also picking up some Belgian spice, not as much as in the nose, with a hoppy bitterness at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Medium somewhat creamy body with medium to mild amount of carbonation. The finish seems like it will be dry, but it doesn't really get there.

Overall: This is an enjoyable take on the style. The flavors blend together well. It's also fun to drink Belgian beer out of a can. (773 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The guys at The Brewer's Art don't really believe in following any specific style. They prefer to describe their beers as being "in the Belgian style". The Ressurection is somewhat of a Dubbel, though there seems to be some spicing going on - although it might be from the yeast. Regardless, all of their beers are excellent and I'm surprised they haven't received more attention.
I believe the name came about from an early batch that had stopped fermenting for some reason. A replacement yeast was found, pitched, and the lost brew was ressurected!
The body is a cloudy deep copper/ mahogany with an orange cast when held to the light, but it appears much darker and reddish when sitting on the bar. It's creamy yellow-stained ivory head holds well, eventually drops to a nicely creamy collar, and leaves some thin lace throughout the glass. The bold nose expresses lightly sweet and fruity (raisins, prune) malt with a touch of wood and spice. Some alcohol adds to its aroma, but it's really well-engrained and never imposes. The mouthfeel is lightly zesty at first due to its very fine and gently effervescent carbonation; and it becomes creamier as it warms, enhancing the firmly malty body. The flavor is rich and seductive. It starts with soft dark fruit and sweet malt up-front, including notes of raisin, plum, and cherry. It's not tart at all, and the fruity notes blend flawlessly into the sweet dark malt. As it warms in the mouth some woody character becomes apparent. It finishes dry with a mild sweet malt followed by a light spiciness (some clove; maybe a very mild touch of anise?) and then some residual oak. Extremely well-balanced, flavorful, and complex. Immensely enjoyable and highly drinkable! Well worth seeking out for the lover of Belgian-style beers! (1,781 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a goblet.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with a finger of light tan foamy head. This retains with a thin fizzy look that mostly hangs around the rim of the glass and leaves some light spotty foam behind. The aroma has a rather prominent tang of dark fruitiness rising out of the glass, which is surrounded by notes of sugars, bread, and toffee. Spices and some light herbal hop activity add to the twang that this provides in the nose.

The taste is thick and tangy in the mouth, with dark cherries, candied sugars, spice, bread, and toffee all being present. Some leafy and earthy bitterness runs through the middle of this, leaving the finish dry and spicy with some leftover tang hanging around. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a creamy and bubbly feel to the carbonation. This sits with some heft in the mouth (this actually feels a little heavier than 7%) but other than that the overall flavor is alcohol free.

While I could sit down pick out the individual flavors, this just lacked a definition to it which hurt the overall complexity of the profile. Instead, this just came off as a warm sticky mess at times and failed to keep me interested during the duration of the glass. It's a shame, as I was really excited to try this, seeing at how this is the second Belgo-American Ale to get released in cans that I know of. I think that I'll stick with a Monk's Blood next time... (1,403 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Creamy 1 finger head fades with nice lacing hazy darker reddish orange copper color.

Nose light bready malts, light earthy hops, nice bite of spicy hops, big malt and earthy hop.

Taste brings earthy hops, herbal like, somewhat bitter with light spicy hops. Decent malts, light sweet earthy like malts, hint of caramel reddish malts, almost chewy copper malts. Finishes fairly bitter with herbal earthy almost grassy hops light sticky sweet malt character.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall interesting, nice malt balance, hops are UK style herbal earthy hops but not the kind I hate so decent, but not enough of the Belgian malty flavors or esters IMO. (664 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had this can at the Cove in York, enjoyed chilled in a pint glass.

The color is dark amber with thin head of beige with rocky frothy look. The clarity is hazed as of an unfiltered beer with fine bead. The retention is good and lace sticks. The smell is very nutty with a slight tropical ester like dates with light spiced accent from the yeast and mild alcohol aroma. The feel is good semi-dry spiced texture with thin body for the style, but not too dry or phenolic moderately carbonated.

The flavor has an element of fruit with semi-spicy yeast giving the ale more of a light taste with toasted grain taste in the background. The flavor has fruity yeast with an herbal tinge of hops perhaps, but the malt is lacking in this for my taste. Overall not a bad beer but if you want a dubbel more representative of the style there are better options, the drinkability is good overall. (887 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber. Flavor is whoa! Not exactly working for me. Too much bite and too much acid. It says loads of sugar have been used in this one, but I can't tell at all. Feel has a full carbonation. This just doesn't do it for me. Too leafy, earthy, unbalanced, and lacking character. It's a decent Belgian style, but I just don't dig it. (342 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
2.84/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Got this as an extra from someone - I apologize for not remembering who. This was best before February 2nd, 2011. Served in a Goose Island taster glass. Apparently this was contract brewed in Royersford, PA.

A - Pours with big foam that eventually settles to a thin cap, leaving a few fingers of lace. Hazed orange-brown body.

S - Yeast, brown (and/or candi) sugar, malted barley, overripe fruits. There's an aged quality to it as well. Verges on cloying.

T - Taste is a little better, as it's not as intensely saccharine. Quite smooth, with mostly sugary sweetness and a touch of rotting grapes.

M - Smooth, low carbonation, medium-light body, dry finish. Texture-wise this is quite pleasant.

D - Ugh. Even the taster was too much. There's no way I could drink 750ml of this, even if I was desperate. Takes the intense sweetness of a barleywine, adds more types of sugar, and "balances" it with fruity Belgian yeast. Not much of a dubbel. (944 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours an amber-brown color with 2+ fingers of an off white head that has a lot of retention. Moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, dark fruits, and sweet sugar or molasses.

t - Tastes of sugar, dark fruits, yeast, spices, and maybe a little citrus fruit. Taste is strong and sweet, but as the notes mention, never overpoweringly sweet.

m - Full bodied and high carbonation.

d - A pretty nice dubbel. Lots going on in the taste but I really liked it. I enjoyed the sweet smell and taste and thought the smell was very balanced. Would have liked it to be a little less carbonated. Would try again. (682 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just gotta say that I love Belgian styled beer from a can. Classic.

Poured into a goblet.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades to a ring, leaving no lace. Color is a murky caramel brown.

Aroma: Big malt profile with sweet flavors. Some toffee, candy sugar, dark fruits, bananas, and some spice notes. As it warms I get some raisins and plum flavors.

Taste: Kind of a bland dubbel. It has candied sugar, dark fruit notes, spices, and booze showing. The aroma is much better. There is also a burnt malt taste here. The taste kind of shocked me a bit.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and boozy. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with sweet and malty flavors.

Overall, the nose was solid and I thought this beer was going to be good. However, the taste just didn't put up the flavor. This one is not very drinkable and something I will struggle to finish my 12 oz can. (900 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer appears a hazy, dark orange hue. The head is rather substantial and leaves plenty of lacing in its wake.

Aromas consist of Belgian yeast, candied fruits, sugars.

The taste is in the realm of a dubbel, but slightly odd. The beer is too sweet for my liking, with apples and/or pears coming through prominently. It seems as though the many complexities of this beer just can't seem to work together. Flavors disappear while others jump out, and meanwhile, an ever-growing cloying sweetness looms larger with each successive drink. This beer has potential, as there is a lot going on here, including some likable aromas and flavors.

Basically, this beer is middle of the road, in my opinion. I believe that there are many better examples of the style. I have another bottle in the cellar and I'd like to have this again. Hopefully, I will have a better experience the next time around. (897 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CAN you believe it?!? This marks CAN # 300 on the CANQuest and in just over forty days since breaching the # 250 mileCAN. Many thanks to Tone77, my frequent in-person trader!

The crack of the top exposed yet another craft CAN filled to near the brim. We certainly get our money's worth from the micros in a CAN. My pour netted me a finger of rocky medium- tan head with low retention. Color was a ruby-reddish deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich with spices and dried fruits. It smelled like a holiday fruitcake - cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest, prunes, apples, all overlaying a general yeasty mustiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching a creaminess on the tongue. Jeez, but this was dry! The spices were what really came through on the tongue and then translated to a breathtakingly dry finish. The fruity esters on the nose really got lost in the overall flavor, which is too bad. Overall, it was not a bad beer, but it would not be something that I would want as a steady diet, nor would I want it in my cooler in the summertime. Maybe on Hula In the Coola Day ... (1,090 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear amber, almost brownish in color with a hearty 2" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: aroma is of alcohol soaked fruits and caramel.

Taste: caramel and brown sugars make up the sweetness. Some light earthy yeast tones, hint of sourness, some raisins, noticeable alcohol, and a bit of pepper spice round out this wonderful beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp from start to finish. The flavors linger for a few seconds on the tastebuds. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very enjoyable and for me a nice after dinner beer. Simply a must try if it is available. (577 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Can

Ressurection comes to me looking pretty standard doubleish with a dark brown bordering on red kinda like a maroon color with a cream tan shaded head that sat on top leaving minor ticks on the glass. Nice looking up towards the light. Smell is real bready, a deep dark bread, not overly yeasty like most. Smells of caramel, and plums with raisin plus others. A very good dubble here, better than most american versions I've had recently. Dark fruits plus plums with dark bread. Some faint cherry notes and a touch of chocolate. Some banana and hefeweizen tastes. Feel is a step down from medium and is a tad thin, but that makes this even more drinkable. I finished a 12oz and contemplated getting more, for a style that's not my priority. Get a hold of this stuff. (771 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap, poured a solid dark brown, medium bubble head of about 1/2 inch and left some basic lacing. Malty, nutty nose. Malty brew, medium bodied and average carbonation. Not sure why this is characterized as a Dubbel, what I tasted was more of a brown ale with the slightest touch of Belgian spicing. In any event this is a pleasant brown brew. Smooth and tasty (361 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at State Line Liquors in MD for about $10. This is a dubbel? OK, the Brewer's Art website calls it an abbey ale. I can live with that. The beer poured a clear amber with a white head. The flavor falls a little flat for my liking and the malts remind me of stale bread. There is a very pleasant dry bitter finish that bring this beer back from the edge of mediocrity (which really isn't too bad in this style). It's very drinkable and the body is right on for the style. (488 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at KSBF '06...
Appears an orange tinted amber with a lush, off-white head. Little pieces of lacing are left.
Smell is of a lightly sweet, mildly spiced dubbel with a yeasty doughiness, caramel, sweet vanilla, and fruit highlighted by black grapes.
Taste is of the aromas. A nice change of pace from the candi-sugar sweet dubbels that overtake the yeast and grain that are the backbone of the style.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, only slightly sweet, along with a lingering of grapes and raisins that make for a light version of a dubbel. I've had this several times in the past with no rating to speak of. I'm glad they brought this one to Kennett. It's such an easy drinking dubbel.

"Back up in your ass with the resurrection!"
-Samir (Office Space) (763 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to wrightst for this brew.

750ml
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a very nice grapy color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus foamy off-white head, with some nice thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight yeast note, grapes, slight cherries, with some spice note. The taste is sweet, malty, nice little touch of yeast, grapy, some cherries. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a fine brew. So far 2 for 2 with them. Recommended. (477 characters)

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

A goblet served at the Brewer's Art in Baltimore. Dinner with ksak.

A: The dubbel is a ruddy brown color, glowing but opaque. An off-white head accompanied the ale, lasting for the first half of the glass.

S: The nose has plenty of candi sugars, darkly sweet. Fruity yeast aromas follow but I keep coming back to the sugars. A comforting aroma.

T: For all of the malts used in the beer (based on Brewer's Art's own description), the candi sugars are the star, a sweet syrupy flavor that sits well with the house yeast flavor. Overall, a fruity flavor defines the beer, sweet but potent. There is enough booze to be evident. I like the candi sugar profile of the ale.

M: The ale is malty with a sweet candi aspect. A good dubbel is hard to turn down.

D: Another comforting beer from Brewer's Art, rich and lush even with the higher booze content. (850 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark orange with a prodigious beige head that settles down slowly. Creamy, clingy lacing. Very sweet and malty aroma; fruity yeast notes, bread, subtle citrus hops, brown sugar and molasses.

The flavor is much the same, although the sweet caramel-toffee dries up pretty well in the finish. Nice chewy malt character; a hint of booze; dark fruits, yeasty spice, and some vaguely citrusy hops just poking out and asserting a light bitterness. Unfortunately the carbonation is a little excessive and prickly and detracts from the overall enjoyment of the beer. Its hard to revel in the strong and sweet malt character without much accompanying smoothness or creaminess. The body is just a shade lighter than medium for the style which also didn't help; it could have used just a little more heft.

However not a bad brew at all; I wish the feel had been a little smoother, because the aroma and taste are both quite nice. (933 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Brewer's Art Resurrection from The Brewer's Art
87 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.