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Brewer's Alley First Draught | Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bubseymour on 03-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 5
Reviews by Jeffreysan:
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3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a dark brown or mahogany color with some purple highlights, and is topped with a half finger of off-white head that quickly dissipated into a thin halo of foam that gripped the glass.

Aroma: Lost of roasted malt and barley; Dark bread and raisins; yeast.

Taste: Predominate flavors are of toasted male and dark bread like pumpernickel with butter; stone fruit like plums and some raisins. Some slight acidity at the back end that I’m not used to in dubbels. However, what I’m not getting are the spices that I’m used to in dubbels, especially the ones from Belgium.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with a lot of effervescence even though there’s not a lot of carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad dubbel, but then again, not a great one either. Forgettable, but pleasant. Would I drink this dubbel again? Sure, but I’m not going out of my way to drink it either when there are so many better American made dubbels out there, (Abita’s Abbey Ale, Devil’s Backbone’s Dark Abbey, New Belgian’s Abbey, Ommegang’s Abbey) to name a few, not to mention dubbels from Belgium.

I do want to highlight one thing, not so much about this beer, but about the brewery, Brewer’s Alley. The Brewer’s Alley is located in Frederick, Maryland, which is in the heart of the Northern edge of the American Civil War campaign. As part of the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the American Civil War, the Brewer’s Alley brewed a number of beers in honor of that anniversary: Antietam Ale, Proclamation Porter and soon to be released Gettysburg Wheat. The Brewer’s Alley is donating a portion of the proceeds of these beers to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine (“NMCWM”), which is the premier center for the preservation and research of the legacy of Civil War medicinal innovation. According to the NMCWM’s website, these limited edition series of beers were inspired by actual Civil War recipes researched and gathered by the NMCWM Research Department and staff.

Living in the Mid-Atlantic, especially, the Washington, D.C. Metroplex area, being a military brat and a Civil War buff, I love that the Brewer’s Alley has made these beers and is donating some of the proceeds to the NMCWM. I think that that is really cool!

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More User Reviews:
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - A beautifully dark purple beer with a 2 finger head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell - About as good at the real deal from the Belgian monks. Very complex nose with very floral tones and some hop and spice notes as well.

Taste - Ok, I got a little too excited with the smell and appearance. The flavor profile is pleasant although it somewhat lackluster and light in body compared to the Belgian originators.

Mouthfeel - Slightly watery for the style.

Overall - A very drinkable and lighter than average dubbel. It doesn't list the ABV on the bottle but I would guess its somewhere between 6.0%-7.0% range. Its a decent attempt by Brewer's Alley on a usually challenging style to master. I applaud the effort and it is a respectable and easy to drink beer. Beuatiful to smell and look at in the glass. Just nothing that the Trappists would be overly impressed with.

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Photo of harrisjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MattSharpless
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Brewer's Alley First Draught from Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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