Orthus Belgian Dubbel | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Orthus Belgian DubbelOrthus Belgian Dubbel

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Orthus was the two-headed hell hound brother of Cerberus, the three-headed dog that guarded the gates of hell. Orthus is a Belgian Dubbel brown in color, 7 grains, 3 hops, Trappist high gravity yeast. Very Drinkable.

Added by auxiliary on 06-01-2008

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 34
Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap.
The beer was a little flat but I didn't let this influence my ratings as much as it would if bottled. Still, the feel and look suffered. Less yeasty than many others of this style, and not as complex as the best versions of this style.

O. Worth trying and, in my case, revisiting.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 18.35 (Including tax)/750 mL bottle ($ 0.722/oz) at Oppermann’s, Saginaw, MI
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 45 degrees (per bottle notes) before consumption
Aroma – can definitely smell the barrel – woody and vanilla
Head – large (Maximum 6.2 cm, aggressive pour), tan, frothy, diminishing to a very irregular lacy ring and a complete layer with rocks. Second pour gives the dense creamy head with a few rocks which is more typical of a dubbel.
Lacing excellent – wide bands of tiny bubbles covering the inside of the glass
Body – dark brown with just a hint of red, clear
Flavor – initially bourbon barrel and slightly sweet. Careful sloshing within the oral cavity releases some caramel but no particular fruity esters. Hops are not tasted but may be noted in the slightly bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is not tasted nor is a post-consumption gastric burn present. No diacetyl.
Palate – medium, not quite creamy, lively carbonation

This leans more to the BBA side and seems less of a dubbel to my taste. For me, this is one and done – there are equal or better BBA beers at much lower prices.

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Dark brown body with medium amber highlights. 3 fingers of tight tan head that retains well & leaves thick swathes of lacing.

Smell is toasty, mild chocolate, with a strong nutty smell.

Roasty caramel & nuttiness carries through into the flavor & are very prominent. Some dark fruits in the finish with that nice medium roast that's not too bitter. A little coffee, just a touch of booze.

Medium-full-bodied & creamy, goes down easily.

The bartender who poured it didn't know what style it was (& neither did I) -- never would have guessed this was a dubbel. The roasty & nutty flavors had me going toward strong brown or porter. Not going to dock any points for style, because I really enjoyed this: good, flavorful but not over-the-top to the point that you get quickly saturated.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This bourbon barrel aged dubbel pours a nice medium mahogany with a nice head of off white verging on khaki foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pooling layer, and subtle lacing. Nose of brown sugars, subtle bourbon barrel, dark berries, and vanilla. Flavors exceed the nose with brown sugar and bourbon to the front and sides that fade to a blackberry and tart pie cherry note awash with brandy. Back of the taste shows hints of vanilla and candy sugars with some oak and bourbon notes that finishes subtly dry. Great mouth feel with solid carbonation. A must for the Belgian lover and bourbon lover alike who would rather there be balance between the brew and the barrel.



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Photo of CrellMoset
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orthus, on tap at Rustico, Alexandria, VA, served in a goblet of sorts.

Appearance: Arrives in a goblet a dark ruby red, that color where you can't quite tell if its transparent or not until you hold it up to the light. Doing so reveals a vibrantly colored, crystalline clear brew. The head had faded when it arrived, but a big foamy collar and a thick, spongy sheen of lace remained. The lacing is similarly thick, sticky, and clingy. Quite the nice looking dubbel.

Aroma: Grapes and spicy bread notes - rye-like, my colleague says - with plenty of stray sweet doughy notes and slightly phenolic though not medicinal notes. Fairly well-balanced on the whole, though not as complex as ...

Taste: The taste, which is very refined. Not too dry or too sweet, with about equal parts light roast, heavier toast, and light and dark fruits. To wit: raisins, hints of fig, red grapes, brown sugar, molasses, cola, coffee, definite crystal malt, and faint chocolate, along with a handful of spicy and faintly medicinal notes. Pretty much runs the gamut of acceptable "dubbel" flavors without overdoing any one thing. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light while still being solid and thickly sweet enough to be "meal like," as the style was originally intended to be. Medium bubbled and marginally even, as well, with a very soft, subtle, delicate bubble structure.

Drinkability: A winner of a brew, complex, delicate, and well-rounded. Stylistically very accurate, though with a few decidedly American overtones, I was very pleased with this one. Hopefully, they'll bottle this for wide release soon - it'd be a great winter go-to, depending on the price, of course.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orthus Belgian Dubbel is a draft only beer as I as of right now, and on the site, it says it is not seasonal.

appearance - I had this in a small glass, so I don't know if it can produce a nice head. It was poured slow, though it did leave lace on the glass. On the light brown color side.

smell - Malts, yeast, caramel, hops.

taste - Nice even balance of malt and hops, more on the malt side. Yeast is presnt with a sweetness after taste.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, I should of ordered more. Should be sold in a bottle I think.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bomber, poured into an oversized wine glass at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep, murky mahogany brown, which lights up with a uniform ruby tint when subjected to an iPhone flashlight. Forms about two fingers of dense, pale beige head, with fantastic retention. Lacing is off the hook, with thick sheets clinging to the glass, punctuated by ridges marking each sip.

Smell: Sweet candi sugar, caramel malt, and cherry-plum liquor wafts right out of the glass, in a heady, strong aroma. There are vague hints of oak wood, vanilla, and pure win in the nose.

Taste: Phenols and liquor indeed, this punches right out of the gate with a nigh-astringent spicy dryness, which casts the oaky-vanilla notes from the bourbon barrel in sharp relief. I am reminded vaguely of a spiced rum, with noticeable but not overbearing alcohol heat and flavor, caramel sweetness, and a spicy character somewhat like a rye bread with a peppered crust. Faint tones of cherry and prune swim in the background. The finish is a dry caramel - black cherry combination which is not unwelcome in its short time lingering.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium or the heavy side of light, this packs some serious carbonation - more than I'd expect from a beer aged 11 months in a barrel, but goes down dangerously smooth.

Overall: Thirsty Dog's barrel aging program does it again. The bourbon notes work fantastically well with their phenolic dubbel recipe. I'd repeat this, perhaps not quite as often as Wulver, but often nonetheless.

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Orthus Belgian Dubbel from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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