St. Vincent's Dubbel | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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St. Vincent's DubbelSt. Vincent's Dubbel

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John on 03-15-2006

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Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 194
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from tasting notes. The nose is not huge – plum and slight funk with traces of light chocolate. It pours brilliant garnet to chestnut with an enormous 3” light tan tinted head that leaves classic Belgian window lace. The flavor has a chocolate undertone but there is some definite prune and some othe fresh and dried fruits. Medium body and slightly above medium carbonation.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle obtained from the brewery about a year and a half ago.

Dark brown pour, with a large off-white head that retained nicely and coated the glass with lace. Mild aroma of bready yeast and caramel malts. Taste was very bland up front, cardboardy malts, yeast, light herbal hop notes, no real sweetness or estery qualities that I like in the style; it was really just pretty lacking in taste, though benign and mostly non-offensive. Could've just been that the bottle was past its prime, but I don't see why a beer like this couldn't hold up a year or two in the cellar. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Pretty average overall, not very tasty, but not undrinkable.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL capped bottle. no date.

appears a very dark brown. nice off-white head that fades to a thin covering that hangs around as I drink. smell is dominated by the trademark Belgian yeast esters, a touch of alcohol, raisin. taste is all malt. true to style. complex, good balance of sweet and dry. medium body, lower to mid level carbonation.

overall - a very good dubbel that stands up to the Belgian originals.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark amber hue with only a small hint of haze. Effervescence is light, but head poured 2+ fingers of frothy light tan foam with decent retention and a nice lace. Pretty attractive!

Smell: marginally phenolic and alcoholic aroma show up first; perhaps not the best traits to emphasize in the nose. There is a mildly sweet fruitiness in the undertone as well. Not bad, as this is all to-style, but it's not particularly welcoming.

Taste: slightly phenolic dubble-type taste right up front. There is a little bit of dark fruitiness here. Strangely, the phenolic band-aid/old-bubblegum flavor here isn't out of line at all; it's mild enough to be palatable but strong enough to be genuine. An interesting combo.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a damn big creaminess. Silky and creamy -- love it!

Overall: an interesting dubbel. I prefer it to your over-caramel or over-biscuity dubbels, but the alcoholic and phenolic characters are just a little bit overcharged.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at DeCiccos in Pelham for $4.99 on sale - summer 2012. Sat in my fridge until the tasting on 12/21/12.
Poured from bottle into crooked stave tulip glass. Poured a see-through maple syrup brown with a finger of off white head reducing down to pencil thin lacing. Looks thin...
Aroma was very metallic at first, but as it warms it has a lot of funk aroma mixed with maple sugar or belgian candi sugar. Taste is nice funk with candi sugar/maple. Some dried fruit - date/figgy/raison but sour. Its a bit too thin and very sour..which would be great if it was supposed to be a sour...
Overall, a nice brew. I actually enjoyed the sour/funk but not very representative of what we all know as a dubbel...Im thinking this is most likley what a dubbel used to taste like centuries ago. Although it pains me to say this, but its a good brew.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A treat to pick up this grolwer at the new Brew House earlier this spring. Reviewed 2 days after picking up.

Pours a clear chocolate brown with red hue. Thin chocolaty head with large bubbles that cling to side of glass, some open lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate malts, slight funk, some rotten banana peel with hibiscus flower.

Kind of funky past magnolia flower bitter palate. Medium to light body with only enough carbonation to carry the flavors to it's fading bitter finish. Ends with a light flowery funk and off sour. Great spring into summer beer. Malts give way to a flowery barn yard mouth feel. Slight alcohol flavor comes through.

Goes well with garlic olives for no particular reason.

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Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at someplace right down the street from "The Pony Bar" in NYC.

Served in a tulip.

A: Poured a nice, nutty, almond color, with blotches and all. The center of the beer was dark and chewy with a slight off-colored head floating on top.

S: This had a very potent scent of a Belgian yeast strain along with some caramel and toffee. I Belgian funk isn't your bag, then this beer may not be in your wheelhouse.

T: Just like the nose, this was very Belgiany, with a good bit of smokiness along with the caramel and toffee. I dug it!

M: This was very pillowy and fluffy, so needless to say this was well carbonated. Also, the booze was remarkably well hidden for an 8% brew.

O: I've heard some good things about this one and I've heard some bad. However, I'm throwing all that shit out the window by saying "I dig it, and will stand by that!"

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Photo of claspada
2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark brown body with a small, dense beige head of foam.

Aromas begin with soft, malty brown sugar and caramel, with maybe, just maybe a pinch of molasses. Hints of spiced dates. Yeast esters and phenols emerge mroe and more as it warms.

The tastes begin with sweet, bready maltiness upfront with flavors of caramel and dark brown sugar. Mildly doughy throughout. As it warms you get more of the spiced, candied date fruitiness. Wraps up with the warming, inviting presence of alcohol on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel with spicy yeast esters lingering into the finish.

Overall I really did not like this. Too much yeast induced spiciness and yeasty esters overpowering the fruity date malt profile.

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Photo of n2185
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a coppery-brown with two fingers of beige head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Belgian spices with bubblegum up front followed by some slightly funky barnyard aromas. There are also slightly sour aromas in there.

T: Belgian spices here followed by funky barnyard flavors and sour, roasted, char-like flavors. A bit unusual, but not bad.

M: Medium body with medium, sudsy carbonation, this beer is drinkable despite being a little under-attenuated.

O: An interesting and unique dubbel. Not bad by any means, though a little unusual for the style.

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Photo of davey101
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a chalice. New style logo bottle cap. Poured at cellar temperature.

A - Very dark/brown body. Somewhat clear when held up to the light. One finger dirty light tan head that sticks around forever. Excellent lacing and retention.

S - Not too far off from genuine Belgian dubbels or strong ales. Chewy figs, cherries, ripe bananas, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and bready yeast. Like other reviewers I am getting some faint earthy mint.

T - Starts off with bready malts, caramelized figs, bananas, and cherries. Layers of mint, earthy grass, tobacco and spicy yeast. Kind of watery and muddled with an acetic soured malt aftertaste. Mouth feel is light to medium, with silky carbonation and a noticeable alcohol presence.

O - Kind of a let down. Appearance wise it looks excellent, and the aroma was rather impressive for an American brewed dubbel...but the flavors and mouth feel just fell flat. Watery, thin, unbalanced flavors, and a harsh aftertaste.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour is amber in color with a huge off-white head. The aroma is overwhelmingly heavy on the grape. Very vinous and fruit with some sweet toffee and bready malt. The flavor is perhaps even moreso than the aroma. This also has a touch of lactic tartness (which I think is probably unintentional). Not really all that dubbel-like.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Clear ruby with two finger head

S-Funk, cherries, some grass and spice

T-Some funk, darker fruits, cherries, the mesh isn't quite there though.

M-Light to medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-Not sure if the funk is suppose to be there, but the mesh of flavors isn't where it should be.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, ruddy copper with red highlights and a thick, creamy almond head. There is some sediment and a coating of lace.

Spicy funk with some minty hops in the background occasioned by pine tar.

The flavor includes mint, pepper, and dates. Overall, well balanced with a long finish. The flavors are more complex than described and quite unique.

A light to medium body with vigorous, fine carbonation. Alcohol is as expected and drying.

An easy and unexpected beer given the flavor combination. While I am not sure this fits the dubbel style, it was well enjoyed while watching the Super Bowl.

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Photo of scootny
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thinks the rumor is true. The rumor that the lines are infected at CL and if your brew is not fresh it sours. This tastes more like Birra DiCicco than the last bottle of this stuff I had. Will review again.

In the meantime...
A HUGE head and lots of lovely clumps of stuff all over the glass. It stays for ages and keeps a nice cap on the brew. Smell is tart and vinous with dry malt graininess. Dusty cocoa and a touch of dark fruits with faint banana and yeasty funk.

Taste has a dry malt graininess and tart brett like sourness. Not much of the usual caramel sweetness and dark fruit. Some soapiness as well. Dry, hopped finish with a wine like flavor lingering.

Feel is velvety with a gentle creaminess.

If this were a Sour style I'd rate this much higher. As it is the look and feel are the only reason the crack the bottle.

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Photo of atlason
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into Goose Island chalice.

A: Deep copper. Head dissipates pretty rapidly, there is a little bit of lacing but it is very runny.

S: Light but pretty interesting spicy nose promises a yeast heavy experience.

T: Roasted dry malt profile is in front, reminds me more of a stout malt profile than a dubbel. Not much yeast character for a dubbel and a bit too dry and tinny.

M: Tinny, medium carbonation.

Not a bad beer at all but not a winner in the dubbel category --- missing the characteristic depth, dark candi sugars and yeasty roundness.

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Photo of axeman9182
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Rattle n Hum, and a review taken from notes made at the bar. Served in a tulip glass.

Captain Lawrence St. Vincent's Dubbel pours a very dark and deep purple, with very faint ruby highlights. There's about a finger of tan foam sitting atop the beer, and its dissipation is a slow one. Lacing is essentially nonexistent though. The nose is surprisingly buttery. There are some plum and clove present, but they are by far secondary aromas. The flavor brings more of the same. If anything, there's more of a buttery, toffee presence than in the nose. It tastes like a bunch of English brown ale got poured into my dubbel. Once again the dark fruit and spicy phenol notes can be found, but they are a bit tough to appreciate underneath all the sweetness. The mouthfeel is a touch rich, but the carbonation is nice and bubbly. It's not that I didn't enjoy what was in my glass, it's just that I ordered a beer called St. Vincent's Dubbel, and what I got isn't much of a dubbel.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Captain Lawrence St. Vincent's Dubbel is a great looking dubbel that tastes pretty good. I found it to be quite sour.

A: Red orange colour and a great 2 cm head that lasts very well. Highly carbonated. 5

S: Yeast and sour apple along with some spiciness. 4

T: Malty with earthy-rye bread overtones. There is some slight sourness toward the end. The sourness is a bit much for me. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.5

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip, no bottle date. Pours nice hazy reddish orange color with a fairly dense 2 finger khaki head with amazing retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap. Some bits of lacing cling to the glass as well. Tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of huge grape juice, raisin, molasses, caramel, chocolate, nuttiness, and spices. Huge aromas here I could smell as soon as I poured it. Nice stuff. Taste of big white grape, caramel, toasted malt, pepper, spices, bread, and molasses up front; with some chocolate and nutty notes near the finish. A slight bit of tartness in the back adds a different aspect to this, with lingering notes of chocolate, nuttiness, spices, molasses, and caramel. Finish is excellent, not too dry, leaving a nice amount of linger flavors. Nice balance of flavors as well. Alcohol is nicely hidden with none noticed except for a small warming on the finish. Great drinkability. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice and creamy mouthfeel. Overall this is definitely an outstanding dubbel with tons of flavor and great balance. This improved a lot as it warmed up.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the Dutch into a chalice. amber hue short off white head with average retention, light lacing cap. scent is clean if not boring. taste is slight clove, dark fruits, hint of booze. medium bodied and warming. not a bad dubbel, would not consider this a benchmark by any means.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy brown to amber. Fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lace.

Caramel and ripe fruit hit the nose first. Some raisin bread, followed by an earthy note.

Caramel malt up front with shots of ripe fruit. Some yeasty and bready flavors. Not overly spicy.

Lighter body good carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. Enjoyable

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Photo of mcallister
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh the wonderful muddy brown, opaque, cloudy, dusty look of an dubbel. Pours with heavy carbonation a off white/tan head that is milky and creamy. Not a style I've had that has been worth a damn when made in America often. How will the Cap fair?

Fantastic nose, raisin bread, yeast, prune, caramel and date. Light milk chocolate, hints of clove esters, spicy and full of bready malts.

This is a damn good beer. Not had many from the Cap that aren't though. Milk chocolate throughout, with nutty flavors on the finish, fresh baked raisin bread, fig, prune, plum, dark malts, yeasty with some spicy flavors. Red currant, and more. Complex, juicy, yet feminine and sexy. A great american dubbel.

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Photo of jrbuch
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a CL tulip glass.

A: Poured vigorously to yield a 2 inch head. This settled down to a full off white film that stayed the whole time. A promising deep nut color.

S: I was not expecting it at all, but the noise is quite sour. Otherwise there is some soft earthiness near the end. As the beer warms up there is definitely spice and dark fruit.

T: The taste is round, dark and sour. The malt comes through in a deep cherry and raisin like flavor. Sour tastes match the noise. Finishes dry.

M: This beer is well carbonated and to style.

O: This is a great beer, but not very close to style. Maybe a little closer to a Flanders Oud Bruin. Drank too cold, this beer will not come off as malty. Would recommend this to anyone who loves Belgians.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my recent review of the bottle version of the beer:

I love seeing Captain Lawrence beers in bottles because that means they're expanding. I like almost everything from this brewery and I'm not a very big dubbel fan, too malty for the strength. This beer however, has enough strength to stand up to the malt and overall a very good sipping beer.


Not much more I can add to it. Very good, among the better Dubbels in my opinion.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first time i got to enjoy another local brewery picked up a real nice limited edition here

appeared great fell right into the glass a deep brown color got murky at the end i realized then i had poured some sediment into the glass

smell was great like fresh bready aroma also some figs and even raisins in there

taste was more of the same it had spice though i even thought i tasted some bananas haha it was like banana bread in a glass!

mouthfeel was nice and full maybe a bit chewy in there but fine for me with the big full carbonation

overall a great complex brew will have to check out more of the captain larry for sure seems like realy craft brews for sure

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Photo of CHickman
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber; it pours a leathery brown with a creamy 1 finger tan had that fades quickly, leaving decent spotty foamy lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, yeast, sweet malt, lemon, cinnamon, toasted grains and red wine or barrel residue, like bourbon; really a hard nose to peg down, that's sweet overall with a whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of sweet malt, brown sugar, yeast, lemon, cinnamon, pepper, coriander, toasted grains, wheat, red wine or barrel age bourbon, some sweet alcohol or possibly some brett in the mix for the funk at the end.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with very low carbonation, a medium to heavy body and an overall sweetness to the brew, which ends tart and almost bitter.

A pretty tasty beer that gets better as it warms, with dark fruit and caramel coming out as it fades. Worth a try, as I need to have this again to get a better feel for it and really appreciate this creation.

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St. Vincent's Dubbel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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