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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Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 194
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another lovely drinking Belgium from this brewery. Yeasty and malty aroma. Full bannana consistency mouthfeel. Sweet whipped up maltiness,carmel, sugar with building waves of moderate bitterness. Fruity, but that's only a hint.A it softer carbonation would be welcome.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured hazy brown with a huge head. There's a moderate level of carbonation.
S: The moderate aromas are rather yeasty and hoppy with some hints of pepper spices.
T: Unlike most dubbels, it lacks sweetness and also has a noticeable presence of hop and yeast flavors. Some sweetness comes out as the beer warms up but the overall taste is still on the bitter side.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: It's not as drinkable compared to other dubbels given the amount of hop flavors. You really need to warm this beer up.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a big foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma consist of sweet Belgian malt with some dry fruits characteristics such as dry figs and plums. Taste of sweet Belgian malt with some notes of dry fruits characteristics. Body is full with a creamy texture and some pretty good carbonation. I thought this was a bit too boozy overall to really enjoy on a regular basis thought.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to BeerWorld for this bottle.

Poured into a tulip. Appearance is amber-brown with a light head and some mild lacing with staying power. Nose is dark fruits, toast, and a bit of spicing. The flavor is malty with some dark drugs and yeast. Good body with nice carbonation and a touch of heat. Drinkability is good, though I could have used a bit more complexity.

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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 jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this nice lookin guy thanks to aparris85 since Captain Lawrence doesn't distribute to this part of MA. Poured into my Chouffe tulip.

A: Pours such a large head I had to stop pouring at a 75% head to 25% beer ratio. It contains many large bubbles that slowly pop their way down so I can pour more beer. It's a pretty clear faded copper orange brown color. The fluffy head leaves a light lacing on the glass.

N: Lots of dark sweet malts and yeast hit. It has a yeasty Belgian yeast aroma with hints of spices. It also has a nice dark malt aroma, with Belgian malts accompanying it. There are some light fruit hints, even raisin. A slight boozy aroma finishes it up.

T: Starts with more dark malts. Sweet dark malts with some spices. A little boozy on the taste. Some fruits, raisin almost like the nose. Almost a touch of cinnamon and other spices. A slight warming alcohol feel. Some light juicy malt flavors, blended with hints of Belgian malts. Also adds some light yeasty flavors, with fruity and slightly earthy yeast, some farmhouse dry earthy flavors.

M: Medium body with good carbonation and a warming alcohol.

F: Finishes drier than I thought. The freshening warming alcohol feel doesn't fade quickly. Theres a slight fruity linger, mostly raisin. A slightly sticky feel also stays. The spicy yeast and most of the malts and fruits seem to fade quickly. It also lingers with a slight alcohol boozy flavor. Its a nice dubbel, a little on the boozy side for only being 8%, and a little on earthy farmhouse style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml. bottle. No label - just a sticker that says CLB St Vincent's Dubbel. It pours a hazy auburn/copper with orange highlights beneath a creamy head of yellowed-white. The head retention is somewhat limited, and the lacing is limited to rings of splashes and spots. Steady, fine bubbles rise from beneath.

The nose is spicy (black pepper), phenolic, and candyish amidst dark fruit.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and dextrinous with a moderate carbonation that leaves it smooth and somewhat creamy.

The flavor is much fuller and more complex than the aroma suggests, and it offers notes of sweet malt, candy sugar, light chocolate, dates, prunes, figs, nuts, black pepper, and alcohol. The heat is present, but not overwhelming.

Interesting. Warming. Not really too unlike Chimay Premiere in a way but bigger. Very nice.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(2006 Bottle)

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a small, dense ecru head.

Smell: Soft, malty aroma of brown sugar and caramel, with maybe, just maybe a pinch of molasses. Hints of spiced dates.

Taste: Sweet, heavy maltiness upfront with flavors of caramel and dark brown sugar. Mildly doughy. Spiced, candied date fruitiness. Very faint bitterness perks up late in the taste. Wraps up with the warming, inviting presence of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I usually can go either way with dubbels, but I can't help but find Saint Vincent's Dubbel to be pretty likeable!

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from mjtierman, Cheers Matt!

Pours an effervescent brown/caramel with 2+ fingers of fluffy cream/sand colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, a touch of yeasty phenols

T: Dark cherries, caramel, a touch of oakyness/tartness, some raspberry as well up front. Tartness & oakyness dominate as this warms, figs & cherry also mix in along some leafy hops when warm. Finishes tart with raspberry & oaky dryness

MF: Medium bodied, with subtle carbonation

A decent, stylized take on the style, would buy this again if available

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally was able to try this one. Amazingly had not tracked it down prior to last night. Served cold and poured into various tasting glasses throughout the night, this one was consumed on 10/04/2009.

Great pour with a wonderful dark color and a really full tan head that reached a height of around two inches before it finally settled down with a good bit of side glass lacing and a nice amount of foam to it. Aroma went south for me though,. Not really much in the way of balance here. Light frit, lots of brown sugar and light, musky aroma. A bit unsure where to place it really. Warming does not seem to assist that matter. Still too much bready tones for me and not enough fruit. Light would be the optimal word here. Nice strong feel to it though and it assists somewhat in trying to get the flavor back on track, but it really just does no do it for me.

Overall not real sure what to make of this, I wanted to like it but it just did not seem to hold up well for me. I am a huge fan of the brewery and this is really the only thing I have no liked.

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Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. Poured a deep copper color with a thick and active foamy head to it. It had both very good head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows some grape and apple fruit flavors from the Belgian yeast. Some bready malt comes through but it's really all about the spicy, fruity, yeasty flavors in the aroma.

The taste has a big rich malty flavor to it with caramel and toffee both coming through. The Belgian yeast give it a peppery, slightly fruity flavor with some hints of apple and pear. It finishes slightly sweet with a little more tartness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it's a very nice Dubbel with some very good malty flavors to it along with the Belgian yeast flavors. Very nice beer overall to enjoy on this Sunday afternoon.

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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 RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thank you goes to BeerWorld for this one.

Pours a dark bown with a nice thick lighter tan head. Nose is yeast, dough, spices, sugars and fruits (got some figs up in here). Flavor is full. Nice earthy tones. Smooth sweetness and a nice level of figs and matured fruits. A bit hot with the booze, but it doesn't matter so much. Nice feel and nice to drink. A pretty tasty American version of a Belgian style.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 9.4 oz. capped bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours hazed deep amber (towards brown) with a thick, off-white creamy head that slowly descends and stays around, leaving some lacing.

The aroma is spicy, caramelish, bready. Rose-petal floral notes and slight grass in the back.

The taste is malty - caramel with candi sugar sweetness and slight lemongrass. Coriander/pepper spiciness with fairly sharp alcohol gives it a kick. A bit of a metallic tinge is present, but enough is going on to cover it for the most part. It has a rose-petal floral undertone. Complex with a dry finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, somewhat effervescent, the flavor clings to the palate in a spicy way.

Rich and flavor and pretty intense, this is a nice warming sipping brew that hits the style well enough.

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the latest, just released selection from the "captain", large champagne style bottle, label lets you know this was "bottled in 2006" Pours dark auburn, cloudy, murky, with a typical mocha head, with moderate retention, leaves fine, scattered lacing and delicate sheeting to boot. Nose is softly of toffee and abit of musty funk is picked up. This is a smooth, tasty and well crafted Belgian Dubbel style ale. Rich notes of more toffee, rum, raisins, smokey chocolate. Complex flavors and sensations entice the senses, soft and inviting mouthfeel, with a nice warming alcohol feel in the finish. Scott does not miss a beat and this is an instant favorite. Go get some...bottles are gonna be available at fine area retailers and, of course at the brewery.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely light brown, rosy mahogany hue, with a cocoa-tan head, smallish, but creamy and staying. Nice looking.

Aroma: ah! prunes and grapes, a bit of brandy, cherries and sherry, rich, burnished character that catapults beyond fruit into other sweetnesses...maple and brown sugar. Yum. Now, let's drink 'er...

Ah, again! Bold, brisk flavor from the start, full flavored, nuts and cherries take the lead, aided by a trickle of treacle. Plums and grapes, and rich caramel flavor. Great texture to it, too, really hangs on the tongue and pleases the palate. Sweet and gorgeous.
This is a sumptuous sipper, a relaxing and rewarding brew, stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of the style.
Very, very nice. The 8% is evident, but also enjoyed.

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Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a 2" velvety head that lasts quite a while. Some moderate lacing develops during the session.

Smell: fresh baked bread, yeast, caramel, and some soft spiciness leap from the glass and create a pleasant experience for the nose.

Taste: the yeast spiciness is up front with the bready malt profile. Plums, brown sugar sweetness, and a bit of an earthy tone rounds it out. Bitterness provides some nice balancing to the sweetness. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp at the start, lightly crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Short aftertaste dominated by the yeast spiciness.

Drinkability: excellent version everyone should get their hands on. Easy to drink and more than one bottle can be consumed in a session.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a very nice golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick creamy two-finger off-white head, tons of very nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, dark fruits. The taste is sweet, malty, some yeast notes, nice touch of figs, raisins, and plums. Medium body, this is a pretty tasty brew. Very drinkable, I like this one.

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

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth, burnt toffee scent along with a light yeast fruitiness. It's warm with a wonderful malt aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a sweet, malty flavor that boasts of roasted and caramel malts. It goes down easy and finishes dry with a nice warming effect. There is a mild yeast fruitiness that blends well with the crystal malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious beer. It's warm and malty with just the right amount of yeast esters.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of ballewblake.

Pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma is fruit and Belgian yeast with a little bit of tartness. Flavor is caramel malt and dark fruit. You get a little bit of tart fruit in the flavor as well as some Belgian yeast characters that you expect in a dubbel. Medium body and medium carbonation.

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

750ml bottle poured into two small snifters, one for now, one for later, picked this up at the brewery.

A- St Vincent boasts a dark red/ruby, chestnut color with a clean look to it, not much sediment even in the second pour. A nice off white beige head rose up about 3/4ths of a inch and stuck around leaving some lace, it faded into a cap.

S- This one has a nose on it, thats for sure, it only took a little time for everything to come forth. I get a big sense of apples and plums with a apparent Belgian yeast strain keeping things interesting. Dark fruits and sweet malts make this a pleasure to smell.

T- I think this is the tastiest dubbel that I have had in a while. Sweet caramel and other tastes from the malts with some dark fruits plus some fig action. Some sweet sugars as well. The apple and plum are nicely represented. Some bisquit and/or bread in the middle. A interesting yeasty aftertaste with some alcohol seeping through.

M- The feel is nice with a very strong medium body and some carbonation felt. The only drawback is the alcohol is noticable in taste to a extent leaving for a hot finish, it was much hotter than expected. Other than that this one goes down smooth and tasty.

D- I drank the two snifter glasses in no time at all. The alcohol got to be a bit much during the second glass with the increased warming but the dark fruit action also increased putting a smile on my face. This was my 1st time with this brew and I think two years in the bottle will do this dubbel justice, even though it's real nice right now. For a style I don't actively seek out, this one is worth repeat purchases.

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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 Gueuzedude
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2006, Sampled September 2007
Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, tightly beaded, tan colored head that sits atop a drab, opaque, dark plum colored beer, but which shows a brilliantly clear, bright cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite fruity smelling, with notes of blackberries, sweet plums and cherries being noticeable as the beer sits on the table in front of me. When I go in for a closer inspection of the nose, I get concentrated malt notes as well as the previously noticed fruit notes. Aromas of caramelized malt, brown sugar, a lightly concentrated malt note that evokes thoughts of an umami-like savoriness, toasty grain, lightly-browned soda crackers make up the distinctly malt derived components. The malt, obviously heavily influences the fruit aromatic components of this brew too. The fruit character also yields aromas of raisins, prunes, concentrated-caramelized apples and a bright berry like note. The aroma is quite nice and quite rich; I could certainly wish for a bit more spicy yeast influence, but it is really quite good.

Despite being fairly well carbonated, the beer has a soft creaminess to it up front. The carbonation then kicks in and helps to lighten the beers effect on the palate as well as adding a zippy frothiness to the brew as it flows past the tongue. It is fairly sweet and fruity tasting, though not overly so and in fact dries out to a soft sweetness after the first sip or so. The finish is interesting though, with a definite dark malt influence that leans towards darkly browned toasted bread and even an astringency from the toasted influence. This adds a bit of sharpness to the finish. Speaking of sharpness there is a spicy note in the finish as well; flavor notes from higher alcohols, a touch of phenolics and ginger/clove like note that gives me the sensation of a tongue numbing. Actually that tongue numbing note is really reminding me of the sensation I had last night when accidentally chewing on a clove that was in my bowl of Pho. This has ample fruit notes to it, with flavors of prunes, raisins, touches of dried figs and concentrated berry flavors all being noticeable. The body of this beer has a light-medium heft to it; it impacts the palate well with lingering flavors, yet remains quite light feeling. Strangely enough, I would not classify this beer as quaffable; it seems to have the body for that, but somehow the flavor impact is too large for me to feel comfortable with quaffing this brew (this is most definitely a good thing, given the alcohol percentage of this brew).

This is quite tasty, it has quite a bit more darker grain notes in it than is typical (especially towards the finish), but these notes mostly add another dimension to this brew. While the aroma is not overly so, the flavor definitely has some heavy spiciness to it (though I wouldn't guess this is anything more than fermentation character). Fairly rich tasting, yet the overall experience of this beer remains surprisingly light. Either Dubbels are finally beginning to grow on me (Dubbels have been one of the few Belgian Styles I have not really been exited about), or this is just enough different from the typical example that I am really enjoying this right now.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 8/31/2009 and poured into a pint glass. Thanks Ineedabeerhere! The beer appears dark brown with good clarity and a huge fizzy beige head. Good retention and lacing.

The nose is of bready malt and brown sugar. Alcohol is apparent, as well as a hint of caramel and Belgian yeast.

The flavor is sweet brown sugar and bready like the nose. A fruit component that I didn't notice in the aroma quickly becomes apparent in the flavor in the form of dates. The finish is sweet with some lingering alcohol and sugar. The beer has more carbonation than I'd like.

A pretty straight forward and enjoyable Dubbel.

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St. Vincent's Dubbel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 194 ratings.
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