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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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of deereless
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick frothy head that is dropping precipitously to leave a rocky layer on top, the color is primarily an opaque brown with a hint of ruby, what appears to be decent lacing along the edge of the glass - 4.25, S: Strong spice aromas as well as a sweet caramel that reminds me of a tootsie roll, quite toasty and nutty, possibly some prune juice flavors in the depths of this beer, all around a very inviting nose - 4.50, T: Rich and malty, dark pitted fruits step up to the plate providing a date like sweetness, Belgian yeast is obvious as is the candied sugar, quite dry and with a slight warming from a solid 8.0% ABV, mildly hopped - 4.00, M: A touch on the side of chewy - 3.50, D: A very nice and drinkable dubbel - 3.50

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

Appears hazy caramel. Light tan head falls away fairly quickly.
Smells of fresh hops, spice, malt.
Taste is complex - sweet up front, malt, dark fruit, hops. A touch of licorice on the way back end. Dry finish, a little bitter and earthy.
Prickly carbonation...maybe a touch much for my taste. It does calm down as it warms. Medium body.
A nice dubbel though not great.

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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 tpd975
2.61/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Been holding onto this one for awhile.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a very tall foamy white head. Good retention with lots of thick chunky lace.

S: Mostly malty. Tons of brown sugar and caramel.

T: Not real good to be honest. Malty for sure mostly soured dark fruit with notes of caramel and brown sugar. No real Belgian yeast noted.

M: Medium in body with good carbonation.

D: I drank one glass and poured the rest. Not very good.

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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 Overlord
2.69/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Oddly enough, my first Captain Lawrence brew!

Pours a murky reddish brown. Huge off-white foam head. Whoa. I'll cut ahead to mouthfeel and note that this is an insanely carbonated beer.

Smells like ... a bit of caramel, some dark fruits and ... a pungent, almost sour note that is a bit offputting. Hmm .... infected?

Taste is mostly dark fruit with caramel, and an interesting spicy sweetness to it. There's also that weird pear/apple almost-sour tang to it I noticed in the smell. Looking through over reviews, I note people have indicated they tasted apples or pears, but I don't see "slightly sour" noted. Not sure. It's certainly not predominant, just a background twang that's annoying.

Split the bottle, and it was plenty for both of us.

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Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish brown with a silky tan head. Nose has figs, plums, cherries, toffee, bready malts, cloves and peppery yeast. Taste is not quite as nutty and earthy as I like to see. Mostly ripe pitted fruitsfollowed dark candy, cocoa and spicy Belgian yeast. Medium body is a bit over carbonated, but settles down nicely as this opens up. Another fine ale from Captain Lawrence.

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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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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

hazy auburn pour. delicious, deep nose of brown sugar and trappist yeast with apricot and date hints. a bit overcarbonated, but still noticeably nutty and dry with a nice, simple finish. raisin puree, dr. pepper and slight hop note finish the experience. very drinkable despite feeling the booze as it builds.

this is probably the best version of SVD to date. still, it can't hold a candle to the trappists, but it's leaning in a more traditional and even handed direction.

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Photo of Nickls
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a nice 3/4 finger of lightly tan creamy head that held quite well; very hazy light brown color that hints at orangish

S - Fresh dark grapes; hint of sweet malts; peppery and vinous

T - Vinous and dry; dark grape sweetness; a bit bready; nice enough, but not great

M - Thinner to medium MF; very lively, prickly carbonation

D - Nicely drinkable, and it's definitely within my expectations for the style. It's a nice change from some of the sweeter versions that tend to come up more often.

Overall, an interesting take on the style and enjoyable.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to RomanW70 for bringing this one to the Sunday night tasting. Poured a hazy/cloudy caramel with a head that quickly dissipates into a thin slick. Nose reveals hops, nutmeg, coriander and a peppery quality. Taste consistent with nose; however, some chocolate, prunes and an earthy quality comes out, with hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, fizzy/prickly - too much carbonation on this one. Really nice complexity in this beer. Definitely improves as the carbonation levels subside and the brew warms.

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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 Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my wife for bringing a bottle home from a trip. The beer is a dark reddish-brown color with a thick and foamy light beige head that recedes slowly. Slick, patchy lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of malt, ripe fruit and yeast with some spices. Medium body with flavors of malt, dark fruit and yeast along with some hops. The finish is smooth and fruity with a mild spice and yeast aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the hook-up, thanks Joe!

A: Pours a hazy caramel-brown with an awesome looking, light-tan, three-finger head that surprisingly, didn't leave any lace.

S: Aromas of toffee, caramel, tootsie rolls, dark fruit, and roasted nuts. Hints of cherry, raisin, and chocolate.

T: Dry toasty malt with caramel, toffee, brownies, plums, figs, and raisins. Rich dark chocolate, fruity yeast, cherry, and bready malt. Lemony citrus in the finish.

M: Starts fruity and sticky, and then quickly changes over to a very interesting dryness that leads into an oily fruity bitterness for the long finish.

D: A fantastic beer! Very balanced. Not as sweet and a tad drier than other Dubbels but it made up for it in many other ways.

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

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a ruby brown color with a nice puffy tan head that settles into a nice cap. The aroma is sweet with candi sugar, and a bit metallic or rusty from the dark belgian malt. The flavor is a nice mix of belgian candi sugar, a slightly nutty toasted malt and some raisin/fig fruitiness. Everything is in balance, one of the better dubbels that I have had in a long while. A moderate body with very fizzy carbonation, starts off sweet but actually finishes dry. One of the better dubbels that I have had, either US or Belgian. Seems to hit the style head on. This is very nice.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Bellport Beer & Soda (2009 batch). Pours a deep cloudy brown with no head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spices (allspice, pepper, cinnamon, clove), and light roasted malt. Flavor of sweet malt and yeast with a roasty, spicy finish. Some smoked/charred malt notes too. From my recollection of last year's batch, this doesn't seem as complex. It's a touch sweet and weaker in the palate. Maybe it's the tap vs. bottle difference, I dunno, but I'm not loving it as much as I did last year.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired on a trade, poured into a Goblet.

A- This was super fizzy when I poured it. It was just like pouring pop from a 2 liter. The head grew up to 2 fingers then fizzled out into nothing. The beer is a muddy auburn, somewhat clear. The edges glow amber yellow.

S- Nose has sweet candi sugar notes along with fragrant dark fruits and clove. The fruits Im getting are raisins banana and a little apricot. Its not far off from some of the good hefeweizens.

T- Candi sugars, alcohol, fruits. Over all the front is pretty sweet and sticky, some bitterness and more alcohol comes thru on the finish.

M- The carbonation is alot higher than one would expect by looking at this beer. Its prickly and active once it hits the mouth. It seems to sell the medium body short.
This beer is quite sticky and almost syrupy. Higher carbonation than others of the style Ive had.

D- Alcohol is detectable in the taste but its not off putting. There is not much after taste, but the sweetness and stickiness bring down the drinkability slightly.

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

750ml bottle into shaker pint on 7/6/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a muddy caramel brown with a billowy beige rocky head that settled to a quarter inch of retention and deposited thick, sticky lace around the glass.

S - Initial aroma suggests sweet candi sugar and malts with a dark fruit presence akin to apricots and plums. Alcohol presence is quite subtle overall, especially for a Dubbel.

T - Sweet malts and candi sugar dominate the flavor with tangy dark fruit reminiscent of golden raisins and apricots bolstering the sweetness up a notch. Subtle earthy hops and alcohol notes warm up the flavor a bit and give way to some floral hop attributes. Finish is fairly bitter for the style.

M - Medium to full bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Touch of bitterness and alcohol warmth on the palate with plenty of residual sweetness.

D - Fine Dubbel from Captain Lawrence with quite an aromatic nose and a fruity flavor profile. Good stuff!

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"Bug spray."

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Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just received this brew from FooFaa as an extra in a recent trade. Captain Lawrence is gotta be in my top 10 favorite breweries as I can't think of a bad beer I've had of theirs. Drank from my Lost Abbey goblet.

Appearance- Pours a dark copper brown with a HUGE two plus finger cream colored head. The head never really recedes as it maintains a constant half finger head and leaves some randomly strewn lacing.
Smell- Fairly rich nose with a huge caramel and toffee malt right from the start. Brown sugar and even a bit of molasses add even more sweetness from the start. Prunes and dates add the dark fruity aspect that grows more and more as the beer warms. Surprisingly, even as pungent as the nose is, I still get a few whiffs of alcohol.
Taste- Slightly toasty and nutty the beer is not NEAR as sweet as I thought it was going to be. Actually the beer isn't sweet at all. It does however have the toffee and nutty maltiness that we all know and love. A bit of yeast and lots of earthy dark fruits. Dates, raisins and even some overly ripened black cherries. The alcohol is spicy and slightly warm but no where near intrusive. The finish is much the same as the rest of the beer. Just a toasted malty nuttiness that lingers on and on.
Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy body that remains sort of creamy because of the intense carbonation. As aggressive as the carbonation is it somehow remains fairly soft and finishes pretty damned dry.
Drinkability- As someone who's definitely not the biggest fan of the style I really enjoyed this brew quite a bit. The part that I hate is the sweetness and somehow this brew still retains its Dubbel quality. Just an all around enjoyable beer from an even better brewery. Thanks much Dan!!

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Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, thanks for hooking me up dyan!

Pours a pretty clear dark orange/brown, some reddish highlights, pretty cool colour, thick and big bubbles off white head, very active bubbles continuously rise to the surface, some lace spots, keeps a thick layer. Smell is interesting, lots of apple, some brown sugar/caramel sweetness, pears, lightly yeasty, some biscuit, apple juice, apricots, very fruity, pretty cool. Taste is weird, lots of apple and pear, juice, some caramel sweetness, lots of toast and biscuit, yeast, alcohol, some sour oakiness, pretty interesting. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, a bit thin in the mouth and the carbonation is a bit tough to take. Kind of thin and lightly sour, but I didn't mind drinking it. Thanks Dyan!

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Photo of bhalter8
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, with a red hint to it. Large, dense tan head resting atop. A sweet malt smell with the definitive Belgian yeast providing a dark fruit hint. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there is a bit of an alcohol or tartness to the smell. This carried through in the flavor, as well. A rich caramel sweetness upfront that is followed by that tart back end. Maybe I want to say a spicy finish to it, because the alcohol is not so high to cause that sensation in my mouth. A bit tart as it rests in your mouth, that spiciness, I guess you could say. There is a nice warming effect as you enjoy it. Definitely a nice sipping beer, with a few different things going on in it. The alcohol may be a little too apparent for my taste.

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

A solid dubbel that trends towards the roasty, malty end of the style spectrum.

Thanks, beerloco, for the opportunity.

Pours a hazy deep amberish brown into my Westmalle chalice with a fluffy couple fingers of head, moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma is toasty and bready, deep rich melanoidin notes, almost a hint of mocha. Very limited spice/phenol character.

This is a fuller dubbel, with big mid palate chewyness, lots of roasty, rich sweetness, finishing relatively dry with mild bitterness. Ripe stone fruit notes and deeply toasted bread.

Briskly carbonated, even with a dry finish this still comes across a bit heavy.

Overall a tasty brew, happy to have tried it.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by RoyMunson with Pwoods and myself.
Pours a ruby brown in color. A darker brown for a Dubbel. Nice pillowy head forms on top of the beer. Smell is very ripe plums, raisins, and there's a good amount of belgian yeast as well. Taste is even more of the very ripe and juicy dark fruits. More plums, dark grapes, raisins and more. There's a certain bitterness that comes with these dark fruits that is present in the flavor as well. It gets better as it warms up. I wasn't that into the beer when it was first poured. But it gets better as it warms up and starts to grow on you fast.
My only complaint is that it started to get a bit cloying by the end. Still a decent beer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of proteus93 - thanks!! Split w/ proteus93, IBUnit63, and dkachur, w/ my portion poured into a Rochefort chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, reddish/brown amber-bodied brew, capped by a fizzy, fast-fading dull white head that leaves a persistent thick collar (constantly replenished by rising bubbles) and a dash of sheen. Sitting on the bottom of the chalice are a bunch of yeasty bits - sinkies, really, instead of floaties - of varying sizes. A decent start.

Aroma: Incredibly spicy and phenolic. A dry, peppery, dubbel, slightly woody, green and earthy, clove, slight bubblegum. Light fruits - raisins, figs, cherries. Malts are largely submissive to the spices and fruits, though faintly reminiscent of caramel. There's a definite tart, slightly funky note presiding over this, in an interesting way.

Taste: Still incredibly spicy and phenolic, almost like a Belgian dark. Cherry is the dominant fruity note here, largely tart through slightly sweet, with a few other spare fruity notes, pears, apple skins, largely light. The spices are another dominant note here, peppery, clove-like, perhaps . It quite honestly almost tastes like it was spiked with Brett, slightly funky, slightly tart, slightly barnyard, but in a good way. Candi sugar notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a buttload of carbonation, even, crisp, large, and very light. A good, solid, "Belgian" feeling beer. Best aspect of this beer, likely.

Drinkability: This was an interesting, strange brew. It almost tastes like it was Bretted, though that can't possibly be the case ... can it? Either way, it's a dry, quenching, spicy, fruity dubbel, and I sort of kind of maybe like it. So, yes, I'm gonna recommend it, though be wary of the barnyarditude!

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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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