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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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy and caramel colored, with a generous and frothy beige head of at least three inches.
The finely dense foam recedes to full coverage on the surface, with some decent strings of lacework.
Aromatics lead off with toffee-laced bubblegum. Plenty of phenols and extremely fruity. Tangerines with red grapes step forward.
The mouthfeel is medium, with a fairly creamy profile. Carbonation is somewhat light for style.
The pallet is fruit-laden and caramel-like.
A orange marmalade infused Sugar-Daddy.
Alcohol is barely noticable and only slightly warming.
Finishes with a firm bitterness and lingering tropical fruit.
Very tasty and drinkable, but some cocoa notes would add some depth.

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Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 jjayjaye
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange rusty amber color, slightly hazy and effervescent with a big foamy head that resists fading. Solid sheets of lacing in its wake. An aggressive dark fruit and sweet earthy aroma highlighted with a spicy coriander character. Well carbonated, the tongue immediately becomes preoccupied with a spicy tingle and sense of the alcohol. For me, most of the flavor was sensed in the back and with the swallow and finishing breath. Quite a bit more spicy than fruity, but the flavor does linger well giving it a lot to consider. A heck of a lot more to this one than the Interlude that i just poured out.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Gueuzedude
4.01/5  rDev +5%
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 WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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 tendermorsel
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a red wine glass.

Great color for a beer. Raisin colored with a nice tight froth. Excellent lacing. Nice fresh aroma of sweet fruits and brandy. Quite a boozy aroma but despite this beer did not taste overly boozy. Basically the alcoholic smell of a quad without that strong alcohol taste. Smooth and easy drinking.

This is a great Dubbel. The best American Dubbel I have had in years. Very smooth and easy drinking. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Ego
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

duvel tulip... meet my cousin vinny...

big soapy/craggy off white head rises 2 fingers and mildly sizzles down at a good pace, unfiltered amber-ish/brown tone, lacing is good, retention is OK. nothing remarkable to report here...

figs in alcohol, wood, earthy and a bit musty, definitely drifts into boozy. you can smell the sweetness as well expressed in dark honey notes at the back end of the inhale, very nice

taste etc...
the after taste is quit cloying and has my face contorted in all sorts of ways (as if I aint ugly enough...), the alcohol is a little hot also, this is at cellar temp and at only 8% (8 aint what it used to be) I was surprised. whew, have to take a break for a second and go grab some strong cheese to cut this with...
the sweetness on the second take was a little more negotiable but not exactly what I enjoy as far as my personal tastes go, this hangs out somewhere labeled "just thick enough" in terms of the ride through the mouth, the carbonation is dead on, it just rolls across the palette extremely well, the flavor is pretty straight forward... this one lacks depth for me. You get sugared dark honey and some mild dark fruit, some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. there is no way I can do a whole bomber of this stuff.

not bad.. but not for me.

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

This offering from Captain Lawrence pours an unfiltered dark brown beauty. The nose is dark ripened pitted fruit (Plums, Raisins, Prunes) with a brown sugar sweetness followed by just a slight hoppy bitterness of tart unripened fruit as suppose to citrus to help balance the malty sweetness. The finish is a bit rough, at 8% it is not too hot and the overall mouthfeel is young and a bit raw for a dubbel. I think age would do this Dubbel some good but it is still a nice sipper.

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Photo of RichThatchr
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a cold winter evening with a braised lamb stew, this makes a good choice of a medium weight dubbel style to be served. I poured this with my coat still on from the trip to Whole Foods because I was eager to investigate what it tasted like.

The deep orange/brown ale with a slight head tasted much like the other American dubbel interpretations I had tasted in the past year with a combination of bitter hops and sweetness in the after-taste.

As the ale warmed up in my glass while I was viewing a movie, more nuances appeared in the taste.

I should note that the bottle cap on my bottle just came off too easy and that I would have preferred a cork or a twist off for securing the beer.

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Photo of sjstraub
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Oversized red wine glass.

A: A medium bown color with a quickly dissolving head.

S: Almost a burnt malt smell. Had to repour to get more head into the beer to pickup much smell.

T: Malty taste, and also a hint of alcohol. Maybe a faint taste of cocoa. Lingers in the mouth nicely.

M: Seems to be a little light on the carbonation. Very smooth feel.

D: A pretty easy drinking dubbel. Certainly could open another bottle if I had one.

Side note: My wife, whose favorite beers are witbiers and weisbiers, made a this is disgusting face after trying it.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Bottled 2006.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a skim of beige head above the slightly cloudy brownish burgundy brew. Head is quickly down to just an uneven layer of bubbles, with limited delicate lace. Aroma is boozy malt sweetness. Taste is hearty grain flavors upfront, seguing nicely into the dark fruity sweetness in the middle, and then alcohol warmth turns on the afterburners. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little lacking the carbonation area, and drinkability is somewhat limited by the alcohol, which seems to feel stronger than the advertised 8%abv. Actually had a little bit of gum numbness going for a bit. Nonetheless, and nice brew, and glad I got to enjoy it.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark caramel brown, the head was an off grey hue that could have had more spunk.

Smell: Rich boozy effluves that gives away fruity aromas like cherries and prunes, all in a warm caramel coating.

Taste: Carbonation felt a little too lively, but it actually worked out well as it mingled with the alcohol that tingled my face all the way to my nose, like drinking sparkling wine too fast. Solid malt presence, but had a touch of ash in the end that spoils the sweetness in the end. Still, a good Beer in a style where I'm sort of hard to please.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to hopdog for opening up this one per my request...
Appears a dark, transparent mahogany with red hues. The small, light tan cap slowly fades out into a floating foam top. Scattered lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of raisins, caramel, brown sugar, light spices highlited by black pepper.
Taste is of the aromas with creamy, sugary, raisins, vanilla, and cocoa powder. Pretty nice.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, with cocoa clinging to the semi-dry palate. As one of my favorite styles, this one hit the spot.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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 NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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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St. Vincent's Dubbel from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 194 ratings