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Chatoe Rogue First Growth Creek AleChatoe Rogue First Growth Creek Ale
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Chatoe Rogue First Growth Creek AleChatoe Rogue First Growth Creek Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using 8 ingredients: Wheat, Rogue Barley Farm Dare and Risk Malts, Rogue Hopyard Revolution Hops, Montmorency Cherries, Pacman and Belgian Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

25 IBU
77 AA
75º Lovibond

Added by CampusCrew on 08-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz from "Habits" S.Salem. Dirty, murky brown beer small tan head tops it. The aroma is certainlly quite different from most Rogue beers, the "Belgian" yeast makes a strong statement. Taste is like the aroma with the usual belgian hints to the ore, its actually hard to find much cherry until you swish it over the tongue,, then it appears and sticks around at the back of the taste..Actually quite nice really. Palate is OK..kinda weak but not too bad. Overall a nice beer...i could manage just one though.

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Photo of Dawkfan
2.62/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A vigorous pour only yields a fingers width of head. Poor retention and no lacing. The color is reddish brown.

S- Belgian yeast was the first thing that jumped out at me. It smells of dark fruit, but I'm having a hard time pulling any cherry notes out. Mild spices and a mineral aroma as well.

T- Basically like the nose although there is some tartness. This just doesn't taste like real cherries were used and it doesn't really resemble a dubbel either.

M- Mouthfeel is to thin for the style. Carbonation is low and slightly dry.

D- I'm not one of the Rogue haters in fact I've liked most of the brews to date besides this one. I just don't see where they were headed with this one. A poor effort from a great brewery.

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Photo of hdofu
4.45/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this beer right now. Pours amberish like natural color of cherry juice with an off white color. Smells of hopps and cherries. Is sort of tart with a hoppy finish. It is veru smooth and easy to drink. I could easily drink a couple of these over an evening.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Rogue GYO beer.

Pours a reddish brown with a quickly dissipating beige head. Faint aroma of cherries, not much else. Taste is very subtle - some cherry, a little tartness, and a clean but kind of watery finish.

Not a lot going on here. Mildly pleasant and easy drinking, but leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a bit if a reddish huem. Nose is faint, light cherries and a bit of sweet malt. The flavor is mainly comprised of might cherries with mild bread. Thin and slightly sweet with low carbonaion. Drinks okay, but doesn't represent the cherry flavor all that well.

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Photo of bbeane
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... Very weak head that doesn't linger at all. Beer is a murky copper color with light activity

S- Malty sweet, dark fruits, cherry, phenolic aroma

T- Malty sweet to start, paired with a hint of bitterness. Finishes with a dry fruity taste... cherry, dark fruit, yeasty

M- Medium body with light carbonation

D- Pretty tasty beer all in all, interesting for the style it falls under. I don't think I would seek it out, but all in all, glad I tried it


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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is a dark mahogany with a cream-colored head. Not much of a smell. Perhaps malt and a little bit of cherries. Taste is malty and unassertive, with a sour cherry finish. There's not a lot of depth or backbone here. Mouthfeel is fine. It's nicely carbonated and drinkable, but it's just not that tasty or interesting to me. A fine beer, but nothing noteworthy.

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Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours murky reddish amber brown with a small 1/2 finger head that left some spotted lacing

smell is faint but i pick up lots of differnet things - some cherry/banana dark fruit malt and burnt/roasted malt

taste is a bit tart from the cherries then then banana and belgian yeast flavors come through along with some sugar amd malts

mouthfeel - medium body but somehow feels thin with almost no carbonation

drinkability is not good - glad i split this bomber because i doubt i would have drank the whole thing by myself

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. Comes in a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a murky cloudy brown colour, creamy beige head with good retention.

Yeasty, spicy notes are most apparent at first on the nose, dry nutty malt, just a hint of cherry in the background.

Well then, things come to a kind of standstill with the flavour. Tart, some sour cherry, then a flat soda-like black cherry on the finish, some tangy yeast on the aftertaste. It just doesnt seem to come together, it's difficult to tell what they're actually aiming for.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied on the light side, very low carbonation.

I know Rogue is capable of pulling off some remarkable stuff, but this offering comes across as a bit amateur-ish. Perhaps it needed to sit and age more before bottling. I do like the concept, however this just not follow through.

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Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So far, I've enjoyed most of the beers in the Chatoe Rogue series. Sure, they never WOWED me but they are pretty damn good. This is the newest one.

Pours a cloudy reddish-brown color with a one-finger head into my glass.

The aroma? Cherry and mild raisin aromas greet the nose. Definitely a mix of sweet and chewy malt.

Taste bill is shared by cherry with a small hint of raisin upfront that feels very strong, nearly sour. Tastes quite fresh and presents a challenge for the buds.

It's perhaps a bit too visceral for the style. Slightly watery towards the back too.

Adding cherries does change up the flavor a bit. However, it's not enough to add to the drinkability. It's worth a try but I am sure you can find better examples of the style elsewhere.

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Photo of bump8628
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has several things about it that make me excited to try it. It's a Dubbel (one of my favorite styles) brewed with whole cherries. Beers using real fruit, particularly when they are styles that you rarely see fruit in are always interesting. That, coupled with the fact this beer is an estate beer where the brewery has grown the hops and malt itself has me intrigued. However, it's also a Rogue beer and in my experience Rogue is very unpredictable in terms of flavor and quality.

Pours a clouded mahogany with a finger of off-white foam that recedes quickly, despite a very hard pour.

A muddled mix of flavors include cloying burnt sugars, some cherry syrup, and musty yeast. Unfortunately, the cherries are coming off as slightly artificial despite the fact they are supposedly real. Most disappointing, however, is the lack of Belgian yeast character. Slightly chalky, musty, with some very faint esters sums it up. Overly sweet and under-carbonated for the style.

Thoroughly disappointing from start to finish.

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Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Roomie MaltBombPete grabbed up a bottle... wanted to try this and forgot about it...

- Reddish hue to an off-white mocha head... leaves a nice thin layer of creamy head.... cloudy brown brew... like dirty water....

- Banana Belgian yeast.... light tart cherry.. brown sugar... malt... bitter grassy and earthy touch....

- Creamy smooth... lightly sweet.... light tart cherry and woody aromas.. banana yeast... certainly a Belgian.... could be a touch stronger...

- Medium to light bodied.... slightly creamy... tart enough to water the palate.

- Overall it is interesting... and I didnt do too much reading up on the brew... never realized it was a Belgian.. but a nice light version of a dubbel.. pale.. or fruit brown Belgian.. lol.

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Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy brown with one finger of very tiny light brown suds. Some lacing.
Smell is like raspberry and malt mixed up together with some pungent yeast that burns the nose.
Taste is a bit sour that stays with the flavor all through the taste. I like this trait. There is malt and sugar here but the star is the sour.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and a little dirty but the sour makes this pleasurable.
Drinkability is pretty good here. This is a better beer than these reviews tend to show.

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Photo of mudbug
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up at the brewery for less than $7
Poured into a wine goblet, a ruddy brownish with a small pink tinged head that quickly dissipates, aroma is slight belgian yeast spice and a sourish cherry cough drop smell,
Tastes follows suit a mild belgian yeast spicyness with subtle maltiness then a whollop of vicks formula 44 cough syrup, not up to what I had hoped, the flavor did mellow somewhat as the beer warmed up.
Perhaps this need to age a little, seems rough and unbalanced right now.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.09/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small wine glass from a 22 oz bottle. Small 1/2 finger of head, medium brown/amberish color. Head dies with very little lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, spice, and tart cherry. Flavor borders on a barrel aged sour. A little bit more mellow than some, but quite impressive given the price. Definitely getting that Belgian Dubbel flavor as well as sour cherry. A light sweetness and a good medium length finish. One of the more impressive Rogue beers I've tried. Mouthfeel is quite fluffy, especially given the lack of head. Quite quaffable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up tonight at Brewforia on the way home from work... ~$7.... Cheaper than I figured it was gonna be, but I still cringed a bit.

Poured into my Old Guardian goblet.. sandy tan head with a slight pink tinge... big sheets of lacing as the head drops... The brew is a deeply hazed amber.

Nose shows light hints of Belgian phenols ... the cherries are definitely present yet seem pretty lite... really, the aromas in general are a tad lite... Not bad, just I was hoping for more.

Initial sips showed bits of medicinal cherry cough syrup, but that went away as the glass opened up.. Again, some minor Belgian spiciness shows in the beginning and then melts away into the cherry essence... I can gather bits and pieces of pepper and clove if I concentrate, but overall, the Belgian qualities are minor... The cherry gathers toward the finish and lingers for a short while, but sorta falls flat for me.

Interesting.. the fruits try and play well with the base beer, but it seems pretty flimsy... I dig it and am enjoying the fun of pulling out different characteristics, but I doubt I will buy another bottle unless I am brewing a fruited Belgian or possibly for a trade.


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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Kickbacks-Jacksonville beer dinner. We were told this was a dubbel style brewed with fresh cherries. This is their 4th Chatoe Series beer. It was not a sour beer but had some sublte sour flavors from the cherries used. It tatse like a dubbel but a little different. Maybe it's the pacman yeast they added. Visual was like the style as well. This was good but not somehting to go crazy about. I did enjoy it thought and I'll buy a bottle when it comes out.

The brew contains 8 ingredients: Wheat, Rogue Barley Farm DareTM and RiskTM Malts, Rogue Hopyard Revolution Hops, Montmorency Cherries, Pacman & Belgian Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

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Chatoe Rogue First Growth Creek Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 167 ratings