Belgian Dubbel | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This brew was Keith Kobal's 3rd place winner in the Cricket Hill home brew contest last winter.

Added by BeerdedEric on 06-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 11
Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Green Growler Grocery in Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Pours murky brown hued darker amber. Darker tan head, stays a spell, but then quickly goes to a fine collar, thin film and moderate low sheeting.

Hit of ginger in the nose reinforced with coriander, and an earthy, grassy quality.

Flavorful brew with more ginger, coriander, a hint of mint and fall spicing.

Tastes more like a winter warmer, then a Dubbel, but who cares...pretty tasty creation...

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Photo of axeman9182
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz pint glass at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

Cricket Hill's Belgian Dubbel pours a hazy burnt orange, a little bit of a change up from the usual maroon to purple hue found in the style. The cream colored head is barely there, and really doesn't even have a chance to display any retention or lacing. The nose is quite fruity, even for a dubbel. Plums jump out first and demand attention, but underneath a note of banana from the yeast is adding the fruity quality of the aroma. A peppery phenol note doesn't manage to balance out the nose, but it does offer up something a bit different. The flavor is just as tilted towards fruity esters as the nose was. There's a sugary, candy edge to the plum and raisin notes, and the more spicy phenol characters usually found in the style are barely present. As one might expect from all the talk of malty/sweet notes, the body is a bit too heavy and full for what's supposed to be in actuality a relatively dry beer. At the same time the carbonation is a little bit too feisty at times, taking attention away from the flavor of the beer. Cricket Hill's attempt at a dubbel was pleasant enough to drink, and I can even see it being a great gateway beer into Belgian style brews. That said, it lacks both the superb mouthfeel and excellent balance of competing flavors that are the hallmark of the best brewed dubbels.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler, that I got filled from the brewery, into my Cricket Hill pint glass.

Off white head that faded rather quickly. Orangey red center with golden edges on the side. Looking down on the head-less brew, it looks murky brown. No light is visible on the other side of the beer while I held it up to the light.

The smell reminds me a lot of their Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale. Big time banana aroma with some cloves and spices alongside some bready malt.

Bananas, orange peel, sweet malt, cloves and spice; that's about it. It's not a bad tasting brew at all. This tastes a lot like the Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale but a better version of it.

Light to approaching medium body. Carbonation is there but not crazy. Feels okay, doesn't leave the mouth feeling dry at all.

An above average brew, certainly not horrible. Easy drinking for sure just like all Cricket Hill brews; I might finish the growler tonight.

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Belgian Dubbel from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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