The Father | Half Pints Brewing Company

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The FatherThe Father

Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by trevorwideman on 01-27-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by trevorwideman:
Photo of trevorwideman
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The first beer in Half Pints' Belgian "Holy Trinity", and it's a Dubbel! 660ml bottle poured into my Affligem Chalice.

Pours a dark hazy brown with orange highlights. I was expecting more of a headon this one, but there's nearly none, and it disappears to a lace ring very quickly. Very mellow carbonation. Dark, fruity aromas are in the forefront, along with a floral hop character. Caramel and candy sugar make an entrance, as well as strong chewy and cracker/biscuity malt notes and a slight bit of alcohol.

Taste is hit-the floor mellow. The biscuit malt is something special, adding a really bready dimension to this mildly sweet brew. The nose revealed most of the flavours in the brew, but here they are: plum, caramel, slight funky yeast, generous amounts of floral hops, and a bit of sourness in the finish. All the flavours meld together well, but remain distinct and enjoyable. Alcohol is really hidden in this beer, no way it tastes as strong as it is, but you do feel it. In the mouth it feels full-bodied and wet, with a slightly drier finish. Near-perfect carbonation, just enough to keep the flavours moving about the palate. This may just be one of the most drinkable Belgians I've ever had, I can't bring myself to sip, I want to nearly gulp it down it's so mellow and good, but that makes it dangerous though, considering the ABV. There's a great balance to this one, and it's never too sweet like some Belgians can get, the generous hop presence takes care of that. An exceptional offering.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Derek for sharing. A yeasty though sourish beer, not quite what I expect from a dubbel, more of an experiment. Rising carbonation bubbles and good off-white head and some lacing. A little boozy, a little woodsy. Medium mouthfeel, yeast makes it a bit creamy. Drying.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed a 660 mL bottle received in trade from trevorwideman — thanks!

The Father poured into my Leffe chalice a cloudy dark amber with a filmy bubbly ring of head that left attractive webs of lace on the glass. Sour yeast crowded out more pleasant aspects of the aroma, such as malted milk, grain and semi-sweet chocoolate.

The sour smell didn't mar the taste, however, which was well-balanced with lightly roasted barley, a biscuity/bready taste and sweet candi sugar. Vague fruitiness, too, before powdery yeast kicked in for a dry finish.

This didn't seem like a typical dubbel to me, but it's a nevertheless a good brew and eminently drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a medium foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is dominating with a light yeasty finish. Body is about average with some good carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed by this one and I was expecting more complexity and some dry fruits (figs) component.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into the goblet with an off white head. Not much retention but leaves good lacing. Has a deep ruby color.

Smells of dark fruits, toffee, sweetness and yeast.

Tastes sweet, fruity and hoppy. Also has a spicy yeast taste that I am enjoying. My top choice out of the Holy Trinity.

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Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to trevorwideman for hooking me up with this one. my first taste of half pints, but surely not my last.

660ml bottle.

pours deep orangey red colour with a small yellow head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves no lace. colour seems a bit light for the style.

aroma is nice. alcohol. caramel. hint of currants or raisins. biscuit malt. light grainy character. hops are a little earthy. not much spicy belgian character going on, and the fruit is more subtle then i'd expect.

taste is good. light alcohol. big biscuit malt. light caramel sweetness. just a tiny hint of coffee hidden in the background. touch of raisin. taste is more like a solid amber ale than a dubbel.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. nice medium body. touch of sweetness in the middle, but it doesn't linger.

drinkability is good. the alcohol is obvious, but not overpowering. a very tasty beer that seems to miss the mark slightly style-wise and loses a few points for it.

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Photo of Derek
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apparently this was last bottled November '07. I've kept it refrigerated for almost a year... and at 7.2%, you'd think this style would stand up? (it was presumably better when fresh).

A: Amber-brown with a light-tan head that forms a thin ring & leaves a little leg.

S: Sour grain, brown sugar, dark fruit & a slight metallic grassiness.

T: Dark fruit, cherry, bready, brown sugar with hints of wood & spice.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth with a slight acidity.

D: Average for the style.

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Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to oakbluff for hooking me up with this series!

Pours a hazy orange/amber, brown highlights, thick off white head forms, sticky lacing, good retention, sticks around. Smell is sweet, yeasty, some caramel, citrus, spices, nothing crazy but pleasant. Taste is rad, sweet, caramel, bread, yeast, spices, citrus finish, some warmth. Mouthfeel is pretty light bodied, medium carbonation, light in the flavour department but real easy to drink, don't taste the ABV. Maybe a little bit light in colour for a dubbel. Thanks Scott!

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Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

660ml bomber ( thanks Kris)

Poured a lightly hazed orange ale, with reddish highlights, in the glass...decent sticky 2 finger cap..moderate retention, good lacing.

Aromas are a tad understated but delicious; musty-woody, floral citrus and sweet...much like a marmalade smell...I'm salivating in anticipation of the first sip here.

Flavour is relatively complex...lots of floral and citrus hops, earthy tones, nuttyness and succulent fruit tones from the yeast and yeast by-products ample sweetness from malts and sugars...long warm finish tastes like a mouthful of tart marmalade...excellent.

I have a gap in my beer education about Belgian dubbels...not having enough of the original to sample, it's hard to say how this compares but I can say I like the way this brew came together. The catch phrase that sticks with me in describing its character is is "liquid marmalade".

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Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo hooked me up with this one via BC2. Thanks Eric!
This one pours a tawny amber colour with a slight haze and a thin, light beige cap of fine bubbles. The foam settled to a solid ring, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma was malty, lots of toffee and ripe fruit, with some breadiness and a hint of peanut. The flavour was similar to the aroma, lots of toffee/caramel sweetness, nuts, bread crust, just a bit of ripe and dried fruit, with a spicy finish. Medium to light bodied with lowish carbonation and fine bubbles, the texture was pretty good with some warmth in the finish. Pretty solid overall. Easy drinking for sure, but it felt like the breadiness could have been pushed forward a bit more at the expense of the toffee character. The yeast character lacked a little depth too, but those really are minor quibbles.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The biggest and baddest beer of the Trinity. This is a tawny dark brown beer with a yeasty nose of old fruit. The body is a big fruity flavour with a swirl of Belgian notes on the finish. There is a slight sweetness to the beer but makes this beer is the excellent drinkability. No need for cellaring as this beer is ready now.

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Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled alongside 'the Son' and shared with my dad as part of a Father's Day family dinner.
The body seems way too light for the style. A soft mahogany colour but more so a shade of brown, than outright brown. A glossy appearance, blurred clarity - hardly half opaque. Sparse, soapy head. It shares the same complexion as 'the Son', it's Belgian Pale ale counterpart in the Trinity Series; ('Like father, like son' I suppose). The aroma is a big boast of Vienna malt and carries a slight mineral complex (from the English hops, I guess). The mouthfeel borders being a little syrupy. The carbonation is almost volatile, by which I mean it seems incredibly low at first, then becomes stingingly high on the way down. I found it very hard to detect any taste at all for sometime. I found the alcohol thins out the flavours, making the mere 7.2% distracting. There just wasn't enough flavour to hide it, from the Beer Advocate defined description of dubbels we see no: spicy / phenolic character, no dark fruit, and not really much malt. But actually, as it warmed, as I was happy to report some flavour made it's way through - the Biscuit malt, and was it ever starting to get tasty. The biscuit malt really paired well with my tiramisu and baklava desserts. Thanks Harry for the bottle!

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Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent dubbel; very nice copper brown appearance with a thick off-white, almost tan head. Raisin, brown sugar and malts. Almost non existent hop smell.

Sweet, zesty malt body. Traces of dates, raisins and brown sugar/molasses. Hints of apple and bananna in the taste. Not as rich or developed as some of the Belgian dubbels I've had.

Good carbonation, fairly drinkable but it seems to leave a bit of an off aftertaste and sour feeling in my stomach. Very well done overall.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Half Pints glass. Had this many times in the last two months but am down to my last bomber so I better rate it. Pours a cloudy tangerine/caramel with minimal head. Some lacing. Aroma is sweet and toasty. Taste follows suit. The Vienna malts really shine through in this brew and give it a very rich mouthfeel and body. Solid amount of hops and a reasonably dry finish- not mouth puckering dry but a nice hey how are you dryness. The yeast gives it some nice fruitiness, but this beer is mostly about the malts to me. Very enjoyable and great first entry into the Trinity.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dark ruby red, with a smallish head.

S - Very yeasty, lots of dark fruit and strong molasses/dark sugar aroma.

T - Quite sweet, raisins, molasses, and a light alcoholic note showing through. Seems to lack a something of the idiosyncratic Belgian-ness. Fairly roasty.

M - Moderate body and decent carbonation.

D - Not bad, but the flavours fall a bit flat.

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Photo of Lexx
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy russian amber color with a thick, toasty off-white head that lingers. lovely. not too much lacing. yeasty aroma with hints of apple, caramel and lilac. yeasty, slight taste of burnt caramel complimented by citrus and a soft touch of vanilla just at the very end of the somewhat sour finish. overall, quite pleasant.
I'm reaping the benefits of Viggo's beer collection :) So a major thank you to him.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber/light brown in colour with low carbonation. Aromas of toasted pale malt, geranium, rose petals, and a touch of red berries. The flavors begin with some very mellow malt element, but floral notes come in with a flourish. An over-ripe peach flavor makes an appearance before the malt qualities re-emerge near the finish. There’s a bit of spice that comes in right at the end too. Medium bodied, although probably not as rich (or sweet) as some traditional abbey dubbels, but then again, it doesn’t seem to dry out as quickly as some traditional abbey dubbels either. Definitely the hoppiest dubbel that I’ve ever had. Surprisingly/dangerously drinkable for 7.2%.

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The Father from Half Pints Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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