Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel AleSingle Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Smuttynose Winter Ale

Smuttynose Winter Ale is a full-bodied, amber beer brewed with a special Trappist ale yeast. Stylistically reminiscent of a Belgian Abbey Double, it features fruity aromas and flavor, balanced by soft Crystal hops. Warming, mellow & pleasantly complex, Smuttynose Winter Ale is your perfect cold weather companion.

30 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 10-30-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,056
Reviews:
501
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
99
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,056 |  Reviews: 501
Photo of ajdemma
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twenteone
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

II recently began working at Molly's Carryout & I was tasked with rearranging the Mix & Match sections of one of the coolers when I came across some bottles that I knew that I had never reviewed. This was one of them, so I brought it home & set it aside until now.

From the bottle: "Make mine a Smutty!"; "Crafting fine beers in NH since 1994"; "Come visit our brewery and Hayseed restaurant at Towle Farm in Hampton, NH. And visit us online at smuttynose.com for events, releases and great Smerchandise in our e-store. As always, thanks for saying: Make mine a Smutty!"

A Pop! of the cap, a quick aggro pour & I was ready to go! My actions garnered me two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with reasonable retention that left nice lacing behind as it fell. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. Nose was rich, sweet, & very malty with a marshmallow-like scent that seemed to jump out at me, along with dried, dark fruits like raisins, prunes & cherries. Mmm. Mouthfeel was big and fluffy on my tongue & while I may have colored my perception by mentioning marshmallow, it did come to mind. The taste was more of bready malt & fruits than marshmallow, however. I got a lot of cherry/cerise/kirsch flavor coming through & it made me think of a yellow cake with cherries. It was definitely dessert-like in terms of its taste(s), which was kind of a nice change of pace for me as a hophead. I am going to characterize the finish as sweet, although an argument could be made for semi-sweet, especially given the ABV & the yeast's activity to get it there.

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Photo of BigSmooth12
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours maroon red with a creamy frothy khaki colored foam head. Smells like plums, grapes, raisin, cherries, banana, clove spice, apricot, caramel, dark toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted bready malts, mild chocolate, apple, pear, some citrus, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like plums, grapes, raisin, cherries, banana, peppery clove spice, apple, pear, apricot, caramel, dark toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted bready malts, mild chocolate, some citrus, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, thick and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice dubbel.

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Photo of DJoe
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacob17
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ned57
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Holderness
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Darker than most dubbels, but with the same tan, two finger head and moderate lacing quintessential of the style. Malt, smoke, and a Scotch ale-like sweet booziness lead the nose, with hints of currants, raisins, maple, and chocolate. Taste is more like a porter than a Belgian ale: it lacks the yeastiness and subtle malt flavors that make a dubbel a dubbel. Lots of chocolate and smokiness. Velvety mouthfeel, almost like a less viscous version of melted ice cream.

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Photo of Ardeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of flek
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vetbidder
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a thick tan head. Scent of bready malts, chocolate and some slight coffee. Honestly, all very faint on the nose. Ok. So a nice flavored beer for this style. I'm calling it a smoother, thicker, more well balanced version of Fat Tire(does anyone relate?). Decently carbonated with a sweet/really slight bitter feel. Smooth beer for the style. Maybe not my thing but well done.

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Photo of godawgs
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is not the Winter Ale as I remember it.
It seems to be a different beer, and I'm not sure if
the malt profile is different. The winter ale tasted like a winter ale.
This beer has a lot more character.

Poured dark chocolate brown in an Orval chalice.

Very pronounced aroma of chocolate, some vanilla.

The aroma transition well to the taste. Deep chocolate, malty, and some vanilla.
Light bitterness, mellow body.

Overall, quite excellent and drinkable.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jg24rules
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Gajo74
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Amsterdam Ale House, NYC.
Poured a dark mahogany and ruby color. A modest head quickly dissipated but a thin frothy crown retained well. Nevertheless, not as foamy (heady?) as other authentic Belgian Dubbels.
In the nose I'm first hit with dark fruit and sweet Belgian candi syrup. Later on, there is a toasted biscuit aroma.
When it first hits the tongue it is rather sweet and even a little boozy. A lot of the candi syrup and dark fruits from the aroma come through in the taste. In particular, I detected plums and raisins. For an instant, the sweetness threatened to be cloying, except that shortly thereafter, the spicy phenols took over and balanced things out rather nicely. I particularly noted clove and bubblegum. The taste was also bready and nutty. After the initial taste, the alcohol was well masked.
The mouth feel was medium to chewy. The finish became moderately but increasingly dry. There was even a subtle hops bitterness in the aftertaste. There was a nice creamy and cocoa like coating.
I thought that this was a nice interpretation of the Dubbel style. I would have it again.

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Photo of cts309
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heerboth
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kuhndog
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a sweet mahogany with a light haze. Red glinting highlights and a tan unifrom head that was creamy on top and fell fast. Nose is malty richness, a touch of sweetness, buttered toast, plummy dark fruits and pear.

Drinks rich and fruity. A touch of boozy sweetness that I can see only because it is under carbonated. This beer demonstrates all the interplay and complexity of the style but has no bubbles. Soft sweet bread and luxurious pear. Hops are sweetly herbal and never show off in this beer. They tickle the middle with softness and show up just under the alcohol to bitter the finish. That is skillful attention to this style. Light milky cocoa. Not much bitterness except a short moment of medicinal alcohol to pepper the swallow. Again the only reason I can see that is because it does not have good carbonation. The yeast is nutty and there is light caramel. All the flavors are so perfect! This is exactly the beer that Smuttynose should make over and over until they perfect it. It's got every element of the style and is a handsome dubbel.

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Photo of bigbutter
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fscottkey
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] The bottle has a best by date (05/06/2017). The bottle does not list the ABV. Brown mahogany color with 1 finger of khaki head.

S: [3.75] Leather, banana, brown bread and hints of cocoa.

T: [3.75] Has a Scotch Ale flavor to me. Peat, leather, toffee, cocoa.

M: [3.50] A little under medium body and lower carbonation. Feels a little thin.

O: [3.75] Belgian is a huge gamble for me. I hate Belgian yeast strains. That said this beer has none of that Belgian yeast funk. It is decent. Like I said above - to me this tastes like a Scotch Ale. Not listing the ABV ticks me off. I'd guess 6.6%. I'd drink this again (I wouldn't avoid it) but probably wouldn't search it out either.

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Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 1,056 ratings.
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