Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel AleSingle Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale
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3.7 | pDev: 11.35%
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel AleSingle Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale
Notes: 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
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Mugman8 from New York

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

Pours dark amber and slightly cloudy. Head fades quickly with minimal lacing. Nice fruity aroma and taste is bold, complex and sweet. I like this brewery and I like this beer.

Apr 13, 2019
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Fatheroftoomany from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep foggy amber. Deep festive smell of spices that lets you know you’re ready for a winter voyage. Coats mouth roughly and finshes crisp. Taste strong hoppy notes. Overall a decent seasonal entry.

Dec 02, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazy mahogany/copper pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Lasts awhile with great lacing. Overall a good looking brew.

S: Sweet and malty... dark fruits and mild spice.

T/F: Toasted malts and brown sugar... sweet with mild spice. Was hoping for more dark fruit... only mild plum and raisin. Bready... mild hopping for balance at the finish. Sticky on the tongue.. ABV well hidden.

O: A reasonable dubbel... but far from the best I've ever had. Glad I tried it... probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Nov 01, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Took the risk after seeing ‘Best By 04/23/18’ on the bottle. It’s a dubbel, what could go wrong??

Nice burnt Siena color, crimson-hued with an ivory head of foam that settles quickly and doesn’t leave any heavy lacing initially.

Lots of dark fruit and molasses on the nose, with hints of sweet caramel to round it out. It’s a fairly subtle nose for this Belgian style, but very well balanced.

Sweet toasted sugar and caramel hit first, with a subtle molasses bitterness that follows. A light spice and thorough breadiness serve the backbone. As it settles on the tongue, getting some citrusy qualities as well.

Medium carb and a little bit of a lighter body than expected. Finishes just a little too bitter than the style would traditionally have, but smooth and rich overall.

Aug 17, 2018
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SourGlass from Massachusetts

2.3/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This doesn’t remind me of a good Belgian dubbel at all except for the ABV! Has sweetness up front, but almost too sugary tasting. But it’s the back end I really dislike—a lot of bitterness, the absence of which is one of my favorite things about Belgians—they just finish so cleanly and beautifully. Belgian hops do not a Belgian beer make! We’ll see what my husband thinks—he typically does not like Belgian beer, but since this doesn’t taste like a Belgian, we’ll see!

Feb 25, 2018
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malt-ofthe-earth from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This used to be their Winter Ale and changed its name a few years ago and now has actually changed its essence. It used to be in the mid 6 ABV and now is 8.3. It used to be more reminiscent of a Scotch Ale and now it has that banana Belgian flavor. Smuttynose is really maddening in this way. Their beers might change from their original recipe or abv and they won't let you know. Stilll, I love this brewery and am sad to see them go to auction.

OK. So the beer itself is pretty good, but unlike the name it's better if not coming at you cold. That's typical for this style though. I'm no expert but I know what I like. I loved the Winter Ale. I like the Dubbel. Here's hoping Olive finds a good new home. Cheers.

Feb 08, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear, dark brown with a red tint. Medium, off-white head that faded quickly and left no lacing.

S---Boozy with raisins.

T---Sweet, with candy sugars noticeable. Raisins and molasses.

F---Thick. Heavy with alcohol. Carbonation is minimal.

O---A pretty good stab by Americans at a Belgian dubbel. I'll get this one again if I see it.

Feb 06, 2018
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

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

L- The beer pours out clear and color somewhere between cola and plum. The head is 2 fingers of light tan bubbles. Lacing is spotty.
S- The nose starts out with nice ripe plum notes and finishes with some light esters from the yeast.
T- The sweet plum from the nose is here, but balanced by and earthy bitterness. There is a bit of mustiness from the yeast involved and it plays alongside the earthy bitterness.
F- Overall the mouthfeel is medium heavy. Carbonation is restrained. I probably couldn't drink more than 2 in a sitting before starting to feel full.
O- A solid dubbel although lacking is some complexity.

Jan 21, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

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

The mahogany colored beer pours out into a snifter glass with a 1/4" tan head that soon recedes to a small ring and a whisp of foam on the surface. Sipping creates scattered patches of lacing that slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include some cherry and plum with a bit of caramel and alcohol in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the malty sweetness, the cherry and the plum showing along with a bit of fig and some earthy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just a hint of soft prickly carbonation. The finish begins as the sweet fruit flavors begin to fade allowing a hint of earthy bitterness in the finish.

On the whole this is a fairly average Belgian style dubbel that is drinkable, but I'll probably not be having again since there are some more local which I enjoy more.

Nov 30, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Very dark maroon color. It feels a bit thick and just a bit heavy on the carbination. Aroma is malt,dried fruit,and lots of brown sugar. Taste is somewhat similar,not as sweet as I figured it would be with an odd bbqother sour finish. This was good but didn't come completely togethor for me

Nov 13, 2017
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tiltedglass from New York

3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A totally forgettable brew from an unforgettable brewery. And they don't even post the ABV on the label. Expect a fine, ordinary, somewhat ale/lager kind of dubbel. It has some of that fullness you expect, but it's not defined, and is "weak" in character. Definitely missing the key attributes of good Belgian brews, and dubbels in particular. Ommegang and others in the Northeast have nailed this much better.

Jun 23, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a chalice a couple of times and a tulip on other occasions. The head was slightly larger in the tulip. The rest of the appearance was based on this: a nice ruddy brown complexion with gentle orange to amber tinges along the sides of the glasses. Once the head died off, the lacing was somewhat clingy and slightly foamy. The smell had a nice light blend of sweet to earthy and rustic spices that gently allocates some light brown sugar, caramel and toffee notes in the aroma. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and seemed to blend them into a decent yeasty/somewhat bread texture coating my taste buds. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body to make it fairly sessionable. The carbonation seemed appropriately styled and lent a light harshness to the tongue without overdoing it. Overall, I say this was a pretty good American made dubbel.

On the side note, this made a great dessert along side some Germany chocolate cake and also one of my friends used an expired one of these in a BBQ sauce and wow that was absolutely amazing sauce.

Jun 18, 2017
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EmeraldMist from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

6.6% ABV. Best before date of May 2017. I'm a month late. Oh well.

Look - Pours a murky dark reddish brown with a thin ring of tan bubbles, no lacing.
Aroma - Sourdough, prune, cherry, apple juice. Pleasant but mild.
Taste - Bread crust up front, woody, light toast, earthy towards the middle with a very faint hop bitterness. The finish is sweet and has a touch of raisin and a hint of molasses.
Feel - Medium bodied, soft carbonation, creamy, chewy.

Overall - More of a brown or scotch ale, but overall very nice.

Jun 05, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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 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.

Mar 11, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 12, 2017
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Holderness from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 30, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 19, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 14, 2017
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Gajo74 from New York

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.

Jan 03, 2017
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utopiajane from New York

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.

Dec 20, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

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.

Dec 15, 2016
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SydFlash from New Hampshire

4.88/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Checks off all the boxes for a good dubbel - most importantly a tasty blend of spices and not too sweet. Very mild bitterness and lingering caramel flavor. I highly recommend.

Dec 11, 2016
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tall glass: color is amber with copper edges and a bit dense; head is light tan with fine bubbles and some lacing.

Smell is a little sweet, light caramel and toffee, very feint belgian yeast aromas, feint earthy hops.

Taste is similar to the aroma with light caramel and toffee, hints of belgian yeast esters but very subtle. The flavor leans towards dubbel but very light and easy flavors. Bitter dryness appears at the end.

Mouthfeel is sweet upfront, moderate caramel but not quite cloying the dryness is there but still sweeter than anticipated.

Overall a nice ale in the realm of dubbel style but it leans towards the sweeter/less dry side with less pronounced yeast flavors.

Dec 06, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look is Dark dark brown. Off white head.
Aroma is barley, cherry, plum. Doesn’t jump out at you.
Taste is molasses, lots of malt,...aftertaste is burnt sugars.
Feel is heavy, sticky.

Good warming winter beer.

Oct 24, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Smuttynose Winter Ale for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. This one isn't to clear on what style it really is, I guess I'll just have to see for myself, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice brown color that took on more of a copper and crimson color when held to the light with a little bit over a fingers worth of bubbly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with a fruit aroma being the first to show up and it imparts a big dark fruit aroma with a little bit of raisins and plums sticking out. Up next comes the malts impart some caramel malt and a little bit of toasted malt aroma with a little more caramel and sweetness coming through at the end. This beer has a nice aroma, but it's not too complex.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's a little more balanced and a little lighter, it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with those dark fruit flavors being thr first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time no single fruit seems to stick out the most. Up next comes some more sweet malts followed by a little more caramel flavors with more bready and grainy malt flavors than there was in the aroma. On the finish there's a little more sweetness with just a little bit of bitterness with a fruity and dark fruit like aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but just like the aroma it lacks complexity.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and solid example of the style, BA says it's a Dubbel and it seems to be close to the style, but without any noticeable Belgian yeast it takes more like an amber or brown ale. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is enough for me, anymore than that and I would start to get bored with it. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, they were both good and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was the lack of complexity, it got to be a little bland. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I can't say I really recommend it. All in all I was nice, but nothing about it made it stand out and it wasn't memorable. It's not a favorite from Smuttynose and it's a little above average for the style. It's solid, but with a little more xomplexity, it could be a very nice beer.

May 16, 2016
Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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