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

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

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

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Ratings: 1,080 |  Reviews: 511
Photo of Bluecrow
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bottmfeedr
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexsergio
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Latarnik
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SourGlass
2.3/5  rDev -37.3%
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!

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Photo of malt-ofthe-earth
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of h4ger
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tcsox
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stef
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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

Surprised by how good a dubbel this is!

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Photo of Rbodacious
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of REVZEB
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Branlott42
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of generalraider
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of Chipotle
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tiltedglass
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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