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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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never had this and apparently it's a dubbel so I poured it into a Chimary goblet.

3.5 A: Clear deep mahogany brown color. One finger of creamy/frothy hybrid light tan head. Retention could be a lot better, but this leaves a ring of creamy lacing.

4.0 S: Color me confused. It's called a winter ale, labeled as a dubbel, but smells like an English brown. Toasted malts are abundant with a formitable nuttiness. Dry and earthy with a touch of raisin fruitiness.

3.5 T: Taste is more like 3 units dubbel blended with 2 units English brown. This has the toasty nuttiness consistent with a good brown, but the yeasty spiciness and fruitiness of a dubbel (and the spritzy carbonation). Tobacco, raisin, and plum fruitiness. Clove and pepper yeastiness. Earthy again and dry overall. The problem is that the taste is overall too weak, which is a shame since it is tasty.

4.0 M: Lighter body. Moderate amounts of spritzy carbonation. Very creamy for how light and low in ABV it is, but I'd prefer a bigger beer and a nice warming.

4.0 D: A pretty good beer and probably the most sessionable "dubbel" I've come across, but need a bit of a boost in the flavor department. Would drink again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, some Belgian yeast, a little spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of Belgian yeast, caramel, spice, tart fruit and a little chocolate. The hops presence is mild but complimentary. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent representation of style, it might not be your prototypical winter seasonal, but it's still a pretty nice beer. I could certainly drink quite a few of these in an evening.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass (also had in a chalice, nothing changed):

A: dark brown colored body with a tan head which quickly dissolved, the lacing doesn't last either

S: some toasted malt and nuts, super light hops only after a bit of warming, subdued "Belgian yeast"

T: aggressive malty sweetness, not as balanced ....hmmm?

M: medium with some slight harshness of carbonation on the tongue, smooth clean aftertaste and finish

O: good dubbel for me, but unsure how true "dubbel" fans feel about this ... hmmm?

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Photo of heerboth
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cd34
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reagan1984
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a finger of tan head that is quite fizzy. Lots of visible carbonation and pretty good clarity. Deep amber color with brown/burnt orange... copper highlights. The head does fade to a thin cap rather quickly.

Aroma is deep caramel, some spicy pepper and perhaps cinnamon.

Very interesting flavor. I see this is listed as a Dubbel and don't see many characteristics that are normal. Deep caramel, brown sugar.. toffee, some deep fruits. Not as much spice in the flavor as in the aroma. Interesting. Deep malts tones that keep coming. Hops play a subtle and background role in this beer. I actually enjoy it, but not sure I'd ever guess it was a Dubbel..

Mouth feel is really full bodied and bold. Certainly one for in front of the fire. Carbonation is light and just provides a delicate tingle on the tongue.

Really nice and enjoyable. I could have a couple of these after coming in from the snow,

Interesting beer, not sure it's one I'd seek out if I wanted a Dubbel, but I could see ordering one after shoveling snow for a couple of hours.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Stella challis.

A - Three-finger head of egg cream white pillowy foam that slowly collapses on itself, leaving a ring around the edge. Deep amber/brown with a dark orange border and cloudy.

S - Citrus hops, caramel, and malt.

T - Toasted malts with a light roast edge, spice, caramel, and pine/citrus hops on the finish.

M - Good carbonation without being fizzy. Nice structure and good body. Its spice/hop finish lingers.

D - A quite enjoyable winter warmer. Could well enjoy sipping 2-3 of these in a sitting.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really like the label on this on.

Poured into a tulip pint: Two fingers of puffy, glistening head over deep brown body with amber highlights around the edges.

Nutmeg, raisins, & other dried fruits in the smell, with a kind of not-quite-mixed cookie dough with, like, baking soda showing up. Sort of interesting, but not real pleasant. An actual cookie smell shows up, helping the smell out a little bit.

Taste is a little better, with a decent caramel presence showing up alongside the dried fruit. Nice little bit of round, toasty, nutty/biscuity character bringing up the rear, along with some pleasant fruity hoppiness. Not bad at all, much better than I'd anticipated given the smell, to be honest. Some chocolate notes even show up later. Good stuff.

Medium-bodied, a little creamy with a residual body & sweetness after swallowing.

Kind of schizophrenic beer here, with a nose like a lackluster American-made dubbel, but flavor like a good porter or straight winter warmer. I was getting ready to slam this, but it came around, & I'm glad.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer was served a dark brown color with a little bit of ruby highlights when held to the light. Upon serving there was a one finger cream colored head that faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was sweet and fruity. Cherries, raisin, and a bit of apple were mixed with a caramel and brown sugar smell. With these aromas was a lighter roasted malt smell.

Taste – The flavor begins with a dark roasted brown bread and dark fruit flavor. While there are flavors of cherry and apple in the taste, they are much lighter then the nose would have let on. While supposedly brewed with no spices light spiced flavors quickly come to the tongue with them initially being of a more allspice and ginger flavor. Toward the end the flavor sweetens a bit with some caramel flavors coming to the tongue. These flavors are accompanied by a bitter cocoa and which when combined with the rest take the taste to its end.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was average in terms of creaminess/thickness with a carbonation level that was rather average as well. A slightly thicker body may have been a bit better, but all in all the mouthfeel was fine.

Overall – A nice blend of malt, sweet fruit and sugar tastes. It is a rather balanced winter style ale that is well worth a try.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy dark amber with a finger width of medium tan head that retains into a smooth, creamy looking layer that left moderate lacing. The aroma is thick with heavy malt, sweetness, spices, and just a touch of alcohol.

The taste is rich malts and sweetness, spices, and a dark fruit element that allows things to end with a combo of tartness and hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied wiht a thick, creamy feel.

This wasn't bad. I liked the full, rich tastes of the malt and spices that leant themselves well to Winter imbibing and that nearly 7% ABV was very well hidden and kept things fairly drinkable. A solid effort from Smutty!

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Photo of Seaba
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DavidGross
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jdkitchi
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of trekbiker3000
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice brown color but very little head. The aroma was sweet and carmel-like. A complex taste of sweet, bitter and toasted malt. The aftertaste is a definite smoky malt taste. This is a full bodied brew with a nice even carbonation. The aftertaste lingers in the mouth with the smoky malt flavors. A good beer to serve on a cold day, but the complexity of flavors and smoky aftertaste make this too much of a beer to have more than one or two.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this has got a 1.5 finger thick head with sheer lacing, and a very dark brown transparent body.

The smell is that of astringent malts. No hops are noticeable in this discipline of the review.

This brew's taste is quite similar, with a rich malt element cutting through the mix. I can't really pick up on the fruits mentioned by others.

A smooth and crisp mouthfeel was given by this "Smutty".

Overall, a 3.75 for Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company. I may or may not buy this again.

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

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Good clarity in a medium dark red oak brown, forms a small light tan head that quickly settles into a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a light tracery over perhaps half of the surface area.

S = Caramel, mixture of cocoa and maple syrup, very light peppery bite of yeast.

T = Nice sweet flavors of cocoa, buttered cinnamon toast, caramel, hints of pepper and other warm spices with a nice offseting bitterness in the finish.

M = Medium-light body, good mouthcoating, light effervescent carbonation level keeps the mouth interested without overpowering it.

D = THis is a realy good drinkable little beer on a cold Winter's day.

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Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,079 ratings