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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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1,062 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#32,338
Reviews:
505
Ratings:
1,062
pDev:
11.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
100
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,062 |  Reviews: 505
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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Photo of ajdemma
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
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 +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
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 +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacob17
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ned57
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Holderness
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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 +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of flek
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vetbidder
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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 +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
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 +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jg24rules
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,062 ratings
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