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

Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel AleSingle Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale
BA SCORE
3.67/5
1,059 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:
#31,792
Reviews:
504
Ratings:
1,059
pDev:
11.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
100
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,059 |  Reviews: 504
Photo of jk3
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of grover37
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of hmmmbeer10
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of deonreds
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of MerkurKing16
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of CreightonSM
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of lvbs
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was definitely the loser of our five tastings. Only one of our 11 drinkers gave it an overall rating over 3, and that was mostly because she enjoyed it more than any other winter ale. Most found it too sweet, with not enough bitterness to balance out. Some thought it was just undistinguished, with no clear flavor or identity.

Overall average: 2.6

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Photo of ohiobeer29
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

solid winter warmer drinks pretty well

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Photo of billybob
2.72/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a chestnut color with a half inch light tan head that quickly fades to the beer, some lace to start with that also quickly fades away. some aromas of caramel and roasted malt and a sharp scent of alcohol. taste is of roasted malt, slight caramel with some brown sugar.slightly oily slick mouthfeel, light to medium body with a carbonation that sort went flat. i don't think i'll be buying this beer again.

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Photo of Risser09
2.72/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby red highlights. The head rises 3" and is khaki in color. Retention is great and there is some decent lace.

Smell: Small malt aroma. Cereal, yeast, but overall very light.

Taste: Robust, deep flavor of barley malt. Slight cereal grain flavor, toasted walnut nuttiness. Not very sweet. Some alcohol. Mediocre.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Some carbonation.

Drinkability: Probably my least favorite style of beer. Not complex at all and very little aroma. I don't see a reason why you would reach for this beer over another.

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Photo of Thesoundandthefury
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Wolf. This is nasty. Reminds me of state watered down Ommegang abbey dubbel. The flavors are there, dried fruit, caramel, toffee, but it was thin and bitter. It was a pour, I just couldn't drink it. I'm normally a Smutty fan, but I think they severely missed the mark on this one.

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Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of atlason
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 33cl bottle into plastic party glass, unfortunately.

A: Dark brown, some head and lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee. Basic but pretty true to style.

T: Mostly caramel with a lot of hop bitterness. Feels pretty odd for the style, way too americanized. Beautiful Belgian yeast character.

M: Velvety but not sufficiently carbonated considering the low apparent carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer but not really a traditional Dubbel. It is an American Dubbel, if there is such a style.

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Photo of icehawk
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of klesniew
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of mrmitsui29
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of HOPHEADNATIONMATT
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smuttynose Winter Ale

Appearance- dark blood red with a thick head that quickly disappears.
Smell- cherries and cinnimon.
Taste- smooth cherry with a sh!tload of cinnimon maybe a dash of clove dumped in. Alcohol is present in the flavor.
Mouthfeel- smooth and warm. Very bland.

Overall- A incredibly bland ale! What little flavor is so watered down. This would be a decent Winter Ale if they kicked the flavor up a notch or two. Very disappointing from such a good brewery!

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Photo of Budlum
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pouring this ale produces one inch of foamy, light tan head. The head is retained nicely before leaving a thin layer behind. The body is a very rich mahogany color displaying quite a bit of carbonation.

The nose is quite weak but it presents a rich, malty sweetness mixed with rich spices. Hops a very light but noticeable. Overall, this smells a bit like a holiday cookie but it lacks punch.

A maple syrup sweetness is briefly presented before a rich, bready taste. Nutmeg and hops mix for a little excitement but these flavors quickly fall flat. The finish is quite watery with lingering hops and spice. Some cocoa notes appear in the finish as it warms.

The moutheel is quite thin, oily and lacking carbonation.

Drinkability is okay but nothing too spectacular. A somewhat disappointing effort from a good brewery.

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Photo of whartontallboy
2.77/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a slightly translucent brownish-red with a thin head of tan bubbles that disappears pretty quickly and with minimal lace. After that, the head is gone. For good. No bubbles at all.

Smell is bubblegum, banana, cotton candy, sugars, and a little bit medicinal.

Flavor is sweet, slightly phenolic, with bubblegum flavors and lots of banana coming through. Not the typical complex-dark-fruit-sweetness that I've come to expect from a dubbel. There's a decidedly toasty/bready malt flavor that sneaks through on the back end, but as I drink it, the lack of carbonation and complexity start to remind me of drinking a really flat cola. It was something of a struggle to finish it.

Overall: A disappointing offering, and I have loved a lot of Smutty's stuff. The phenolics, dead mouthfeel, and cloying sweetness of this one are just kind of off-putting. Not epically terrible, but I wouldn't give it to a good friend.

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Photo of Eastside151
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Citadel82
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not impressed with this one. I generally love the Smuttynose products but this one is not that great.

Pours a slightly hazy redddish brown with little head that fades to zilch and leaves no lacing. Carbonation is faint and does not support any vestige of a head.

Smells nice a fruity treat with apples and some spices. Perhaps a touch of cinnamon.

Taste is musty with apples and some spices, some bittering hops in the middle perhaps some cocoa and a dryish finish. Not a pleasure to drink at all. There are some better dubbels out there for sure. I will give this a another try. If it stil is wanting I may mull it or poach some sausage in it.

Mouth feel is medium light.

I am not finding this brew to be very drinkable...at least tonight.

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Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,059 ratings
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