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
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
Ratings:
1,058
Reviews:
504
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
100
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,058 |  Reviews: 504
Photo of Ned57
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Holderness
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.

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

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flek
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vetbidder
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.

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Photo of godawgs
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brureview
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.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jg24rules
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harsley
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gajo74
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.

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Photo of cts309
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heerboth
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of utopiajane
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.

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Photo of bigbutter
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fscottkey
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.

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Photo of mpmcguire11
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dudd
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HermitDan
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SydFlash
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
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.

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Photo of Paoloboston
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 1,058 ratings.
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