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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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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: 1,065 |  Reviews: 506
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I admit I'm biased. I brew a winter spiced ale every year or so and am sort of particular when it comes to brews with the winter ale tag. IMHO this style of beer should be darker, spicy, malty, medium bodied give or take a bit depending on the ABV and not be overwhelming in any one area so as to diminish drinking as a session brew at a holiday party.

So, now that you know my bias, this one hits the mark. I'll leave the color and etc for the many other reviews already noted. If you have a chance, pick up some and enjoy!

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best by April 2011. Served at cellar temp.

Pours hazy reddish-brown with a large foamy light beige head that leaves lots of lacing behind and holds a light foamy cap.

Aroma is quite yeasty, some bread, toffee, dark fruit underneath, maybe a bit of cardboard/oxidation as well. Gets a bit better as it warms further. Good strength.

Flavor is dark fruits, cherries, candi sugar, toffee, caramel, hint of chocolate, some bread & yeast, rather sweet, mildly hopped.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit creamy, medium carbonation.

Solid brew, didn't care much for the aroma but the flavor makes up for it.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle (BBD 4/2009) into first crack at Smutty pint glass.

Maple walnut ice cream head tops an auburn-dark clear body. Head is rather thin but this looks warm.

Mild sarsparilla scent backed by brown sugar warmth, mellow hop pininess and cinnamon/maple syrup spice - quite pleasant indeed.

One word: Cozy. This has fireplace written all over it...Copious braised spicy malt, a little pepper, mild clove and cinnamon with mellow pine, maybe some grass on the hop profile. Hefty coffee notes give this more bite with warmth...by no means alcoholic but I can feel its strength.

Extremely comforting to the palate...Coats, soothes, relieves. Wonderfully solid with a velvety spicy finish.

For its heft this drinks mightly well. It's getting very difficult to be disappointed by any Smutty offerings these days.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ybnorml
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean brownish beer whit red and orange highlights. Has a small tan head. The aroma is a sweet malt with hints of apples and fruit in the background. The taste starts with a dry earthy note that slides into a breif bit of sweet maltiness. Followed by a smooth finish with a bit of tabacco on the back of your tongue.

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Photo of Quafftastic
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of fx20736
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack from Wegman's Calkins Rd on 12/15/13.

Poured froma 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at fridge temp.

Appearance: Murky Ochre Brown with honeyed highlights. Thick Khaki head, good lacing.

Aroma: Dates & Figs, Boston Brown Bread

Mouthfeel: a little thin.

Taste: Toasted malt, Brown Sugar, Dates & Figs, grapes.

Notes: very good beer.

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Photo of sachie23
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of mwar
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of CreekyJarls
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of LutherBrau
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of spedprof
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Myotus
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 48°F from a 12oz bottle (best by date 20Apr15) into a chalice. Cosumed on 06Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a half fingers worth of khaki foam that halves itself after a minute. Dark brown in color with an amber tint. Rising bubbles are very small and very subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: A bunch of mild aromas: caramel, figs, black cherries, plums, and cloves.
TASTE: Mild black cherry, fig, and prune flavors enter initially. Mild caramel flavors follow immediately as black cherry flavors grow stronger. Subtle clove and bitter hop flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for black cherry, which continue to grow stronger.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation is high. Goes down rough due to the carbonation. Finishes with a mild dryness.
NOTE: Too much black cherry sweetness and carbonation for my liking. I can understand how someone else would like this, but this just isn't my glass of beer (because tea and cups are overplayed).

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Smuttynose pint glass

A - pours clear amber with one finger of foam that clings to the glass.

S - I pick up some spicy yeast aroma, with a malty sweetness

T - malty, with a slight hoppy bite. There is a bit of holiday spice, but it is very subdued. definitely on the malty side of the spectrum, with a little yeasty kick.

M - moderately carbonated, decent body.

D - overall a pretty good beer. well put together - nothing seems out of balance here.

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Photo of edchicma
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purs a beautiful dark copper with a beautiful head. Smell is hoppy, fruity..very nice. The taste is a very nice combination of sweetness and tartness. Sweet on the front with a good malt backbone through mid-palate, hoppy light on the finish. Mouthfeel is a similar balance between oily and dry..very good. The drinkabilty factor is high. Overall very smooth with an excellent dry finish.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Troville1990
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of scottyshades
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a barely transparent auburn color with a small off-white head. Retention is decent

S: Caramel malts, artificial red fruit, and slightly spiced. Pretty subtle in general.

T: Kind of similar to the nose...real malt forward, berries, and a yeast that I am unfamiliar with. Also a little vinous

MF/D: Carbonation is prickly, the finish is of artificial berries and caramel malt

Notes: Not sure of the freshness on this one, I get a little oxidation. Not my favorite smuttynose

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Photo of ruckus232
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown with a medium sized creamy head.

Smell is heavy on malts with a distinct breadiness. Jelly toast and whipped cream combine with some restrained ripe fruitiness.

Layers of caramel malt and grain mix with a tiny hint of coffee, dark fruits, molasses, and a bit of hop bitterness.

Smooth and rich, perfect for a winter night.

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Photo of billybob
2.72/5  rDev -26.1%
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 Danmullens1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- deep dark garnet red when held up to the light, topped with a big belgianese looking tan head. there's already a splattering of lace where the foam (whose surface is becoming increasingly rocky and pitted) has begun to recede. should hold longer for the low abv.

S- toffee and caramel, sugar coated nuts, funky and fruity cherry banana yeast, tart berries, damp wood, a touch of roasted grain, and a bit of peppery spice. some orange, herbal and piney hop aromas as well. if they used a trappist yeast strain, i'm betting it's chimay. a little more power behind the aroma would be even nicer.

T- more roasted malt and hop flavor then i would have expected. nutty, burnt, woodsy, and hoppy blend very nicely together and the hops are laid back enough so as not to be the center of attention. if anything were to stand ahead, i would say it's the roasty toasty malt character and tart fruity flavors, especially in the finish. herbal bitterness kinda creeps in then too, with fruity banana and pepper yeast chillin in the back.

MF- tight fizzy carbonation and a toasty nutty mouthfeel give a solid score to this one and while it's not totally full bodied, it's husky enough to stand against some other high abv versions of the style. coating and resinous on the palate.

D- i don't think i've ever had a 5% dubbel before, but i'm not disappointed with this one. it has some of that belgian flavor and some of that american flavor and a little bit of something mid-atlantic. this one ain't a sipper, and i'm tiltin my tulip up like a champ. definitely worth a try and very unique among the winter ales available to me.

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Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,065 ratings
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