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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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1,065 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): 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,531
Reviews:
506
Ratings:
1,065
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
103
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,065 |  Reviews: 506
Photo of sachie23
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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 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 OldhouseRecs
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Danmullens1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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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Photo of PJCarnell
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redbarnbikes
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mnj21655
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, slightly cloudy, dark mahogany in color with a two finger light tan head and some nice sticky lacing. Nice smell, sweet malts, and some earthy hops. As for the taste, nice sweet caramel malts, a hint of breadiness, and nice earthy hops. Nice mouthfeel, medium amount of carbonation, solid body. Good drinkability. This is a great beer for a cold winter's night.

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Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dodo2step
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Al's of Hampden

A- 2 finger fluffy tan head. dark root beer like color and opaque with some shimmers of light scaling through.

S- strong toffee notes hit the nose first followed by hints of caramel and brown sugar. I also get some sort of dark candied fruit...plum or prune maybe.

T- caramel malts more pronounced in the taste as well as dark candied fruit. Toffee as well cinnamon hits the palate.

M- a medium bodied beer that is more carbonated than creamy.

D- a nice winter ale that is nice on a cold winter day. It goes down fairly smooth and could see myself drinking a sixer in a day.

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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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