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:
1,056
Reviews:
501
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
99
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,056 |  Reviews: 501
Photo of CaptonPoker
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RockyCoast
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I had one of these at 50° after shoveling snow at 20°. Smooth, not too carbonated, and a pretty good taste. I will have another.

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Photo of skriv
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redbarnbikes
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a short beige head that falls quickly. Some nice reddish hues when held up to the light.

Aroma is rich in malt, dates and figs, sweetness, and I swear I smell toast.

The taste opens or me with fruit and sweetness, but not too much. A little boozy for seven percent. Nice, bready malt flavors carry through, just a bit of bitterness, and a hint of chocolate. A bit nutty and some caramel as it opened up.

The beer us not carbonated enough and as a result lacks life.

The flavors are spot on overall, but the lack of carbonation hurst this beer. I think it would be top notch if it were suitably bubbly. As it, it tastes good, but could be outstanding.

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Photo of RexBrewman
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into stein. Wonderful frothy head. Color chocolate.
Nice spicey, nutty aroma. Taste has a slight sweetness. Smuttynose winter ale is a bit lighter than most winter/Christmas ales. I really enjoy the flavor. It is one of a few winter ales that I'll have seconds of in one sitting.

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Photo of hop_junkie
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Kbtom71
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tom_Gilman
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbyrd4088
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Myotus
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
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 timmy2b
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clake
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keith27614
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JIMfallon
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whiteturtle
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Best by 3/10/16

Eyes: Tan and tawny. A thick 2 finger head. Definitely reminiscent of a belgian dubbel. Head slowly dissipates like a belgian. Carbonation concentrates closer to the glass as the head recedes.

Nose: Bubblegum, pear, cinnamon, cardamom, and allspice. Fresh baked bread. An earthy beechwood smell dominates the rim of the glass. I also get caramelized raisins (if such a thing exists, which if it doesn't I call dibs).

Tongue: Burnt sugar, pumpernickel, and allspice dominate the cheeks first. A heavy cereal grain malt finish. Very little hop presence (the crystal hops are a very mild hop, perfect for this blended style of beer). I'm not getting the funky belgian kick, even with the trappist ale yeast they use. With a touch of warmth notes of almonds, fudge, and nutmeg open up.

Cheeks: When you see that a beer is shooting for a blend of christmas ale and belgian dubbel, you expect a heavy full-bodied beer. This is pretty light, and the spices are pretty faint. I definitely understand why a lot of people compare this to an amber ale. My bottle says 7.5%, if that's true then it is masked very well.

Overall: You really have to let this beer warm up to taste the spices *if you have had smuttynose before, you probably know to let their beers warm up*. The belgian dubbel/christmas ale blend idea is a good idea in my eyes. One could see how those two styles would create a tasty fusion. If you're looking for a solid winter ale that's not loaded with booze and holiday spices, then this is your beer.

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Photo of fitz284
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of madelf66
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brocktune
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PJCarnell
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 1,056 ratings.
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