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

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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Photo of number1bum
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #11.

I wasn't sure what style this was going to be considered as I was drinking it, although I wasn't anticipating dubbel. I don't get the fruitiness or yeastiness of a true dubbel, but definitely the malt. I can see how it's reminiscent, so so be it.

Pours out a medium brownish color, very reddish as well, with about two fingers of light tan head on top. Head recedes to a thin lace and leaves a little bit of stick.

Smell is mostly malt, with caramel, molasses and toffee aromas. Little bit of buttery diaceytl, as well. Fairly one dimensional with the malt, not much in the way of fruit, yeast or hops.

Taste is also very malty, with the same characteristics as the smell. Little bit of fruitiness and hop bitterness is more evident in the taste, and overall it's smooth and pleasing. I still don't detect anything in the way of spice. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice creaminess to it.

Not a bad brew. Nice winter beer for sure and an interesting take on a dubbel. It seems to me like a cross between a dubbel and a winter warmer, but without the spice of either.

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

On tap at Mahar's

A: Copper amber color with a finger of head.

S: Nutmeg spices and malt. Just how a winter should be.

T: The malt actually comes through more than the spices. The balance is good though.

M: Med body with a good amount of carbonation that was still bubbling towards the end of the pint.

D:For a winter beer this was very drinkable. If I was at any other bar I would have had a second.

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

Had this one on tap at Mahars. Poured to a nice dark amber color with a good sized tan head. Nice retention, left a lot of lacing down the side of the glass. The aromas remind me of berries, caramel malts, with a slight yeast quality. The flavors seem to revolve around the malt flavors giving it a toasted feel with a yeast like biscuit taste. When looking up this brew it really surprised me to see it as a dubbel, as the characteristics of a dubbe did not come out for me. Even with this being said this was a good brew, very nice flavor and quite easy drinking. I would get this one again without question.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a really nice mahogony-brown color with plenty of tiny bubbles that supports a one-finger deep, cream colored head that's pretty active and dissipates real quick but there is a good amount of stickiness in it's wake.

Extremely fruity nose, dark, red berries, mostly sweet with banana, corriander and mellow spices. Very malty with a subtle herbal, smokiness.

The malt is very complex, smooth and buttery, very fruity sweet, much like a cabernet red grape although not candy sweet like the really fine Belgian, this one is much more herbal and spicey. It falls right between a Dubble and a classic winter warmer ale. The blalance is unique with spices and hops taking on a bigger role and the big-fruity yeast is subdued, but the malt is allowed to take center stage. I mean, it works pretty well. The yeast is a nice sour, tangy effect that is very lager-like in the finsh.

This one is medium to full-bodied, it feels pretty hefty but lively and jazzy to boot. Not as malt-sticky as some of the fine versions can be.

Very, very interesting and certainly one of the more thought provokeing winter ale's around.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy nut brown color with a smallish tan head that dissipated into a slight cap. The smell is light, I pick up some nut and slight fruit aromas. The brew has a steely roasted malt base, which has some nutty characteristics. There is also some dark fruit notes that sweeten up the taste. If this is truely a dubbel, it is definitely not as sweet as it's Belgian counterparts. I can't say that I pick up any Belgian candi sugar sweetness. The feel is moderate with moderate carbonation, finishes well balanced. A very enjoyable brew and a good winter brew to try. It is not spiced up like some winters and it is nice and balanced.

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Photo of ralree
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep cloudy red with a slightly disappointing head of 1/4-finger that laces very quickly. OK lacing for this style.

S: Fruits with lots of spices. I like it so far.

T: Rich malt flavor comes though strongly in a good way. Backing of fruity tones (almost like fruit candy), and a bit of smokiness. This is a very good brew. Bready tones at the end. Not too bitter nor too sweet. The alcohol is present, but not too noticable. The only complaint I have is that it's a little too fruity for me personally. I know a lot of people who would love it to death.

M: Medium-light bodied and well-carbonated. Non-astringent. I think I just chewed on some sediment from it.

D: Drinks well. I could easily put down 3-4 in an evening. This will be a good one for parties.

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Photo of Minkybut
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this brewsky into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice mahogany color with a fine tan head. Unfortunatly that did not last very long. It did lace well though. The smell was slightly sweet as was the taste with a hint of toffee. I really liked this beer as it was a nice dark beer but not thick like tar. I think it is a great beer for folks wanting to break into the dark realm. I will buy again for sure.

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Photo of iceball585
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark reddish brown color, cloudy, very thin tan head that quickly dissolved to a thin ring

S- Dark fruits, caramel malts, dark chocolate, hint of spices

T- Roasted malts, dark fruits, spices, cocoa, toffee, brown sugar, alcohol

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, fairly oily finish

D- Worth trying

This beer has a decent auroma although it is slightly lacking in flavor. There just isn't really a lot going on in this beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Interesting label; a woman in winter gear holding what looks to be some 50's style KFC boxes but I'm sure are something else I'm not aware of. Pours a cola color with a thin cap of head and slight bubble action. Nothing to write home about. Nose is heavily malted with spices and a strong stench of alcohol.

The alchol is strong in this one. So is the carbonation. The sweet malt reminds me of a barleywine here. Texture is creamy and drinkable but the taste is still pucker inducing. Some spice; maybe nutmeg? Certain;ly has some flavor, but not really my style. I'll stop at one.

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Photo of billybob
2.72/5  rDev -26.5%
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 scriabin
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I love a good dark winter ale, and I've always enjoyed Smuttynose. I don't know if I got a bad batch or what, but it seems that this one could be better than it was. It has a lovely dark brown hue and a nice smell, but it seemed a tad undercarbonated. Although it had a great, complex flavor, the somewhat low fizz took away from the enjoyment. I'm chalking it up to bad luck - I'm going to give this one another try.

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Photo of eberkman
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I generally don't like beers marketed as "winter beers" (ie. Sam Adams Winter Lager, Harpoon Winter Warmer). But I figured I'd try this one out -- I usually like Smutty's offerings.

This one poured a mahogany browon with a light tan head with decent stickiness and retention leavfing rings of lacing up and down the glass. Faint smells of winter spices, dark fruit and toffee. Tastes a bit like a Grimbergen dubbel -- I had no idea that this was supposed to be a Belgian style ale until I just looked and saw the style description on top of this page. Dark fruits, candied sugar, and a slight astringency in the finish. Not bad. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Quite drinkable if a little on the sweet side. Good with bitter Belgian dark chocolate -- 85 percent cacao.

Stick this one in a chalice or snifter. I figured it was a typical winter warmer and put it in a pint glass, probably losing something on the nose.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was never really all that interested in trying this beer, as I tend to gravitate toward the Belgian examples of this style, but the other night there was nothing very interesting at the store up the street, and the label art is quite charming. Pours a average looking chestnut brown color, with little head, but a nice looking ring lace around the glass. Smell had brown sugar, chocolate, various spices, and a bit of fruity alcohol. Taste was largely characterized by fruits, mainly plums, cherries, strawberries, with a backbone of malt and chocolate. Mouthfeel is in the middle I would say. Not too much hop usage, but the little that is there helps to balance the malt. This is one of the more drinkable Dubbels I have tasted in a while. If I was to have it in a blind tasting, I would probably guess that this came from Belgium. Another very good beer from Smuttynose.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice brown color but very little head. The aroma was sweet and carmel-like. A complex taste of sweet, bitter and toasted malt. The aftertaste is a definite smoky malt taste. This is a full bodied brew with a nice even carbonation. The aftertaste lingers in the mouth with the smoky malt flavors. A good beer to serve on a cold day, but the complexity of flavors and smoky aftertaste make this too much of a beer to have more than one or two.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maple brown. There isn't much of an aroma but I do pick up hints of spice.

The taste is a slight bit of spice. Cloves, maybe a bit of nutmeg and brown sugar.

Crisp beer with a very nice finish. Nothing extreme or spectacular. It is just a very nice beer to relax with.
I'll have a few more this winter.

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Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.77/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chestnut brown in color with one finger of creamy pale mocha colored head which falls quickly leaving no lace.

The scent is almost imperceptible to my nose at first but I finally get a very mild belgian yeast and some cloves.

Taste is sweet and nutty to start, with a touch of spice - mainly cloves - to follow and a nice yeasty sour finish. There's a mild smokiness here as well which I'm really enjoying.

Rich medium mouthfeel with light tingly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability is very good.

This beer seems to have characteristics of a brown ale, a winter warmer, and a belgian dubbel but doesn't strike me as being distinctly any one of the three. Whatever it is it exhibits typical Smuttynose quality and is quite delicious. I'll be buying more.

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

Muddy sienna with a modest beige topping.
The nose is weak, but what does appear is solid, with squeaks of dark breads, raisin pudding, fruity yeast esters (a la bruised pears), and dried pine needles.
It begins with a grainy bread notion that sails past carob and cocoa powder as a green apple tartness grabs hold, nearly to it detriment, and then segues into kiwi and date. A slight mineral quality wells up with a nod towards limestone, as this finishes with trace roasted flare-ups, and a parting shot of lime peels. Some vinous qualities arise as it approaches room temperature.
Fairly light bodied, and although the carbonation level pushes towards harsh, it drinks well enough at this point. All told, it's a decent US version of a dubbel.

It should be noted that this bottle is over three months past it's "best by" date. Fresh, I thought this to be a rather one-note brown ale with the vaguest traces of Belgian-ness. Mostly carob and roastiness, verging on chocolate, with little else. Quite astringent too.
The fruitiness has emerged and made this a better beer with a little time, but with the green apple tartness rearing up-- even though what it has added is generally pleasant so far-- I think it will likely go downhill quickly with additional time.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, some Belgian yeast, a little spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of Belgian yeast, caramel, spice, tart fruit and a little chocolate. The hops presence is mild but complimentary. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent representation of style, it might not be your prototypical winter seasonal, but it's still a pretty nice beer. I could certainly drink quite a few of these in an evening.

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

On-tap at Clark's Ale House.

I nice mellow dark Belgian.The flavor isn't too rich or complex, but it's fairly spot on for the Belgian basics. Just sweet, fruit, candy and malt flavors. It's at least as good as Leffe Brune/Brown. If you can find it for a reasonable price, I recommend it.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks brewfan!

Tea-like in appearance with an 1/8" head... Nice cap... murky.
Great swirl. Very nice looking.

Caramel nose with a touch of alcohol. Piney... chocolate and licorice... very sweet... last whiff had a bit of maple.

Creamy smooth palate... the beer glides over the tongue well with a tickle of carbonation on the top of the mouth and back of the throat.

Sweet all over in flavor... maple, cramel-malty... some nice dried fruit.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into pint glass (I made the mistake of assuming this was a winter warmer; else I'd have decanted it to a chalice)

Chestnut brown in color with one finger of creamy pale mocha colored head which falls quickly leaving no lace.

The scent is almost imperceptible to my nose at first but I finally get a very mild belgian yeast and some cloves.

Taste is sweet and nutty to start, with a touch of spice - mainly cloves - to follow and a nice yeasty sour finish. There's a mild smokiness here as well which I'm really enjoying.

Rich medium mouthfeel with light tingly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability is very good.

This beer seems to have characteristics of a brown ale, a winter warmer, and a belgian dubbel but doesn't strike me as being distinctly any one of the three. Whatever it is it exhibits typical Smuttynose quality and is quite delicious. I'll be buying more.

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Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very attractive amber color with a modest head and little notable lacing. A tan halo is left around the edge as the beer drops in the glass.

Smell: Dark fruits and a Belgian yeast element. Sweet rich plum pie and grape jelly, caramel and a earthy attribute accompanies some spices in the nose.

Taste: The taste follows in suit with the aromas. Dark fruits, pie Belgian yeast, bread, pudding, caramel and spices. Simple and tasty. It is not large on any front, just approachable and quaffable all around.

Mouthfeel: Very active carbonation is light and lively on the tongue wile a chewy caramel center thick and viscous slide smoothly through the mouth.

Drinkability: This easy drinking brew is one that will sneak up on you. Increasingly quick to disappear from my glass, it kept beer drawn to my mouth like a magnet.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of rarevos
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into goblet.

A: Pours an opaque garnet with a finger of fluffy, off-white head. Clings to the insides as it recedes, and leaves a foam blanket (solid).

S: Pretty subdued, but you can make out the peppery Belgian yeast, the ripe and juicy plums, a bit of dark cocoa powder,

T/M: Pretty mild, with a wheaty, bready presence, some burnt caramel, some dark fruit, and cocoa powder. Finish is lightly bitter and a little metallic with a sharp edge. Mouthfeel somehow manages to be both syrupy and tingly.

D: Was nice to see a brewery do a winter ale that's not just a cinnamon & nutmeg bomb, and this is pretty solid. It's a nice stab at the style, but it obviously won't displace Chimay Red or Westmalle in the Dubbel camp. Pretty good.

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Photo of
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Clear, brown/copper color. Large, creamy, light tan head.

Sweet aroma, mainly molasses. Coriander and clove. Cotton candy/candi sugar. No hops yet.

Taste quite different. Nicely bitter, herbal/grassy in character. Sweet is 2nd layer of taste - carmelized sugar and raisins. Cedar? Pepper at finish.

Light to medium in body. Medium + carbonation. A bit dry.

Very drinkable. Reminds me of Anchor OSA a bit (2006). Not as spicy, though. A hoppy brown ale with spices.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an deep orange hued mahogany color with a full finger tan head that is keep alive by visible soda-like carbonation.

The spicy malt influence in the aroma is not over done (unlike some winter warmers that I've recently tried.

The mouth doesn't feel as effervescent as it looks, which i tend to enjoy. It has a medium body and a light bite from the hops. Well done... i was almost gun shy to try this one because of some recent experiences.

Some nice lacing present. The flavor is malted and balanced. It ends nice and clean, without lingering. The 6.8% is buried but not lost. Not offensive...i will actually enjoy finishing this one.

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