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

With a rather poor first impression with Smuttynose, and not being a Dubbel fan, I came into this review with low expectations. But, I was pleasantly surprised. Here is my review:

A: Pours a hazy, dark reddish brown. Has a nice glow when held up to the light. Head is just a light ring of roam around the edges. No lacing to speak.

S/T: The aroma is fruity, malty and spicy. A little caramel and brown sugar present. Taste is pretty decent and full, for such a low ABV brew. Lots of caramel and brown sugar upfront. The fruit is right there as well. Some raisin along with apple or maybe pear. A bit of spice in the backend.

M/D: Mouthfeel is pretty light. Somewhat fizzy. Drinks well due to the low alcohol. Not something I would session, but a good starter beer for the night.

I find this beer much more complex and enjoyable than their IPA. Not the best Dubbel around, but still a decent offering from Smuttynose. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Ken_P
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dorianmarley
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose have the best labels, period. They look like ads from a 1960's Esquire.

Appearance is dark brown/red, with a tan pancake head and nice lacing.

Nose is sour and somewhat stale.

Taste is cocoa, toasted malt, and a candy tartness. Tastes like a winter porter, but without the porter mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel is chalky, like crushed cocoa; fades into a nice creaminess. Medium carbonation.

Overall, the smell is wack but the taste is great. A hardy brew for winter months.

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Photo of rydev24
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenjaminBlondbeard
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Winter Ale poured a dark brown from a bottle into my pint glass. A half inch ivory head shrank quickly. In the light the ale is a clean deep ruby brown with sparse but steady bubbles rising to the top.

It doesn't have a strong smell. Some sweet malty notes, caramel, and dark fruit.

Surprisingly it is on the light side of medium bodied beer. There is a nice even carbonation that livens up the intake. It coats the mouth, but is not syrupy. It leaves light lacing on the glass that doesn't stay around for too long.

First tastes are subtle plumb and fig like fruit flavors, and then some sweet roasted malts, with a light hop spice that wraps it all up. The hop spice cuts the sweet malt like a sly bitter ninja; not overpowering, but exacting. It fades away quickly, but lingers in the shadows to enjoy the well balanced finish. The hop and malt flavors linger with now toffee notes, along with the fruit, sweet malt, and very stealthy hop spice.

Not a typical "Winter" ale. I suppose it is more a "Dubbel," as noted in the description on this page. It is very nice for a cold winter night, but not one I would consider for the winter beer hall of fame.

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Photo of Dicers
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

A- Body is a murky medium brownish red hue that pours with a 1-2 finger head. Head fades to a thick collar. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Nose is mild but has the typical spices of a winter warmer with cinnamon and nutmeg faintly noticeable.

T- Flavor has winter ale written all over it. Mild spices suck as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg upfront. These are the highlight of the flavor and you can taste them the whole way through. A hint of floral hops and the associated bitterness afterward.

M- High carbonation and light body with a slightly chalky consistency.

D- This is a good, classic example of a winter/ Christmas beer. Its certainly spiced but not cloyingly so. Worth a try

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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 NiceTaps
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a stand pint glass.

A- Beautiful dark amber color. Tan head, 1f, good sticky lacing.

S-Dark fruits. Sweet breads , too. Red wine like. The aroma grows as the beer warms.

T- Sweet dark malts and fruits. A little bit of chocolate and spice.

M- Full body and good carbonation. Chewy and dry. Mineral aftertaste.

O- I get some of the Belgian Dubbel connection, but I wouldn't go that far. Not too bad, mine may have been served too cold. The mineral feel holds it back.

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Photo of ilthik
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, rich and a little bit sweet with a lingering spiciness. More of a porter than an ale by the look and the feel of it. Not as much of the "winter spice" as other seasonals, but a very enjoyable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of JasonL02
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of arizcards
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Originally reviewed 3-15-15
Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in late December for $1.79. Best by 5/11/15.
Beer poured brown with a tan head that dissipated quickly. 3.25
Nose is pretty non-descript, your base malt nose. 3.25
Taste is OK, carmelized malts and crystal hops lend this brew to be more of an American amber style than a Belgian Dubbel. I am not catching the usual flavors imparted from a Belgian made Dubbel. 3.5
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and more creamy than smooth. 3.5
Overall this is a serviceable brew but nothing special. Glad I had the opportunity to try it. 3.5 (3.43)

RE-review 6-4-17.
Picked up a single (unintentionally) from TW Arrowhead 3-12-17 for $1.49. Best by 5-3-17 but stored in the beer fridge since purchase.
Beer poured brown with a tan head that dissipated quickly. 3.25
Nose has hints of dark fruits. 3.5
Taste has dark fruits and is very bready, almost fruitcake like. 3.75
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not very Belgian like. 3.5
Overall seems i like this better this time around. Not bad, would do again. 3.75

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

Tilted dark with significant white head. Some brown flecks of spice including cardamon and allspice. More spice than yeast aroma. Not that strong alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, cross-style Belgian and winter warmer. Neither hits the spot of either, but certainly not unpleasant.

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

A - Pours a clear amber with a medium to small light tan head.

S - Sweet malty goodness, toffee, spice, citrus.

T - The notes hinted to in the aroma are present in the taste as well. Little sense of hops in there.

M - Medium bodied and creamy with some carbonated crispness.

D - Very drinkable, not overpowering too overpowering. A nice winter beer.

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

12 0z bottle. June '08 poured into SA glass

A: dark amber with 1 finger off white head that never totally goes away. minimal carbonation

S:quite malty, caramel and some dark fruit.

T: right along the same lines as the aroma

M: medium body with some nice creaminess happening. alcohol isn't noticeable at all. very nice mouthfeel

D: very drinkable. I like this Smutty very much.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kbtom71
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajdemma
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet glass with almost no head but a brownish body that light couldn't really penetrate. A rather weak smell, but caramel and vanilla aromas come through with some other light spicing (no real hop or maltiness in the smell). The taste, on the other hand, has a stong malt base. My guess would be roasted (could be some coffee) malts with minimal spices. Very smooth, so low on the hops but some caramel/honey mixed in, with a dash of bread on the backend. A rather full-body, sweet beer that reminded me a little bit of bubblegum.
Not what one would expect from a winter warmer, and a rather simple beer, but I could easily down a few of these one night.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Auburn ale holds a tight bone-white head of maybe 3/4". Medium lace.

Has a Madagascar vanilla aroma with some light cinnamon and coriander and orange peel notes. Smells sweet and mild with a bit of toasty bitterness.

Gooey toffee, caramel, and vanilla are upfront with a backing of citrus peel and wintry spices. Cinnamon and grape and maple and cream soda. Actually, quite the vibe of vanilla cream soda. Toastiness is a secondary element and the hops are very quiet. Just a glass of Christmas-y malty goodness.

Has a spiking carbonation that reaches above the limits of medium. The body is rustled, but allows for some milkiness as it goes down. Pit-of-stomach warmth is very much welcomed as the booze sneaks right past the palate.

What!? This is a Belgian dubbel!? Hey, a good winter warmer this would make, but a dubbel? No dice, grandma.

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Photo of hero27
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle
Best before April 2009

Acquired in trade with IBUnit63, thanks again!

Pours a rich mahogany with a thin head of tan froth.
Aroma of biscuity malt & light spice.
Belgian-inspired candied malts drive the flavor..given a big push by some dark fruit & spicy hops..mild earthy yeast on the back end as well.
A solid winter brew from Smuttynose.

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Photo of Bierleichen
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dexterk1
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance is dark brown and head is light.
Smell is slight caramel and a little bit of toffee. Overall odor is pretty light. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Does not linger long. Not bad, but does not feel substantial.
Taste is pretty good. It is actually a little nutty and satiny smooth. Some hops present at the end. Mostly a light malt flavor prevails.

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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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