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

Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel AleSingle Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale
BA SCORE
3.67/5
1,059 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): 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
Ranking:
#31,824
Reviews:
504
Ratings:
1,059
pDev:
11.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
100
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,059 |  Reviews: 504
Photo of kuhndog
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a sweet mahogany with a light haze. Red glinting highlights and a tan unifrom head that was creamy on top and fell fast. Nose is malty richness, a touch of sweetness, buttered toast, plummy dark fruits and pear.

Drinks rich and fruity. A touch of boozy sweetness that I can see only because it is under carbonated. This beer demonstrates all the interplay and complexity of the style but has no bubbles. Soft sweet bread and luxurious pear. Hops are sweetly herbal and never show off in this beer. They tickle the middle with softness and show up just under the alcohol to bitter the finish. That is skillful attention to this style. Light milky cocoa. Not much bitterness except a short moment of medicinal alcohol to pepper the swallow. Again the only reason I can see that is because it does not have good carbonation. The yeast is nutty and there is light caramel. All the flavors are so perfect! This is exactly the beer that Smuttynose should make over and over until they perfect it. It's got every element of the style and is a handsome dubbel.

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Photo of bigbutter
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fscottkey
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] The bottle has a best by date (05/06/2017). The bottle does not list the ABV. Brown mahogany color with 1 finger of khaki head.

S: [3.75] Leather, banana, brown bread and hints of cocoa.

T: [3.75] Has a Scotch Ale flavor to me. Peat, leather, toffee, cocoa.

M: [3.50] A little under medium body and lower carbonation. Feels a little thin.

O: [3.75] Belgian is a huge gamble for me. I hate Belgian yeast strains. That said this beer has none of that Belgian yeast funk. It is decent. Like I said above - to me this tastes like a Scotch Ale. Not listing the ABV ticks me off. I'd guess 6.6%. I'd drink this again (I wouldn't avoid it) but probably wouldn't search it out either.

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Photo of mpmcguire11
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dudd
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HermitDan
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SydFlash
4.88/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Checks off all the boxes for a good dubbel - most importantly a tasty blend of spices and not too sweet. Very mild bitterness and lingering caramel flavor. I highly recommend.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tall glass: color is amber with copper edges and a bit dense; head is light tan with fine bubbles and some lacing.

Smell is a little sweet, light caramel and toffee, very feint belgian yeast aromas, feint earthy hops.

Taste is similar to the aroma with light caramel and toffee, hints of belgian yeast esters but very subtle. The flavor leans towards dubbel but very light and easy flavors. Bitter dryness appears at the end.

Mouthfeel is sweet upfront, moderate caramel but not quite cloying the dryness is there but still sweeter than anticipated.

Overall a nice ale in the realm of dubbel style but it leans towards the sweeter/less dry side with less pronounced yeast flavors.

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Photo of Paoloboston
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ColSanders123
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

**
12/04/16
Look is Dark dark brown. Off white head.
Aroma is barley, cherry, plum. Doesn’t jump out at you.
Taste is molasses, lots of malt,...aftertaste is burnt sugars.
Feel is heavy, sticky.

Good warming winter beer.
**

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Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VG71
4.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exceptionally good!

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Smuttynose Winter Ale for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. This one isn't to clear on what style it really is, I guess I'll just have to see for myself, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice brown color that took on more of a copper and crimson color when held to the light with a little bit over a fingers worth of bubbly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with a fruit aroma being the first to show up and it imparts a big dark fruit aroma with a little bit of raisins and plums sticking out. Up next comes the malts impart some caramel malt and a little bit of toasted malt aroma with a little more caramel and sweetness coming through at the end. This beer has a nice aroma, but it's not too complex.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's a little more balanced and a little lighter, it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with those dark fruit flavors being thr first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time no single fruit seems to stick out the most. Up next comes some more sweet malts followed by a little more caramel flavors with more bready and grainy malt flavors than there was in the aroma. On the finish there's a little more sweetness with just a little bit of bitterness with a fruity and dark fruit like aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but just like the aroma it lacks complexity.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and solid example of the style, BA says it's a Dubbel and it seems to be close to the style, but without any noticeable Belgian yeast it takes more like an amber or brown ale. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is enough for me, anymore than that and I would start to get bored with it. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, they were both good and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was the lack of complexity, it got to be a little bland. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I can't say I really recommend it. All in all I was nice, but nothing about it made it stand out and it wasn't memorable. It's not a favorite from Smuttynose and it's a little above average for the style. It's solid, but with a little more xomplexity, it could be a very nice beer.

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Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark-ish tawny brown, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like caramel, toffee, slight chocolate, a bit of roasted malt, and very slight hints of Belgian type yeast.

This doesn't feel a whole lot like a dubbel, but luckily it's pretty tasty so I don't really care. Whatever Trappist yeast they used here didn't contribute a lot of character to the beer, maybe some slight clove bitterness, but that's about it. The malt backbone is interesting, though- so that's good. I get some caramel, and toffee, and just a hint of a roasty finish, along with a bit of chocolate, and dark fruit. I enjoyed despite the style bending.

This is medium bodied, with a toasty and somewhat rich mouthfeel, and a good level of carbonation.

A dubbel this is not. I still enjoyed it, though.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not sure I'm in tune with the Belgian dubbel style-ry, as that's one of my favorites, and this bears little resemblance. However, it's not bad, whatever it is. Pours a nice dark brown with thin tan head that eventually fades to a ring. Color is very nice, darker than any dubbel I've seen. Aroma is its weakest area - very flat, with just slight notes of dark fruit and malt sweetness. Nothing bad, just mild. Flavor is much better than the nose, with a medium-light body delivering some nice plums and raisins without ever being dry or astringent. Fairly smooth mouthfeel and decent finish make this okay. I'll try again fresher, since I got this at end of season.

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Photo of kdivers
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skellbop
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fishguyac
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TeamDavey
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent winter seasonal. Pours a deep amber. Mouth feel is full bodied without being extremely thick. Taste is warm and mellow. A fine amber that manages to evoke a Belgian without distracting spices or roastyness.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: opaque; cola brown with lighter brown at the edges; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 1 finger khaki head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: more floral than anything else; a bit of dark fruit in the background;

T: dark fruit for a moment, then somewhat medicinal; mild bitterness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: even after warming, not the aroma or flavor I would expect from a dubbel;

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Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,059 ratings
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