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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1,068 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:
#32,006
Reviews:
506
Ratings:
1,068
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
105
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,068 |  Reviews: 506
Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
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 +4.9%
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 +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skellbop
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fishguyac
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TeamDavey
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
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 CTHomer
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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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Photo of zinklesmesh
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Practically the perfect winter beer. Pours a nice caramel brown. Minimal head. Smells like dark, dank malts. The taste is big and smooth and delicious. Roasty, chocolatey, tasty malts with a little bit of balancing hop crispness. Warms me with every sip. Kinda reminds me of some Samuel Smith beers.

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Photo of kinmundy77
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sunsjammer
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptonPoker
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RockyCoast
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
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 +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | 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 6thstreetbrewpub
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeRose
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +18.8%
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 +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Tom_Gilman
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbyrd4088
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Single Digit Dubbel Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,068 ratings
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