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 LutherBrau
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of spedprof
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Smuttynose pint glass

A - pours clear amber with one finger of foam that clings to the glass.

S - I pick up some spicy yeast aroma, with a malty sweetness

T - malty, with a slight hoppy bite. There is a bit of holiday spice, but it is very subdued. definitely on the malty side of the spectrum, with a little yeasty kick.

M - moderately carbonated, decent body.

D - overall a pretty good beer. well put together - nothing seems out of balance here.

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Photo of edchicma
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purs a beautiful dark copper with a beautiful head. Smell is hoppy, fruity..very nice. The taste is a very nice combination of sweetness and tartness. Sweet on the front with a good malt backbone through mid-palate, hoppy light on the finish. Mouthfeel is a similar balance between oily and dry..very good. The drinkabilty factor is high. Overall very smooth with an excellent dry finish.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Troville1990
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ruckus232
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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

Pours a hazy dark brown with a medium sized creamy head.

Smell is heavy on malts with a distinct breadiness. Jelly toast and whipped cream combine with some restrained ripe fruitiness.

Layers of caramel malt and grain mix with a tiny hint of coffee, dark fruits, molasses, and a bit of hop bitterness.

Smooth and rich, perfect for a winter night.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Quafftastic
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- deep dark garnet red when held up to the light, topped with a big belgianese looking tan head. there's already a splattering of lace where the foam (whose surface is becoming increasingly rocky and pitted) has begun to recede. should hold longer for the low abv.

S- toffee and caramel, sugar coated nuts, funky and fruity cherry banana yeast, tart berries, damp wood, a touch of roasted grain, and a bit of peppery spice. some orange, herbal and piney hop aromas as well. if they used a trappist yeast strain, i'm betting it's chimay. a little more power behind the aroma would be even nicer.

T- more roasted malt and hop flavor then i would have expected. nutty, burnt, woodsy, and hoppy blend very nicely together and the hops are laid back enough so as not to be the center of attention. if anything were to stand ahead, i would say it's the roasty toasty malt character and tart fruity flavors, especially in the finish. herbal bitterness kinda creeps in then too, with fruity banana and pepper yeast chillin in the back.

MF- tight fizzy carbonation and a toasty nutty mouthfeel give a solid score to this one and while it's not totally full bodied, it's husky enough to stand against some other high abv versions of the style. coating and resinous on the palate.

D- i don't think i've ever had a 5% dubbel before, but i'm not disappointed with this one. it has some of that belgian flavor and some of that american flavor and a little bit of something mid-atlantic. this one ain't a sipper, and i'm tiltin my tulip up like a champ. definitely worth a try and very unique among the winter ales available to me.

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Photo of sachie23
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a dark mahogany hue with one finger of sudsy khaki head.

Smell -- Toasted grain, caramel, burnt sugar, dates, earthy hops. Far more akin to a Scottish Ale than a Belgian Dubbel. Smells good, but it's not at all to style.

Taste -- Rich malty flavors up front with whole grain toast, brown sugar, dates, and some sweetness from the crystal malt addition. Belgian yeast is present, though not especially forceful in the flavor profile: mild earthiness and clove. Hopping is nice and gentle, lending some earthy/spicy character. Lingering flavors of toasted malt and hay. Again, tastes great, but nowhere near to style.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with ample frothy carbonation. At least it feels like a Belgian Dubbel.

Drinkability -- I really liked this beer. A lot. However, it's not really much of a Dubbel. The Belgian yeast is somewhat detectable, but it drinks more like a Scottish Ale with the toasted and caramelized malt flavors. Had it been called a Scottish Ale, or even a Winter Warmer I would've been glad to give this better scores. Still, it's a tasty beer that I would recommend highly.

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Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy brown with a tan head. Plenty of lacing down the side of my goblet. Aroma of caramel with hints of spice and brown sugar. Belgian yeast is apparent along with a whiff of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and softly carbonated. Grainy and bready malt flavors are combined with hints of dark chocolate. Intriguing yeast influences the flavor throughout. The finish has a light spiciness to it. Very smooth and drinkable for a dubbel. Alcohol isn't overwhelming at 6.8% either. A 'must-try' winter warmer.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a redish hue,and thin tan head. Not much in the way of retention, but good lace. Smell is not strong, and is of malt,and dark fruits. Body is medium to thick,with a bit of carbionation. Taste is dark fruits, up front with a nice hop finish. Nicely warmed in the finish as well.

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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 kkipple
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this at Sam's in Lexington, a new Smutty? Sure!

First off, this ain't a Dubbel - it's an American Winter Warmer if anything... no Belgian yeast character here to speak of.

What a weird one. It's growing on me... a deep red clay color, clear, minimal head after a few moments, no lace. Not much nose cold, but warm it opens up to a fair amount of brown sugar, russet apples, prunes and some vague spice (orange peel, musty pear?) and a touch of nuttiness. A sweet and smooth, easy, fruity smelling beer.

Tastes like.. hm... sweet malt initially, lots of indeterminate spice and esters, but there's some orange in there, some apple and biscuity malt, a slickness on the palate that's strange but not bad, and a good amount of residual sugar. Finishes out sweet (raisins) and roasty with a little citrus-sour. Body is medium with rather predictable carbonation. A fruity, sweeter than average winter warmer.

This is decent. Recommended if you like the style. It's all around a little weird, but don't let that stop ya from trying one.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber bordering on burgandy, with lots of lacing and pretty nice light tan head, down to a thin film. With the aroma and taste, its quite malty, yeasty, biscuts, fruits and clove, a little honey perhaps, everything a good dubbel should have, but, as 'winter ale' would imply, it leans a bit more on certain spices that give it that warmer quality. There is a mild warming, good body, really a good beer and a easy quaffer.

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Photo of fx20736
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack from Wegman's Calkins Rd on 12/15/13.

Poured froma 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at fridge temp.

Appearance: Murky Ochre Brown with honeyed highlights. Thick Khaki head, good lacing.

Aroma: Dates & Figs, Boston Brown Bread

Mouthfeel: a little thin.

Taste: Toasted malt, Brown Sugar, Dates & Figs, grapes.

Notes: very good beer.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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 IrishRedRock
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If this is a Dubbel, it's a unique one. Pours a deep amber with ruby highlights. Nice herbal qualities in the nose, along with a heaping of winter spices - cinnamon, clove, a touch of caramel. Slightly acidic and bitter, with a flavor profile somewhat reminiscent of Anchor OSA. It's that piney, herbal hop profile. Spicy with a solid layering of hops throughout. Carbonation nips the tip of the tongue before fading into oblivious smoothness. A nice seasonal! One I'd certainly go for again.

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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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