Bourbon Barrel Aged Abbey Dubble | Triangle Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Triangle Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by NCSUdo on 11-10-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by NCSUdo:
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery

A: Poured a cola colored brown, slightly hazy, big head that doesn't go away at all. No lacing.

S: Nice, kind of subtle aroma of bubble gum and some dark fruitiness. Really surprised that it had this type of Belgian character but was told it didn't spend a whole lot of time in a barrel. Some hints of bourbon and the slightest vanilla.

T: Nice maltiness up front finishing in a very apparent bourbon character, but no alcohol character. Some wood is apparent as well through out, with some dark fruit up front and slight hop bitterness in the finish.

M/D: Not a lot of carbonation but it still feels creamy in the mouth. A little lighter body than expected. Drinkability on this one is A+. I could have stood around the brewery and downed one after another, it was that damn smooth.

I couldn't give much higher marks due to this beer not having a distinct characteristic (besides drinkability) that just slaps you in the face. However, that should not take away from a beer that I think is really excellent and has a ton of potential if they do decide to keep it in the barrel for a prolonged period of time.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery

Poured a deep amber with a nice 1/2" of head. Smells of fruit and spice, namely apple and clove. First sip gives clove up front with fruit and caramel in the finish. As the beer warms the caramel and fruit become more prominent. This is beer is medium to full bodied and well carbonated. This is one of the better offerings from TBC.

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Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Clear deep Ruby bodied beer with little to no head. The aromas are dark fruit and caramel malt along with some spice. The taste is sweet up front with notes of vanilla and bourbon rather strong. Some alcohol flash hits the tongue mid sip and finally dark fruit and prune notes show with warmth. There is some clove spice from the Belgian yeast as well. The mouth feel was light over all and warmth did it a touch of good, but I think for the style it wasn't too far off. Drinkability probably rates high stylistically, but overall isn't great due to higher abv.

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Photo of Yoda22
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a ruby-tinged russett color; the modest cap fades to a ringlet and leaves an occasional patch behind

Smell: Ckove, bubblegum, caramel and hints of vinous grape, green apple and oak

Taste: The spice is prominent on this beer right up front, with the clove and bubblegum flavors from the yeast joining the vinous grape and tart apple; by mid- palate, a sour element emerges that grows into the aftertaste, along with a caramel undertone; there is a bit of oak but the Bourbon was not distinctive

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Not overly impressed as the beer seems all over the map to my palate

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of atsprings
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Village Draft House, served a crisp dark amber with a diminishing head that left spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma was extremely fragrant with oak dominating and Belgian yeast and dried fruits not far behind. The taste was lots of dried fruits and oak with bourbon more noticeable as it warms. The beer is medium bodied with warming alcohol. This was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of carrollmel7
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Lob
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of wagenvolks
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Village Draft House.

Waitress delivered an amber colored brew with ruby red and darker mahogany creeping in around the edges. Atop it sat a half-inch, cream colored head which coated the glass with lacing and retained exceptionally well. The aroma was difficult to detect, despite the ample foam, and contained notes of grapes, fig, spice, a touch of oak, and some maltiness.

The flavor was good, but only after a few bites of my burger did it really start standing out. A sweet, malty note hit first, balanced by notes of apple, grape, caramel, and some hops. The oak waited until the very end to make its presence felt; acrid, bitter notes of cedar and pine left quite a lasting mouthfeel. I can't say that this beer was exceptional, I was really expecting more with a name like "Bourbon Barrel Aged Abbey Dubble". However, it was quite drinkable despite the high ABV (~7.2%), and went well with my meal.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Bourbon Barrel Aged Abbey Dubble from Triangle Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 13 ratings