Evil 8° Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Evil 8° Belgian-Style Dubbel AleEvil 8° Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale

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Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of off white head that lasted an average amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of dark fruits, malt, yeast, sugar, and spices.

T: Tasted of some mild candi sugar notes, light spices (cloves, mostly), light malt notes, lots of dark fruit (raisins, figs), Belgian-style yeast, and a nice tinge of bananas. A pretty solid flavor that's heavier on the dark fruits than anything else. Could have been bolstered a little, but that's not a huge problem.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer has its issues, but still manages to be pretty drinkable. Worth a try.

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Photo of Pantalones
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last bottle from a six-pack I had a while back, which hung around a little longer in the fridge than I had planned due to me being sick for a couple weeks. Still within "best by" period (the date is July 3rd, 2016), though, and going by the technically-past-date bottles I had last year this isn't really a beer that's hurt by a bit of age, so that shouldn't be a problem.

Color is very, very dark brown -- once in the glass it looks almost black except for some visibly dark-brown bits around the edges. Shining a light through makes it look dark red, and also reveals that there are quite a bit of tiny little bubbles rising up from the bottom constantly. Decent layer of light tan foam at first, which shrinks away pretty quickly; after a few minutes it's down to a thicker ring around the edge and some thin "islands" of foam on one side.

Smell is sweet and dark-bready right away, with some noticeable yeastiness in there too when I take another sniff. Occasionally I get a slight whiff of an almost maple-syrup-like sweetness even from a little distance away. A tiny bit of a banana-yeast thing occasionally, fading away a bit as time goes on and being replaced with more of a spice sort of thing. It's a very pleasant smell all around.

Taste is similar to the smell but stronger and mixed around a bit, with the sweet fruity (maybe plum-like?) yeastiness coming in first followed by some nice toasty dark bread afterward. I picked up a tiny bit of a banana-like thing in the smell but am not really getting that in the taste at all. Almost a little roasty, definitely some very dark malt involved. Maybe a bit of spice in there too, I'm noticing on my second and third sips; there's definitely something else in there mixing in with the bready flavors after the initial sweet-fruity-yeasty burst. There's a lingering bready, almost savory flavor that hangs around a bit. Burps are an interesting fruity sort of thing, a blend of the various yeast flavors (including the banana I got in the smell but not the taste, interestingly.) Overall very tasty. I had mixed feelings toward a few of the bottles from this six-pack but I'm liking this so much that I suspect it was down to my taste buds rather than the beer itself.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice too. Not super bubbly (definitely not anywhere near "prickly"), and not even anywhere in the neighborhood of watery -- this definitely has a more substantial feel to it, maybe even bordering on sticky from the sweetness at times but never really in a bad way. Not noticing any warmth or "burn" from the alcohol despite the beer being near 8% ABV. Overall the feel doesn't stand out as much as the flavor but is still nice.

Overall a very nice beer in pretty much every area; probably the closest thing I could find to a weak point was the fairly small and short-lived head of foam, which some Belgian/Belgian-style beers tend to have *a lot* of. It was definitely a pleasant surprise to find one of these still in my fridge (nearly forgot I still had one after being sick and/or recovering from surgery most of this month!)

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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle recently purchased but a little past its BB date anyway.

Look: Dark brown; nearly opaque. A little sediment at the bottom, with most added in the pour. Adequate size head (less than a finger) with good retention and leaves spotty lacing

Aroma: raisins and other dark dried fruits.

Flavor: Relatively strong flavor for style. Lightly sweet from start to finish with some earthy hops and spicy yeast.

Feel: medium body and lively but soft medium+ carbonation.

Overall: a decent dubbel, but certainly no match for a good number of fine dubbels from Belgium.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

This brew is dark, a little hazy, raisin colored, and nearly headless.
It smells crisp, of sweet fruit and spice, with a Belgian yeast smell that's hard to describe.
First sip is surprisingly smooth, almost viscous, slides right down with some moderate carbonation.
I taste some fig, dark fruit, and candy banana, thanks to the yeast. There is a spice hint reminiscent of... homemade egg nog? (wha...?!) Quite malty with a noticeable alcohol presence.

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Photo of jspaner
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark, hazy, cola-like brown into my pint glass. A slight, thin layer of tan head appears, then quickly dissipates, with very little lacing. The smell has spices and dark fruits (raisins, figs), but not overly strong. The taste is sweet & slightly prickly, then follows up with some faintly sour notes; roasty, spicy & slightly chocolaty. It's pleasant and subtle. Mouth feel is smooth & enjoyable, with good balance, light carbonation. Goes down easy. It's good tasting, easy to drink, well-balanced, but nothing extraordinary about this.

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Photo of Zebulan
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Darker than amber; almost black with thin white head.
S: Spice; sugar and candy sweet smell; maybe a faint plum or fig smell.
T: Sweet taste that does not over power. A spice or clove taste is pretty mellow.
F: Smooth and sweet in the mouth and not bitter at all.
O: I don't drink this style often and am not familiar with what it should be but I do like this. Great warming beer for the winter and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a basic Dubbel.

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Photo of whitetale
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber color. Nice white head. Good lacing lingers.
Aroma is Belgian - some spice and banana.
Taste follows the aroma - sweet, banana, and clove. Very satisfying. Mild sweetness lingers.
Mouth feel is very good. Light carbonation. Smooth.
Overall, a nice Belgian dubbel. I enjoyed this. Let it warm and the flavor really comes out. A good beer for sipping on a cold night. Another good one from Blue Mountain.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown: Somewhat subdued head (less than a finger); Fairly good lacing

Smell: Burnt Candi sugar: Maybe some fruit.

Taste: Pretty sweet flavor profile from start to finish; Perhaps some spice in there
as well. Maybe a metallic hint once or twice.

Feel: medium

Overall: As a fan of sweet beers, I enjoyed this one, particularly once I was several
ounces in. (Perhaps warming helped.) Would have again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a finger high and mocha in shade. It has a very soft texture, but underwhelming retention. Some thick lacing sticks to the glass. (3.25)

Smell: At first, it has a unique spice note - think sesame seed, or even ginger. And then it develops powerful notes of milk chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruits. Some of the spices return after a while, being joined by some pumpernickel bread. It really smells rich and dessert-like - complex too. Needless to say, I'm impressed. (4)

Taste: It almost tastes like a Belgian-style porter - the first flavor is a combination of chocolate and caramel, with touches of dark fruit and bread finishing it off. It tastes solid, but this doesn't have the defined complexity of the best Belgian dubbels. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: The body is medium and the carbonation is average. It's sweeter finishing than the Belgian mainstays, though. It just isn't as effortless as it should be. On the other hand, it is decently rich. (3.25)

Overall: This is a nice beer, but it isn't wowing me. I just need some more defined flavors and a more lively feel. Makes a nice dessert beer, though. (3.5)

3.58/5: Even if it isn't comparable to the best Belgians, it still works well

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Photo of ordybill
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coffee black color, poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Has a small off white colored head. Has a thick malt based porter flavor. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly viscous deep nearly black with a medium dark tan head. Aroma and Taste is sweet dark toasted malt, Belgian yeast, some notes of dark dried fruit, plums raisins mild bitterness. A medium body, smooth mouth feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Finishes with a sweet dark mild roasted caramel malt, notes of dark dried plummy fruit and raisin a bit of tart Belgian yeast with a mild bitterness on the end. Overall a very nice tasty drinking brew.

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Photo of Act25
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good tripel, received in craft pack from WFM.

A: Pours a burnt walnut color with a frothy beige head that retains well and leaves plenty of lace all the way.

Smell: Dark dried fruit, primarily raisins and prunes, yeast, with grassy background.

Taste: Follows smell, with dark fruit, up front, and a bready, yeasty core. Good tickler hops balance the sweetness. In the finish, the sweet malt elements win and blend with the tingly herbal/bitter character.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a little warmth.

Drinkability: Meditation beer. I savored mine. Well made.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a week or so ago at the ShopRite Liquors in Wharton. I never had this before and hadn't had anything from the Blue Mountain Brewery and although I wasn't expecting this to match up to anything from Europe, I was hoping that this would be a lighter, easier version of this style to quaff. There was more than enough here to satisfy those requirements as this beer was nice to kick back with on a humid night such as this one!

This had a good pour to it, as the frothy, soft head and the dark, garnet edges to the liquid gave this brown beer a nice lift. The bubbles settled pretty quickly but there were nice rings of lacing that more than made up for it. Not a strong aroma to this but there was enough sugar and dark fruit present to give me an idea of what kind of beer this was. No, this wasn't that strong in the alcohol department and no, there wasn't a lot of yeast to complement everything else...but both were present and went along with the cherry and underlying dark fruits that made this beer so open to enjoyment. The mouthfeel was somewhat full but had a bit too much syrup to it, but it went along with how subdued this felt to the taste.

The alcohol was present after I polished this off but not via the taste and the slight mineral hardness of the water was what lingered in the aftertaste once the yeast, booze, and flavors wore off. If it was possible to brew a mountain-style beer without the grain and with a good European influence, it would taste a lot like this. Not anything to rush out and buy but those looking for a "light Dubbel" would be wise to start here. There was enough to like here without an overriding sweetness and this stayed true to form from start to finish. Fun stuff!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer review #666, poured into a snifter

A- pours a chestnut brown color with a creamy light cream colored head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lace behind

S- candied dark fruit, buiscity malt, dark cherry juice and caramel

T- dark cherry flavor with a slight tartness, sugary malt that finishes buiscuity with some herbal notes

M- medium body with light carb, slightly foamy mouthfeel with a crisp, dry finish

O- well constructed and easy to drink, doesn't compare to the world class Belgian examples but definitely worth a try

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Photo of obywan59
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a 1 1/2 finger tannish head that recedes leaving light lacing and a ring around the glass.. Held up to a light, the beer develops a reddish hue that's almost vinous.

Dark chocolate and caramel. Coffee and dark fruits. Smokey.

Sweet burnt malt with dark fruit and spice.

Medium full in body with both light pepper and light syrup. Smoothly warming.

Very pleasant and tasty. A good winter warmer.

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a chalice a burnt orange infused lighter aber shade with a creamy off white head that leaves a nice full ring of lace as it settles.Alot of dark fruit in the nose along with a bit of caramel toffee and mild phenol spice.A little yeasty on the palate with a decent amount of clove spice to go along with alcohol dipped dark fruit and some breadiness in the finish.Not bad maybe a little heavy heanded in the yeast flavors but it's a nice sipping dubbel.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: deep red, just shy of opaque; no head as poured; fading soapy lacing
S: malty, cocoa, grassy
T: malt, cocoa, coffee, mineral, and grass similar to a farmhouse ale, slightly apple-y aftertaste
M: full-bodied, smooth, coating
O: Well-constructed. For those looking for more of a rough-shod mountain ale with a nod to an ancient tradition, this is an excellent choice. Clearly not sessionable, per se, but you could enjoy an imperial pint or two with good friends and be the better for it.

20oz / Pint Glass / VGP, MD

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured enjoy by May 2014 12oz bottle into New Belguim globe

A-Pours a lovely deep, dark amber with a lively white head that fades. Minimal lacing.

S-Aromas are caramel, biscuit, clove, raisin, coriander, and other spices. Very delightful

T-Flavors are very spice forward with some bread and sweet caramel malts and finally a tangy dark fruit aftertaste with a slight back of the tongue tartness.

M-Mouthfeel is medium body, fluffy carbonation, spicy and a fruity finish.

O-Overall great beer was quite surprised. This the first beer I've had by BMB very impressed.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Chimay chalice.

I wanted to put together a Virginia-heavy box for a trade, so I picked up a sixer of this, with the convenient ulterior motive of being able to try it myself. It pours a clear golden-garnet (there's a combination for ya!) topped by a half-finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises Belgian candi sugar, light fig, graham cracker, a pinch of clove, and an undercurrent of dark tobacco. The taste does away with the greenery and maintains the rest on cruise control. There's an addition of some extra clove and a hint of banana peel, as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a subpar dubbel, one that lacks a lot of yeasty characteristics I enjoy from the style, and one that just comes across too muddled for its own good.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a decent head that persists a bit. Minimal lacing on the glass walls. Aroma is sweet - Belgian candi sugar and maybe a hint of caramel. Fairly light on the tongue for a dubbel. Flavor is pleasant with sweet flavors dominating from front to back - candi sugar maybe on the front and a hint of chocolate on the back.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA

A: Pours a relatively clear medium to dark garnet reddish brown in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of malts with some dark fruit sweetness (fig really stands out for me) with some lighter amounts of spices (cinnamon and clove) and just a hint of floral hops. There is only a touch of the traditional Belgian yeast aromas.

T: Upfront there are some dark fruit malts flavors with fig standing out and moderate amounts of candi sugar contributing to the sweetness. There are lighter notes of spices - cinnamon and clove - as well as Belgian yeast. Very light hints of floral hops which contribute no bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Nice amounts of complexity and traditional Dubbel flavors are present in this brew and the alcohol is pretty well hidden in most aspects. I enjoyed this brew and would suggest that it is worth trying for most folks. I like the spice elements with the cinnamon and clove, though I might have detected a hint of cardamon but that was really buried in the aftertaste and well after I finished the beer.

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Photo of bum732
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Caramel candy with some breadiness, some cinnamon and clove, faint cardamom.

L: Fairly clear, reddish brown, white creamy head that dissipates.

T: Slight fruitiness with belgian yeast flavors up front. Candy sweet malt with medium bitterness, spicy. Finishes semi-sweet with additional clove and cardamom spiciness.

M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

Not bad, a little sweet for the style, but decent flavors all around.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - dark purple/brown hue with minimal head and retention. Disappointing for the style.

S - there it is the dubbel belgian is back. Very nice complex scents of fig, floral and spice. very good for an american made dubbel

Taste - Very suprisingly good and well represented for the style. Tastes like is smells. At 7.7% its very easy to drink and seems alot lighter than it is.

Mouthfeel - Feels watery and light for the style.

Overall - I think this is a very good American attempt at a complicated to duplicate Belgian style. I tip my hat to Blue Mountain. I thought this was quite impressive effort and well crafted.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing one of the Blue Mountain year-rounders.

A - Pours an attractive dark reddish brown (almost a cherry cola color). Head pours thick but dissipates to almost nothing. Very little lacing.

S - Candy sugars, spices, dark fruits, yeast...generally sweet and dark.

T - Nice candy sugar sweetness merges with the noticeable malts to form a nice balance. Definitely can pick up some of the dark fruits, alcohol heat, and spice. Sweet and refreshing in that Belgian sort of way.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, and nice drinkability.

O - Blue Mountain's Evil 8 is a tasty and drinkable dubbel style ale. It's not a true dubbel, but is well worth your time and effort. A nice six-pack to pick up.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft 10/13 at The Green Leafe Cafe in Williamsburg, VA
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, deep cooper/slight burnt orange color with a 1/4 inch of khaki head. Head hangs on, recedes to a film and leaves a nice sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is honey, caramel malts, and yeast.

T: Taste is honey in the forefront, very light but pleasing that mingles in with caramel malts. Middle is filled with a slight bready, yeast. Fruitiness comes through with an aftertaste of mango and tangerine.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily and rich body.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, somewhat filling, decent kick, nice representation of style. Not a typical Dubbel, and not what I expected, but was surprising pleased and could have easily had a few more of these.

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Evil 8° Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
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