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

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

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Proteus93 on 01-23-2008

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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 69
Reviews by mrterdferguson:
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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 HerbMeowing
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle, thanks to mntlover, pours a murky brown with a creamy beige head that retains well at two fingers. Sheets and curtains of lace adorn the goblet.

Aroma of toasted caramel and herbal and citrusy hops.

Medium body supports a moderate carbonation.

Taste has a nutty, toasted brown bread maltiness that is accented by bitter herbal hops. Not really dry, and the hops are balanced well by a pronounced toasty malt profile. Hints of dark dried fruits with a kiss of dark chocolate add plenty of depth. More of a hops presence than I'm accustomed to for this style.

Very drinkable if you appreciate a hops presence in a Dubbel.

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Photo of Mealy58
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Aldebaran
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
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 stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Mountain- Evil 8

A- Dark murky brown with a very thick frothy head. Thick messy lacing.
S- Very sweet brown sugar, citrus, roasted malt, and bread.
T- Thick sweet sugar/ brown sugar. Bread crust, orange rind, cherries, licorice, pepper, and herbal Ricolah cough drops.
M- Very thick and very sweet. Big maltiness throughout with a touch of alc. poking through.

Overall- A good nightcap type of beer. Very sweet though.

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Photo of asabreed
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: a frothy off-white head covers this cherry-colored brew, or maybe a darker amber with a bit of haziness to it. Nice retention and lacing.

Smell: A bit of nice dark fruit seems to be there, but there's a weird charred or roasted malt thing going on here, almost like a RIS, that takes away from it and lends a kind of odd character to the aroma. Unless it's just way over-hopped, which I also get a sense of possible. But something's off.

Taste: The taste is a bit better, sans charred malt or over-hopping, but still I feel like the true essence of the Dubbel is just too buried right now. Finish is herbal, bitter, with decent dark fruits coming through, then the raucous pungency of over-charring or over-hopping. I've said it too much...

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy with good carbonation and a medium body. Along with nice coating sans being cloying.

Drinkability: There's a more rough-around-the-edges aspect of this brew that I just can't get around. It's almost over-hopped or there was some kind of charred or roasted malt that was used that doesn't seem to let the seemingly authentic Belgian flavor through. Glad I only got a single bottle overall. Maybe some age will do something?

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by August 2010 (I am, just barely)

Poured into a Chimay goblet (branded glassware...sue me). So far, so Belgian--the light tan head is a creamy one. Not ultra thick but lasts a good while. The color is a burgundy that can't decide if it's leaning toward a leathery brown or rusty red. Lots of lace. Very dubbel-ish, so Blue Mountain got this part of it down.

Mostly fruity nose, lots of cherry, plum and grape/raisin, slightly musty and very faint trace of mineral. Not much sign of the yeast, but then the label says "a unique strain of brewers' yeast," so maybe they didn't even use an authentic Belgian strain. Doesn't smell like they did.

Although the flavor is big and has complexity, things are just a tad off balance. But, I'm not really minding that much, as this is rather bold, no doubt interesting, and very flavorful. Clearly American in its one-two punch approach, let's look at it for what it is: grassy hop bitterness is unexpected but does well here; milk chocolate spikes out more than in typical Belgian dubbels; dark herbal tea; hints of brown sugar; lots of juicy darker fruits (par for the course); alcohol is a touch medicinal; mineral, tartness and greenness/astringency in the finish.

Very smooth texture here, much like a dubbel from the homeland, even if the bitterness in the flavor says otherwise. I mean, reallly smooth. Silky, creamy, round, robust body. Mmmm.

So, okay, not exactly a doppelganger for the real Belgian dubbel, but a cool American approximation. All but the most insane style-fascists will get something out of this. How is it I've lived in Virginia for 9 years and am just discovering this rather excellent brewery? (Rhetorical question, people...I don't expect you to have the answer. I sure don't.)

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Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, provide a while back by blackie

consumed during 2nd half of ND-Nevada. paired with some local cheese of the goat

appearance: poured into an unmarked chalice, very nice looking...cola-mahogany body, creamy beige cap with full retention. natural light reveals garnet hues

smell: aroma is well within expectations of the style - earthy sweet malts, raisin and brown sugar crusted dates, plum, pruins, vanilla

taste: pretty acceptable american dubbel - not too heavy, plum and pruins provide nice sweet flavors, smooth malt base, brown sugar, dates, raisin.

mouthfeel: medium body, alcohol is slightly felt, creamy, active carbonation creates a lively mouthfeel

drinkability: good

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Photo of hyoung41
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cliff1066
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ordybill
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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 tabascosigned
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a DEEP clear amber, with a finger of frothy light caramel colored head. Creamy wisps coat the surface, staying rich, and slathering the sides of the glass with spotty lace. The aroma is sugary dough, toffee, cherries & oranges, deep yeast, a bit of spice, and some light heat. Nice.

The taste is bread, sugar, fruity esters, candy, and spice. Bitterness and dusty yeast finish this with a steady spicy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bubbly and lively carbonation up front, that then gets a little sharper towards the back. This nicely meshes well with the moderately intense finish on this. Alcohol is fairly well hid for the most part.

This was solid. Nothing really earth shattering in the flavor department, but I did like that this was a little more hop forward than you would expect for the style. A pleasant sipper.

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Photo of hophugger
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

S = I picked up dark fruit with notes of caramel and toasted biscuit.

T = Nice maltiness with caramel coming through. There was a slight bitterness in the end, but once it disappeared, I was left with a toasted biscuit finish.

MF = Moderate carbonation and creamy.

Overall, I felt this was a nicely balanced Belgian-Style Dubbel and my hat is off to brewmaster Taylor Smack.

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Photo of bum732
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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 Marraybay
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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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Evil 8° Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
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