Winter Solstice Dubbel | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 29
Photo of Lucular
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a great example of a Belgian dubbel. The 7.5% alcohol is well hidden behind layers of dark fruit, vanilla, and oak. Not too sweet or cloying at all.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the source.
Rich mahogany color with a decent tan head that persists. Rich caramel and dark dried fruits, raisin and prune with plenty of clove and earthy yeast to balance. Faint alcohol warming. Pretty tasty dubbel.

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Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brewpub during SGBC's 15th anniversary party.

A - Pours hazy brown, with reddish tinges around the edges, with a creamy one finger tall off white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of candied sugar, dark fruits, clove, banana, and some light spice makes up most of the nose. This one smells pretty sweet with some interesting flavors.

T - Taste is pretty much the same as the nose. Starts off with quite a bit of candied sugar sweetness slowly giving way to a mix of dark fruits and the typical belgian yeast flavors of clove, banana, and spices. A light chocolaty flavor creeps in as it warms up. Finish is mostly just sweetness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly boozy feel that lingers on the pallet long after each sip.

O - I have had this one a few times now. I will never say that I love it but it is yet another solid offering from Selin's Grove. I suggest you try it for yourself, especially if it is near the solstice.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet, this brew appears a hazed brown with a creamy tap cap atop about a finger strong. As it slowly fades, it leaves a webby pattern of lacework as finger-like strings across the glass.

The smell of this brew initially hints towards Belgian candy sugar. A bit of yeast character evolves smelling of clove, banana and spices. A touch of chocolate malt inclusion brings up the back with another sweet suggestion almost reminiscent of original bubblegum.

The taste initially is spicy with cloves. The yeasty aspect gives way to hints of Belgian candy sweetness that are well integrated with faint chocolate malt character. A bit of herbal hop inclusion provides enough bitterness to keep the residual sweetness at bay. Just like the aroma suggested, there is a light note of bubblegum throughout the profile that leads into some spicy warming alcohol. It displays a mild grassy aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a smooth feel and modest amount of carbonation. Bold inclusion of alcohol produces a pleasant warmth that is overall well integrated. This is a very well done and unique take on the style. Worth a try if you get the chance.

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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A goblet served at the brewpub on a Sunday morning.

A: The dubbel is a ruddy brown hue, a fully haziness that comes close, but not quite, to being opaque. A small head was present when the glass arrived but it didn't linger.

S: Dark fruits and candi sugars drive the full aroma. Caramel and biscuit malts provide a strong support for the richness of the candi sugars and yeast.

T: Raisiny and rich, the dubbel nails the dark fruit aspect. Raisins, figs, dates, all darker fruits that benefit from both the yeast and the candis. Darker caramel malts add gravitas to the ale, a support for the sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is clean, a sweet plodding body that has plenty of fruit to go around.

D: A stronger ale, it came in a smaller glass. That aided me, helping me get through it quickly and cleanly. I stuck to one glass but, with the normal variety of SGBC, I can't say that I'd go for another.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown color with a bit of a mahogany hue. Moderate head that doesn't bring much lacing with it. Smells like dark fruits and a bit of caramel and toffee. A bit of light booze. Taste is dark fruit, dates, and a bit of caramel. Moderate body with good carbonation. Overall, just a fairly plain version of the style without much oomph in any department.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip.

Clear cherry red/brown pour. About half a finger of foam retains decently. Small bits of lacing stick.

Spicy, somewhat metallic nose. Sort of perfume-y, with a lot of dark fruits, like plums, raisins, and red apples. Reminded me a lot of potpourri.

This beer really tasted like Allagash Dubbel to me. Dark fruits, spice, maybe some brown sugar and chocolate. Somewhat dry, medicinal finish.

Medium bodied with a spicy tingle. Wasn't sure of the ABV at the time, but it was never noticeable. Fairly easy drinker, just not a very exciting one.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown with an off white head that disappeared quickly

S - plums and raisins come through with hints of chocolate as well

T - the taste is all over the place, raisins and some hints of citrus with a bit of alcohol warming at the finish

M/D - medium bodied and lots of flavor. This is definitely one to try along with the tripel

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Photo of Deuane
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub on the 2008 Solstice release/12th Anni. party. This is a slight tweak of the old recipe with the addition of just a touch of star anise.

A-Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. A creamy medium light tan head reduces to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

S-Leather, plums, raisin, spicy esters. This is a very complex brew. Notes of apple come through in the background.

T-Dry fruit of apple and plum. A pungent spicy zing punches through. Subtle hint of licorice. So complex, this one gives your palate a workout! Bright citrus notes of lemon and orange in the background. This is simply fantastic. A nice dry leathery ending.

M-Medium bodies with tons of lingering flavour. A creamy feel with a dry finish.

D-Simply spectacular! So complex and wonderfully delicious. Hits the mark for me, only the ABV might slow you down. Easily one of the best dubbels I have ever had.

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Photo of DIM
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This one is a somewhat cloudy dark copper color with amber highlights. It pours with a smallish white head.

s: The yeasts smell of tart raisins and have a bready quality. The alcohol reminds me a bit of sherry.

t: This was an interesting dubbel. It seemed at times to be sour and at other times to be sweet. The taste of rasins was the most obvious. It had a dry, floral finish that left a nice warming alcohol in its wake.

m: The carbonation that wasn't visible makes itself known here. This is thick, lush and foamy.

d: My buddy and I had no problems getting through this one. Even after 2 pints each, we both wanted more. I'll say it again. If you ever find yourself anywhere near Selin's Grove, make the trip. This place is an absolute jewel.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Selin's Grove on 1/19/08. Served in a SGB goblet.

A - Deep plum-colored body with ample off-white head that fully diminished and left no lacing.

S - Spicy Belgian yeast with toffee notes and dark fruits - plums and raisins. Some chocolate sweetness in there as well.

T - Starts off with a spicy frutiness, followed by a toffee sweetness with some chocolate notes, and finishes pretty sweet and mellow. I also taste raisins in the mix.

M - Full-bodied, creamy texture. Spicy on the palate. Not overly carbonated for a Belgian style ale. Really smooth with only minimal prickle on the tongue.

D - Quite drinkable for a dubbel. ABV remains well-concealed. Nicely balanced and incredibly smooth.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a deep, very dark brown with a thin off-white head that retained fairly well and left some decent lacing. Aroma is sweet candied sugars, spices, and deep notes of dark fruits.

Taste profile matches the aroma. Heavy with rich notes of sweet toffee, lively spices, and sour dark fruits (most notably plums & cherries). The mouthfeel is more of a light medium and made for a very mellow mouthfull that flowed over the tongue.

I always look forward to the release of this Anniversary Dubbel each year. It's just one of those deep, dark beers that you can hunker down over, sip, and stare into while the cold winter wind whistles outside. I just wish that it was brewed as often as their equally great Stealth Tripel.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler my wife graciously picked up for me from the brewpub.

The beer as described on the Selins Grove Website: "This blended ale was brewed in the style of a Belgian Dubbel and celebrates our 10th anniversary, which coincides with the Winter Solstice. This is a special year for us so we aged a Dubbel batch brewed on our old system in 2003 and have blended it with this years batch. A tawny brown beer that is soft and malty on the palette with hints of toffee and spice."

My swingtop growler released a huge pop when opened for the first time with this treat inside. The beer poured a deep golden brown color with a thick and active tan head. The beer had a sweet malty nose with a touch of spice to it. The taste was sweet with hints of toffee and a not of the higher abv. This beer has a very solid body and leaves a lasting sweet, candy sugar taste on the tongue and mouth. I know for sure that I will be finishing this growler in a day or so as it is a very enjoyable beer to drink.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy reddish amber colour with a nice head and good lacing. The aromas are very fruity and yeasty. Wheaty as well. This is very reminiscent of the excellent Trois Pistoles, or a better, more pumped up version of Chimay Blauw. The taste follows suit, and this one is all about the yeasty/wheaty Belgian flavors. Dark fruits mingle with a bit of spice, and some chocolate on the finish. The hops are there but are green and hide in the background. The finish is sweet, and lingers on. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and drinkability is very good. wow, a great Dubbel from this little US brewpub. Nice.

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Winter Solstice Dubbel from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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