St. Idesbald Dubbel | Brouwerij Huyghe

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St. Idesbald DubbelSt. Idesbald Dubbel
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St. Idesbald DubbelSt. Idesbald Dubbel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 06-04-2003

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of desint
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stcules
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monk's robe brown color, beige foam, scarce, and quickly vanishing.
Smell: cane sugar, red fruit, dark malts, a light toasted note.
Taste: sugary start, but it leaves space to a relatively finishing dryness.
Again fruit, and a decent caramel and malt.Carrob hints, in the adìftertaste too, aftertaste that is fruity and sugary, but with a bitter herbs note, peculiar and not unpleasant.
Not a masterpiece, but not bad.

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Photo of Rivoire
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of geryeb624
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of SVD
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Sludgeman
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of BartMcStout
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of marvmoreno
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark red color. One inch head of an off-pink color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, slight hop, yeast, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of wheat, hint of hop, hint of citrus, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance with a decent aroma. The body is too muted though.

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Photo of bala747
4.26/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Brauhaus, one of Singapore's best places that serve beer from pretty much anywhere in the world.

A: Poured into a St Idesbald chalice, deep rich brown colour, looked like tawny port wine. The disappointing thing was the really small head which fizzled out pretty quickly.

S: Lots of cherries, raisins and grapes and brandy. Smelled a lot like fine tawny port. Almost no smell of alcohol, despite being a pretty hefty 8% abv. Lots of complex, fruit esters make this beer a really sweet-smelling beer.

T: Faintly sweet, with some hint of alcohol, could taste some yeast and mild hops.

M: Rich buttery mouthfeel, that hides that 8% abv really well. It felt like eating raisin bread. Very thick and almost chewy.

D: There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. This beer was rich, and flavourful, and might be a bit over the top in terms of flavour that I had to take half a point off for. There were too many good things competing for my attention that I couldn't do justice to, hence although I could down a couple of these, any more would leave me feeling like I have just eaten a 5 course dinner and been drinking port wine throughout. Still, a fantastic beer.

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Photo of basica
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark ruby brown into my Chimay goblet with a ballooning large tan head and a fair bit of sediments (4)

S - Aromas of yeast and some dark fruits; pleasant nose but a tad too mild (3.5)

T - Brown sugar sweetness upfront followed by an explosion of dark fruits with notes of dates, plums and berries; malts and spices were then reviewed in the middle, lasting towards the finish which was rasiny and slightly sour (4.5)

M - Body leans towards light and considered a little thin for a Dubbel style brew; moderate carbonation, going down with a watery-creamy smoothness and slight dryness. (3.5)

D - Definitely drinkable and very sessionable for me as I'm a fan of dark fruity Belgian ales; admittedly a slight bias here (4.5)

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl Posh bottle, best before Apr 2011, poured into a Westmalle chalice in Aug 2010. Yet again a beer from this brewery flew out the bottle taking all the sediment into the glass, I hate that!

This had been stored for over a year upright and in the dark, moved carefully the day before opening for chilling, it still outloaded all the sediment into the glass, it took ages to settle down.

Once settled the beer looked fine, a dark brown, deep ruby red colour, the tanned head was full and deep.

The smell was of old coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste was a strange semi-sour coffee flavour, yet with a sweeter aftertaste, as the chocolate hints took over.

Not the creamiest or richest dubbel, but an OK beer, pity about the exploding sediment eruption into my glass.

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Photo of Voss
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in colour with a yellowish head, averagely persistent. Not a piercing aroma, some caramel, fruit and maybe a hint of rum. Taste is dominated by herbal elements, something that strongly remembers of liquors like "Amaro", toasted, coffe like and tart. Low carbonation, sip after sip the taste gets more rounded as the mouthfeel does, staying always at a medium level. Not so bad but I don't like it so much. Better drinked with your dinner than alone. Maybe I will have another one. Maybe.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at In 't Spinnekopke in Brussels, the menu called this "Brune." The website also calls it a Brune, although the label on the site clearly reads "Dubbel." Go figure. In any event, it came out a cloudy brown under a one finger beige head that settled slowly but left no lace. It showed an enticing nose of spiced caramel, more tart than sweet. The mouth is well-carbonated and light. Nicely blended sweet caramel malt and coriander. The hops are weak, really only providing background noise. A bit of tartness shines through in the finish. Very nice.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, as St. Idesbald Dubbel. Some say this is the same beer as Duinen Dubbel. ABV was 8%. Bought in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Pours deep copper coloured with floaties, large off-white head. Sweetish malty aroma with caramel and some oak. Flavour is malty sweet and spicy with plenty of caramel, some hops, oak and alcohol in the finish. Moderately warming mouthfeel. A bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this Belgian brew the same day as I visited the Lowenbrau, just had to pop into the Heritage to finish the day off! Tease ordered this brew, but I just had to review it myself.

Poured a dark amber brown with plenty of yeast floaties into the St Desbald goblet/chalice. Tight off white head, 1cm thick, plenty of lacing on the glass. I love the glassware, very elegant(?)

Aroma: Awesome! The perfect aroma for a Dubbel (I judged the style last month for the NSW homebrew champs), slight roast from darker specialty malts, caramel, yeast, rum, plum and sweet fruityness. Lingering with hints of alcohol, but not "hot".

Tasted awesome too. Rich caramel, burnt toffee, spicey, a slight astringency(?), fruity, dark brown sugar characters, finishes dry and malty. Definatley a good example of the style.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

noticable alcohol smell on top of wifts of caramel. The beer pours a dark ruby colour with a typical belgian head.
The taste is not what I was hoping for. Hopefully my bottle is just off. Alcohol rules the taste, followed by a sweet aftertaste. Taste isn't very well balanced and my beer suffers from a chemical like taste. Again, I hope my bottle is off and that this isn't the regular taste ff this beer. However, the date says best by Sept 2006. Maybe my bottle got really hot on its voyage to Australia.

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Photo of joecast
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

its times like these i wish i had a nice goblet or snifter or something. oh well, my "30" beer stein, bought RECENTLY for my birthday by my loving wife will have to do.

lovely dark plum color shows hazy ruby hues when held to light. head started out a bit disappointing in size, but a roughish pour towards the end helped it reach about 2cm. settled to a 4mm tan colored lace (yes, i measured).

very sweet malty aroma. some great dark fruits (plums, raisins, dates?) make an impression as well.

strong yeast character in the flavor seems to distract form other aspects. caramel and an almost harsh estery taste. difficult for me to describe.

decent mouthfeel, could be a bit more substantial for an 8% beer. probably not more than one of these a night. would probably be more interested in experimenting with another within the style than trying aother of these. still nice though.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Idesbald pours in easy and doesn't foam to much. Has a nice brown color but could have some more carbon dioxide. Totaly clear tells me that this one probably didn't have a botle ferm.
Smell is very malty and yeast fruity giving "rodenbach" cherry. Spice also there aswell as a litle hopsmell. Taste is full malty, dry and ends bitter. Good beer but nothing real special.

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Photo of tjd25
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice large head, velevety and lasting. Some big bubbles at a certain point, but then it gets really creamy when it fades. THe body is of a beautiful mahogany color. The smell is great, very fresh, yeasty, sweet and fruity. Some dry straw, scattered by the wind, some strawberry, some peaches, some plums. Citrus, and light hints of wood and chocolate in the background.
After these heavenly aromas, the taste appeared surprizing and a bit disappointing. Whereas the smell was all about subtlety, the flavor is sharp, rough and a bit unbalanced. The thing is that I hadn't checked the abv. The 8% are rather poorly hidden. Very warm in the mouth, the beer gets hard to drink for me. Almost like an Eku maybe...Deeply chocolaty, but with an annoying alcoholic character. As if they added a shot of vodka to the beer.
After tasting the beer, even the smell gets less interesting.

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