St. Paul Double | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 46
Photo of Beer-Zombie
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Busted this 5 year aged 1.5 Liter magnum bottle out for the 2015 Super Bowl!!

Pours up a super yeasty murky dull orange with a nice big retaining white head. Nose is musty, yeasty, bready, orange peel. Flavor is pale malts, slightly Metallica, dehydrated apricots, slight hop balance. Medium body, spritzy carbo.

Very nice after 5 years of cellaring.

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Photo of nokes
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in Toronto at BierMarkt. Seemed at about the perfect temperature for the style.

Poured into a goblet-style Affligem glass. Decent head, and hey...I really like that colour! Only slightly cloudy, but a nice brown with beautiful warm reddish tone. This is a very pretty beer.

Smells fruity and fresh. Somehow lively (not sure how something can smell lively, but it does, honest). Nicely balanced.

Taste...nice. Effervescent to begin, but not too much so, and then an immediate tang (wow...tastes lively, too) followed by a settling down to a more complex melange of fruit. Deep raisins at the end, maybe even enough to suggest a licorice/anise flavour. Somehow, that doesn't seem to fit quite right, but it's not unpleasant. I really like this beer.

It feels good and lively in my mouth, good mix of flavours. I could drink entirely too much of this without much trouble. I'll definitely drink this again given the opportunity...I just have no idea where I'd find it.

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Photo of bobsy
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the Only Cafe in Toronto. Murky brown pour with a decent frothy off-white head that left sheets of lacing. Caramel, dark fruit and wood in the nose. Extremely pleasant depth and oakiness to the flavour. Nice dark fruits, in particularly raisins, soaked in peaty scotch and quickly dipped in a dark caramel. Medium body and carbonation, with a slightly warming finish.

Overall, this was a very pleasant surprise from a beer I had not heard of before. It certainly holds its own against other dubbels, and performed with great honour against the Belgian heavyweights I also got to that evening. Recommended.

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Photo of ADR
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to control pour, a good work out for my new belgian-style tulip glass. Hazy cinnamon color, beautiful head that's tall and lacy on the edge. Nutmeg aroma with some toffee notes. Nice sweet flavors, ripe sweet fruity pear dominates. Low carbonation. Just the most delicate flowery hops. Exceedingly drinkable, just glides past the tongue. Hard to notice the alcohol. Props go to this brewery's bottles/crocks -- this one was a nice dark glass bottle flecked with gold in a pyramid shape.

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Photo of ATPete
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle purchased at 'the Bier Koning' in Amsterdam, NL

A- Pours a deep brown with some red amber highlights and sports a dense tan head.

S- Nose of sweet malts, chocolate and coffee

T- A world-class dubbel, real nice fruits right up front as well as good tangible malts, chocolate, candi sugar, caramel, great aftertaste and no sign of noticeable alcohol.

M- Exactly what a dubbel should be

D- Excellent, the 6.9% wont really do a number on your head, its complex enough to pick apart, yet balanced enough to drink lots of. The only problem would be its sweetness, it is NOT a sweet beer, but given the amount of residual sugar found in most dub's a hangover might occur if used as a session beer...

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear ruby in color, with a thin, light tan head which clings to the edges. The aroma is dark and enticing - slightly roasty malt, molasses and rum beckon. The flavor starts off surprisingly fruity, develops a hint of toffee-like flavor, and yields to a nicely blended hop finish. The fruitiness persisits throughout, however, giving this beer a fairly sweet character and just a wee bit sour. Medium full in body, with a well balanced finish. Quite a nice beer.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful earthenware flip-top bottle, bonus points for that.

Pours a clear dark red with a big rocky off white head with amazing lacing. Aroma of molasses, corriander and a bit of orange rind. Taste was a bready front with some chocolate creeping in, and a pleasant burnt toast finish. Buttery thick mouthfeel. Wow this was enjoyable.

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Photo of cyrenaica
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

I tried this beer on November 1, 2007 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a dark reddish brown colour with a thick, fluffy, off-white head that lingers. The aroma was a compbination of malt, yeast, and subtle hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with mild carbonation. The flavour was yeasty with some malt in the background.

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Photo of fido
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a nice bottle; St. Paul Double pours a nice dark/brown color, large foam head and nice lacing on the glass; Smell is very malty, sweet and spicy. Taste is some dry but very creamy and smooth; Medium carbonation, Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Worth a try.

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Photo of Dzu
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.33 bottle into goblet.
L: Very dark brown nearly black color with a lush beige foam head.
S: Roasted bread, plums, raisin.
T: Caramel , a little bit of lacrice, raisin. Sweets.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: I was pleasantly surprised by this dubbel except some cola flavor in aftertaste. Anyway like it.

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Photo of champ103
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown color. A two finger tan head forms and leaves some lace.
S: Very malty. Some dark fruits and a lovely woody/oak character.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet malt with dark fruits. Very tasty.
M/D: This has a medium body that is a bit over carbonated for my tastes. Very smooth and easy to drink though. A relatively low ABV make this easy to quaff.

A very nice Dubbel. One I am glad I got a chance to taste. I would recommend this and try again when I find it.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht

From a bottle into a chalice

Note: Now comes in a thin green bottle with an overly long neck.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger fluffy medium looking tan head with decent retention. Head fizzes and pops its way down to a thick foam cap that hangs around. Colour is a deep opaque seal brown with medium to low end carbonation. A good film cap remains and leaves some decent though thinner lacing down the sides of the glass. Very nice colour and look overall.

SMELL: A pretty strong nose with dark fruits, raisins and grapes mostly, and a nice spicy element, including clove, coriander, and maybe a bit of pepper, which are characteristic of the Belgian yeast. Some sweet caramel malt there too and a slight roasted quality gives it a bit of uniqueness. Pretty nice really.

TASTE: Some sweet caramel malt and toffee to start off. Dark fruits again, raisins and plumbs perhaps, and a good deal of spiciness, cloves mostly, from the Belgian yeast. Finishes with a touch of roasted bitterness. Mild and long lasting spicy aftertaste is slightly bitter as well with only a touch of alcohol. Pretty good overall, though not quite as bold as the nose.

PALATE: Medium body and lower and carbonation. A bit watery, unfortunately. Not quite as creamy as I'd hoped, but goes down smooth with no bite and finishes with the right amount of dryness on the palate. Average at best here.

OVERALL: The palate is a bit average on this one, but other than that, this is certainly a top notch brew. I've had my share of these Belgian doubles, and this one can compete with the best of them. St. Paul is definitley a solid line. If you're a fan of the style, this is one you'll have to pick up. Recommended.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 2 bottles in a row, for research purposes, you understand. One bottle, a unique conical shape, ceramic dipped, was a speckled gold-on-black color with gold foil at the neck and an orangish label. The other had a speckled black -on- white, with red at the neck and label. Could they be different bottlings, variantions, slightly skewed recipes?
Conclusion: no difference.
Anyway...ruddy brown color, huge, fluming, speckled creamy head.
Nose: delicious, creamy, cocoa, chocolatey, uplifting, rich, delicious. Just what I need in a good dubbel, or "double", whatever the case may be.
Big burst of hops, and then more complex flavors unfold on the palate: raisins, spices, fruit, ...very nice.Flavor is large, looming, warm, and happy, makes a body quite content about his beer!
Body is near the full side, but a bit mild. Finish is long, lush, rich, rewarding. Misses the deep, dark complexity of Belgian trappist dubbels, but a fine example of the style, anyway. A very good drink.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This was a foamer. I had to pour judiciously just to keep the carpet clean. The body is a very deep, cloudy brown. Beautiful.

Smell – Raunchy, ripe fruit aromas gush at the nose. Deep, dark fruit scents of Bing cherries, apricots (the reddish flesh towards the pit), squishy (overripe) peaches, fresh pears (like the ones from the pear tree on my front lawn), and out-of-season raspberries. The yeasty malt comes out as well, but this Abbey Dubbel is all about the fruit.

Taste – Even more big fruit on the tongue than at the nose, if that’s possible. This is like tossing tons of fruit (the fruit from the nose) in a vat of ale, letting it soak for six months, then bottling and selling it. Don’t get me wrong, the musty malt/yeast is there, but this fruit is so big you have to take note.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium to full-bodied; very creamy and smooth.

Drinkability – This one went down very well. It is creamy smooth, fruity, and well put together.

Comments – This one was nicely done. It lacked the complexity and malt depth of the finer Abbey Dubbels, but was a good ale that felt great on the way down.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1.5 L Magnum with a different label than shown in the BA photo. Pours an opaquely hazed deep gold color, foam is fluffy and holds decently enough. Probably the lightest colored dubbel I have ever seen.

Smells nice...yeasty esters are prevalent with a light alcohol presence. Grainy malt here, as opposed to a typical darker, breadier dubbel. I get a touch of peanut butter here that I usually associate with a tripel.

Very smooth and enjoyable Belgian beer here. Yeast does alot of work and provides some bread dough and fruity esters. Fits somewhere in between a tripel and a dubbel and wont blow anyone's socks off, but it is damn tasty. Lightish body and ample carbonation give this a refreshing quality that is pretty cool. I might even be able to rub off a whole magnum of this given a couple hours.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant and drinkable. Decent yeast with fruit, some roatiness and spot of bitterness here. Good session ale. Had at Beer Bistro Winterfest, and hung in together with Westys' and other fine Belgiums for sampling. Beautiful lace, medium-full mouthfeel. Hops made it a balanced experience.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Southern Star Brewery for pouring me a glass from their massive 3 liter bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet malt with dark fruit and some spice

T - Is very similar to the smell a little sweet with spice and dark fruit

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - Compared to other doubles the abv is lower which made this pretty easy to drink the taste is good too its worth drinking if you can get your hands on some

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Photo of vancurly
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL crock. Difficult getting a head. Pours an attractive cherry brown. What head was there fades quickly to a bubbly slick.

Upon opening, there was a fleeting nose of whisky-like malt. Dominated by the malty profile, with a handful-of-rusty-nails note. Bread crust, and spicy dried fruit.

Flavours of dark malts, some caramel. Subtle citrus note, like a sip of lemonade, flits by, but then back to bread crusts, dates or raisins, and a late hint of something like candied popcorn.

The body is medium, which helps lift the subtleties rather than subduing them. Finishes quite lightly... not sticky sweet or cloying.

Quite a solid example of style.

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Photo of clvand0
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cool bottle. This one pours a dark, cloudy brown with a large head and nice retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is extra spicy, with lots and lots of fruit aromas. The flavor is very fruity with some nice spice from the yeast. Has a good malty character and finishes slightly bitter. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in an unsual bottle, narrow neck, brown with tiny silver speckles, wierd and differant. Pours a rich dark shade of murky brown, with a moderate ta head, that leaves moderate stringy lacing. Nose is all about mustyness. Horse blanket,must, mold, we're talking character. Smooth and soft mouthfeel. Fruity and yeasty. Notes of chocolate, raspberries, toffee, tasty and easy drinking Belgian. Worth a try.

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Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky brown color on the pour, the head modest, the texture frothy, with the residual lace a fine sheet. The nose has a caramel sweetness at the start with a hint of yeast, fresh and clean, the start is nicely malted, sweet with the top light to moderate in feel. Finish has a stern acidity, the hops pleasing and spicy in their bite, the aftertaste quite dry and a very nice end of the day beer, or when you’re in the mood for a good Belgian beer.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before A-2006. poors in without to much of an head thats yellowbrown and a dark brown beercolor. Lots of chuncks of huge format spoil the appearance though. Smell is very malty, sweet caramellic and a spicy yeastarome. Taste is rich too; malty( mostly caramellic but also some chocolate), litle sweet before going into a good and clean bitterness in aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good but chunks were noticable so not that pleasant. This off course influences drinkability negative cause if it was without the balls in the soup it would be a good beer.

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Photo of Noctilucus
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at De Bierloods/Zytholoog.

Deep murky brown with a reddish tint and big beige head. Nose of refreshing hops with solid, slightly sweet caramel malts beneath. Taste is less hoppy but all the more pronounced (roasted?) caramel malts, striking a great balance between sweet and bitter. Strong taste considering it's only 6.9%.
Pleasant mouthfeel with not a lot of carbonation, which fits well with this kind of beer.

Very good introduction for me to the St. Paul series, will definitely try out the others (St. Paul Tripel & various St. Sebastiaans) as well as revisit this one. Good stuff!

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Photo of schrist275
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass in a rootbeer color, head is chased off by the fruity smell, but is allowed to lightly layer the top of the glass. Comes very fruity with a small caramel undertones with that ever familiar doppel smell of potentcy, first sip throws sweet flower through out the mouth, but takes back tongue for the aftertaste is not as thick tasting as i was expecting, aftertaste does well and shares with the nose, the bitterness doesnt show up until a few "sips" down the glass.

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Photo of budgood1
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a slight volcanic eruption upon pouring, nothing i couldn't handle. it comes in a black, gold flecked bottle.
this belgian pours out a thick and murky dark amber colour, with a big and thick rocky tan head. chunks of lace. hints of mustiness...with a fruity and yeasty aroma....the dominant fruits being peaches and strawberries. upon tasting, musty leather and tobacco intermingle with a slightly sourish tart fruitiness. a sugary sweetness rides the lightning like a delayed thunderclap after the initial flash. alcohol undetected until it reaches the belly. quite creamy smooth and easily drinkable. while belgians aren't my area of expertise yet, i liked this dubbel and it's character. nothing special, mind you, but enjoyable.

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St. Paul Double from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 46 ratings