Dedication Ale | Vintage Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
40 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Vintage Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
vintagebrewingco.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by uwmgdman on 01-01-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
6
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of alexbeerr
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of Mambajahamba
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wmobley
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of npendres
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of uwmgdman
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale comes slightly hazy deep amber color with an off-white clingy head. The aroma is rather malty, sweet, raisiny, toffee with some spicy, peppery phenols and just a hint of booze. The flavor is much like the aroma, sweet, malty, and peppery. The hop bitterness and yeast spicyness balance the sweet malt nicely. The beer finishes with a pleasant lingering caramel-raisin malt flavor. The alcohol, while certainly there in the background is not overwhelming and accents the beer nicely. The body is medium-full and carbonation moderate. Overall this is a very well made beer and once of their best offerings IMO.

 617 characters

Photo of MadTownDrinker
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of JeffSK
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
9.2% ABV, Vintage 2010

A - Deep tawny mahogany colored, Dedication remains a clear beer that pours with an effervescent deep ivory head, which disappears into a ring of tight bubbles above the lifeless beer leaving no trace of lacing on the tulip.

S - Rounded out by age, Dedication's aroma revolves less around spicy Belgian yeast character and more around the components of it's time spent in the bottle, though surprisingly not oxidized or past it's prime. Deep nuances of dark fruit come as no surprise from the dubbel; raisin, crushed prune, and black cherry skin encircle the faint clay and earthy black pepper-like nose the yeast gives off. Damp maduro tobacco leaf and sherry really take the cake until this beer warms and opens up, releasing more of the Belgian influence and turning into a wonderfully complex and subtle nose.

T - Big malt character offers rich Munich-like breadiness and Vienna toast with a light tickle of molasses as the flavor progresses into more Belgian-like nuances. A sprinkle of cracked pepper with gobs of grey clay have their place as yeast esters but the bigger component is the rich dark fruitiness found in the nose. Raisin and tart cherry skin work seamlessly with strong sherry notes and a finish of smooth tobacco.

M - Dedication's big, robust flavor profile lends itself perfectly to the heavier-drinking Belgian dubbel beers but Vintage's attempt, as great as it is elsewhere, really hurts in mouthfeel; it's thin-feeling, well-carbonated body drinking closer to a low ABV light-bodied beer more than a hearty and rich dubbel. Alcohol dryness finishes out with lingering spicy fruit flavor for a nice finish that needs some unfermentables left behind for heft.

O - It's quite impressive to experience a 3-year-old dubbel with such character exhibiting very few unwanted traits of extended age, though the persistent sherry profile may or may not be an attribute of said aging. After all, it is a 9.2% dubbel! All things considered, despite Dedication's lack of a round, robust body, the beer shows exceptional yeast nuances; dark fruit, spice notes, and alcohol warmth. In the end, it's cohesive, flavorful, and very good all around.

 2,225 characters

Photo of MooseBoose
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of richkrull
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one at the brewery.

Poured a darker brownish amber color with a bit of head and good lacing on it.

Aroma was caramel malt with some pepper or spice coming through with a bit of alcohol as well.

Taste was much like the smell. A bit of spice to this one along with some alcohol on the finish.

Medium bodied beer. I had this one during dinner so I didn't drink it too fast.

Overall a good beer. I enjoyed it.

 421 characters

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SciFritz
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GORUM
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Dactrius
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ParkbrauFan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of twb0392
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mjpolzin
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Dedication Ale from Vintage Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.