Leaves Of Grass: Dubbel
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.12 | pDev: 4.61%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: A recreation of our November 22, 2015, Belgian-style dubbel, this iteration was aged for nearly nine months in two oak puncheons, then allowed to condition and develop for an extended period of time. Deeply inspired by the iconic Belgian beers, especially West Flanders, of the same style that we’ve enjoyed in our travels, our rendition features the classic balance of slight residual sweetness and delicate acidity, coupled with lively and effervescent carbonation (we recommend serving between 40-42º F).
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SaisonMaker from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you are looking for a typical dubbel that's not really what this is. It's a great beer but lacks the candi sugar flavor and alcohol hotness of a typical dubbel. It's a good, sour dark ale. In general I like HF's delicate, lower alcohol approach to their beers but this one would have benefitted from a notch or two more of alcohol. It feels like this batch wasn't too well conceived or maybe the brewery efficiency was a bit lower than normal that day. Still a very good beer but maybe doesn't stack up to the typical dubbels I am used to.

Aug 30, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown in color with a fingernail of brown on top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of sweet Belgian Candy Sugar. I'm tasting caramel, sweet candy sugar, woodsy oak, and an unexpected but refreshing tartness. The mouth is dry and moderately carbonated.

Jul 03, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, Feb 14, 2019 bottle date, poured into a Hill Farmstead etched RONA stemmed glass.

The beer pours a deep burgundy color, brown and amber hues with a khaki head, about two or three fingers tall after a mildly aggressive pour. The aroma is nice, tart cherry and plums, leather, dark grains, soft oak, a touch of char on the wood, lots of funk, lightly floral with a nice back end fruitiness. The flavors are great, funk and tart pitted fruits leap from the glass, very bright and fresh, light lemon acidity with a soft floral character before the beer becomes more earthier and darker, hearty brown bread, lightly toasted oak and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is good, lively and crisp medium body, coating with a nice bubbly texture and a mild tart bite at the finish.

Verdict: A delightful dubbel from Hill Farmstead. Very harmonious beer, perhaps one of the best balanced beers I've had from Hill Farmstead with everything in proportion. The tartness is nice and brings forward a great fruit character while the more classic flavors really deliver on the mid and back palate.

Apr 25, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large off-white foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of lightly caramelized malt with some residual candi sugar notes and light oak presence is quite enjoyable. Taste is also a good mix of lightly caramelized malt notes with some subtle acidic notes and some light residual sugar notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Not too sour and acidic and easy to drink.

Feb 28, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle. Pours deep amber with a khaki head. Smells of red wine, slight bready malts, oak, some fruity yeast. Tastes tart up front. Gives way to some brown bread with dark fruit yeast flavors. Then red wine sourness kicks back in with an oaky finish. I didn't know if this was going to be sour, but I thought it might. I'm not sure I'm happy that it is, though. I kinda wanted to see if they could make a nice dubbel. It's pleasant, but not what I really wanted from it.

Feb 06, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a golden dark brownish color, with a little bit of red, and a small white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like golden breadiness, rye, vinegar, red wine, cherry, lemon, dark fruit, caramel, and citrus.

I'm not entirely sure this actually tastes like a dubbel. It kind of feels more like a Flanders Red or a Flanders Oud Bruin. However you want to categorize this one - it's quite nice. As it warms especially, the maltiness comes out here, with a some dark fruit, caramel, toffee, and lots of breadiness. There's a soft lemony acidity, some tannic red wine type flavors, oak, and luckily just a small amount of vinegary type flavors.

This is slightly creamy, and pretty drinkable, with a mild lingering acidity on the back end.

This is classic HF in that's super unique and hard to nail down. It's really not dubbel-like, but it's really tasty.

Nov 14, 2019
Leaves Of Grass: Dubbel from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 19 ratings