Brother Joseph's Belgian Dubbel
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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #112
Ranked #29,828
3.77 | pDev: 11.14%
Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States
Very Good
Brother Joseph's Belgian DubbelBrother Joseph's Belgian Dubbel
Notes: Maimed in an accident that left him with a hunched back, Brother Joseph Zoettl worked in the St. Bernard Abbey power plant shoveling coal. In his spare time, Brother Joseph used found objects such as marbles and chunks of concrete and tile to build miniature shrines and buildings on the Abbey grounds. Over 40 years, he created 125 different models and replicas. Today, the Ave Maria Grotto covers three acres and is world-renowned as both a fun roadside attraction and an awe-inspiring collection of folk art. We have named our Belgian dubbel after Brother Joseph as a testament to his perseverance, his hard work, and his indomitable spirit. A full-flavored abbey-style ale with a complex taste and aroma, Brother Joseph’s Dubbel is filled with specialty malt and dark fruit character.
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Photo of El-Heffe
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found at local Walmart for 9.95 six pack.
Served cold in British Pint glass. Excellent head, nice lacing on glass, pale caramel and ruby.
I taste of flowers and honey, but not overwhelming like some true Belgian ales.
Overall Malty goodness somewhat like a a german Marzen, but less "coppery" maybe because its so brewed locally. Very fresh beer and very smooth for an 8% abv. I will drink a couple at least!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

8/5/19...pours medium dark brown with light foam on top. Light brown sugar malty nose. Cherry cinnamon flavor. light sweetness balanced by a yeasty bitter. Almost tinges on astringency but doesn't quite get there.

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Photo of MNAle
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is dark fruit, raisins, plums, spices, alcohol.

Look is deep, deep amber tending toward brown, looking hazy red-amber with a backlight, with a 1/2 inch creamy off-white head, receding fairly quickly to a thin head and ring. No lacing.

Taste mirrors the aroma, dark fruit, raisins, plums, figs, spices, dark bread. Quite nice. Mild initially, with slight bitterness in the middle and finish, which lingers into the aftertaste. The taste is slightly sweet.

Mouth feel is moderate-thin, if just a bit sticky.

Overall, this is an excellent American-made dubbel; smooth, rich and varied flavors, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Profundobaso
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - poured into a small plastic cup (sorry!), fresh from the brewery. Generous two finger head and excellent retention, a sign the the beer has a lot of sugar. Beautiful copper color, transparent. A gorgeous beer.
Smell - distinct Belgian yeast, berries, and honey. Malts also apparent. Pleasantly sweet.
Taste - malt forward in flavor, and plenty of flavorful Belgian yeast that lingers in taste, with a nice sweet malty finish. A prime example of the style from start to finish.
Feel - medium bodied, average carbonation, and slightly heavy at 8% ABV.
Overall - this is an excellent Belgian Dubbel. It gets all of the flavors right without being overly sweet, and maintains a high ABV without it being too detectable. The beer really excels at what it does. People said Alabama doesn't have much in its craft beer scene, and this one is pretty damn good.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was my favorite of all the Straight to Ale beers I tried - what a well-made and well-balanced beer. This is everything you ask for in a dubbel. I had this after trying some of their stouts, and it was a great finish to the evening. Some reviewers seem to taste more of the hoppy nature of a dubbel than I did - for me that wasn't noticeable at all. Very well done by these guys, who hold their own with any brewery in the more traditional beer areas.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A very interesting find.
While it does get syrupy, there are many strong qualities to this particular dubbel; not the least of which is that it gets close to achieving a very difficult style. While Brother Joseph's Dubbel clearly lacks the sophistication, it makes up some of that ground with heart.

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Photo of cavedave
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to richj1970 for this tasty STA treat.

Pours cordovan with righteous dollop of beige foam. Head pretty quick to kick, but the thick looking beer glows in glass.

Brown bread, very ripe grapes, deep spicy notes, a touch of honey, light alcohol notes.

All the flavors of the nose are here, with the spicy hop nature amped up considerably. It's kind of a clove note and a rooty herbal thing mixed together. As it warms some fig notes join the party. Sip ends with bready malt and spicy hop balanced well.

Highly viscous, low carb., full bodied for style. Decent finish with a bit of a resin buildup that could be cleaner.

Prob. not the greatest rep of the style due to its hoppy nature, yet it is a tasty drink I recommend, esp. for those who enjoy the style already.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber with rich tan head and sticky lacing.
N: Malt, raisin, and plums.
T: Very deep fruit notes almost wine like in nature. Flavors are really amazing, this is a solid Dubbel.
M: Medium
O: Very smooth and rich flavors, really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a short lived tan head that does leave some decent side glass lace.
Belgian Dubbel's are not in my wheelhouse.
Whenever glove gets involved I for one find the beer not to my liking.
The clove here is fairly low and not so prominent that you get it up front but it shows up in the after taste.

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Photo of hman43
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: It has a deep amber color with garnet tints. There is low head retention that is light brown in color.

Smell: Initial aromas are malty rich with plenty of cherry. There are additional dark fruits including plums.

Taste: There is strong, rich malt flavors with plenty of cherries and plums. There is some spiciness to it with some alcohol presence.

Feel: It has a moderate feel with moderate bitterness in the finish. There is a slight tilt in balance towards the malt. The alcohol is slightly harsh.

Overall, this is a dubbel highlighted by rich malt and strong cherries with other dark fruits, plums, in the background.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Fat Patties, Bluffton, SC

A: The beer is clear but dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that consistently covered the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet candi sugar are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has hints of sweetness from the candi sugars along with hints of underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a fairly good representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque but hazy deep mahogany brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate garnet red + amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of small to medium sized patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted bready malts and dark malts with a light to moderate amount of candi sugar sweetness and light to moderate notes of dark fruit (plum, prune, and raisin). There is a light to moderate aroma of spices (clove and coriander).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted bready malts and dark malts with a light to moderate amount of candi sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark fruits (plum, prune, and raisin). Finally there are light flavors of Belgian yeast and light to moderate flavors of spices (clove + coriander). Minimal amounts of hop presence or bitterness and a very light lingering sweetness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A pretty nice example of an American craft Belgian Dubbel - not something that I encounter all that often. Enjoyable with a nice complexity of flavor and not overly sweet or cloying. Alcohol is well hidden and this beer is pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of mlockman
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a strong flavor of Belgian yeast and a lively mouthful, this is a fair bit sweeter than most Belgian dubbels., and personally, I found that sweetness to be quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Squire
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this in the store this morning. Belgian style Dubbel in a six pack of 12 ounce cans. Ka-Ching and I'm out the door.

Deep Burgundy color. Not red, not brown, but Burgundy. Aroma wafting up is what, dark fruit, plumbs perhaps? Taste and yes, it's all there, Belgian yeast, clove, banana, dark plumb and fig, rich malt with a full flavor that avoids being heavy. Somebody at the brewery did their homework before making this one. In fact, after the first sip I looked up the brewery phone number and called to ask what's in it (website is long on story and short on detail) but got voicemail. No matter, I have a beer to finish. Warming up the flavor remains constant in a cohesive whole. I don't find the sophistication of a first rate Belgian but it's a damn long sight short of the price of one of those and is remarkably close. Finish is clean, crisp, very nice, with a hop cutoff and just a hint of roasted barley. Contemplating my lot I determine that no, this isn't Chimay Red, but I can get six of these for the price of two Reds.

Man this is good stuff. Brewery offers free tours on Saturday and is close enough I could get there by lunch. Good Lord, I need a designated driver.

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Photo of champ103
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark ruby red/brown color. A one finger white head forms and recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malts, dried fruits, light sweetness. Simple but on point and very enjoyable.
T: This opens up more than the nose. Toasted malts, grains, dried fruits. Raisins, plums candied sugar. I love the malt character here.
M/O: A medium to full body. Crisp carbonation and smooth at the same time. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. One of those that is stuck between a sipper and something you want more of. Very nice.

A well done Dubbel, which is few and far between for American breweries. I really enjoyed this, and hope to come across more. Not a buzzy style, but really well made.

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Photo of jmv0009
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Cullman, which is the city that inspires the name.
L- dark amber brown, thin off white head.
S- weak smell, sweet fruit and figs.
T- sweet, lots of fig and other fruits. Not bitter.
F- good mouthfeel, drinkable, a little heavy but not overly so. Good winter beer or dessert beer.
O- Another great beer from STA! Definitely recommend. 4.5/5 only points off are for the lack of a good smell.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a goblet

This beer pours tea colored with less than an inch of tan head that leaves little lacing.

It has a candy-like sweet smell. I get some molasses, fig, and red fruit.

It has a sweet malty taste. I get some spiced fig as well.

Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation

This is a pretty good dubbel. It is sweet and malty with some Belgian yeast characteristics.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown pour with 1/4 inch off white foam. Sweet malty aroma. Malty, yeasty and nutty with a buttery and dry finish. Slightly bitter but very little detectable hop flavor. Slight lacing on the glass with solid carbonation. A decent and drinkable example of the style.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light brown pour with a small off-white head. Malty and bready aroma. Taste has malt and dark fruit for a sweeter flavor. Can also taste some spice, candy sugar and a hint of alcohol.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker reddish brown color with ivory colored head. Caramel, dark fruits, biscuit, and some bread on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with dark fruits.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep reddish-amber with a 1 finger light tan head. Head disappears quickly with little lacing left behind.

Aroma is dark fruit and caramel. Plum, cherry, and raisin.

Taste like the aroma. More on the dark fruit though. Some yeast and spice.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Some lingering sweetness but it flavors mostly just fade.

A decent example of a Dubbel. Easy drinking. Lacks the complexity of any of the classic belgium Dubbels.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft poured into pint glass. Dark brown with reddish hints. No foam or lacings

Aroma of dark fruits, raisins, plums

Taste of malts, dark fruits, raisins, spiciness

I was expecting a heavier mouthfeel and this was light to medium

Nice dubbel

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear brown with a slightly reddish tint. A nice off white 1" head disappeared quickly and left no lacing in the glass. Dark fruit, yeast and some spiciness in the nose. None of the aromas are very strong and all seem pleasing. The mouthfeel is slighter than I would expect but the taste is definitely a dubbel. There is cloves, dark fruits and malty sweetness but it is very subdued. This is a nice drinkable dubbel that, for a bonus, comes in a can. This is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim for this one!
Canned 2/2/15

Pours a reddish amber with a thin layer of tan foam, it ebbs away quickly after the first sip, minimal spotty lacing.

Aromas of yeast, light clove phenols, spice cake, dried currants.

Taste is similarly yeast forward with a light clove spice component, toasted wheat bread crusts, light sweetness at first but ends with a dry phenolic finish. Light pepper, thin bodied, carbonation seems to ebb quickly. Overall it's not bad and I enjoyed it. Thanks again Jim!

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Photo of southernmagnus
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A sessionable Belgian-style with its own character, but not overly sweet?

Sign me up!

Carbonation is lacking- fix that please, and I will make this beer canonical.

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