Brother Joseph's Belgian Dubbel | Straight To Ale

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States
straighttoale.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 04-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
154
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.56%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
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Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RAFH
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigedal60
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hman43
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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 psmith161
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsprain1
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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 AlexFields
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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 breardon1776
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cranberry juice?!?

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Photo of B33rcules
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FrankK
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.51/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lance_Hathorn
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billab914
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mlockman
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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 T_Hass
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattjp03
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of WickedBeer
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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 Zazzi82
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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