Brother Joseph's Belgian Dubbel | Straight To Ale

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3.77/5
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169 Ratings
Brother Joseph's Belgian DubbelBrother Joseph's Belgian Dubbel
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian 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
Ranking:
#23,073
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
169
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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8
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Photo of Stout80mizer
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rubezahl
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Deadarmed1
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rooster1970
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Trojanpony
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bryan12345
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of khargro2
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of timmy2b
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tinyoyo
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not nearly as harsh as "dubbel" would imply. Very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 JintheHam
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RAFH
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigedal60
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 psmith161
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsprain1
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 AlexFields
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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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