Brother Joseph's Belgian Dubbel
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Brother Joseph's Belgian DubbelBrother Joseph's Belgian Dubbel
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Style:
Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #108
ABV:
8%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,235
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 11.14%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
176
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Alabama, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  9
Gots
  47
SCORE
85
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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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 176
Reviews by Profundobaso:
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 busybeecafe
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have been drinking this beer for 3 years now. And I loved it then just as much as i do now. I live in north central alabama so this beer is semi-easy to find.

appearance: is brownish with a slight hint of red

smell: not sure i have a lousy nose

taste: im not gonna break it down like how many do. all i can say is its good and goes good with steak & cheesecake both

mouthfeel: easy to drink i enjoy the medium carbonation

overall: i like it

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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 brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Mahogany colored with an off-white one-finger head that didn't linger. Decent lacing.

S: Belgian yeast pops up, along with dark fruits (raisins, dates, plums).

T: Follows nose with a nice chocolate finish as it warms. Malty and sweet. Goes down easy.

M: Medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: A very tasty dubbel. Will be drinking more of this one. The Belgian yeast really makes it pop. Try a pint.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of molasses
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 jaymo18
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of grumpygerman
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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

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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Photo of JnmiChamberlain
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tonafernandez
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

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 barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a burgundy color with purple hightlightsn hues displaying a small dirty white cap, fair amount of bubbles and light lacing

S: The nose is heavy handed on Belgian candy sugar, light dash of spice and hints of dark fruits

T: Upfront I garner a big Belgian candy sugar and syrupy sweetness that seems to be the ringleader in the flavor. There were some light hints of spice, some light dark fruits and a touch, slight touch of chocolate. FInish is sweet, slicl and a little booze sting hits you

M: Medium bodied, syrupy, well carbonated

O: Overall, a little to sweet, not as creamy as I like and heavyhanded on the candy

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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 FrankK
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of chinchill
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Originally rated in 2014 on tap and adjusted with a 12 oz can in March 2015.
Medium+ body.
Deep, dark, red-brown body covered by a head that has poor retention.

O: Good but lacks the depth, complexity and balance of a fine Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of billab914
3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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