Brother Joseph's Belgian Dubbel | Straight To Ale

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Brother Joseph's Belgian DubbelBrother Joseph's Belgian Dubbel

Brewed by:
Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States

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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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 chinchill
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
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 AgentMunky
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a one quart growler into a Rochefort goblet. From notes. Reviewed 20 August 2011.

A: Wispy lace fades leaving only intricate patterns slowly unfurling on the surface. Glowing auburn in the light. Cloudy-clear and beautiful, though admittedly the glassware probably contributes.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast. Light fruit. Subdued but pleasant.

T: Meh. Fruit. Yeast. Mild carbonation. Disappointing, but serviceable. Points for effort, I suppose. Dry and slightly spicy on the endtaste, even if the main body is weak and thin.

O: The sometimes-spiciness is nice, but the fruit is a bit too sour and the flavours are a bit too subdued. Not recommended, but worth a try.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A solid, dark, chocolate-banana dubbel that's very drinkable but, nevertheless, not expressly exciting. A sharp, bitter thickness appends the expected deep-brown sweetness, but beyond some banana esters there isn't a lot going o with the flavors of this beer. And yet: it's damn solid. Indeed, for a dubbel, it's downright fairly sessionable—particularly since its mouthfeel isn't too sticky (for its genre). All in all: not incredible, but credibly constructed to a decent number of steps above tolerable.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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 -5.9%
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 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 emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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 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 FriedSlug
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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 buschbeer
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Roxie_B
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance: Translucent dark rich brown with amber highlights and a healthy fluffy head.
Smell: Yeast and raisins.
Taste: Dark fruits and yeast dominate with just a hint of bitters on the back end with an aftertaste of almonds.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
I have had better and the alcohol is a bit more present than I would like but this is a solid and well brewed beer.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +1.9%
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 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 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 JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am having a hard time believing I am the first to review this one, but its the only dubbel I see by this brewery and the menu cleary said Straight to Ale Belgian Dubble. was a great interpretation from a small craft brewery on a dubbel. A nice dark copper with a thick white head that faded fast but left nice lace. The smell had faint belgian yeast on top of a caramel and honey toned backbone with some spicy elements. A bit of a watered down version on the taste for the style, but very drinkable. Unmistakable on the belgian yeast profiles with spicy and fruity characters coming through a caramel backbone with hints of cocoa and cinamon. Very good drink. Easy to down.

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Photo of richj1970
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft from bar at concert venue.

A: Poured ruby red with 2 finger head that the bartender promptly poured off the side to fill the glass up all the way. Hard to jug lacing and head retention.

S: Belgian yeast, caramel, and plums.

T: Nice spiciness with some clove and all spice flavors. Lots of fruits - banana, plum, raisin. Sweet finish.

M: Medium body with fair carbonation. Tends a bit on the sweeter side but in a pleasant way.

O: A nice dubbel. Enjoyable to drink. Not the best in the group, but a solid choice especially for a local brew.

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Photo of thestarkness01
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Despite a really solid, cool smell and a wonderful look and pour, Straight to Ale's Dubbel is a bit fruitier than I was expecting. It's certainly not bad, but not necessarily my preferred taste. I suspect their IPAs are so prolific and popular for a reason. Straight to Ale might just be a brewery more geared toward American IPAs like Monkeynaut or Snakehandler, which are both highly recommended.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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 jmv0009
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 busybeecafe
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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 Zach136
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours deep brown.

Aroma/Flavor: Nutty bordering on roasty with the typical dark fruit character. Touch of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ish bodied.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 champ103
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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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