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:
158
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
39
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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 emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Boone757
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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 dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev +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 billab914
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexFields
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duff27
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sendbeer
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -5.7%
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 harpus
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of egrace84
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 champ103
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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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