Belgian Dubbel | Chicago Brewing Company

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Chicago Brewing Company
Nevada, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UncleJimbo on 08-22-2003

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of MRJAZZ
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Was thoroughly impressed with the fine brews at this establishment during a recent visit to "Sin City. The Dubbel and Imperial IPA were both very good and my wife liked the bottled Lambic that they had available. I was appreciative of the AHA discount that was applied to my purchase.

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Photo of Gavage
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear brown in color with a one finger head that lasted quite a while.

Smell: fruits, yeast, hint of spiciness, and a bit of nuts.

Taste: thick caramels, brown sugars, yeast, lightly noticeable alcohol, and an overall earthiness exists throughout. Very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish. Medium bodied. Caramel sweetness lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability: Superb for the style. Very flavorful and the alcohol is barely noticeable allowing several of these to be quaffed. Simply put - a really good dubbel.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Mug #6 of #9, imbibed as part of a 4oz Sampler arrangement during a recent visit to the Chicago Brewing Pub in Las Vegas with BA’s UncleJimbo, DukeofEarl and his friend Ozzie.

Told that this was the Belgian Dubbel, and a Special house brew.

Appearance: Turbid brown body that had an appealing character. Held to the light it had a ruby tinge with some cherry wood dimensions. Sadly the head was gone by the time I got around to this one. What was left was a thin halo ring of dirty white tan colored bubbles, small in size. Half-decent conditioning, but a tad lacking in carbonation to be honest.

Smell: Lots of Candy sugar, Granny Smith apples and some Devon toffee in the nose. Sweet malts lend a soft rounded character and some balance here.

Taste: Reasonably balanced all round, sweet malts, mild acidic bite, candy sugar, sugar frosted plums and a delicate funky feel all meld into a nicely put together Dubbel that is mainstream rather than traditional in character. Enjoyable!

Mouthfeel: Has a thick feel, the sweet malts and candy sugars surely add some body to this one. Sadly the half-decent conditioning tends to be a draw-back here; it needs helps in this department because a smoother palate would help to dissolve the sugar feel that it develops in the long term.

Drinkability: Decent enough, half a pint is easy, a pint is pleasant, but the sugary feel and low carbonation would make this a rather sickly offering I feel in the long run. Dubbels are not session beers for sure, but this one drops short of being a decent sipping partner because of the low carbonation and hence the translucent sugary aspects.

Overall: Nice offering, certainly not a bad brew, but I feel a little more conditioning would improve this immeasurably from a good above average Dubbel to one that would kick ass.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewpub.

This dubbel poured a cloudy, reddish brown color with thin, white foam. The smell was mild and sweet (candy sugar) and malty. The taste was mildly sweet with flavors of candy sugar and tangy malt with hints of green apples and "horse blanket" mustiness. The mouthfeel was sweet and lightly sugary with medium body and low carbonation. There was also a bit of tanginess and a sugary aftertaste. This was a good dubbel, though it was served too cold and improved as it warmed.

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Belgian Dubbel from Chicago Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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