Dubbel | Rockmill Brewery

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Rockmill Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Otesanek on 12-02-2010

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Whoever said that fantastically brewed, complex and digestible Belgian ale must come from the Trappist abbey has obviously not drank in Ohio. The Rockmill brewers are quietly putting out some of the best Belgian flavors in the U.S. One sip of their Dubbel shows why!

Its pours with the high and rocky foamstance to nearly topple the chalice. Its malty-sweet scent starts with succulent brown sugar and maple but turn peppery and vinous ahead of the first sip. Its steely caramel taste has the essence of of maple and toffee but without such sweetness.

The beer's complexity blooms across the middle where it seems that rum-soaken fig, raisin, date apple and grape bring out the beer's sweetness while a balance of black peppercorn, pecan husk, fennel and merlot-type acidity offset the beer's malty tone.

Its high effervescence lifts the malt sweetness with ease and forces a quick finish, relegating much of its complexity to be appreciated in aftertaste and texture. Champagne bubby highlights its peppery bite, woodish hop bitterness, and tangy vinous acidity, and brandyish warmth.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Roguer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Quick notes:

Decent Dubbel aroma, with dark fruit and some spices. A bit of caramel malt aroma.

Flavor is a little hard to pin down. There's some dark fruit (prunes and plums), some more bread-like malt, and a fair amount of dryness and spice. Decent yeast presence. Balance is lacking, as is any aspect of the profile that really grabs my attention and makes me want to take another sip.

A little thin on the feel, while also being pretty hot for 8%. Dubbels aren't typically a style that hide ABV well, so I'm not holding it against this beer too much, but it isn't making the overall experience any better.

Ultimately, not a great beer, and not a particularly good Dubbel. Very few American brewers have managed to pin down this style. Definitely a drinkable beer, but certainly not something I'd seek out, especially if I'm actually in the mood for a Dubbel.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tempest
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn, it's like they made a better version of Chimay dubbel. The flavor has creamy vanilla and slightly tart cherry and earthy caramel. The aroma has more bread crust and cola, a touch of apple. Very drinkable and satisfying.

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Photo of GrumpyGirl
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of wroywel
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zimm421
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber with ruby hues and a fluffy off-white head. The nose is dark fruits, caramel malts and a touch of spicy yeast. The taste follows suit with loads of sweetness from the caramel malts leading the way. The dark fruits are more hidden here, sitting towards the back end. The finish is a touch spicy, and then slightly bitter. Overall, it's a decent dubbel; very straightforward and enjoyable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, purchased a couple weeks ago at a tasting event at the brewery. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a cloudy cola brown color with about a half inch tan head that didn't stick around for too long. Not much lacing left on the glass. Aroma is dark fruit, herbal and spicy hops, toffee and a little bit of cola. Taste is similar to the aroma, there's dark fruit, spicy hops, bready malt, and some herbal and toffee flavors noticable. I can also pick up a bit of a smoky flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has good carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good brew, just like all the other Rockmill beers I've tried. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruits are present in the nose—pears and plums seem to stand out in particular—along with some hints of candi sugar and Belgian yeast.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of grapes, pears and plums along with notes of Belgian yeast and hints of candi sugar. Only a slight amount of sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer was rather easy to drink for a dubbel because any traces of alcohol were well hidden from the taste and it didn't have that heavy of a body since the carbonation helps to lighten things up.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of MisterFuzz
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from MbpBugeye in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Seth!

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a hazy deep brown with orange highlights. Huge, light tan head that is like meringue. Head is very slow to drop, leaves a good lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aromas of chewy malt, dark fruits, raisins, figs. Spicy belgian yeast, and a touch musty.

Flavors of dark fruits, raisins and figs, dark cherries, some caramel malt. Tobacco. Enough bitterness for balance, but no real hop flavor that can be called out. Some alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, good level of carbonation. Mouthcoating with a nice layer of carbonic bite around the edges.

Overall, a very nice american version of a belgian abbey dubbel. Missing a nuance that would make it a true "belgian dubbel" but a great beer on its own. One of the best American versions of the style. Seek it out.

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Photo of nollie77
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Sabtos
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of recall1242
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with a sticker indicating it is from batch #145, brewed 9-18-11, bottled 10-21-11. Served in a belgian-style chalice/goblet. The cork was exceptionally difficult to pull out, to the point where I almost resorted to a bottle opener. This inspires definite confidence in the integrity of the ale inside.

Pours a muddy garnet color, cloudy with ruddy highlights and a 1/2" off-white frothy head that slowly reduces.

Has plenty of berry fruit aromas, including strawberry and raspberry, honey, and creamy malt. Smells clean and fresh, with hints of mild acidity.

Has a grassy, earthy taste to it, with punky yeast, dandelion greens and floral sweet combining up front, before a slightly tart and acidic finish kicks in. Taste is much lighter than one would expect with an 8% alcohol ABV.

Medium bodied, with soft, bubbly feel that gives way to a dry tart finish. Not sour, to be sure, but definitely on the tarter side.

A decent brew, and certainly the first I've had from Lancaster Ohio. I bought this at a specialy alcohol shop in Columbus for $22, and while I'm enjoying this ale, it is not a $22 bottle of beer. I've since seen it for much less in the Cleveland area ($14-$16), which I think is more reasonable, particularly if obtaining a fully organic ale is important to you (this one is certified by both the USDA and the OEFFA).

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Photo of speedvagen
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of hustlesworth
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

fingers definitely crossed

A- pours a mostly clear reddish brown which turns to bright ruby red when held up to incandescent light. tan foam is light and airy and settles quickly to a loose disk leaving no lace behind.

S- sweet, fruity and yeasty. fig, date, banana, plum, raisin, cookies, chocolate, clove, nutmeg, brown sugary malt, sandalwood, and some berry like tartness. very nice.

T- same odd bitterness as in the wit and the saison. what kind of hops are they using? is it from the yeast or something? dude, i gotta say i don't like it. i still have a bottle of the tripel yet to try and i think i'll cellar it for a few years. some spicy yeast flavors remain behind but nearly every trace of malt flavor is wiped away by this acrid bitterness. again, very disappointed.

MF- nice body with carbonation that expands on the palate giving it a larger than life creamy feel.

D- i now officially feel that i wasted $60 on these four bottles from rockmill. something needs to be done with this weird bitterness.

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Photo of dinosara
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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