Vanilla Tree Dubbel | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
westbrookbrewing.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Vanilla Tree is a Belgian-style dubbel brewed with a variety of dark crystal malts and dark Belgian candi syrup. After fermentation, the beer is aged on whole vanilla beans and toasted oak chips. The result is a wonderfully smooth, malty ale with notes of dark fruit, spice, and (naturally) vanilla and oak!

20 IBU

Added by thadbme on 10-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
20.96%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Though not hitting the dubbel style, still a decent production of something for dinner. Wasn't overly tasting, rather serviceable. Not very drinkable by itself. Average mouthfeel.Not cloying, but too sweet and would more interesting with a changed emphasis on spice.Thanks Doug.

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Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bomber into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy mahogany color with a thin layer of off white head. The head fades toa ring around the glass.

Smell: I'm getting a dark fruit like malt, but this one doesn't seem particularly sweet. There is a whole lot of oak going on here.

Taste: There is a ton of oak here too. I think this is a bit too bitter for the style. I'm getting some malt and a touch of dark fruit, but no real sweetness. The finish is bitter with lots of oak and just a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium to thin with carbonation that dies rather quickly. The finish is really dry.

Overall: I wanted a lot more sweetness from this one. There is a ton of oak and not enough vanilla. I'd pass in the future.

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Photo of brentk56
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apprearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a modest head that fades somewhat quickly leaving only a few vague strands

Smell: Burnt brown sugar and vanilla, with earthy herbal elements

Taste: Burnt brown sugar and vanilla, up front, with an aggressively charred, herbal flavor developing by mid-palate and lingering, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: After a long string of great beers from Westbrook, I am afraid this one misses the mark with me; more like an American Strong than a dubbel and I just don't care for the flavor profile

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.67/5  rDev -50%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle courtesy of beerbyrd. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a light-medium brown color with a decent off-white head. Not too much lacing on the way down.

The nose carries some really strange notes from the start. There's some fruity malt plus some odd spices. I can't really pick out any vanilla anywhere. Honestly, the whole thing is a muddled mess, and that carries over through the flavor. You could maybe say there's a dubbel somewhere in the background, but I really don't get much out of this besides some odd malt and some spice.

Body is medium and oddly spice. Really, I just don't know what was wrong with this one. It was like some prune juice with spice. Beyond that, I had difficulty describing just what it was that was going on.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - Sam's Beer & More in Lexington, South Carolina. Bottled on: FEB232012.

Appearance: Very light, beige-hued head on the slim size with a dark brown, hazed body underneath.

Smell: Plum skins, some raisins, and a dusting of Dutch process cocoa atop a base of well-toasted maltiness. Then, some prickly phenols, a spritz of liquor. Sniffing around in vain for the purported vanilla and oak have me feeling a bit fleeced.

Taste: Deeply toasted malts with some brown sugar, some caramel, and even some chocolate powder. The vanilla character is particularly light, the oak hints are rather low as well. Modest esters. Some licorice-hinted spiciness, a sliver of dried herbs. Phenolic, warming finish with light touches of chocolate and, if you squint and tilt your head just right, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Light stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: So-so. I liked the idea of vanilla beans and oak chips, but they just didn't deliver in the final product. Take out the elements and even the underlying dubbel was somewhat lacking.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.49/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 03/30/12 notes. Bottle shared by Thorpe429 to start off our mini-Westbrook tasting. Poured into a tulip. Bottled on 02/23/12.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, fruity malts, lightly musty, light roasted notes, light vanilla, some oak, and some spice. Interesting, but a little bit of a weird mix; doesn't seem to mesh well together.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, fruity malts, metallic, light vanilla, spices, pepper, light wood and toasted malts. Like the nose, doesn't mesh well together, and has something of a metallic taste to it. A step down.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No real heat.

o - Overall a disappointing beer after trying their berliner. Just doesn't mesh well together and the taste is a bit off. Far and away the worst of the four Westbrook beers we tried.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is brownish orange with a small, light tan head. The aroma offers malt, apples, light spice, subtle yeast. Smells like adult apple juice. The flavor is quite a bit different, with a lot of brown sugar in addition to apple cider. Alcohol is present throughout, but ot overpowering. Overall, a decent beer but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of dvmin98
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of BEER88
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of aasher
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of drabmuh
1.79/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer is a complete disaster. Gross beyond belief.

Beer is brown and hazy with a lazy off white head of small bubbles, decent retention, no lacing moderate carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is a mixture between yeast and trash.

Beer is undrinkable, it has this late tobacco-ish roastiness to it, strong but gross. Never again.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brownish color and a slightly hazy consistency.There was an inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: The vanilla was very evident in the aroma, along with malt and some fruit.

T: As it was with the smell, the taste had a good deal of vanilla - not a bad thing - along with malt, yeast, and light fruit (apples). Definitely not your classic dubbel, but it's very vibrant and interesting.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a prickly, lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a different type of beer, but well worth checking out.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of ADTaber
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Bung
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes, had last Wednesday night at Gene's in Charleston.
Cloudy light brown pour, finger of light tan. Sticks to the glass ok.

Aroma, I get mostly yeast and vanilla. Some clove and allspice.

Taste, Quite a bit more nutmeg and allspice. Vanilla heavy after. Just mild malt, yeast, rainsin, brown sugar one might expect.

Just to the left side of mid bodied. Nice carbonation, drinks pretty well, as long as you get by the spice. A little over spiced and sweet for me, but worth trying once.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of jeff1973
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of thagr81us
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a dark reddish brown with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to a one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, earth, spices, scented candle, coffee, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, earth, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Every aspect of this one really flowed well together and enhanced the other components really well. The vanilla was very nice on the followthrough to help keep the brew interesting throughout the glass. Definitely a beer that is worth trying or seeking out.

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Photo of tommyguz
1/5  rDev -70.1%

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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Vanilla Tree Dubbel from Westbrook Brewing Co.
3.34 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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