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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
96
pDev:
20.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber (bottled 11.11.12) into a Westmalle chalice (wishfull thinking via osmosis?)

A: pours a deep and dark chestnut brown. Nice color, but almost no head, a razor line. 2nd aggressive pour gave me maybe 5mm with very rapid dissipation .

N: doesn't smell like a Dubbel, the dark fruits I would expect are pretty subdued. Smells more like a Christmas ale, aged on oak, oak is almost the primary nose I get. Smells sweet, but not really Belgian Candy sugar sweet.

T: again, doesn't really taste like a Dubbel, more like a Christmas Ale or Winter Warmer. Nice maltiness that you would expect, sweet with light cocoa and a very subtle vanilla. Actually I was concerned when I bought it that the vanilla would blow out the rest of the beer taste, but seems the aging on vanilla beans does little other than suggest vanilla. Oak comes out in the finish.

MF: lack of carbonation is the miss for me. Smooth and easy to sip, with very little alcohol astringency on the finish. Nice, but probably not as velvety as a Westmalle or other true Dubbel.

Not a bad beer, just not a true Dubbel.

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Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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 henryhampton
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of MonkeyboyATL
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of swimfire
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this Dubbel on tap, at the brewery, in a pint glass. Poured dark brown color, produced a small tan head, poor retention and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of some roasted malt, raisin, chocolate and a slight touch of vanilla. Medium in body, this ale featured roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, vanilla bean and some spice...Ginger perhaps? Overall, this ale was ordinary, not a traditional Dubbel and not different enough to make me want to order a second.

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Photo of Cougar990
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of sholland119
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of aasher
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of analienacorn
5/5  rDev +46.2%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Mattybz28
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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 ksimons
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a dark chestnut with hints of ruby highlights with a fingers worth of creamy looking head that sticks to the glass

S-rich malt, Belgian yeast, vanilla, and a light bit of dark fruit

T-taste is similar to the smell. It is also unlike other dubbel's I have had, probably due to the vanilla and some fruitiness. I like it though. Good blend of malt, yeast, vanilla, dark cherries, and a mild amount of hops to give it some balance.

M-medium body, medium carbonation, slight drying taste left in the mouth

Overall I am a big fan of Westbrook. So far I have liked all of the beers of theirs I have tried.

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Photo of b2rade2n
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 drabmuh
1.79/5  rDev -47.7%
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 MarvinTheMarzen
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of mdfb79
2.49/5  rDev -27.2%
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 Thorpe429
1.67/5  rDev -51.2%
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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Vanilla Tree Dubbel from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 96 ratings
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