Dubbel Entendre
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Style:
Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #115
ABV:
8%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,029
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 11.67%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
66
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Sound Brewery
 
Washington, United States
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 66
Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured a murky, dark brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of roasted malt, bread and toffee. A hint of dried fruits with a rich, malty backbone.

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Photo of Gdobber
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz into my Duvel Tulip.
Look: a nice dark amber, ruby on the edges with a lively 1 finger nougaty colored head. I can hear it bubbling. Very lively beer.
Smell: apple cider vinegar, martinelli's sparkling cider. Dominated by the sour smell when initially cold. As the carbonation subsided, some chocolate, banana, spices and fruits came out, not a lot though. Still dominated by the apple cider vinegar smell.
Taste: The flavors are bounded by a sour note that lingers. In between the sour, I got hints of malt and toffee. No bitterness at all. Tasting blind, I would peg this for an apple sour. Some dark fruits push through, maybe some chocolate as it warmed. Might need to let it warm past what I like to drink beer at.
Feel: feel is lively, the carbonation look and sound continues in the mouth and dances. Not as much as a sparkling water/wine etc...
Overall: tasty beer, not what i was expecting or remember. Not sure why the sour notes are so dominate compared to what other reviewers have submitted. My wife tried it also and thought it was a sour. She liked it still and found it refreshing.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with low tan head and champagne bubbles. The nose is sweet with rich earthy soil notes. Hints of volcanic red rock. Taste is sweetagain with molasses and honey balanced with cedar oak and damp black compost. Richly dehydrated raisins. Finish is mildly hoppy, very mild but just enough to mostly balance the sweetness. Mouth feel is on the thin side. The flavor profile is spot on, but just a tad thin on the texture. I'm minor critique though, great beer, I really like it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a well made and layered belgian dubbel, better than par for the american brewers, and with a ton of cool dried fruit character in here. its deep amber brown in color with a tall rich tan head, looks very active and smells quite traditional. i get brown sugar and maple right away, with figs and raisins in there behind it and a yeast strain that has some mulling spice element to it as well as a bright estery lightness that helps make this beer seem a little more drinkable than it probably should be. the dried fruits abound in the flavor, nice malt depth for sure. i get dried red apple, plum, fig, date, and raisin, as well as mild cherry as it moves along, orange marmalade, toffee, bread pudding, and the spices from the belgian yeast to finish. it sure is sweet in the middle, but it doesnt end that way which is cool, and the carbonation really keeps it moving. this is a real well made beer and achieves most of the depth i look for in the imports and trappist takes on the style. our bottle tastes just a little oxidized, perhaps not as fresh as it could be, but this is one that should hold up pretty well. enjoyable beer from these guys, ahead of the american made belgian style curve for sure...

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle - poured into chalice:

Pours brown with a thin tan head that becomes wispy. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, bubblegum.

The taste follows the nose - chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, bubblegum. Sweet with dried dark fruit in the finish. Some alcohol shows but not hot or raw.

Pretty smooth despite noticeable alcohol and sweetness.

A nicely done interpretation of a sweet dubbel from a "local" brewery.

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Photo of hreb
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a Belgian tulip glass. Rich, yeasty aroma rises off of a brown ale with hues of red, and a moderate chestnut head. Flavor is both strong and mellow, resulting in a delicious and highly drinkable Belgian dubbel. This dubbel doesn't really challenge the palate too much, and that can be a good thing. Primary flavors are a rich caramely sweetness and a dominant clove note. Hop bitterness is extremely reserved, yet the beer finishes clean, not sweet or otherwise cloying. Especially impressive considering the gravities involved. However, carbonation is much too harsh for the style and, I think, that makes for this beer's biggest flaw.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updated 8/31/16.

Look: Sound Brewery tasting glass, on draft. Caramel brown reddish body, thin white head.

Smell: Dark fruit, burnt sugar, and notes of coffee.

Taste: Same as above.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation. The alcohol isn't hidden very well.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8% ABV per the label.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa powder, chocolate covered banana, dark fruit, earth, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, banana, earth, spice, and slight cocoa powder flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting cocoa and banana qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of jpowelltheowl
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extremely well balanced, all notes are playing in key and with the perfect dynamics, if you'll excuse the cheesy music comparison. There's a delicate bubblegum/banana sweetness, nice gentle hops, smooth caramel and a good oily medium-body behind this extremely easy-to-drink beer. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of RenzoD
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am pretty new to the style so I can't say too much other than I am very impressed by the craft and beauty that obviously went into this beer. Excellent ale!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. I never really looked up where these guys are from - I guess now their name makes more sense. And at least this offering of theirs lives up to its, um, name - how meta.

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with one skinny finger of bubbly and plainly foamy beige head, which leaves little more than a few wayward specks of sea plume lace around the glass as things gently subside.

It smells of bready caramel malt, banana chips, muddled dark orchard fruit, dry earthy yeast, leafy, weedy hops, and a soft alcohol edge. The taste is grainy, crackery caramel malt, biscuity toffee, bruised bananas and pears, phenolic yeast, watery fig Newtons, ethereal dark candy sugar, weak black estery fruit, a touch of rooted dirt, and a pleasantly benign-seeming booziness.

The carbonation is fairly understated, just a simmering low-fi fizziness overall, the body medium-light in weight for the style, and generally smooth, though a minor yeast incursion messes with things a bit here. It finishes off-dry, but not by all that much, as the biscuity caramel malt carries on its long-form retreat, amongst the lingering yeast, strangely sour dark fruitiness, and still lurking alcohol measure.

Not a bad rendition of the style, if perhaps a tad simple and unbalanced at the same time. The sweetness is the biggest victim here, as this seems to be a dubbel on a quest to become a singel [sic], or something. Anyway, easy enough to put back, given the duly noninterventional ABV quotient.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

I really liked this and was impressed, as overall it is very close to the best in the style, however, something seems to be missing, I can't quite put my finger on it. Color and appearance are right on, aroma too, although a tad sweet. taste is also plums / prune juice, again sweet. Short finish, just sweetness. It might be the yeast that could be a bigger part of this beer.

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Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A little too tart for my liking... an ale like this, I crave how full bodied, malty, and semi-sweet it should be... love the blood red look behind the light and appreciate the deeper sweet aroma it pushes. The taste, that is less burnt sugar and more a sitting tart fruit of some sort makes it less than desirable for the after dinner beer we were hoping it would be...

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color capped by an inch of foam that fades rather quickly; some spotty lacing is left behind

Smell: Caramel, dates, candi sugar and a hint of phenols

Taste: Caramel and dates, up front, with the sugary sweetness building in the middle; after the swallow, the phenols add a hint of plastic

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad beer but decidedly mediocre for the style; there is no complexity from the yeast strain and the phenolic element is a flaw

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Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Attractive dark red brown color in the Duvel tulip. Plenty of foam and a sudsy mouthfeel, but quite light bodied. Not much aroma.

The flavor is kind of flat and sweet, with an unwelcome medicinal bitterness at first sip. I tell you the truth-- this is a lot like the many actual mediocre beers you get in Belgium. It has the odd mix of candy and cardboard with some burnt raisins.

After some sipping the flavor is taken over by the flinty, dry sensation. If you sip it slowly and let it warm up, the flavors seem to mellow and improve. But given the competition in this category it's hard to score this much above average. Lovely packaging and nothing technically wrong, but we can be choosy with this style.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into two big snifters. 169 D-1 1913 is the bottle code on the bottom in thin, dark letters.

Pours with very little head, but lots of carbonation when you swish it around. Translucent but dark brown, not very cloudy. Smell is Belgian yeast, dates and dark fruit. Some funk.

Taste follows the flavor. Belgian yeast, dates, and dark fruit, but not much funk. A little bit of bittersweet character.

Mouthfeel is thin, slightly oily. Overall, this is definitely not the best dubbel I've had, and definitely not the best Sound beer I've had. Not bad, though.

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Photo of superspak
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a small lace cap. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big toffee, raisin, prune, banana, toast, molasses, dark bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big toffee, raisin, prune, banana, toast, dark bread, molasses, candi sugar, clove, pepper, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of toffee, raisin, prune, banana, toast, molasses, dark bread, candi sugar, clove, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and unique Dubbel style. All around great balance and complexity of malt and yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of woemad
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased at Total Wine in Spokane for $6.99. There’s a space for a bottling date on the label, but it has been left blank. I think I tried this on-tap at Jones a while back, but I could be thinking of their IPA.

Poured a dark, cola-like color, taking on a dark, rubyish hue when held up to light. Minimal tan head that dropped away rather quickly.

Rather weak aroma for the style. Dark fruit and candy, but at a very low amplitude.

Tastes a little more interesting than what the aroma hints, but still not very distinctive. And where the hell is the Belgian yeast?

Very low carbonation for the style. If this was fixed, it would go a long way towards improving this beer.

Disappointing. Perhaps this is an old bottle. If the brewers had put a date where their label is supposed to feature one, I’d know whether or not that is the case. The seeming absence of the yeast is very odd.

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Photo of ccrida
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Dubbel Entendre is dark brown, with a small light sand head leaving scattered foamy lace.

Smell is fruity, lots of lime zest, which is an unusual ester skew.

Taste is also fruity and a little earthy, some yeastiness. Dark maltiness on the acrid side. Light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, dry.

Drinkability is ok, a solid dubbel, but quickly forgettable. Well executed though not necessarily designed to my liking.

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Photo of Brandywine
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky brown. Deep red in the glass. Fingers worth of a tan head.

Smell: Cherries, raspberries, strawberries. Lots of sour berry notes, reminiscent of a Flemish red ale. Sweet breadiness with very subtle spice character. Just super fruity.

Taste: Yeasty breadiness with some spices. Sour burst of fruits. Sour cherry dominates the fruit but the bready notes in the nose are much more prominent in the flavor. Pretty mellow overall. The flavors blend nicely and the 8 % is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium. The breadiness in the flavor also provides a graininess to the mouthfeel that's not unpleasant.

Overall: Fruit forward and very drinkable. A nice dubbel and worth trying, especially if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep mahogany color with hues of red, crimson with a nice dirty white cap

S: Candy fruits, grains and dark fruits

T: Bland. Immediate sordove muddy grapes, some candy sugar but really appealling and I swear this beer was missing the yeast strain.

M: Well carbonated, medium body, not really full nor fulfilling

O: Boy, this beer has fallen off since the first time I had it in 2011. My intial review when I added this beer was a 4.25 but I am not sure what happened since then. Eventhough it was served improperly in a pint glass I found myself struggling to power through this beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark mahogany amber. Half finger light tan head slowly dissipates to a film, slight lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with a bit of cola, dark fruit. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, dark and dried fruit, somewhat subdued, but well integrated. Flavor falls off in mid taste, ending with a surprisingly dry and hop bitter finish. Then interestingly, lingering aftertaste of the sweet malt and dark fruit. An interesting flavor progression and a nice American take on a dubble. The mouthfeel also has a progression from an initial medium body with a hint of creaminess, then finishing somewhat thin, but with decent carbonation. Sound Brewery is doing an excellent job with its Belgian inspired beers.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Main Street Ale House in Kingston, Washington. I was really hoping to try something from this little Poulsbo brewery, and was happy to find this on tap. Tasted 25 July 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear mahogany color, with little head or lacing.

Smell is brown sugar, nicely sweet, with a bit of spicy bite.

Taste is smooth, and sweet, as expected, with a surprisingly crisp back-end.

Lovely mouthfeel, rich, smooth, and sugary sticky. Just enough carbonation, and a finish that's less candy-like than many dubbels.

Quite a tasty beer. One of the nicer American dubbels I've had recently.

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Photo of Briken
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with red highlights, thin tan head, and no retention. Belgian sugar, fruity yeast, chocolate aromas with hints of licorice. Deep chocolate and Belgian sugar with dark fruit/ plum. Light alcohol warming with a semidry finish. Light, dry, thin feel.

Great aroma and some good flavor but the dryness in the feel and linger detracts from the flavor. Everything blends together to make a drinkable yet muddy beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last Sound Brewery offering from Libbey, bummer to see this neck-taped bottle adventure end. Pours a medium brown-ish red color with good clarity. Thick, frothy tan head surprisingly leaves very little lace.

Nose shows caramel-drizzled cinnamon rolls and a fair amount of breadiness. A nice little blend of yeasty bread and spiciness.

Has a nice, silky chocolate component to the flavor with some toasty bread and lighter raisin notes. Quite tasty, the yeast and malt play well together and are complimented by a perfect alcohol/hop dryness at the end. Its not all that bold of a beer...everything is pretty tame, but nicely integrated. Goes down really easy and I would have to put the body at less than medium but smooth comes to mind well before thin. Very good beer, I would love to have another bottle or two of this.

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Dubbel Entendre from Sound Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 66 ratings