Dubbel D'Hiver
Microbrasserie Le Castor

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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #186
Ranked #35,843
3.6 | pDev: 10.28%
Microbrasserie Le Castor
Quebec, Canada
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 19
Reviews by biegaman:
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3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Le Castor Dubbel D'Hiver looks a little malnourished, despite that it's brewed with grapes. More amber than brown at most angles, it has a terra cotta glow and pristine clarity. Head is at a minimum, though the sparse amount present does well to stick around (and even stick to the glass a little).

It smells as though the beer's intensely spiced even if it hasn't been. Clove, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, mace, allspice... each and every one distinctly, magically appear in the aroma without appearing on the ingredients list. In the words of Kramer: Mother Nature's a mad scientist!

If you're wondering what's responsible for all that spicy seasoning, the answer is yeast. But the bulk of its power lies in its aromatics; the flavour isn't nearly so explosive. Subtract the yeast and, frankly, there isn't much else. The other ingredients really don't carry their weight. Specifically the malt doesn't...

The mouthfeel is thin and mildly cloying. Aside from a teaspoon of brown sugar and maybe a caramel square or two, there's really little flavour beyond the baking spices and figgy, plummy dried fruit notes. As for the grapes, this really tastes more like raisins. And there's not even a nuance of red wine.

Dubbel D'Hiver is a typical North American take on the style: thin, semi-cloying, lightly boozy, and overly reliant on dried fruit flavours and rambunctious yeast. It is nowhere as deep or impressive as a Trappist or even commercial Abbaye offering from Belgium. It's OK, but Le Castor makes far better beers.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light candi sugar notes, dry raisins and cereal notes. Taste is also dominated by sweet raisins notes with some residual sugar and some easily discernable cereal notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol.

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Photo of papat444
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 660ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Average head but retention is super weak as it all disappears within a minute! The color is a nice dark peach though.

Smell: Cinnamon, strong spices, candi sugar. Not bad.

Taste: Cloves, mild cinnamon, candied flavor. Pretty much like the aroma but a bit dialed down.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation that eases into a warming feel but for the style, it lacks a little presence.

Overall: Their other beers seemed to garner good praise which makes this one all the more disappointing. I will try the others though.

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Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy orange/amber color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian candi sugar, dark fruit (mostly raisins), some caramel and perhaps some cloves.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some Belgian candi sugar, raisins, cloves, faint caramel and some bready yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with average flavors and aromas. Nothing exciting.

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Photo of montrealbcr89
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of LarryAppleton
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Krakpoff
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Whatup14
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of spiritus93
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of byronic
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Triat00
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of Jerk_Store
2.51/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This is not very good beer. I'll just leave it at that.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured into a tulip glass from a 660 ml bottle, pours a dark amber brown, almost the color you see on the dark part of a peach. very weak head.

Aroma - Clove, spices, caramel malt, cinnamon, grapes, and candi sugar.

Taste - the flavor profile is pretty much the same as the nose.

Feel - Medium bod, tingly carbonation, a very sweet beer.

Overall - This is an average belgian darker styled beer with average flavors and aromas. Its still good but I expect castor to blow me away. oh well, yakima is still amazing :)

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Dubbel D'Hiver from Microbrasserie Le Castor
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 19 ratings