Doublecross | Crux Fermentation Project

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Crux Fermentation Project
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ccrida on 04-18-2013

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 89
Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An ok offering from Crux. Belgian's are hard for a lot of American breweries to perfect and contend with. The Belgian's from breweries like La Trappe and St. Bernardus are just so well perfected and set the benchmark. Crux puts out some of my favorite beers and this one is alright. Lot of candied sugar, a little dark fruit, plum and raisen. I'll have to revisit again for a follow up review.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from the brewery in late August for $7.00. Bottled on 8/9/2016.

Beer poured mahogany with a very nice off white head that has some nice hang time.

Nose is dark fruits and Belgian yeast esters.

Taste is dark fruit dominated and candi sugar. Taste is somewhat sweet and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied which is what i would not expect for the style.

Overall i found this brew to be very enjoyable. Definitely a notch under Unibroue but definitely worthy of a shot!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pricey little bottle and a decent beer, but nothing really extraordinary here, except how well it hides its alcohol. its oddly thin for being so strong, and i am sort of surprised its just not exposed hot alcohol, but it is somehow super well disguised. clearish until the bottom of the bottle, very light brown in color, completely malt driven, much less yeasty than i expected it to be, and truthfully maybe a little one dimensional, nothing near as complex as a good quad or something, which is about what i thought i was getting into here. i like the nutty drier malt base, hardly sweet at all past the center point, and with a cool raisin and even maple complexion on the finish. very light in body for what it is, i was looking for a little more depth here, and maybe a little more yeast flavor in something dubbed a belgian, aside from a little dark fruit and candy note, there isnt a lot here on that front. very surprised to hear others call this syrupy and sweet, perhaps my bottle was a little older than thus the yeast had more time to work through the grain sugar, but i found this almost shockingly dry and light for its strength. cool beer, tasty and obviously well made, but not as distinguishable from the crowd as i was expecting for from these guys.

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Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle data: 11.0% ABV vs 10.0% listed under BEER INFO (update submitted to BA)

Brownish body with a thin, fizzy light tan head. Big fruit aroma; plums and raisins; candy sweetness. Brown sugar and molasses taste; bitter with some alcohol presence. Heavy body; sticky and chewy; some alcohol burn.

Malty and gently boozy. Not bad yet nothing exceptional.

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Photo of jrsaffert
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice
Appearance: pours a clear red with thin white head that quick fades to nothing.
Aroma: Raisins, plums, Bing cherries, slight spice
Taste: dark fruit is the dominant flavor, but it is rather subtle. Mild clove and pepper on the tail end. Caramel and rock candy sweetness. Faint alcohol heat
Mouthfeel: medium body, very light carbonation
Overall: mediocre BSDA, not something I will likely revisit

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Photo of Teamster
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass (at my in-laws, no proper glassware, so sue me). Bottled 10/20/15, according to sticker on the bottle.

LOOK: Probably the strongest aspect of this beer. Gorgeous ruby-red body. Medium off-white head drops to virtually nothing after pouring. No lacing whatsoever.

SMELL: Somewhat disappointing. Oaky, slightly yeasty, with light malt overtones and stone fruit. Not as aromatic as I was expecting.

TASTE: Pretty damn close to a dubbel. Stone fruits, bold (11.5%!!) alcohol burn, ends on sweet & tangy, but muddied malt notes.

FEEL: Moderate effervescence, balanced by fairly thick & syrupy mouthfeel. Sticks to the tongue like you'd expect a dubbel.

OVERALL: I enjoyed this beer well enough. Not sure I'd make it a daily drinker, especially considering the ABV. Pretty decent example of a dark Belgian beer, though I'll favor authentic dubbels over this "almost" example.

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Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown/ruby body with small, tight beige head. Aroma is true Belgian, dried fruit, molasses and oak barrel. taste is slightly tangy, some alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is sticky and weight is medium bordering on heavy. Good try at this style. Very close to a dubbel.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
1.92/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L: Dark ruby red body, thin head that disappeared quickly.

S: Strong cherry candy nose, almost like red vines. Does not smell like a typical strong dark ale.

T: Cherry, malt, and a medicinal bitter aftertaste. Reminds me of cough syrup to be frank.

F: Slightly fizzy and smooth, not much else.

O: I took four sips, and down the drain it went. I most likely got a bad bottle.

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Photo of josephandbrown
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look- A pretty, dark amber color. Not much head, but I got a pour in a mini nonic glass, so that might be the reason.

Smell- A light smell. That Belgian yeast aroma is notable in the breathe out, though.

Taste- Ok. Belgian-y with a malty backbone. A bit of a bite at the end.

Feel- An unpleasant burn on the end. Probably from the high abv.

Overall, this is a rare miss for me from Crux. It says something that their miss is still over a three, though.

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Photo of ricke49
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hard to understand the kinda low reviews. This is a unique take on a Belgian with a raisin/prune dark fruit flavor up front and a ratcheted down yeast presence. In other words great flavor without being overwhelmed by yeastiness.

For 11% ABV it's insanely drinkable. Fruity and still refreshing. Rich toffee head that is long lasting. One of the best strong (dark) ales, of any persuasion, that I've had.

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Photo of woemad
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz (?!) bottle purchased at Mid Columbia Wine & Spirits in Kennewick, WA, about three months ago. This was the first place I’d seen beers from Crux, and I have to admit I fell for the cool label. Incidentally, that label lists the abv as 11%, and is stamped with a bottled-on date of “Jan 19 ’15.”

Poured a dark, ruddy color into a Chimay goblet, with a thin, bubbly beige head that vanished on the double-quick (a very thin beige foam collar stuck around).

Vinuous aroma, coupled with fruitcakey dark fruits and booze.

Sweet and bitter dark fruits and apples are the primary flavor characteristics, along with notes of red wine and an underlying boozy flavor. There’s an undercurrent of diacetyl that brings down the drinkability.

Too full bodied for an authentic Belgian experience, and the mouthfeel suffers for it.

Good flavors were present, but they were compromised by the diacetyl and the overall “heaviness.” Although only 12(ish)oz, it became something of a job to finish this, so I’m grateful this wasn’t a bomber or 750mL, as it might well have become a drainpour.

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Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This tastes more like honey than any beer I've had that didn't claim to be brewed with honey. The dry finish is almost tannic in it's sudden takeover of the sensation in the mouth. The initial taste also reminds me of IHOP berry pancake syrup, starting out sweet and ending up bitter. There's that medicinal note at the finish. Stems and seeds.

The aromatics are very intriguing. Cedar and raisin pie. Even hints of cinnamon and allspice. The color is a dark copper with a brief flush of foam. The carbonation stays a little longer on the tongue as you sip. An interesting strong brew, From the 500 ml bottle purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland. Bottled on 02/17/15. This batch is 11% ABV.

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours like garnet stone (deep dark ruby). Little head that settles to NO bubbles. No lace as well.

Sweet and sour smell. Lots of berry, reminds me of a guerze.

Taste matches the smell--sweet and tart with a dark malt background. The finish is sour and lingers through the aftertaste slowly dissipating. Highly carbonated with a moderate body.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy brown body.
The aroma is brown sugar, raisins and figs.
The taste has lots of dark dry fruits, mildly sweet and a latent alcohol heat.
The texture is soft.
It's great and super drinkable.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into my Val-Dieu goblet.

Appearance: ruddy, tawny hue with a good effervescence and a moderate haze. Head poured a pretty thin layer of ivory foam, but despite that it's still a good looking beer.

Smell: rich and sweet raisin, date and tobacco aroma. There's a bit of dustiness and a whiff of strong alcohol (which I like) and a dash of biscuit (of which I'm not so fond). Mostly a very good aroma, though.

Taste: toasty and a little biscuity, like a Belgian-inspired altbier. There are good dark-fruit flavors, though, with more of that raisin and date character. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a good creaminess that I rather like.

Overall: it's hard for me to *love* this beer, what with its biscuity qualities, but otherwise it has a lot going for it. The more I drink, the less the biscuit bothers me; I think as it warms the fruitiness comes out better; it's pretty good stuff. I could see being in the mood for this again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a dark reddish amber with a half finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark stone fruit, moderately estery, a touch of alcohol. Flavor starts with sweet dark fruit, caramel malt, clove then develops an herbal bitterness with residual dark fruits and moderate boozy element. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. The initial impression is very sweet, but the developing bitter herbal element tends to cover and complement the sweetness. A somewhat idiosyncratic take on a Belgian strong dark, but I rather enjoyed it. The finishing booziness is a bit of a negative, but there are plenty of strong flavors here to support it.

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Photo of JakesCrew
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Opened on December 28, 2013
Appearance: Attractive, amber color, no head
Smell / Aroma: Vanilla, boozy
Taste: Strong dominant boozy / bourbony flavor up front and throughout, sweet malty / candy flavors mixed-in
Drinkability: Low, too boozy
Overall: A boozy beer, fine for the style but not a standout
Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 9.10.13

A - Pours a dark caramel brown with a fluffy, active tan head that fades pretty fast.

S - Caramel, toffee, bready.

T - Toffee, raisin, dark fruits.

D - Medium body with good carbonation.

O - Sweet toffee and raisins with a lighter body. Ok.

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Photo of vkv822
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

16.9oz : Teku

Clear, deep garnet colored body with a thin, bubbly light tan head.

Sweet, candi sugars upfront, some molasses, very faint Belgian yeast and dark fruit. Nice, but a bit subdued/one dimensional.

The taste is similar to the nose. Nothing offensive, and some good points, but really lacking in any complexity and fails to leave me with really wanting more.

Medium-thin body, mild foamy carbonation.

As stated above, nothing unpleasant, but also nothing particularly well done either and left me with no real desire to even finish the whole bottle.

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Photo of Fux
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark amber / light brown with a small beige head that fades quite quickly.
S: Smell of caramel malts, toffee, some dark fruits and soaked fruits with some fruity esters and yeasts aromas. Nice.
T: The taste is not as rich as foreseen from the nose, mainly malty, but with lots of phenolic flavors and a herbal scent which is a bit disturbing, somehow medicinal. Does not last very long on the palate.
M: Medium bodied with a low carbonation. This makes this ale a bit cloying given the bottle is 500ml.
O: Quite a well made Belgian strong ale, true to the style, pleasant from the nose, but not really exciting after all. Enjoyable but quite forgettable.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500mL from Belmont Station.

A: Brown with red tints. Head rapidly forms into a bubbly crest and then recedes into nothingness. Decent legs.

N: Raisin, toffee, prune, bubble gum, clove, coriander, and a hint of banana. A little bit of smokiness. Lots of esters. Pretty good approximation of a Belgian, albeit not quite as smooth around the edges.

T: Biscuity, slightly bitter, and moderately sweet. A bit light on the flavor, but what flavors it does have blend together well.

M: Somewhat watery. A little bit sticky, and alcohol exhibits itself.

O: A much better beer than a number of Crux bottles I’ve opened. It lacks that deep complexity of its Belgian forbears as well as the luxurious mouthfeel, but I’d be willing to try this again.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled during the recent Sasquatch fest. Wasn't a big fan of the pils they were pouring, but this stuff was great.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is quite attractive, as I pick up dark fruits, a hint of prune, chocolate, vanilla and underlying spice. The flavor profile replicated the nose in this fairly sweet dark ale, and mouthfeel is soft and fairly full. Alcohol was well integrated into the flavor profile, though you could tell it was up there a bit. Still, I would not have guess this was a 10% abv. beer if I hadn't been told.

Really an impressive effort from this new to me brewery.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap @ baileys

Opted for the 10oz pour, rather than the offered 20oz pour (yikes). Served in a mini-nonic. Dark mahogany body - aromas of dark fruit, wood, booze. A nice radiating sweetness, rich chocolate malts. First offering from Crux was a pretty impressive BSDA

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Photo of ccrida
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught at Bailey's, DoubleCross is mahogeny with a small, big-bubbled off-white collar that leaves

Smell is fruity, dark crued fruits, prune, some rum-raisin. Some gingerbread spice.

Taste is deep dark fruits and malts, yet there is an elgegant litheness to it. Smooth, nice depth.

Mouthfeel is light, digestible. A touch stichy, and drying from the ABV.

Drinkability is very good, this is well executed, smooth and flavorful.

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Doublecross from Crux Fermentation Project
3.68 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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