Doublecross | Crux Fermentation Project

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of logicerror
1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

Photo of Ninjakillzu
1.92/5  rDev -49.1%
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 WhatAlesMe
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of vkv822
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
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 leftoverburrito
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Sarlacc83
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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 mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
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 -9.5%
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 josephandbrown
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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 anteater
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dansmcd
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of DucksFan16
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of Keepnitrl
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woemad
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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 JakesCrew
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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 acurtis
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Doublecross from Crux Fermentation Project
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 94 ratings