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: 93 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12.7 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 1/26/2016

Almost 2 years on this bottle.

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice brownish/reddish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/quick one-finger off-white head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some dark fruit complex (cherries, figs, raisins, plums). The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, nice dark fruit complex (cherries, figs, raisins, plums). Full Body, ABV hidden pretty nicely, a nice little complex brew. Overall, out of the few I've had from Crux this is the best one.

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Photo of darktronica
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +5.3%
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 -0.5%
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 VashonGuy
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreatStoutman
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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 MtOrion
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakemn91
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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 Masters
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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 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 ricke49
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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 fredmugs
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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Doublecross from Crux Fermentation Project
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 93 ratings