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 acurtis
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of vfgccp
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of nickfl
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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 LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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 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 mklisz
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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 LoveStout
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
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 fredmugs
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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