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Belgian Style Dubbel | Cedar Creek Brewery

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Belgian Style DubbelBelgian Style Dubbel

Brewed by:
Cedar Creek Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 53
Photo of Atlas1
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

PIcked up a four-pack of tall boys the other day at Central Market. Hadn't seen this one before and was hopeful, despite not being a huge fan of the Cedar Creek beers overall.

Pours a nice amber brown color. Nothing super special, but pretty when it's held up to the light. Some head after a vigorous pour, but no lace to speak of. The nose is full and strong with Belgian yeast. Lots of banana and clover. Some fig and other dark fruit. The strong presence of alcohol in the nose was unexpected, even at 7% ABV. The taste is way too boozy in my opinion. It's as if they got to a point with the trial brews and just said, "screw it, let's roll with this" without trying to refine it any further. I don't mean to be mean, but it just seems a bit unfinished to me. Really strong alcohol notes in the finish, especially as it warms up a bit. Mouthfeel is sturdy, but the strong alcohol finish leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Overall, this just doesn't do much for me. It's too boozy, and not in a good way. It's not a bad flavor up front, but it doesn't hold up. I know dubbels are supposed to have a stronger feel to them, and are by definition higher in ABV, but most really good examples don't burn in the finish like this one does. Still, I'm glad I tried it. Still waiting for something from Cedar Creek to really impress me, though.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown glass goes glowing orange amber with back light. Holds a modest cover of tan foam and laces the glass.

Smell: Mild, a bit of boozy raisin and tonic water.

Taste: Grape Popsicle! Black bread with more bruised purple grape esters and a mineral water bitter that slowly comes through the sweet light malt base.

Feel: Gassy, light medium body, watery texture.

Overall: A sweet dubbel, close to a table beer and would complement a meal nicely, particularly something meaty.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Belgian tulip.

A vigorous pour produces a frothy, light khaki-colored head and scattered lace. The body is dark brown and cloudy. 4.25

Faint dark fruit, caramel malt and some candy-like aroma are in the suppressed nose. It all seems underwhelming. 3

Ahhhh, this taste though, is excellent. Raisin and prune and some tasteful spice lead to slightly toffee-like malts. Some grassy hops emerge on the finish. 3.75

Lighter in body and perhaps more hopped than I expect, but it works and is enjoyable. 3.75

I seem to remember enjoying this more, but it's still good. A solid dubbel.

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Photo of Premo88
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. CAN poured into big tulip

(a dubbel in a can, y'all!)

L: classic dubbel brown but with loads of amber in it; this one built a solid head on a hard pour, close to an inch of tan foam that's quite thick; almost 100% clear

S: wine and yeast, sweet molasses; fruity with just a hint of banana/bubble gum

T: plenty sweet and fruity, a bit of dark dried fruits

F: solid, not fantastic -- it doesn't have that big Belgian carbonation thing. it's not bad, though

O: a good attempt at the classic style. it's not Rochefort 6, but I had to try a Texas-made dubbel, and it's not disappointing

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Photo of ChrisKuhns
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really, this is best Belgian Style Dubbel I had, so far. It proved me why it won GOLD medal at 2013 GABF. Hats off to Cedar Creek Brewery. I poured directly into my snifter glasses from its' tallest can. Its' appearance is unique and convincing that it is a good beer to enjoy along with hunting food I had recent. I am confident that I will visit its' brewery in the nearest future.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 16 oz. can into a 33 cl tulip. No canning date. Picked up a four pack for $15(!) about a week and a half ago.

Look- Deep amber-red, nearly brown. Crystal clear. A finger and a half of off-white head settle to a two-fingernail cap, no lacing.

Smell- Currant, nougat, bready without being grainy. Light sweetness, some bubblegum and spice. Swirling brings out more banana and a sweeter, boozier maple-nut aroma. Nice.

Taste- Not as sweet as anticipated, restrained burnt caramel and cherry, toasted marshmallow. Finishes with a touch of astringency and lingering banana-mango.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, light-to-medium carbonation comes off as a bit prickly. Mild bite from the alcohol notable after half the can or so. Light feel.

Overall- Not too bold, but nuanced and depth of flavor. Well done, well above average for the style. Nonetheless, ~$4.00/can isn't something I'd go for under normal circumstances. Good for them getting their stuff out after winning at the GABF though.

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Photo of BlakeyBrew
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect example of the style... I would compare to Chimay Red, but this is even better.. Dark fruit along with bananas, extremely easy to drink, and hides the 7.5% alcohol really well. The carbonation level is on the high side, but it makes this already drinkable beer even moreso. Some malt sweetness and raisin characteristics shine through. I love the complexity of this beer..and everything else about it. And a GABF Gold Medal winner? Can't go wrong...

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Photo of champ103
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Again, another beer listing with no actual reviews. It does not take a lot of effort, but whatever. Had this on tap at Down House in Houston.

A: Pours a clear ruby brown color. A one finger beige head rises and recedes with good lace left behind.
S: A good malty aroma. Toasted, caramel sweetness, candied sugars. Simple, but enjoyable.
T: Again, fairly simple, but I enjoyed this more and more with every sip. Toasted malts, sweet caramel and candied sugars. Light dark fruits like plumbs and light banana like fruity esters. Very enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body and low carbonation. Not under carbonated at all. Though a little on the thin side. Very easy to drink and enjoy. I downed my glass quickly and could have some more.

A simple, but well made version of the style. Lots of malty goodness, and easy to drink. Not a world beater, but solid all around. This should not be ignored.

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Belgian Style Dubbel from Cedar Creek Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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