Trail Dubbel
Side Project Brewing

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Style:
Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #23
ABV:
10%
Score:
88
Ranked #6,908
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 7.98%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
24
From:
Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
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Rotating
Wants
  2
Gots
  10
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: Wine barrel aged Dubbel
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 24
Photo of Tommo
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So i get it, people are into side project, and this is a fancy little bottle release. But straight up, this is interesting but not very tasty. The body is pretty thick, which is really reflected in how unbelievably sweet the beer is. Huge fruit aroma on the nose and follows suit in the flavors. Mild tartness, some decent barrel aspect. I get and understand this beer, but i dont like it. Being still makes the whole thing even stranger, and overall its nice to try, but not particularly tasty or drinkable

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Photo of aasher
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has to be one of the most unique beers that I've had the pleasure of trying. On paper, this beer is not up my alley at all. After tasting this, it is flawlessly executed. It pours like a still old ale, dark and murky but has a good pop of red wine barrel on the nose. The flavors were far more complex than expected. If offers dark fruits with a sharp red grape character that despite being flat, definitely stimulates your palate. That unique aspect allowed the beer to drink like it was not actually 100% still. This is definitely worth trying and sharing with others. It's a great conversation starter.

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Photo of bnes09
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown, hazy appearance. No head or lacing. Thick legs. Very earthy with tons of dark fruit, mostly prunes. Rich, dark and sweet. Boozy middle to finish. Dense body. No carbonation. Sticky texture. Much like alcoholic prune juice but oddly enjoyable.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pours light brown but dark in the glass. No head as it's a still beer.
A: dark dried fruit sweetness and a little booze.
T: woah, a lot going on here. Sweet grapes, then dry wine, and finishes sour. Very weird but good.
F: very drinkable and smooth, finishes dry and sour.

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Photo of danielsadicario
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4.5's across the board. I was pleasantly surprised by how drinkable it is. It's incredibly smooth and friendly compared to barleywines and other dubbels that can be just too sweet or too intense. And yes, the wine character is a big part of the show, but don't be fooled; there are many other things going on here--excellent complexity.

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Photo of gibgink
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Okay, so this is an interesting beer. If I can convey anything to people reading this, it is that in my opinion this is a dubbel in name only. Pours a muddy brown water, with light semi permeating the edges. The look guidelines are not really helpful, as the beer is bottled still, so there is no carb. A little funk/must on the nose. Initial taste can best be described as vinous(which SP doing so on the blog, so since it fits so much, I stole it). It has wine like flavors that hit the palate with a twang, mimicking what some wines can do. A the end of the taste, the malt sweetness takes over for a sweet finish. I enjoyed this outing from Side Project, in part because they are willing to explore beer possibilities and not just sit on their laurels.

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Trail Dubbel from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 24 ratings