Arend Dubbel | Brouwerij De Ryck

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Arend DubbelArend Dubbel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ryck

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Phyl21ca on 11-23-2007

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 15
Reviews by beerenjoyer1:
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Dubbel has little foam, a caramel color and is clean. The smell is malty with alittle "mustiness" to it but that is the style I would guess. The taste is malty, with a tiny bit of bitterness to it but it finishes strong with nice flavor. It has a feel of a dubbel but not heavy at all, and it is a beer that can be ordered more than once. All in all avery nice beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with virtually no head. Sweet and light tasting, had at cellar temperature. Better a tad cooler. A tad thin, though acceptable Belgian. Some chocolate malt. Toffee caramel. Light spice, malt ball with a tad licorice, roast, nutty. Better than an average American brown. Not a bad one for dessert.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet Belgian malt with some notes of light spices. Taste is also dominated by some creamy Belgian malt with some candi sugar and some dry fruits components. Good full body with some limited filtration and some good carbonation. I really appreciated the toffee and caramel notes that were easily discernable.

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Photo of desint
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Absumaster
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A brown beer with a thin head that is a little creamy.

Smell of caramel that smells like coloring agent. There is a distinct sweet tartness that reminds me of tart cherries. The yeast gives the typical de Ryck smells that is fruity and a bit sour.

Taste is slightly sweet and has a light caramel and woody taste. Some tart cherries, that I always seem to relate to sour and caramel. The sour is just a little present. Together with the sweetness it makes a strange combination that I am not particulary fond of. Body is quite thin and aftertaste is dry and lingering sweet and tart.

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why this is retired as I had it on tap in Belgium in August, 2010.

Pours a clear, light brown. Quick dying head but it still manages to leave some streaky lace on the glass.

The aroma is very sweet: mostly brown sugars and maple syrup.

The sweetness on the tongue is not as strong as the smell suggests--it's not coy, but there's a strong maple syrup presence. There is no hop presence that I can detect. The alcohol, however, is quite evident, which is odd given the abv of 6.5%--it tastes far stronger than this. The carbonation is high and the relatively low body makes this a thin beer. It seems like the brewery added sucrose or some other adjunct.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Foam on two fingers, beige, it is not too long. Fruity, cherry, plum, intense caramel and something else. The taste is dry fruits, plums, cherries, caramel softer than in the aroma.
Minimally saturated acidity. Alcohol completely imperceptible, super, worth repeating.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of steverx8
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle bought in Brussels, and finally getting around to consuming at home. On to the beer:

I expect a dubbel to look along the lines of this beer; brown colored, maybe a hue or two lighter than that, a few spots where visible bubbles are spotted running to the top, and a small head which is semi-creamy and wraps around the edges of the glass. The nose is a little sweet and has a pronounced fruitiness to it. A little bit of Tootsie Roll aroma playing alongside white grapes and a whisper of esters.

First impression in the mouth, this beer has a bite of carbonation which hits. The bite clears the palate and slowly the flavors emerge. Snappy grape is the obvious one of the group. A bit dry is the malt with some cocoa shavings, as it acts more like a backdrop for the yeast to hit onto. Throughout, the beer has uplifting carbonation, cleans the palate without cleaning your insides. A kiss of the alcohol is felt for a brief moment before hibernating again.

Solid Belgian dubbel out of De Ryck. Certainly, there are many others which I prefer, though Arend Dubbel can get the job done in a competent manner.

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Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Arend Dubbel from Brouwerij De Ryck
3.62 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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