Royal City Brewing Co.

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Belgian Dubbel
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3.97 | pDev: 3.27%
Royal City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
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Reviews by BigGruntyThirst:
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from the LCBO for $4.95 CDN. Served cool into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark mahogany color, some brown hues, plenty of hazy and capped by a finger of long lasting light tan head.

Smell - dark fruits, toffee, molasses so a small extent and a healthy dose of rich bready bits.

Taste - quite like the nose, restrained bitterness, dark fruits, toffee and a bigger dose of molasses. Really good and well put together.

Mouthfeel - rich, decadent, well carbonated and medium- heavy bodied. A nice dry finish.

Overall - a very nice and well executed dubbel. Worth a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of SteveWeiler
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; dated Dec 2 2018 and served barely chilled. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark, hazy, brick reddish-bronze colour with crimson red highlights; situated atop is one centimetre of tight, creamy, beige-coloured head that dissipates within the next several minutes. A frothy, creamy collar hangs around indefinitely, surrounding a thin, smooth cap; decent lace, looks good to me. The aroma is comprised of bready, biscuity malts and caramelized sugars/toffee, as well as lots of dark fruit character - raisin and fig, but especially date. In brief, I'd describe it as fruitcake-like, with just a touch of spice (including vanilla).

A reasonably balanced dubbel - it does lean sweet (which is nearly always the case with this style), but I wouldn't say it's too saccharine. The malt profile is varied, including brown sugar and toffee, together with bready, biscuity, cake-like malts and plenty of date fruit flavour. Remains sweet-ish to the finish, with date and hints of raisin coming through amidst hints of spice and a mild booziness. Medium in body; the carbonation starts off spritzy, but doesn't stay that way for long, exhausting itself quickly. The eventual result is a smoother mouthfeel, but to be honest it does come off as a tad watery/thin for a biggish beer; I suppose the flip side of that coin is that it's got pretty good drinkability.

Final Grade: 3.9, a B+. Dubbels are not a style I have a strong affinity for - I mean, I haven't even bothered to review a new one in the better part of three years - but Royal City's interpretation is a respectable one that I rather enjoyed. The date fruit in particular helps to provide another dimension to a beer that would otherwise be just malt-forward, though it could stand to have a bit more complexity (e.g. more yeast character might help). Not on par with the Trappist equivalents, but at $5 a pop, there's no reason not to give this dubbel a shot.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite a good take on a dubbel. This beer pours chestnut brown with a thin head that breaks quickly. Smell is dominated by dark fruits, especially the dates mentioned on the bottle. Flavor brings the dark fruits forward and then there is quite a nice malt profile that is balanced out with a slight yeast flavor. Feel is heavy middleweight, with fine carbonation, finish is fruity and malty.

Wow, color me impressed. I was not expecting this from this beer. Nicely done.

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Photo of -steve-
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I agree with the previous reviewer. This is a solid offering from Royal City. They are opting for a fruity (dates) characteristic than the traditional sweeter (caramel / candi sugar) flavours that typify the style. It has pleasing deep brown hues, fruity smells and taste. There is a peppery spiciness, very little hop characteristics and dry, fruit finish. Would like to see a little more of the malty sweetness. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Probably one of the best Canadian attempts of this style outside of Quebec, this brew pours lovely, smells nice enough (though not great) and tastes how it should, although a bit metallic.
You can tell it's not a home run, but it's still worth the extra bases. Good job.

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Photo of Electros
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dubbel from Royal City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 8 ratings