Because | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
“Double Dubel” is a playful way to say Quadrupel. This strong dark ale was brewed and aged with ancho chilies, which are the dried version of poblanos. Anchos impart earthy, raisin-y, peppery characteristics but not a lot of heat. The result is a complex elixir that pairs well with rich, spiced foods but can also be savored on its own. Because was aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with ancho chilies for several months before conditioning.

45 IBU

Added by ManVersusBeer on 08-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by GeezLynn:
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark shade of mahogany brown with a diminutive, short-lived white head.

S: Aroma is quite fruity, with a prominent grape character. To a lesser degree there’s also a some oak and a light, bready dark malt.

T: Flavor shows multiple layers. The cabernet barrels have a strong influence, giving the beer distinctive, slightly tart raspberry flavor which is accompanied by a biting pepper spice. Underneath the bigger flavors, it’s sweet and bready with raisins, and a light tannic presence.

M: Medium bodied, with low carbonation and a bit sticky.

Overall, a very bold-flavored beer with nice complexity. Got to give MS credit here for creativity. Obviously a sipper, but worth the effort to track down.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, molasses and sugar. The beer smells very sweet overall.

The flavor is roasted malt, dark fruit (mainly cherries), caramel malt, molasses and brown sugar. The flavor is nearly as sweet as the aroma. The alcohol is very well hidden for a beer of this strength.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice American-made quadrupel.

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Photo of nickd717
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber via trade thanks to akbeerfiend.

Pours a somewhat hazy brown color with a small, quickly fading light tan head.

The aroma is very interesting - ancho chilies are big, as is dark fruit, chocolate, and red wine.

The flavor is great and complex. Lots going on. Caramel and toffee, cherry, prune, plum, roast, red wine, and oak. Surprisingly tasty.

Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. A hefty one this is.

An awesome beer, crazy because many of us expected a train wreck.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Sampled at Dak’s Memorial Day Tasting. Many thanks for this Dak!). Pours cloudy burnt caramel color with no head. Aroma has smoked chili and some wine? Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Medium bodied with oily/slick texture. Pretty nice beer than integrates the chilis well.

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber opened by nickd717. Thanks, Nick. A double dubbel aged in cabernet barrels with ancho chilies? OK.

Dark chestnut brown, clear with crimson highlights. A small beige head settles to a collar.

Chilies come through strongly in the aroma, backed by fruity notes of raisin, berries, red grapes. There's some dark sugar and tannic, fruity red wine in there too.

Very fruity on the palate, raisins and plums, turbinado sugar, a bit of berry, juicy and vinous red wine. Full-bodied with a big chili flavor that doesn't lend much heat. Finishes fruity, vinous and sweet with a faint lingering heat.

This sounded like an absolute trainwreck, but it's actually quite good.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing.

A: The pour is a dark amber-brown color with a solid khaki colored head.

S: Very fruit forward on the note with lots of sweet grapes, cherries, and currants. There's a lot of chocolate character and the chiles are mild and provide a bit of earthiness.

T: Sweet and jam like. A grape jam sort of flavor with great wine flavors. Sweet chocolate, peppery wine and oak, and an earthy chile flavor on the finish with just a touch of spiciness.

M: The body is medium to full with a medium level of carbonation.

D: Probably the best beer of the series. I had my doubts about a chile pepper quad in wine barrels, but I'm glad to say it worked out very well.

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Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

See through brown with a light tan-beige head which fades to just about nothing.
On the nose with molasses, you can even smell a bit of heat. Chili pepper is there with red grapes and dates.
Whoa, this is a big one. Heavy and spicy like pepper and the burn is definitely there with the ancho chiles. Some sour hints at bing cherries while the peat-moss raisin molasses and the dark stone fruit of plums meddles and melds well on the tongue. It is spicy and warming and a sipping one at that.
There are hints of chili pepper flakes and has a caramelized oak-like bourbon feel towards the end.
Why drink? Just Because.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber shared at a tasting by the ever-generous nickd717. Thanks Nick.

As the description was being read out loud ("A double dubbel..."), chswimmer cracked jokes about eating this animal style. I, being the only sane mathematician in the group, pointed out that double dubbel is a quad.

A: Pours a dark puce body with edge translucence. The head is short-lived, as I'd expect on a 13% beer, and it leaves some lace down the sides of the tulip.

S: Now this is interesting. The wine barrels are quite apparent, as are cherries, oak, chilis, molasses, raisins. It actually smells great, instead of being a clashing mess.

T: Raisins, figs, plums, cherries, wine. The finish is where the chilis come out with a mild burn; they're also carried by oak, which seems to sharpen the bite. There is a general caramel and molasses sweetness to be found.

M: Sticky, lingering flavor, particularly the chili heat. It is full-bodied, quite thick; it's also quite sweet. In a small pour this was fantastic, but I could tell it would be a chore to tackle a full bomber alone. I'm not sure a drier quad would have done as well in the barrels, so I suppose the heaviness is necessary.

D: Definitely a sipper beer, and one best enjoyed in smaller quantities. Nonetheless, excellent.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark chocolate brown with brown highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was quite pleasent consisting of the sweet belgian yeast, caramel, slight toffee, wine oaky character, dark fruits, and mild ancho chillis detected in the background; pretty complex nose. The flavor also had the oaky wine character with yeasty, caramel, dark fruity,toffee accents but the anchi chiilis were a bit more apparent on the end which had a mild burn on the throat. The brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight yeasty, oaky, mild tart, and silky finish. It drank decent and would love to have another stab at this beer any day. I'll definitely try to grab a bottle of this soon.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeremiah for this bottle.

Pours a deep chestnut brown with hints of red showing through at the edges underneath a small creamy tan head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves some sticky legs.

The aroma is massively sweet with toffee, caramel, raisins, figs and chocolate. The red wine and chilies are present but not overpowering, though the chilies leave a slight burn in the nostrils.

Taste is very interesting, starting with a fruity sweetness - apples and pears maybe - with some chocolate and caramel as well. The red wine really comes out in the middle with some spicy oak. Then comes the finish which has a definite peppery burn from the ancho.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with good carbonation and seriously active on the palate with the chilies really tingling the tongue.

Another fantastic beer from MSBC. I was a little worried when I read the description that the flavors would really clash, but it all came together very well and doesn't feel anything like a ~13% ABV beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nick the Tick for sharing this one at The Shack. Served in a City Beer snifter.

A - Pours with a small quick-dissipating foam that settled to a thin ring and left some spotty lace. Dark brown body that was slightly lighter at the fringes.

S - Unusual combination of flavors here - chilis, cherries, oak, vinous notes. The back bone is molasses and dark fruits. This somehow works, and is surprisingly well-integrated.

T - Taste was more traditional quad, with lots of dark fruits, cherries, vinous notes from the cabernet sauvignon barrels, and less obvious chili flavors. Finish is oaky, and alcohol is well-hidden

M - Sticky finish, with a bit of chili heat and a bit of alcohol heat. Full body is plenty ample to support the high ABV. Not overly tannic,

D - This sounded bizarrely awful when it was announced. I'm sure there were many snide comments directed to Barb, the lone female brewer at Midnight Sun. Happily, she's proved at least a few of us wrong with this offering and shown talent and skill on par with her more testosterone-heavy brethren. My 2.3oz was greatly enjoyed, and I'd be up for having this one again down the road.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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