Mike | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by koopa on 10-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-caramel color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and raisin notes up front. As the beer warms I start to get more dark fruit and cherries in the aroma, as well as some brown sugar-like sweetness. The flavor is more complex. I get some nice spices, with cinnamon really coming through strongly. I also get some toffee and caramel, as well as some cherries, raisins and other dark fruit. Once again the brown sugary sweetness comes through nicely, as does a hint of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip.

Appearance: murky mahogany red/brown bodied beer with a generous 2 fingers of tanish white head. Lacing is very thick on this beer.

Smell: I dont even have to get my nose close to this beer and I smell lots of banana. Its also spicy and fruity. Tart cherries, cranberries, and hints of dark fruits. Nice complexity to the nose.

Taste: Starts out malty with mild notes of caramel and toffee; u also get a nice spicy note from the belgian yeast. Surprised by 2 things from this beer... I don't taste hardly any bananas with such a prevalent nose you would think that bananas would be all over this beer & I am tasting some hints of smoke in this beer which is not a common flavor in a dubbel. Mid-palate I get some sweetness of raisins, figs, molassess, cherries, and dates. Finishes with some booze and astrigency. The finish hurts the overall taste of this beer in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is nicely carbonated for this style. The beers has some creaminess to it and it finishes dry.

Overall: This is the darkest dubbel that I have tried. I am fairely new to this style, but it seems to be a decent beer. Weyerbacher does a decent job on this belgian style of beer.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice fizzy tannish head. Head has really good retention and leaves a bit of spotty lacing here and there.

S- Smell is pretty sweet overall. Picking up a lot of brown sugar, candied sugar and burnt sugar. Along with quite a bit of dark fruits, touch of yeast and a bit of bready malts.

T- This one follows the nose quite well. A ton of sweetness coming through. Dark fruits come through well, yeast and bready malts.

M- Medium in body and a bit higher in carbonation.

O- Nothing terrible or awesome. I think there are a lot better of the style out there.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

extemely dark brown, opaque with a huge billowing tan head that literally fell over the sides of the glass. I did not think it would actually ever go down. This really looked like a serious beer. It finally settled down but left a ton of lace down the glass for the rest of the session. First whiff of the aroma was very fruity, albeit dark. Hints of apricots and raisins, along with some plum and a touch of alcohol were all readily present. The distinctive aroma of Belgian yeast was ever so present as well. Very nice, floral aroma. First sip was delicous. Very full flavored and lively. Lots of fruity flavors, again figs, apricots, banana, and a nice mellow spiceness melded well with a touch of alcohol that was ever so gently mixed in. Very nice warming feeling upon putting down a few sips. Mouthfeel was superb.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I waited in a relatively large crowd of people at Easton's beer fest last year to get a sample of this beer. This was probably one of the better brews I had that day. This Dubbel has a earthy brown color with a tan colored head. The aroma is a little spicy, a bit surprising. I expected this to be more earthy with some muted flavors of some figs and dark berries or something. The spices give this brew some life which isn't bad. The taste is also a little spicy nothing over the top but it's not bad. The other flavors that come through are the bread like yeast and some figs and a little banana. Mouthfeel was pretty good not overly carbonated or heavy.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass, has a maroon body to it, with little head which settles down to a thin lace around the edge. The smell is very fruity mostly bananas and cherries. The taste is sweet of banana and little cherries, some malts come threw to. The mouth feel is ok. I wasn't impressed with this one. .

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice head and amber color. No yeasties or sediment, fairly clear. Smells like funky, Belgian fruit. Tastes Like alcohol, bananas, and plums. Very easy going and high in esters. Mouthfeel is kind of sweet and easy going.... overall it reminds me of something like a homebrew!

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Photo of haazer
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in a mixed case a few months back. Served in a Chimay goblet.

A- Almost opaque, maroon and violet brew pours into the glass. Has some molasses and brown sugar colors as well, with a brighter light brown and yellow at the bottom of the glas. About one finger of bubbly off white/light tan colored head pours. Head settles down to a light foam cap.

S- Good amount of banana and dark fruits esthers blended together. Fruits include plums, grapes, and raisins. Has a somewhat vinous wine aroma to it. I can also detect the underlying malts that presents a dough like aroma like batter before baking.

T- Flavor is much like the aroma. Bananas apparent in the beginning, which then gives way to a hearty boiled malt bill. Malts are faintly carmelized. The ending flavors is the blend of dark fruits mentioned above, mostly plums and grapes.

M- Mouthfeel is a little bit on the lighter side actually. Lighter side of medium. The carbonation is felt more in the mouth than in its appearance.

D- Fairly drinkable, easier drinking than some dubbels. Most dubbels I've had don't have this much fruit in it, it tastes more like a BSDA than a dubbel, but they do have the belgian feel down. A good drink none the less though, and the non noticeable booze makes this easy to drink.

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Photo of portia99
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - A finger off tan foam that dies slowly over a minute or two to a skim coat and a thin collar caps a dirty amber color with reddish tint to it.

S - Very fruity on the nose, tons of esters, cherries, grapes...a bit wine-like actually. Candy sugar sweetness with some light astringency. Interesting.

T - Tons of Belgian yeast character. Sweet, candy sugar, grass, cinnamon, cloves, bubble gum. Very fruity...I'm getting a good amount of cherries in here. Slight tartness that plays off of the variety of fruits in here. A lot going on here...most of it good, but has a bit of an unusual overall effect.

M - Tingly with a firm medium/high carbonation, but with a lighter body - maybe a bit too light for style. Very fruity overall with lots of Belgian yeast character. Tart but not at all puckering and noticeable alcohol, but can't really call this warm either. Very grassy in the aftertaste...not really what I'd expect.

D - This is a tough one...not really a traditional dubbel. An interesting combination of flavors which are mostly enjoyable, but somehow still seem to miss the mark overall just a bit. I'm not having much difficulty putting this one down, but I don't feel compelled to find another bottle of this. An interesting experiment that is a bit hit & miss at the same time.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.76/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Mike3865 for sending this baby along!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Finger of foamy, smooth, beige head over a russet body with some nice, maroon highlights. Visibly nucleation, lots of tiny bubbles. Leaves some nice bars of lacing.

Smells somewhere between cola & raisins, even a little kind of melon-like sugar in there, some grape. Subtle chocolate notes pop up. Honestly, this has a character very close to extract homebrew, a little bit tangy or plastic. Some good stuff, but not so sure about that plastic quality.

Oy, it's there in the taste, too, along with an alcohol character that's too damn strong. Still, some nice plum & raisin flavors show up, but are kind of muted by that rough booze & extract tang. Too bad, because what's good in there I really like. Long, dry alcohol aftertaste, not a fan. Yeah, this is a tough one for me.

On the thin side, & that alcohol leaves a not-so-good feel as well, just hangs there & really isn't too enjoyable.

Man, I really wasn't feeling this one - weird artificial flavor, too much booze presence, not enough positives. I think I'll pass on this one.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ Mr. Dunderbak's

A - Pours a copper-mahogany hue, fairly translucent, and it is capped with a decent collar of tan froth.

S - The nose is right-on; I get notes of cola, hazelnut, curacao, fig-date and general notes of medium dried stone fruits.

T - The taste is quite reserved, offering hints of jammy dark fruitiness, especially mejool date, and keeping the alcohol at an innocuously warming level. As it opens up, some brighter citrus notes begin to stand in contrast to the deeper dark fruit and subtle roast which comprises the flavor's mainstay.

M - Nice. Not authentic Belgian, but not horribly far off either.

D - Weyerbacher is getting better and better at Belgian styles. Every batch of Quad, Merry Monk's, and Verboten seems an improvement upon the last; it would be nice to see this join the permanent rotation.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a hazed cherry hue with amber highlights and two fingers of fluffy beige head that leaves a veil of spotty lace once it recedes.

Smell -- Banana, yeast, spicy esters, red grape and dark fruit sweetness. Very inviting.

Taste -- plantain and clove, lightly tart yeast, dark fruit, and a slight mineral component that one usually only finds in proper Belgians. There is a slight metallic tinge that never fully disappears, though it's not terribly distracting. Also, the alcohol is slight brash on the onset

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with medium-high fluffy carbonation. Probably the most American character of this beer. Solid, but not exceptional.

Drinkability -- While I'm not a hue fan of dubbels, I did enjoy this one very much. The alcohol is a bit harsh - pretty typical for Weyerbacher, really -- and the mouthfeel is sub-par compared to its continental counterparts, but otherwise this is a solid offering. MUCH better than the small batch beer that follows, November.

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Photo of thain709
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a darker shade of copper with some clarity to it...the head was one finger tall, foamy, and off white in color...some decent lacing

S - Aromas present dark fruits (raisins, dates, cherries?) and caramel...there is also a slight spiciness to it

T - The first sip provides a slight sweetness which I'm guessing is from the caramel and dark fruits...there is a yeast presence in the middle of the beer and it also has that spiciness I picked up in the nose...the finish comes in with a sweet, buttered bread flavor

M - Medium bodied...there is a nice sweetness that doesn't become cloying...it's dry at points too but that's not a bad thing

D - Although this isn't my favorite style I like this series by Weyerbacher...it's letting me try differnt things while they experiment...a nice sweetness with Belgian flavors on the palate

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Photo of ToddT
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy light brown topped with a tan head. Head lasts forever and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S- Clove, banana, pear, apple, spices, and alcohol esters. Dubbles are one of my favorite beers to smell and this one only improves as it warms.

T- Nice banana and clove right away, then a little biscuit malt appears in the middle. The finish is dry, spicy and alcoholic, not over the top but it is a little hot, but then again it is a dubble.

M- More than medium in body but not heavy, the carbonation is well done, a little high for the style but not a distraction. There is a slight viscous feel to this one, not something I've encountered in other dubbles. It's not unpleasant but it does make it a little more full b bodies and chewy.

D- Very drinkable and accessible, nothing too extreme, the 7.6% ABV shows up a lot, but I would expect that.

Very solid American take on a dubble with just enough tweaks to make it interesting. I wish this was going to be a regular in the Weyerbacher line up, but it isn't, so if you see it grab it quick.

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Photo of Ambiorix
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Galaxy Hut, Arlington, VA.

A: Dark brown pour, ruby highlights, nice tan head, good lace.

S: Dark fruit, raisins, Belgiany yeast. Very fruity nose.

Taste: Dark fruit, raisins, alcohol, yeast, estery, slight metallic aftertaste.

M: Good mouthfeel, not too thin, nicely attenuated.

D: A really good dubbel. I was pleased with this one and would definitely have it again.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Alan for your awesome generosity.

A - Slightly hazy brown copper colored with reddish edges and a big, fluffy, short lived whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Sweet pilsner malts, with a slight malty caramel aroma. Big yeasty esters of dark fruits and a subtle phenolic spice.

F/M - Sweet caramelly pislner malts with a lot of yeasty fruitiness. Plums, prunes, raisins. Moderately low bitterness allows the malt sweetness to be up front. Light spicy phenols in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish with a lingering stone-fruity estery character.

D - Pretty good. Nice balance between malty sweetness and yeasty character. But the flavors all seem a little muddled. Not bad for a one-off small batch series.

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Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to msulinski & stormking47 for bottles of Mike. I collect Weyerbacher brews. I like them. Give me all of them. I do plan on giving one of these bottles to a good friend named Mike. He may never drink it, but it's the thought that counts, right?

Poured into competing pint glasses, this brew is heart-deep red. The smell is suddent & clearly identifiable: Welch's Apple & Pear juice. If that's what the brewer was going for, target hit dead on.

Mike tastes more like a traditional dubbel than the nose would indicate. Happy, peppery spices, clove, bananas, pears, a little vanilla & big yeast thrown in for good measure.

Easy to drink, easy to view, easy to describe. Simple, straightforward, & good. Except that smell.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter and shared virtually.

I'll begin by acknowledging I run the risk of having no hope of objectivity of reviewing this beer as we share a common name. When drinking what should be a straight forward beer like this, I start with reading the BJCP style guidelines for no apparent reason. This is an example that seems to individually meet each descriptor of the style, yet the sum of the parts lack the essence of the best beers of this style. Clear amber body with a strong reddish hue? Check. Persistent off white, creamy head with light lacing? Check. Rich, sweet carmel malt body with strong fruity esters (banana and pear in this case)? Check. Minimal spice and no hop bitterness but some light alcohol in the finish. Flavor is more of the same; more yeast than expected malt, but otherwise follows the aroma and is well integrated between ripe fruits and sweet malts, but goes dry and cardboardy. Both aroma and flavor are what you expect for the style, but lack any depth or complexity. Another successful, yet forgettable one-off from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish amber with a thing layer of off white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edge.

Aroma is fairly sweet with some banana and hints of bread and some sweet caramel. Also hiding in there are some twinges of alcohol fumes.

Taste is not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. Banana and bread are prevalent. A medium bitterness takes over mid-palate and lingers around in the finish.

Medium in mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation and a slightly dry finish. It goes down pretty easy, but isn't particularly enjoyable for me. Not a bad effort, especially for a one-off, but it's lacking something that you only get from the true Belgian Dubbels.

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Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: medium brown in color, served with a low cream colored head with good retention and some lace

s: lots of yeasty banana and a some dark fruits, dark banana bread, brown sugar, raisin, and fig, sweetness balanced with plenty of pale malt, grassy hops, smells nice

m: carbonation around medium, somewhat lively, with a moderate body

t: nice fruity dubbel, not heavily flavored or complex but with a pleasant yeastiness and some dark fruity malts, significant banana, and a clean metallic hop at the finish

d: drinks well for the style, a good dubbel

standard pint at Fire Works, Arlington

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Photo of BigMike
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/12/10

A: Pours a dark brownish copper color. An off white head of about two fingers tops it off. Very fluffy with an insane amount of lacing already.

S: Smells like a perfect example of a dubble. Lots of peppery clove spice. Lots of over ripened dark fruits and pears and brown spotted bananas.

T: A huge Belgian yeast presence. Over ripened pears, bananas, and spicy clove make up the majority of the flavor.

M: Nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Light to medium bodied and smooth With good drinkability.

Overall: To me this is a great example of a dubble. The traditional flavors are there and it's easy to drink. Plus it's got my name. How cool is that?!

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a walnut brown body with copper hues and a thin tan head that leaves only faint traces of its existence floating atop the beer for the duration as well as an equally thin lacing.

Generous yeast aroma, sweet fruity esters as well as banana are most prominent. As the beer warms spicy aromas appear including pepper and clove.

The flavor includes sweet malt, fruity esters similar to the nose, banana on the back of the palate, as well as pepper like spices.

Medium to full in body with generous carbonation and a bit of spicy bite accompanying the warming flavors.

Many of the traditional dubbel flavors are pronounced in this beer, making it quite enjoyable with lots to offer the senses.

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Photo of Kikkycat
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA on draft 11/6/10.

In a goblet.

A: burnt orange color. Scant head which faded into a skim.

S: bitter orange and clove spiciness with bread notes bringing up the rear

t: pretty much the same as the aroma, although a little less robust flavors than the aroma hinted at

m: definitely thin and a little flat

d: I'd definitely drink it again, but would hope for a little better carbonation

The aroma really promised a lot that wasn't delivered. I enjoyed it, but feel it could have been so much better. As it warmed, the pungency of the orange and spice improved, suggesting this would be better served at room temperature to start with. Planning on trying that at home if I can locate some Mike to purchase in bottle form.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Jose Pistolas & Hulmeville Inn. This one goes out to Michael B (my best friend), Michael Jackson (The beer hunter) and Michael Jackson ( My 1st words) Rest In Peace guys. From notes.

Mike comes to me looking pretty standard doubleish with a dark brown bordering on red kinda like a maroon color with a cream tan shaded head that sat on top leaving minor ticks on the glass. Nice looking up towards the light. Smell is real bready, a deep dark bread, not overly yeasty like most. Smells of caramel, and plums with raisind plus others. A very good dubble here, better than most american versions I've had recently. Dark fruits plus plums with dark bread. Some faint cherry notes and a touch of chocolate. Feel is a step down from medium and is a tad thin, but that makes this even more drinkable. I finished a pint and contemplated getting more, for a style that's not my priority. Get a hold of this stuff.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a slightly hazed dark mahogany toned amber with a small head of off white fluff that slowly fades into a film and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, raisins, figs, cocoa powder, plums, caramel, vanilla, and nougat.
Taste is of the aromas with subdued esters and spice reminding me of Chimay red.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, slick, fizzy, and cutting on the tip of the tongue.

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