Double Barrel Dubbel | Brewery Ommegang

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4.24/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-style dubbel (Abbey Ale) brewed with spices, aged in brandy and bourbon barrels.

Added by superspak on 01-21-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,740
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
36
pDev:
5.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BHapeman
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks and smells good, definitely get a hint of spice and brandy in the nose. The taste is mildly sweet with big malt in the front. Sadly, for me, the barrel aging on the finish is all brandy; I can’t taste the bourbon.
The mouthfeel is soft, smooth and slightly thin.
Overall, a good beer but not my favorite in this category.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark orange brown with a thin, light khaki head that has good persistence and surprisingly nice lacing, considering its light nature. Aroma of caramel malt, raisins, dates, clear brandy and bourbon notes, oaky vanilla, nice. Flavor follows, with caramel malt, raisins, dark fruit and nice influence from both the brandy and bourbon, lots of vanilla. Medium bodied with light to medium creaminess and nice mouth feel. This really turned out to be pretty much exactly what I'd expect from (and hope for) and dual barrel aged dubbel. Both barrels contribute clear flavors, leaning to the brandy more than bourbon, which I think is a good choice for this style. The underlying dubbel is nice, as expected from Ommegang, but is just enough to support the barrel notes. Lots of oak origin vanilla; in a blind taste, I'd guess that vanilla was added, but it melds well with the brandy. Well done and flavorful.

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Photo of Grackos
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BennyProfane
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DIM
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an artful, nuanced blend. The raisins and floral yeast are balanced and in harmony with oak-y tobacco, smokey vanilla, and boozy apples. The body is light and airy and the elevated abv is barely discernible. I only bought a single, time to head back for a couple of packs at least.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep ruby color with a two-finger creamy khaki colored head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lacing behind

S- brandy intermingles with dark stone fruits on the nose up front, along with undertones of caramel, bourbon & some earthy yeast

T- sweet and malty up front with notes of caramel & brown sugar. Mid-palate gives notes of cocoa & cola. The finish brings out the barrel notes, with brandy seeming to be more prominent than bourbon. Finishes with dark fruit and tannic port-like notes, lingers of peppercorn

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety, slightly warming finish

O- the double barrels work well together, as they seem to enhance the dark fruit notes

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryan4120
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Opaque brown with a mahogany center with a very thin tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind minimal lacing.
S - Notes of bready yeast and malt along with notes of sweet brandy and bourbon as well as dark fruits. The smell is pretty faint though.
T - Pretty complex: bready yeast notes up front followed behind by dark fruit, cherries, figs, caramel, spices, and notes of the sweet brandy as well as vanilla notes from the bourbon all tied together with a malty backbone.
F - Medium bodied with a light to medium amount of carbonation - I would prefer a fuller mouthfeel for the style.
O - This is a really great dubbel from Ommegang and the brandy and bourbon work very well complementing the dubbel style, that said, I prefer their standard abbey ale dubbel to this as well as many other standard dubbels to this. However, on it's on this is a great beer that's well worth a try and definitely is a nice fresh take on a Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Double your pleasure, double your fun" seems like a slogan better meant for this beer than some cheesy 1980's bubblegum ad. But as the notion of "double" permeates the Ommegang brewery, a double oak treatment of both brandy and bourbon barrels stacked on top of a formidable Belgian styled dubbel ale seems like a challenge just waiting to happen.

Russet brown and with a tawny bronze haze, the firmly capped Double Barrel Dubbel strikes the nose with brandy and bourbon force. The boozy aromatics are strong while wrapped in a soothing blend of stone fruit and caramelized malts. Medium sweet on the front of the tongue, a steely caramel flavor brings about suggestions of pecan, light cocoa, light coffee and brown sugar.

The middle palate shows a quick recession of sweetness where the remnants of toast, peanut skins, pepper and cola-like flavors to persist. Mild coffee and cocoa continue to roll into the barrel spices of brandy, bourbon, red wine, strong peppercorn, cinnamon and a bold tannic property. Savory with notions of port, sherry and madeira keep the spices supported in a sweet, spicy and savory late palate.

Medium full on the tongue, the beer's hefty set of flavors have the mind trending richer in taste and texture, but the barrel spices, booze and vinous tartness of the underlying ale all play a more moderate tone. A long linger of savory, sweet and spicy complexities have the beer rewarding the tastebuds like richer, fuller ale.

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Photo of LeftHanded666
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of golf4collet
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Photo of mcrawford
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaverCS
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky brown with a small residual head.

Aroma is of Belgian spice, dark fruits, cherry, bourbon, and vanilla.

Taste, while a little thin, has a great complexity of flavor. Bourbon character is ample upfront, but the brandy barrel carries through the finish. More Belgian spice, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Good beer!

Overall, great beer! A little thin, but would easily buy again. I see this pairing well with a fatty pate with dried fruit compote. It gets a 92.5/100

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Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark auburn with ruby hues; big creamy khaki head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas are on the mild and subtle side, but everything really opens up as it warms a bit. It's malt forward with a nice amount of caramel. Subtle hints of cocoa and toffee. Dark fruits are there. The bourbon and brandy aromas are subtle, but there. The flavors are bolder than the nose. The bourbon and brandy comes through in the flavor department. More caramel, toffee and cocoa. Dark fruits are there. Some black cherries, plum, and raisins. Strong malt backbone. Mild warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and slightly creamy. It's pretty smooth and ultimately dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice brew. The bourbon and brandy barrels work well the dubbel style. Ommegang did a nice job with this one. It's well crafted. I like it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

an enormous beer that sent my weekday into a tailspin, i didnt realize this was as strong as it is, but it sure is a nice glass of beer, something a little unexpected from these guys, i have not seen them do too many barrel aged beers. i believe it starts with their classic abbey ale, and its still very much recognizable here despite all the added complexity. this has a huge white belgian looking head on it from the tap, with a dense slightly murky mahogany base color, shiny in the right light and nice and bubbly for its strength. the aroma is belgian specialty malts, bready and baked, molasses and maple syrup sweetness, wet oak, vanilla and plum and raisin, prune and cobbler dessert, clove and anise. its complex, its wintery, its warming, its boozy. i get some red or port wine in the flavor, nice with all the malt richness and weight here. the barrels are somewhat subtle which is cool, more bourbon than brandy, but that might just be to do with how well integrated the brandy is. i get some fruity sweetness there with the oak, some faint barrel char from the whiskey side, and a vanilla sweetness as well. the spices are nice in the finish with the alcohol, and i appreciate the belgian yeast and high carbonation a whole lot, it way too uncommon in this type of strong ale. all i need now is a cigar and a wood fire...

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobinLee
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Double Barrel Dubbel from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 36 ratings