Double Barrel Dubbel
Brewery Ommegang

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Style:
Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #11
ABV:
9.9%
Score:
91
Ranked #2,719
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 6.65%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
126
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Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
Notes: Belgian-style dubbel (Abbey Ale) brewed with spices, aged in brandy and bourbon barrels.
Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 126 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a chalice. Bottled 3/19/18, so over 2 years old here.

Looks very good in the glass. Dark brown, but clear mahogany when held up to the light. Small off white head shrinks to a thick ring and faint covering, but maintains throughout the drink, impressive considering the abv.

Smells boozy, but not overwhelming, pleasing.

Upon tasting, I can pick up both the brandy and bourbon warmth but after 2 years, these are both quite mild. There is a nice sweetness, along with some dark stone fruit tastes. Very faint vanilla. No actual oak from the barrels, which I would have enjoyed.

Mouth is about medium, finish a mellow warm booziness.

Overall, this hit my palate nicely, booze on the light side and still good dark fruit flavors. A nice sipper on a muggy late spring evening.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, May 29, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: appears opaque and cola brown, but when held to the light, it's crystal clear and mahogany; 1 finger finely pored tan head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: first whiff is oak and vanilla - reminiscent of bourbon barrel aging; second whiff is sweeter - like brandy;

T: up front, it's all oak and vanilla; from the middle through the finish, it's sweeter; finish is mildly bitter; as it warms, the oak and vanilla are more prevalent and some cinnamon comes through;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: really interesting and very enjoyable;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Apr 29, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, 2019 vintage. Thanks to Brutaltruth for this one! Served in a chalice, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about an inch or so tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like fig, brown sugar, vanilla, coriander, orange peel and brandy. Taste is similar to the aroma, with fig, plum, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, brandy, orange peel, coriander, stone fruit, molasses and oaky flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. Easy enough to drink. Overall I liked this a lot, recommend this one if you've never had it before!

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3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz 2019 limited release bottle BB 2022 poured into an Ommegang signature glass at just above fridge temp 10% ABV per label. The beer pours slightly hazy medium brown in color with fizzy light brown head. The head recedes to a memory. No retention or lacing. The aroma is brown sugar, spice, dark fruit and some very light barrel notes of vanilla and oak. The taste is semisweet spicy caramel with fruity brandy notes and a mildly bitter & woody finish. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good, but not what I was hoping for. Too thick and alcoholic for a double with the brandy and spice completely overwhelming any malt or bourbon barrel.

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jkblr from Indiana, Apr 15, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Ruby red with tawny hues. Two fingers of rocky cream-colored head retain well. Spotty lacing.

S: Bread crust, brown bread, clove, nutmeg, and other vague spices. Fruitcake. Molasses. Brown cocoa. Dusty oak and hints of bourbon. Brandy barrel gets a little lost between the bourbon barrel and the natural estery and spicy notes.

T: Baseline malt flavors of bread crust and brown bread, brown cocoa, toast, etc. Ample spice flavor, but it's tough to pick out exactly whats there. Clove, nutmeg, maybe a bit of anise and ginger. Stewed prunes, fruitcake, very slight tartness. The brandy barrel is much more apparent in taste and plays very well with the bourbon barrel too. Oaky, bourbon, brandy, slight barrel char. Long finish of trailing barrel, bourbon, and spices.

M: Medium bodied, highly expressive carbonation scrubs deeply, slight sense of chewy weight. Very mild wood tannin.

O: Great. As with the barrel aged three philosophers, this is far better than the base beer. Barrel aging done right is a magical thing. Beer, barrel, and spirit meld beautifully and the oxygen exchange adds a little something in flavor and body too. I'd love for this to be a permanent fixture.

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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts, Mar 18, 2020
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3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with no dates. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: The tan colored, one and a half finger head stays around for a while and leaves behind a thin ring and a lot of patchy lacing all over the glass. It's a hazy, very dark amber color.

Smell: It has a lot of strong, sweet aromas of vanilla, caramelized sugar, molasses and dried fruit. It finishes with some spicy anise, charred wood and light roasted coffee notes.

Taste: It starts off sweet with some vanilla, honey, brown sugar and molasses. It moves towards some darker flavors of charred oak, raw cocoa and black pepper later on. As it warms the spiciness ramps up and some anise and clove show up. It finishes with a fruity plum flavor.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth and creamy but medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: It's a rich, complex beer with a lot going on in the nose and palate. It's a slow sipper that changes as it warms up and has a lot to unpack and explore.

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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico, Feb 18, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - brown/crimsob body with tan head

Smell - fig, cherry,dates, brown sugar

Taste - cherry, dates, fig, brown sugar, oak, red wine

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, dark fruits upfront, barrel in the middle and on the back end

Overall - nice variant of the Abbey ale here, flavors are in harmony. Worth a try

Price Point - $15.99/ 4 pk/ 12 oz bottles

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keithmurray from Connecticut, Jan 19, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown. Very nice aroma - dark fruits, cherry, caramel, bourbon. Flavor is semi sweet, dark brown sugar, light molasses, cherry, dark fruit, yeasty. Pretty light bodied for 9%, .. overall an ok dubbel.

12/15/19
Draft at Jack’s
4 rating

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Dec 15, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Excuse me while I geek on some numbers.
I've just looked over the top 100 BA rated dubbels; I've Had nine. I've had three from North American brewers (two now from Ommegang and Unibroue's Maudite.) The other six are from monk-inspired Belgian breweries. This provides some proof to my hypothesis that if a North American brewer were to focus on Belgian styles, they could in one generation (30 years) get to where it took the monks, say, four to six generations.

This, in turn, raises the question: What is the incentive for brewing world class ales? Is it Love ? Or... Is it money ?
I need to think about that for quite a bit longer.... say, the length of time it takes me to finish the other three of this 4-pack of wonderful dubbels.

This review is based on the second of my 2019 4-pack. I see good foam replaced by good protein swirl, but it too fades too quickly. Aromas are a holiday champ: dried fruit made into a fruit cake with nuts, all soaked in brandy. Tastes are consistent, but almost never get sweet because the hops keep poking their way in... like good hops should. Were it not for hops, Double Barrel Dubbel could finish as a syrupy mess... or at least an amateurish desert. But it doesn't; it finishes as a very good desert without the butter-fat.

I do not hide that I am a big fan of Ommegang and almost a bigger fan of Duvel-Moortgat for letting Ommegang be Ommegang. They remain #1 for a visit on my BBBL (Belgian Brewer Bucket List), North America division.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Nov 30, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is big banana bread/nuts and mild caramel. The flavor is malts, banana bread, fruit/hint of stone fruit/plums and a caramel/warming alcoholic finish.

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jzlyo from Iowa, Nov 28, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium body with medium,prickly carbonation
Aroma is plum,spice,caramel, rich bourbon
Taste is mildly sweet,small spice bite with the bourbon being really mellow but very impactful on the flavor. This comes off like a spiked fruit cake,and I mean fruitcake in a positive way
This actually felt like an excellent winter warmer

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, Nov 26, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019 Limited Release. Saw this at a local bottle shop, thought "what have we here" and snagged it immediately with thoughts of a cool autumn night; like tonight.

Stored in the cellar fridge at 50 degrees. Poured into a DFH tulip, there an inch light tan head over a dark slightl reddish brown body. Smell developed as it warmed up into a sweet spicy barrel tinged wine smell. Taste was even better with all the smells plus some very complementary bourbon and brandy highlights. Mouthfeel was a little thicker than I was expecting from a dubbel but this is not a complaint.

This might be the best dubbel I've had. I've said before that barrel aging perhaps bastardizes styles by making them something different but frankly I don't care. This is superb. A long time ago Ommegang was a personal entry point into the craft beer world with their superb Belgian style ales. Through time I've drifted elsewhere but this is a good start on dragging me back.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at George Keeley, NYC.

Pours an elegant brown mahogany color with hints of ruby. A moderately large tan head displays good retention.

Complex aromatic notes open with cinnamon like spice, chocolate malt, biscuity amber malts and bubblegum. Further into the drink, aromas of dark fruit, red grape, peach, cashews and light butterscotch. The barrel aging emits notes of bourbon, brandy, vanilla and oak.

The taste opens with a chocolate liqueur sweetness along with an ultra smooth and mouth coating feel. Biscuity amber malts spiced with a touch of cinnamon, dark fruit, raisins and red grape. The sweetness is masterful balanced with restrained alcohol spices and floral/fruity hops that provide a gentle bitterness. Flavors of bourbon and brandy, not boozy at all, along sides notes of vanilla and oak. Notes of amber candi sugar, as well as the alcohol, provide a lightness as well as a stickyness. Full bodied, gently carbonated, and a nice dry finish.

Overall, this was masterly crafted, like a work of art. I really enjoyed sipping on this.

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Gajo74 from New York, Oct 31, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle in a snifter. This fine sipper pours a muddy near opaque
brown with a very nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring,
thick clumping layer, and shows nice lacing. Nose of mild bourbon, brown
sugars, subtle dark wine notes, and light spices of cinnamon and clove.
Flavors surpass the nose with mild bourbon and a definite brandy note
with brown sugars, subtle cinnamon and coriander with mild oak and
vanilla notes amongst a touch of orange zest. Excellent mouth feel;
medium body, smooth, soft lightly effervescent carbonation that
is lively and finishing subtly dry and vinous with subtle warmth.

Overall, a SOLID brew from a great brewery!

Cheers

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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2019 Limited Release

Pours dark brown. Little bit of foam around the edges. Mild lacing. A lot of fine bubbles.

Nose is brown sugar, light vinous notes, a nice honey presence as it warms up, cinnamon, little bit of wood, and malt.

Taste is brown sugar, more bourbon than the nose, cinnamon, lighter honey as well. This beer really opens up the warmer it gets. I poured this too cold. Completely my fault. This beer went from unimpressive to quite enjoyable and I'm glad my error didn't ruin this experience.

Solid carbonation. A lot of fine bubbles that make this refreshing almost. Thicker than your average dubbel. I'm guessing due to the barrel aging.

A nice brew. Enjoyable. Suited well for the autumn months with its smooth honey and mild spice characteristics.

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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey, Sep 14, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from The Beermongers.

A clear deep ruddy brown with a dense, light brown head with good retention and lacing, this beer looks good. The nose is pretty excellent. A blend of dark fruit, brandy, a little vanilla and a delicate spice note are present. Dark brown sugar, figs, caramel and toffee, vanilla, pomace, a mild floral note (hibiscus?), along with a delicate clove and mace spice note make for a great nose. The palate opens soft and creamy with a paradoxically high level of fine carbonation. This carries a great blend of honey, toffee, dark brown sugar and a little molasses along with the barrel expression of brandy and vanilla. Brooding dark fruit notes are present, delicately spiced with mace and a little cinnamon, calling to mind a fruity red wine. Drying yet mildly sweet on the finish, this beer is medium light in body. The spice notes are strongest on the finish, where they add a light bitterness to go with a barrel tannin character. Excellent.

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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a flute glass, as suggested. Had 7/11/18.

Pours a nice looking ruby color, somewhat cloudy, with a two and a half inch foamy head with good retention and lots of creamy lacing. Aromas of malt, plums, bourbon, grapes, figs, dates, toast, some vanilla and caramel, light oak, a little brandy. The bourbon is a little more assertive in the flavor- then malt, grapes, dates, oak, lighter plums and figs, some cherries, light vanilla, light brandy. Smooth, a very good medium to full body, well carbonated.

The bourbon barrels are well balanced with the base beer, and add greatly to it. The brandy barrels, while subtle, definitely contribute to the flavor. Guess I didn’t notice the spices, so maybe next bottle. Also poured some into a goblet, actually liked that vessel better. Very enjoyable and well worth a purchase.

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stortore from Illinois, Mar 07, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very nice surprise from Ommegang, very nice...

Picked this up since I'm always on the lookout for dubbel's and tripels, and this one caught my eye. After the last few stouts I've had have left me wanting for something better, I come across this offering from Ommegang and it was a OMG surprise to me. Right out of the bottle it pour a dark copper color with caramel highlights, though the head is thin and dissipates quickly. The nose is superb - a blend of apples, caramel, cinnamon, and a distant but ever so present hint of brandy (as advertised) - it was delicious just on that account. Mouthfeel was light and creamy to the tongue with a taste though complex, was drowned out a tad by the booze-forward flavor. Overall, an very good beer and one I wouldn't mind coming across again.

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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: deep brown, tan head, moderate lacing
S: sweet, Belgian yeast, dark fruits
T: booze, brown sugar, slightly sweet
F: very well balanced, booze is there, just not overpowering
O: excellent

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TonyLema1 from South Carolina, Jan 07, 2019
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3.39/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Deep caramel color, thing foam ring, surprising amount of carbonation. Aroma on this one is a bit overdone - there is a good amount of spice (cinnamon, anise, clove) layered with sweetness from the brandy and a sharp oak. Too much bouncing around that never finds harmony. The taste sadly is along those same lines - the spice is notched-up too high and there is a dry wood underflavor that clashes with the sweeter brandy / bourbon notes, which get a little lost. Not bad per se, but needs a lot of work

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Dec 22, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Less foam than average but spritzy on the tongue. The spicy and boozy aroma is an eye opener. Raisin taste with burnt sugar, molasses cookies, and Yukon Jack. There is a sharp edge, like cranberry with a touch of cloves.

Rather sweet but goes well with the holiday spices. Dry finish in the Belgian yeasty style of Ommegang. This is a nice surprise. It's like an Anchor Christmas Ale with a kick in the pants. An affordable barrel aged brew that gives a lot of sipping pleasure. From the 12 oz bottle purchased in a four-pack at Elizabeth Station in Washington state.

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mactrail from Washington, Dec 09, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great barrels in the bourbon and brandy. Get good booze and malt sweetness up front in taste. Caramel, candi sugar, plum and belgian yeast compliment. Sweet is not as syrupy or brown sugar sweet. Good textures with dubbel sweet smoothness, and alternating barrel wood and booze. Still relatively light overall so drinks easily

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REVZEB from Illinois, Dec 08, 2018
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4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really like this beer. Right up there with Firestone’s Sticky Monkee. It has a long, malty finish. Minutes long. Very nice. Silky feel. Warming alcohol. Dried fruit nose before and during sip. Very slight char and smoke but mostly brandy, raisins and dates. Don’t eat anything when drinking this beer. Even a pretzel detracts from the experience. Worth every penny.

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Tomahock from Pennsylvania, Nov 03, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - slightly cloudy dark reddish brown
Smell - dark cherry, raisin, bourbon/Brandy barrel scents
Taste - just like the scents, pretty sweet
Feel - medium body and light carb
Overall - really yummy great beer!

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4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The bourbon is a tad overpowering to the point where this doesnt drink like a double barrel aged beer. It is still fantastic but it doesnt quite have the complexity of a DBA beer. It drank very sweet even at 9.9% and had almost no warming from the alcohol. Everything about this beer bends what I know about the style. At $4 a bottle I totally recommend.

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AngEo from Texas, Oct 16, 2018
Double Barrel Dubbel from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 126 ratings