Double Barrel Dubbel | Brewery Ommegang

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4.21/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian 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

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Ranking:
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Reviews:
22
Ratings:
55
pDev:
6.41%
 
 
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Photo of prototypic
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Very hazy burgundy raisin colored pour with a thin creme colored ring.

S - Raisin, toffee, dates, figs, vanilla, light rum, a hint of woody oak.

T - Rum is forthright on the palate, especially up front. Dark fruit, raisins, figs, plumb, some bourbon, oak, a hint of vanilla, dark Belgian candy sugar, candied toffee and toasted caramel on the back end with a little bit of green apple.

M - Thick and silky soft on the tongue and leaves a sugary sticky coating on the lips. Minimal heat in the back of the throat on the way down.

O - I pulled this one out of the fridge and let it sit for a little while before cracking it. 'Bought a 4-pack of this and I'm very inclined to drink the next bottle at room temperature instead. Alot of subtle nuances going on here.

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Photo of M4CDO
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scamboogery
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lastmango
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy root beer brown with a frothy tan two finger head. Beautiful heavy lacing. Spicy brandy nose. Complex taste of brandy, slight bourbon, caramel malt, dark fruit, clove, yeast and wood. Then there's the boozy overtone. Nice . . .
Moderate heavy with fizzy carbonation. Overall, I think this is a great Dubbel and would buy it again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brewery Ommegang "Double Barrel Dubbel"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "L031918 BBT2 BESTBY03/2021"
$5.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I unfortunately disturbed the lees in this bottle and so it's poured a very hazy dark mahogany brown body beneath a short head of yellowed tan. I poured it and walked away, and it's shown some very good head retention, and there's some streaky lace left behind where the head once was. The aroma clearly expresses the Bourbon barrels it was aged in with Bourbon, oak, wet wood, and vanilla coming through but I'm not sure about the brandy barrels. There's also some Belgian yeast character, mainly clove but also some spiciness, a dark caramel maltiness, and a bit of earthiness. It's a fairly strong aroma, and one that's interesting and enticing. On to the flavor... there's much more fruitiness than I thought there would be including raisin, plum, cherry, apple, and red berries; and there's an added note of light chocolate within the malt. The barrels come through clearly as well, much as you'd expect given the aroma, as does the Belgian yeast. It's sweetish but not sweet, and balanced by its yeasty spiciness, the dryness of the oak, and a moderate bitterness. There's something else as well... it's not roasty, and not quite smoky, but something like char. I'm not sure if I like it or not but it certainly gives it depth. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation. As it's warmed a bit I'm now able to clearly get the brandy barrel character from it. It's what gave me that wet wood note in the aroma, and although I didn't mention it, a kind of a sharpness although I'm not sure how to describe it. It cuts through the malt though. Overall I feel the barrel aging is a little heavy as I'm sure there's a great dubbel underneath of it and we don't get so taste all of that. On the other hand, I've never tasted it straight so who knows? And I will say that the balance between the Bourbon and brandy barrels is interesting - too much Bourbon would have thrown it more towards sweetness, and it wouldn't have had the same depth. I like it, it's a great sipping beer. I feel as if I could sit and talk with friends at a pub over this one for about an hour - then I'd need another! or, I could just as easily relax with this one after dinner or while reading before bed. Nicely done, and superbly balanced. Worth trying.
Review# 6,211

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-hunter
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 9.9% abv

Appearance- Pours a reddish brown copper color. Tall finely bubbled head, quick to dissipate. Opaque.

Smell- Grape, brandy, oaky.

Taste- Rich and sweet plum like dark fruit flavor. Molasses like sweetness follows turning to a spirits like characteristic. Brandy is evident, carrying an alcoholic, medicinal type flavor. A whiskey, charred oak barrel flavor soon follows. Quite oaky. Finishes quite sweet, with a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body with medium carbonation. Some boozy burn

Overall- This one carries a lot of brandy and whiskey notes. A bit sweet. Definitely a sipper. I feel like aging this would tame and better blend some of these flavors.

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Photo of Beer21
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Herbabee
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Killed a cask of this before (ever so gradually, mind)…
found another at a different seller,
to (hopefully) keep detained, restrained and retained... in the cellar.

It's effervescent! Lacey! Sweet! Spicey! Sharp and tart (without coming off as sour)! Muy boozy! and yes, an overall quite complex mélange as so well detailed by the prior connoisseurs (I also seem to be picking up overripe bananas in the mix, somehow or other).

The lauded flagship dubbel of Cooperstown, changed in a rite of passage.

Me likey. You may stay.

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Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy mahogany brown pour with 3 fingers of foamy white head. Outstanding retention and lacing.

S: Barrel and booze... bourbon and brandy... milder Belgian spice underneath. Full and rich.

T/F : Follows the nose. Rich and sweet... brown sugar, caramel, and candi malts. Boozy as heck... strong oak and bourbon flavor... mild vanilla. Brandy more subdued.... some spice/yeast phenols but beyond the booze the Belgian character is super muted... too much so for my liking and a little more dark fruit from the dubbel would have helped. Warming... drinkable but the ABV isn't well hidden. Thick and sticky on the tongue.

O: A solid barrel-aged dubbel. Wish it had a bit more of the dubbel character as it's a bit boozy. Still... good brew from Ommegang and one worth seeking out.

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4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of archero
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chitoryu12
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown with light amber highlights. Large tan head.

Smell: Sweet bread, spicy fruits, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Bittersweet malt, some alcohol bite, and the same spices as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, and barely carbonated.

Overall: Delicious and downright decadent.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aging in both brandy and bourbon barrels gives this copper-colored Belgian ale added character. Spices come through--very nice effort. Gets a little boozy as it warms, which was the only characteristic holding me back from an outstanding rating.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BHapeman
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
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 +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Double Barrel Dubbel from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 55 ratings