Double Barrel Dubbel | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

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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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of hermit990
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tomahock
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of deonreds
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ian_graf
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AngEo
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of JPadilla
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a purple tint. Thick light tan head that lingers for a while and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet ripe dark fruits, light bourbon, and caramelized sugar. Flavor is much like the nose but I also get some grape. Feel is creamy and smooth with low carbonation. Overall I love this beer. Will seek out again.

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Photo of Avitra
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jason_nwx
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ledouge
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a nice looking mostly dark brown close to black color. Slight cap of a little off white foamy head. Some thin filmy messy lace.
The aroma had a nice milk to Belgian chocolate sweet and spicy blend taking in some semi-sweet roaming spicy woody barrel. Dark fruits and bourbon candied sugary notes slide in underneath.
The flavor definitely yields to the sweetness of the blend shouldering a nice holster of a dry semi-sweet chalky quality. Subtle aftertaste of cocoa powder, Belgian wafer/yeastiness, dark fruits and bourbon.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Superb finish of 'iced apples,' dark fruits, brown sugar and Belgian chocolate.
Overall, damn nice barrel aged Dubbel, well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is dark brown in color and has hues of reddish brown when held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a wide collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of brandy and candi sugars are present in the nose along with notes of bourbon.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a moderate amount of sweetness from the candi sugars with notes of brandy and hints of bourbon.
M: It feels medium-bodied and faintly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are also faint bits of warming from the brandy and bourbon.
O: This beer really does a good job at blending in the aromas and flavors of brandy and bourbon from the barrel aging as overall it still tastes like a dubbel. Apart from the brandy and bourbon, you don't get any alcohol in the taste of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of prototypic
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scamboogery
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lastmango
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +3.3%
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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Double Barrel Dubbel from Brewery Ommegang
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