Double Barrel Dubbel | Brewery Ommegang

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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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pDev:
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Reviews by BennyProfane:
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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

More User Reviews:
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 Beer21
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark ruby red, almost brown. Hazy, but translucent. Topped by a creamy tan head, with long retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Black cherry, burnt raisin, bourbon and brandy barrels, plum, vanilla, fig, toasted coconut, pumpernickel bread, dark chocolate.

T: Cherry, plum, and pumpernickel bread. Hints of bourbon and brandy. Honestly not much going on compared to the nose.

F: Well-carbonated, but rather thin. It seems watered down.

O: An okay beer, but I feel like something went wrong here.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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 JasW
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a minimal 1+ finger tan head that dissipates fairly rapidly, though not completely, managing to leave light lacing for the duration. Color is deep cherry gold, brown copper. Earthy nose. Bourbon immediately noticeable upon tasting -- a layered, moderately boozy taste on top of a recognizable dubbel, rendering it somewhat quad like, yet unique. Brandy? I suppose. The mouthfeel is relatively thin and lacks somewhat in effervescence. That's the only shortcoming here, and it's perhaps unavoidable given the barrel aging. Unfortunately, it's priced the same as the top notch Belgian imports -- $20 for a four-pack. Is it in the same class? It's very close, but given that it's a domestic, it's overpriced. Still, an outstanding and, I'll say it again, unique ale.

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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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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 chrismattlin
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ri0
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into tulip. It's a dark brown color with a slight reddish hue and a two finger beige head that slowly settles to a nice thin but creamy 2 finger head while leaving spots of lacing on my glass. A wonderful aroma of toffee and caramel, followed by dark fruit, light bourbon and hint of vanilla. Flavor is caramel, toffee, baked apple, brown sugar, faint dark cherry and prunes with a dry walnut-like finish. There is a nice warming sensation and a lightly sweet finish. This is an exceptional Dubble and the Bourbon to Brandy barrels were a fantastic way to finish it off.

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

Pours so dark brown that it looks black with a 2 finger foamy tan head that was packed with bubbles of all sizes, dissipating slowly while making a crackling sound and leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of caramel, toffee, dark fruit like plum, black cherry and rotting pear, sheet metal, minerals, vanilla, coriander, oaky notes, brandy, wheat bread, floral notes and light peppery spices. Quite complex, it's mostly the base beer Abbey Ale but the barrel influences add nice complexities.

Tastes of dark fruit like plum, black cherry and rotting pear, sheet metal, minerals, vanilla, coriander, spices like cumin, clove and/or cinnamon, tea leaf, earthy notes, caramel, toffee, oaky notes, brandy, honey, wheat bread, mild booze, a mild nuttiness, floral notes and light peppery spices. No sign of the bourbon barrels except for the vanilla notes, which for me was disappointing. The malty complexities hide the 9.9% ABV listed on the bottle very well.

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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 Grackos
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 BB1313
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
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 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 Scamboogery
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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 RobinLee
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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 DaverCS
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of golf4collet
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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