Double Barrel Dubbel
Brewery Ommegang

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Style:
Dubbel
Ranked #10
ABV:
9.9%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,686
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 6.41%
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
144
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Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  5
Gots
  28
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Double Barrel DubbelDouble Barrel Dubbel
Notes: Belgian-style dubbel (Abbey Ale) brewed with spices, aged in brandy and bourbon barrels.
Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 144 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

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

Aug 18, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

May 29, 2020
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Bbock13 from North Carolina

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

Aug 31, 2020
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StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oct 26, 2019
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oberon from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours into an Ommegang goblet a darker russet shade with a thinner beige colored head atop.Cake-like in the nose with brandy soaked dark fruits with a tinge of bourbon/vanilla coming thru lightly.That cake-like element comes thru on the palate as well,candied sugars and raisins with slight tartness,a nice mix of the brandy and bourbon coming in late,the brandy is slightly larger.Some buttery notes linger in the finish giving this rich beer a nice ending.Not heavy or overly rich,I haven't to many of the style recently,glad I got a growler of this.

Oct 13, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Nov 26, 2019
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yuno from New York

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

Nov 01, 2020
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TLA from Pennsylvania

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

Feb 15, 2021
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darktronica from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a dubbel should, copper and unfiltered. Cherry and clove on the nose, bountiful Belgian esters. The brandy barrel outshines the bourbon, for sure, with grape on the palate, a mild green astringency and plum.

Sep 26, 2020
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gr0g from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oct 31, 2019
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cozmo from New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 02, 2020
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jzlyo from Iowa

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.

Nov 28, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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

Aug 24, 2018
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nodder from New York

4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 24, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 12, 2018
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LennyBound from Illinois

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

May 04, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Jun 14, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 28, 2018
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prototypic from Ohio

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

Sep 16, 2018
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CaptainHate from Ohio

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.

Nov 19, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

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

This beer is very good - the barrels air out the dubbel considerably - the body is fairly light but with some tack and shellac; typical dubbel flavors are present but with a wine barrel-like flavor (don't pick up on the bourbon as much although there are notes of oak and vanilla amid the dubbel fruits) - lively on the palate - maybe a hint of funkiness?

Smooth and elegant...

Oct 04, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.21/5  rDev 0%
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

Sep 29, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

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 first generation of Belgium-inspired NA brewers.) The other six are from monk-inspired Belgian breweries. This provides some proof to my hypothesis that if a NA 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 Belgian 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, 2019 Vintage.

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/spicing keep poking their way in... like spicing 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.

1/1/21 Finished the 4-pack. Edited the review above slightly. Changed my rating not at all. I'm almost satisfied with the experience until I find the next 4-pack in the next re-release. In the meantime, I'm keeping count at UnTappd.

Nov 30, 2019
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Jun 19, 2018
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DefenCorps from Oregon

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.

Mar 11, 2019
Double Barrel Dubbel from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 144 ratings