Double Barrel Dubbel | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: 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: 36 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by paulish:
Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
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 -1.4%
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 +5.9%
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 +1.4%
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 BennyProfane
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ri0
4.62/5  rDev +9%
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 +1.4%
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 Grackos
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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 BHapeman
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
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 +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +8.5%
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 -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of golf4collet
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mcrawford
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryan4120
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Opaque brown with a mahogany center with a very thin tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind minimal lacing.
S - Notes of bready yeast and malt along with notes of sweet brandy and bourbon as well as dark fruits. The smell is pretty faint though.
T - Pretty complex: bready yeast notes up front followed behind by dark fruit, cherries, figs, caramel, spices, and notes of the sweet brandy as well as vanilla notes from the bourbon all tied together with a malty backbone.
F - Medium bodied with a light to medium amount of carbonation - I would prefer a fuller mouthfeel for the style.
O - This is a really great dubbel from Ommegang and the brandy and bourbon work very well complementing the dubbel style, that said, I prefer their standard abbey ale dubbel to this as well as many other standard dubbels to this. However, on it's on this is a great beer that's well worth a try and definitely is a nice fresh take on a Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of Jsalz21
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Double Barrel Dubbel from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 36 ratings