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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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
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 PA-hunter
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
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 ledouge
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JeannieVolpe
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev -10%
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%
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 DenverHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of golf4collet
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
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 M4CDO
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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 prototypic
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of Beer21
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

an enormous beer that sent my weekday into a tailspin, i didnt realize this was as strong as it is, but it sure is a nice glass of beer, something a little unexpected from these guys, i have not seen them do too many barrel aged beers. i believe it starts with their classic abbey ale, and its still very much recognizable here despite all the added complexity. this has a huge white belgian looking head on it from the tap, with a dense slightly murky mahogany base color, shiny in the right light and nice and bubbly for its strength. the aroma is belgian specialty malts, bready and baked, molasses and maple syrup sweetness, wet oak, vanilla and plum and raisin, prune and cobbler dessert, clove and anise. its complex, its wintery, its warming, its boozy. i get some red or port wine in the flavor, nice with all the malt richness and weight here. the barrels are somewhat subtle which is cool, more bourbon than brandy, but that might just be to do with how well integrated the brandy is. i get some fruity sweetness there with the oak, some faint barrel char from the whiskey side, and a vanilla sweetness as well. the spices are nice in the finish with the alcohol, and i appreciate the belgian yeast and high carbonation a whole lot, it way too uncommon in this type of strong ale. all i need now is a cigar and a wood fire...

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Photo of Grackos
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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