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 kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 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 BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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 paulish
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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 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 hozersr
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 deonreds
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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 prototypic
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrismattlin
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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