Double Barrel Dubbel | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

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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Reviews:
28
Ratings:
71
pDev:
6.4%
 
 
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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of DenverHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Beer21
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 Herbabee
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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! Tangy, 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 banans in the mix, somehow or other).

The lauded flagship dubbel of Cooperstown, transformed by rite of passage.

Me likey. You may stay.

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

Photo of archero
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chitoryu12
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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 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 MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 Wizzle32
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Wheels2532
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BennyProfane
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DIM
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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

Photo of Ryan4120
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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 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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Double Barrel Dubbel from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 71 ratings