Dubbel Merlau
Brewery Ommegang

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Style:
Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #61
ABV:
9.7%
Score:
86
Ranked #16,597
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 6.1%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
13
From:
Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Avail:
One-off
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: Dubbel Merlau pours a deep ruby with sparkling clarity and a lively tan head. The aroma opens with caramel and black cherries, fortified by undertones of oak and tannic acidity. On the palate, a quick burst of malty goodness leads to assertive fruit flavors of blackberry, cherry and raspberry. The finish is long and luscious, leaving complex layers of drying tannins and malt sweetness.

25 IBU
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 13 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of beerthulhu
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finished with Merlot grapes aged in Redwine Barrels.

A: Walnut colored head is monstrous on the pour at two fingers, beefy structure with a spongy texture and well lasting. The pour produced a good dark cola color, appearing a dark brown in the chalice. The sides of the glass showed a good rush of golden micro-beads. A wavery thick band of lacing sticks well, fully encompassing the circumference.

S: Rich, deep chocolate tones fill the nostrils, freshly cut sapling wood, along with the fruity Merlot grapes. Highlights of red wine influence comes from the barrel wood along with some dried molasses. Sweet and spicy herbal hops, dark berries along with juicy plums. Lightly dry figs are syrupy sweet and give a smooth pleasant aroma throughout.

T: Juicy plums are spicy on the opening flavor along with sweet rich chocolate malts and molasses. Sugary figs and touches of sweetened coffee appear around the edges as well. Some earthy floral dried tobacco plant leaves, along with redwine barrel influence. Vanilla and merlot grapes arrive for a smooth finish.

M: Exceptionally smooth and velvety feel. Very low carbonation gives this a very easy feel that slides of the tongue. Medium full weight is very ample per style, malty caramel and belgian biscuit fullness.

O: Overall huge flavor per style, exceptionally eloquent that is synonymous with Ommegang's craftsmenship. A vastly overlooked style that would truly get more recognition and love if others mastered the style as well as Ommegang. Exceptional drinkability, flavor and finish.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color - too dark to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of green grapes, dark fruits and oak are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell but has more flavors of dark fruits including those of blackberries and cherries with underlying hints of green grapes and oak.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Overall, I found that this beer drinks rather well considering its strength as as any traces of alcohol were well masked from the smell and taste. This dubbel wasn't as sweet compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice light brown and creamy head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer is a good looking clear mahogany brown that looks absolutely beautiful.

The smell is good. It has a mix of the brewery's trademark yeast and dark fruit notes like plum and raisin. There is alight wood note as well. There is a light blueberry smell too.

The taste is good. It primarily has a grape note with a dark fruit such as raisin in the finish. There is a bit of a wood note but not much and there is a bitter hop note as well. The wine and beer notes have blended very well to the point where it's hard to tell the difference.

The feel is good. It has smooth and refreshing feel with a dry finish with tingling carbonation.

Overall, it was good beer and an good take on their dubbel.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy reddish-brown, with light pale tan head, that leaves 1/8" ring & slight surface coating.

Smell is raisin, date, dried cherry, prunes, fig, and occasional very faint flashes of the grapes & wine barrel.
Overall, smells delicious & inviting.

Taste is mixed dried stone fruit, some (Merlot) grape & wine, an earthy (old)leather flavor, a little (aged) wood , with some light-moderate bitterness that lingers on the tongue, & has a mild drying effect. Overall similar to their regular dubbel, but slightly fruitier, more towards "fresh" , and less towards "old" leather/wood/tobacco, & less of the brandy-like flavor.

Feel is surprisingly light for 8.7%abv, not oily/syrupy with very fine, sharp carbonation kicking in early on , "lifting it up "(?) from the thicker feel that the aroma had me expecting.

Overall , another winner from Ommegang. Really enjoying it - slightly more that the regular dubbel, which is wonderful in its own right. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Herbabee
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well, scarfed up a full case on a blind buy. Proceeded from there to quaff with me drummer buddy (straight from the bottle, so my look-n-smell ratings may be considered unsubstantiated?). Seems we were both taken aback by the overall blending (beer? wine? why even perplex on the notion after while?...), but it was meeting with us favorably indeed. Bore an influence our rhythm-section umm sectional, this particular night.

Just a lovely opportunity in this lil' game of happenstance we call life. Cheers & here's to it, then!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fermented with merlot grape juice and aged in red wine barrels...

Mahogany brown, dark with muddied translucence; kicked up a fat tan finger of foam... Delightful treatment of a dubbel - ample fruits and sweet jam and brown brown notes, but with a merlot wine coating of lightly tangy currant and dark grape must... Medium-light and smooth, moderately sweet, subdued bitterness, mild carbonation... Very enjoyable, very drinkable - refined but unpretentious...

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Dubbel Merlau from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 13 ratings