Breukelen Abbey Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by PopeJonPaul:
Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber-orange with a solid bone-white head, smells like a saison on steroids in a lemon grove in the middle of a wheat field. Peppery, sharp citrus fruit flavors, a touch of bananas, sweet and sugary, extra tingly pop-rocks mouthfeel and a slick finish with a touch o' the alcohol. If you mixed this in with some other Belgian dubbels you'd be hard pressed to say this came from Greenpoint. Good form!

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured a rich, deep chestnut amber, sporting a tiny bubble film and creates fine lacing. Nose is all Yeast and and sweet malt. I got notes of gin and anise also rum coated raisins as it warmed. Glowing with Belgian phenolics. Alcohol pops up upon the finish. Tasty and strong . A tad sweet for major consumption. Allways enjoyable to support Bklyn when they put out their "brewmasters reserve" selections

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Breukelen Abbey was delivered from the tap with a clear, russet brown body and a fair-sized head of creamy off-white foam that slowly dropped to a collar but left some nice lace in its wake. The aroma was of dark fruit (raisin, plum), candy, caramel maltiness, and a subtle spiciness. The flavor was as indicated, but with some additional candyish sugariness, a subtle touch of alcohol, and more spice. It's very well balanced and the alcohol is at just the point where it adds to the beer rather than detracting from it. The body was medium with a very fine carbonation giving it a lightly tingly, thinly-creamy (silky?) mouthfeel. It finished with a gently lingering sweet maltiness. It ranks admirably side by side with many Belgians. A very nicely done, and quite enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BeerFan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brooklyn's latest Brewmaster Reserve beer. Different recipe from when it was last brewed a few years ago. I never had the chance to try the previous version, so no comparison possible. Went to the brewery to sample some on its release night. Since I knew it would be served out of plastic cups, I brought my own glass chalice with me. Poured a cloudy, russet-brown color w/ hardly any head from the tap. When I poured it into my chalice, a nice tan head formed, which left some nice lacing. The problem with drinking beer at the Brooklyn Brewery is that it is sometimes served too cold, especially for a beer in this style. Upon tasting the first one, I immediately ordered a second one so it could warm up properly. Since I have become a big hophead lately, I was afraid I would not appreciate this style beer, but it was very enjoyable. It had the typical traits of a dubbel - spicy yeast, dates, figs, raisins, and some chocolate. Not too sweet, but balanced nicley. Smooth mouthful. Gentle carbonation. Complex, but very drinkable for an 8.5% beer. 6 glasses later... Another winner from G.O. and the Brooklyn Brewery. When's that bottling line coming for 750ml of these special releases???

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy/hazy. Dark cinnamon in color. Minimal head with scant lacing.
S: Malty, faintly musty smell with nice undertones of banana and bubblegum.
T: Roasty malts, faint chocolate, spicy yeasty flavors~seems to be a solid Belgian. Nicely done, Garrett.
M: Sharp at first with a slight astringent feel. Carbonation was a bit high, alcohol was well balanced. Medium-full body.
D&N: Brooklyn Brewing shines again. This is a nice take on the style.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with some reddish highlights, served in a wide-mouthed red wine glass. Little to no head to speak of. Also served too cold, hard to detect any aroma other than some flickering woodiness, yeastiness and lightly toasted malt. Warmed up by hand, brings out some light sherry notes. Good toasty malt profile and a light bing cherry tartness and accompanying flavor. A nice, drinkable, Belgian-style.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

While I was looking forward to trying the new Sustainable Porter on my recent trip to Brooklyn Brewery, it was a very pleasant surprise to say the least to find this new abbey-style ale on tap. Being that a true Belgian Dubbel is my favorite style, I could be either a tough critic or a very satisfied customer.

It poured a dark rich chocolate color, with a slight tan head. Seemed to have a bit more carbonation than I'm used to for this style (which after tasting, I found refreshing). But the aroma was just what I would expect... a fruity, malty, slightly spicy smell. Now the tasting... a toasty malt character of semisweet chocolate or mild coffee, followed by rich flavors of preserved winter fruits (raisins, figs, cherries), and a touch of yeasty sourness just to balance all that sweet goodness. The alcohol taste wasn't as present as other American attempts at this style, and I actually found that very refreshing. All in all, a very enjoyable and very drinkable new offering from Brooklyn Brewery that I hope to enjoy throughout the winter to come.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber color with white puffy head. Smell is of bananas and candy-caramel, Taste matches the smell with a mild spiciness. Left an excellent taste in the mouth. A very drinkable 8.5% beer that is an excellent representative of its class. Will try again.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eli Cannon's, for their Brooklyn Brewery tasting.
The beer is served in it's appropriate wide-bodied snifter, complete with the Brooklyn logo etched on the side. A dark, russet red, clear as can be, topped with a modest almond colored head. Good retention, keeping a fine mist atop the whole way through. Plenty of lace.
The aroma is packed with belgian fruitiness. Heaps of cherry, apple, fig and raisin balance atop a slab of rich, sugared malt goodness. Deep, chocolate drizzled caramel malt, with a soft, floral hop garnish. Moderate phenols, mostly a plastic-like buzz to blur the edges. No noticable alcohol.
The flavor starts with a burst of malty sweetness upon the tongue, heaps of caramel and sugar, with a softer nuance of chocolate throughout. A blast of fruit, hints of raisin, apple and cherry easily discernable, ambling into clove and plastic phenolic tanginess. Mild bitters come from a subtle, floral hop finish, just enough to reign everything in at the end. Spicy, peppery. The alcoholic heat is more or less buried under the phenols, just a slight tang in the end, enough to remind you to sip slowly. Fine, energetic carbonation, full bodied. Masterful. I had to have another one.
Heaps and heaps of character on this brew. If I could find any fault with this brew, it's that it almost feels too clean and calculated for a belgian beer. It's spot on for the style, and extremely tasty, but I would enjoy a bit more of that experimental, artisanal feel that belgian beers are famous for. This beer is so professional it almost hurts the final product. I'd still buy a keg of it to sip at home, don't get me wrong. It's a shame it's not bottled.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived in a Brooklyn Brandy Sniffer a clear deep amber with a tan head that although saw a bit of spillage by the waitress still managed to last very long and to lace the glass.

The aroma was deeply malty with a HUGE Banana aroma. The extremely fruity aroma was that of sticking your face into a bunch of overripe bananas. With that fruit came a slight spice and some alcoholic phenolics along with a nice biscuit aroma.

The flavor was fruity and mainly banana. There was a light caramel maltiness presence with a bready flavor. The biscuit flavor was nice and lasts a long time. The alcohol was presence and that contributed to a nice spice level.

The finish was just dry with lasting fruity bananas and slight spice long into the aftertaste. The body was medium but slightly watery and the alcohol warming was high and definitely present. The banana aromas and flavors were quite overdone. This would not be my first choice for a Belgian Dubbel.

0.4L sniffer glass at The Brick Store in Decatur, GA. This beer was listed as a dubbel on their menu, but only listed at 7% ABV. The price of the 0.4L sniffer was $4.50.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 64 oz. growler (purchased at Fatheads) into a tulip. The color is a dark tawny brown, pours with the bubbles cascading up into a nice foamy white head that leaves a bit of a ring of head. The smell is nice and smokily spicy, with just slight ester hints and just a bit of alcohol. The taste has a lot of smoky, bourbon-ish flavor to it, with a touch of estery plum/apple flavors to it, though it's definitely dry, with a touch of warming alcohol in it that adds to the overall. Mouthfeel is nice and silky. As for drinkability, very good but too rich and smoky to be a long-term drinker.

Thanks to Garrett Oliver for sending this unique beer to Pittsburgh. At first, I thought this was another bourbon-barrel aged beer with the liquor-ish flavors, but it's just the malt that gives it that feel. Quite enjoyable, and hopefully this'll be sent down to Pittsburgh in the future.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great look for a dubbel. Deep reddish brown with just the right amount of transparency and a thick head of off-white meringue. Looks perfect in my book....exactly what a dubbel should look like. Great lacing, too.

Smell is huge with lots of candied malts, light chocolate, fruits, and a bit of cherries before the hops close in for the tiniest bite. Yum.

Flavor is sweet with chocolate, candy sugars, and a rich, dark maltiness that is almost thick enough to bring coffee to mind. Finishes a bit dry, but not overly so, and the fruit flavors stand out well in the aftertaste. Cherries and raisins in particular lingered for me.

Popping, aggressive mouthfeel, but still encourages sipping and savoring.

Overall: I think my favorite of the three Brooklyn reserves I tried this night, just a well-done dubbel that doesn't go over the top but still manages to be memorable.

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Breukelen Abbey Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 12 ratings