Trubbel De Yards | Yards Brewing Co.

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Trubbel De YardsTrubbel De Yards

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Boto
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: this one pours a clear, very dark caramel (think coke) with some ruby tinges. There was just a touch of a light tan head. Nice nose. Raisins, plums, yeast, slightly burnt candi sugar. The taste is also quite good. yeasty, bready, faint plums, caramel, a hint of roasted malts, candi sugar.

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Photo of stevoj
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from my brother. Initial pour and aroma brings out the dubbel characteristics. Dark ruby brown with small, soft beige head. Sweet pit fruit aroma, brown sugar follows on into taste. Dubbel elements dominate, still trying to find the tripel, bits of coriander spiciness perhaps. Warmth comes on very late, mostly sweet finish.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This brew pours almost solid black with some reddish/purple highlights when held up to the light. There is a creamy two finger head which turns into a collar and medium lacing.

The smell is filled with malts, mostly sweet but a few roasted malts as well, along with dried fruits, maybe pear, plums and apple, as well as caramel. There is also a dank, musty smell.

The taste is mostly roasted and sweet malts. This beer is heavily malted. Then the caramel taste comes through along with some alcohol that leaks through. There is a musty, dank earthy taste finished off by spicy hops however something keeps this from being as good as other Belgian Strong Dark Ales. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer but it does not pop like it should. That could be because Yards decided to mix two styles in this one. Give it a try and see what you think.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly carbonated for a belgian style, has some solid caramel malt notes and some faint breadiness you find in the style, but doesn't leave a lasting impression. Good, captures the broad essence of the Belgian style but lacks the intricacies. Probably would have benefited from going head-on into the tripel aspects instead trying to balance it with the lighter dubbel.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Dark auburn color as it pours. Nice dark color in the glass, but very minimal head after the pour

Smell - Lots of caramel and malts here

Taste - Roasty sweet and caramelized malts

Mouthfeel - leaves with a nice bitter finish

Overall - Fun boozy beer that is hides the alcohol content well

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Photo of jwhancher
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 750-mL bottle at the brewer back in June. Poured into a oversized tulip glass for review. Pours a dark opaque brown with amber edges. Great lacing on the glass with fluffy head. Smells like burnt raisins with molasses, brown sugar and carmelly taffy. Tastes chewy with similar tastes as aroma. Feels medium to full. Overall, okay one-off. Like the idea of a Tripel/Dubbel hybrid, but I feel this one can't really find it's identity. Seems more like a dubbel to me. Even with that, still a decent beer. Not sure it's worth $10 a bottle, but still def worth trying.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by Jeff. Thanks man.

The beer is dark chestnut brown with a thick, beige head. Ample lacing coats the glass. The aroma offers a prominent dose of banana, followed by Belgian yeast, malt, brown bread. Too much banana character in the flavor. A bit sharp and unbalanced. Not on par with the authentic Belgian dark beers I have grown to love.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a murky brown color with some light hints of red within. Upon pouring there is a tan colored head of about one finger height. The head is composed of lots of fizzy bubbles fading fast to leave some light streaking lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of darker fruits with plum, cherry and raisin. Along with the fruit there is a rather strong roasted malt aroma as well as sweeter smells of toffee and candied sugar. Rounding out the smell is an aroma of yeast bringing with it some notes of coriander and clove spice as well as some banana.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and roasted malt flavor upfront. The sweet is heavier of a caramel and toffee flavor at the start, but transitions to being more dominated by some darker and lighter fruits more toward the middle and the end of the taste. Along with the fruits coming into the tongue, so too does some spice flavors of clove and coriander with just a hint of yeast. A chocolate flavor develops more at the end of the tongue and is joined by some warming boozy alcohol tastes to end up leaving a sweet and darker malt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is average to slightly high. The combination is very nice for the darker and warming flavors of the brew all while complimenting well the fruitiness of the beer.

Overall- Very dubbel like in nature but with a bit more potency and some notes of a triple mixed within. A rather enjoyable brew for sure.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating

A= Pours a dark brown almost black color with a finger of thick head on it that holds steady retention with a light brownish color. Solid lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell has a nice dark roasty malt aroma to it with little of the Belgian candy sugar smell that I don't usually care for as much when it's overpowering. The Belgian yeast is kept tame in the nose as well but does make itself present lending wafts of esters. The plums and dark fruit Belgians usually have are not in the nose too much.

T= The taste has a nice dark cherry flavor that I notice immediately. The Belgian yeast esters come through a little more but they are not over the top. The black cherry is most dominate and it is unique to this beer. I haven't had too many beers with such a nice flavor. There is a little biscuit malt coming through the end and a nice dark fruit plum compliment follows.

M= A nice mellow carbonation.

O= This beer I wasn't expecting to enjoy as much. Dubbels aren't usually my thing but this beer is an exception. First beer from Yards and it's a winner. Check this beer out for sure if you can and big props to MPLSbrewer for the hook up!

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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a light brownish color with some red highlights and 1/'2" of tan head that slowly recedes to leave some lacing on the sides, a small ring of foam and, eventually, a thin film on the much of the surface. Sipping creates scattered patches of lacing.

The aromas include dark fruits and some spices.

The flavor is much as expected from the nose. There ae some dark fruits and and some malt sweetness along with a bit of spiciness and just a hint of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with the light to moderated carbonation. As the dark fruit and malt sweetness begin to fad about mid way through the spicy hint of bitterness becomes more noticeable until it too disappears in the back of the palate.

Overall a tasty beer that I'd be happy to have again. This one is on my list of beers to pick up once in a while.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy brownish red in color. It poured with a half finger high dark beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate of dark fruits are present in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is reminiscent of a dubbel and has some sweetness and flavors of candi sugars and dark fruits along with some hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer and I really liked it because it tasted liked an Imperial Dubbel, if the is such a style.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

AP: Nice rich dark brown colour with a 1/4" cream head that dissipates

AR: Really nice and complex aroma. Dark fruits (raisins and figs) are the first to hit my senses followed by toffee, baking chocolate, honey, caramel and under all that the light fruits (apricot, peach, white grape) try to push their way forward.

T: Taste follows the nose, but the lighter fruits have a stronger presence than in the aroma so the flavours are more in balance with each other. A hint of cola as well mixes in there making for a rather tasty brew.

M: Creamy with moderate carbonation, finish is surprisingly crisp and almost palate cleansing but at the very end there's a sticky coating of toffee and candi sugar that lingers.

OV: Intriguing blend of a Tripel and Dubbel that I thought was rather well done. I would seek to enjoy this one again, especially on draft.

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Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 22 ounce bottle, this ne'er is a dark brown beer. The head is medium brown, thick, and lasting. The s,ell is of Belgian yeast and dark malt...almost molasses scents with a cookie-like scent. Allspice-like with some earthiness. The taste is semi-dry, with lots of warming alcohol. Medium bitterness and lots of spice. Full in body. Very good.

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Photo of philbe311
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Two fingers worth of densely packed uber lush creamy light khaki colored batter like head with a lot of big chunky bubbles sitting atop... Solid retention... Once receded, there is a mostly full yet splotchy veil of lacing and a moderately thick collar... The color teeters on the edge of deep dark candy apple red and a medium brown... A limited bit of moderate paced carbonation throughout...

S - A huge inviting aroma can be detected without even bringing one's nose near the glass... Lots of dark fruit to start... Plums... Cherries... Dates... Fig... Raisins... Some light tobacco notes... A mix of caramel and toffee sweetness... Some brown sugar as well... The Tripel notes are much more muted, but still quite inviting... The first of these is the Belgian yeast... The second is a light subtle spiciness... There is also a faint booziness present as well...

T - Almost exactly as the nose would lead you to expect... Lots of dark bing cherries... Plums are abundant as well... Some fig and date notes as well... The Belgian yeast and spicness takes a distant back seat, but are still adequately present and provides additional depth and complexity...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Sturdy and satisfying... On some slight carbonation... Smooth... Even and consistent... Goes down easily sip after sip after sip...

D - Very satisfying... Every facet of this beer is a success and I have no complaints... This brew only helps to solidify my the lofty regard in which I hold Yards... I can highly recommend this without hesitation...

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Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam. Light lace develops.

Smell: malt and yeast are most predominant on the nose.

Taste: big malt profile here. Yeast, prunes, and other dark fruits make a hearty dubbel style ale. Bitterness is mild and alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Long lasting aftertaste. Light crispness to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: this is a very drinkable hearty beer that goes down quickly despite the higher alcohol levels. Very satisfying overall.

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Photo of bonkers
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bottle into a snifter, ruby/black pour, medium white head, light lacing. Dark fruit notes, alcohol on the nose. The beer taste like neither a dubbel or a tripel, but like other dark belgians. The beer is fruity, phenolic, notes of alcohol, lingering finish. The body is medium, average carbonation, dangerously drinkable. A tasty brew, I would buy this again.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An interesting concept, I suppose. This wasn't poured with any attention to the art of "head". Impenetrably black and viscous-looking, though it drank lighter and softer, presenting a modicum of lightly-oily smoothness. I had to run to catch the train, so I couldn't allow it to warm up and reveal the extent of its flavors and aromas, however, I can sum it up rather briefly...for this sample at least - Jäger, mellowed significantly in alcoholic fusel-osity, beefed up with a light-moderate amount of malt flavor and body. I didn't get the "biscuit, chocolate, and caramel" nor the "spiciness of a tripel" much at all. Not one of the more memorable Yards offerings, but something I might give a shot again at the brewery or elsewhere.

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Photo of fdig23
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Appearance: deep mahogany brown with a khaki head

Nose: Coffee, caramel candies, subtle dark chocolate, some fig newton and black cherries.

Taste: Caramel forward with bitter coffee and raisins following behind. Some tripel-like banana and clove are present along with a hint of chocolate and toasted pumpernickel.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter in the mouth than the flavors call for. Sticky.

Overall: My favorite from Yards so far. Interesting idea and a unique flavor profile. A little lacking in the depth department but still a nice, tasty, original brew.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bomber poured into a stemmed tulip

A dark brown in color, reaching black through the core, with a creamy tan cap. The cap rose steadily to fill the glass and fell slowly. Some delicate spider web lacing and sip marks.

The nose is a little muted in spots. Caramel and roasted malt with brown sugar, fruit cake, brown bread, herbal hops, toasted nuts and a touch of booze laying low.

Cocoa powder and mild roast seem to hit first. Brown sugar, dried fruits, caramel, nuts, and some herbal hops through the middle. The finish is a residual sweetness, a touch of booze, and a lingering roast/chocolate bitterness. A decent balance. Definitely more dubbel than tripel.

Smooth, creamy feel. Full-body. Lush with just a touch of lingering sweetness.

This is an interesting beer. Definitely more dubbel notes than tripel notes. The latter imparting an herbal, phenolic presence that is subdued by the richer flavors of the dubbel.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whys this say retired? pretty sure this beer was just released. Darker color then expected, deep deep chestnut with a foamy off white head. Very nice roasty and nutty nose with touches of Dulce de leche, chocolate, and rich sweet caramel. Wow, really different, does kind of drink like a dubbel tripel blend. Sweet caramel and chocolate on the front end with chestnut flavor through out. Dubbel like flavors with a tripel like mouthfeel and body. Bright effervescence clean snappy finish. Pretty well balanced, complex and well layered. Caramel comes through nicely and is the dominant flavor of this beer. Dry tripel like finish balances the brew. So rich up front and crisp on the back end. Really really unique. Not the best beer I've ever had but it really pulls off something nice and different here. I love it. Alcohol slightly detectable but not bad at all.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown/black body, finger khaki milky head,
stunning lacing display

S: mild biscuit, malt, chocolate, caramel

T: caramel, chocolate, biscuit malt, subtle spices,
smooth finish

M: med/heavy body, creamy/smooth mouth
very light semi-dryness in finish

O: Compelling beer experiment, still leans more
to the dubbel side of the equation. Curious to see
what other craft beer fans think of this creation. I would
try/enjoy again. Alcohol is well hidden, sneaks up on you.
Fine intro Belgian style and complex for craft beer geeks.


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Photo of gr0g
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Winter 2012-2013 release.

Dark brown with mahogany highlights. The head is several fingers high and displays excellent retention. Lots of chunky lace left behind. Classic BSDA aroma - leads with chalky yeast, follows with toffee malt and ripe dark fruit. Floral hop note along with some brown sugar.

This 9.3% ale drinks more like a 7.3% ale, in a good way. Rich and malty, sweet at first but balanced out with a light hop bitterness. A bit of yeasty phenols give way to plentiful fruity esters of raisin, plum. Very well carbonated with an almost creamy, stout-like smoothness. Drinking an entire bottle in a single sitting is very possible, and enjoyable. As tasty and drinkable as this is, it still falls a bit short of the true stand-outs in terms of richness and complexity of flavor.

Been a while since I had a Yards, but this is a real treat and certainly their best release to date. This is drinking very well when fresh, so buy now and drink now.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Yards, Philly, PA

Dark brown pour, more or less opaque, with a 1/2 inch or so of foamy tan head that sank to a ringlet, and left a few dots of lacing on the glass. Dried dark fruits and caramel in the nose, booze, and light spice. This is labeled as a "tripel dubbel," but definitely comes off more as a dubbel. The aroma was reflected in the taste, caramel malts, brown sugar, dried fruits, slightly woody and nutty, with an herbal and earthy hop finish. Fairly boozy throughout. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty good overall, but I definitely like the bourbon-aged version better.

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Photo of SwarthmoreBev1
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was given a 750 ml bottle to try. I poured it into a tulip style glass, and was pleasantly surprised by the darkness of the brew as I poured it into my glass. It was blackish in color with a 1 and a half finger head that was a dark cream color. When I smelled it, I noticed the caramel aromas from the roasted malts.
As I drank this it was not as sweet as I was expecting (i.e Golden Monkey). The sweetness was muted, which made the beer better! The roasted aroma came around to the taste and was a joy to drink.
I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Belgian beers, and that this came out in the winter, was perfect timing from Yards.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Grey Lodge.

A- Comes to me looking dark ale like with a dark shade of black with some brown peeking towards the edge. A coat of burnt sugar like foam that left slight stick.

S- A nice play of dark fruit and nuts mixed in with some bready Belgian yeast and some aroma hops in the back. More dubble in smell than a triple?

T- A great way to start the day at 7AM. A medley of dark fruit and berry flavor with grape and some lingering Belgian Yeast complimenting a triple middle in taste, if that makes sense. Nuts in the end making for a dubble in every sense.

M- Medium bodied with a nice carb and a fruity finish. Alcohol does not make a whimper and Im left with some grapes in the end between sips.

D- Im glad Yards decided to brew this one up again and hope it does not take another 5+ years for it to be done again. Imma get more glasses of this before it runs out.

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