Gerardus Wittems Kloosterbier Dubbel | Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.

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Gerardus Wittems Kloosterbier DubbelGerardus Wittems Kloosterbier Dubbel

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Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 06-03-2004

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Reviews by czfreeman:
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3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of my beers from my weekend in Holland
As previously described, pours a deep mahagony-cherry smoke colored tone, The head is actually quite nice, medium, lightly foamy, but retention is good. Doesn't approach the milkshake thickness of a Rochefort, but good nonethe less.
Smells quite chocolatly to me. Cocoa,fig, cherry, raisins oak tobacco, clove,sour fir, honey, oatlike mustiness,but the cocoa and dark fruit dominate.
Flavor shows a sharper note of cherry. Fig, raisin, tobacco, all accented by cocoa, a bit of a flip from the aroma. Now cocoa plays the supporting role. This finish is suprisingly(delightfully) spicy, with a burn that envokes a much higher ABV than 7.5, I would easily say 9%. At it opens up, the aromatics increase in complexity, but the beer becomes slightly sweeter. At times almost too sweet, a hint more carbonation would work wonders.
Carbonation medium.Cherry,rummy, a bit boozy. NIce to sip on and watch a movie as it is 15degrees outside.
Drinkability has two high points I can imagine. One, like tonight, a cold European night, sipping on a spicy rustic beer, or even on a hot summer dinner, served ice cold, or paired with a slightly creamy dessert.
Better than expected.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of schavuytje
2.89/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

I smell Dried plum, apricot in the smell and taste dark fruit like plum but also apricot, light sweet and at the end something more a bitter sour aftertaste

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Photo of BPHL
3.6/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RuudJH
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This reddish brown dubbel from Wittem is pretty hoppy and malty. Next to that i would say it also has a spicy bite and syropy sweetness, and a roasty character.
I have to mention the aftertaste. I can't say it's bad, but it holds too much bitterness just a bit too long for my taste.
As a whole, it's an average expression of the Belgian dubbels, dark ales and seasonal fall- and winterbeers. It lacks depth and balance, and could have far more varried sweetness than the plain syrop it has.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

30cl bottle poured into a 'Leffe' stemmed goblet @ home on 30 Dec 2012.

Looks good: reddy brown body that's clear and bright, on top a biege head that started thin but held well and gave some heavy lacing on the goblet

Malty and fruity aroma and taste: starts sweet and ends fairly bitter and dry. A bit thin for a Dubbel body wise but not a bad brew. Hints of yeastiness throughout, but overall lacking enough flavour and 'umph' for the style it is trying to portray.

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Photo of BdM
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ko1988
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sinse
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The was quite small and faded away fast. The colour was chestnut brown, a bit darker. Smell was sweet, some pineapple, which could also be found from the taste. The taste was a bit disappointing. Alcohol was very dominating.
Sweet, pretty beer with the special pineapple taste, but the taste of alcohol ruined it.

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Photo of Douberd
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

300 ml bottle, at home, poured into a chalice.
Small off-white head that dissipates quickly on top of a dark brown beer. Head does leave some light lacing as it goes down. Very light activity in the glass.
Dark fruits on the aroma, plums, some caramel.
Taste is a nice bitter one, turns to a bitter-sour aftertaste, with some notes of iron along with fruits.
Medium body and average amount of carbonation. Alcohol not so obviously present, but it does offer some warmth afterwards.
A nice try from Gulpener.

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Photo of ct4beer
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of henshawb
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of IPA35
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a standard dubbel, dark amber/ruby reddish with a slightly off white head that settles quickly. Some visible carbonation. Half a mark off for being filtered.

Smells of caramel malts, some cherries out of a jar and some general dark fruity notes. Mainly caramel maltiness.

Taste follows the smell really, some bready malts, sweetness and some fruitiness.
Pretty good for a non-craft produced dubbel.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy and the carbonation is pretty low.

Overal a good beer, but not very special.

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Photo of SVD
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of DylanBrkhff
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HBomb81
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Brabander
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer i got from my brother in law. He is called Gerard like this beer.
Poured in my Struise glas this beer gives a big head. Fluid is like dark tea. Very little carbonation. Some lacing but not spectacular.

Smell ok, thought i got some cherries in the nose.

Taste is quit good for this type of beer, Some dryness. This beer is pretty sweet bot not too sweet.

Overall a decent beer but not more than that. Is is a beer you could drink all night. No alcohol feelable.

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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erwin_Sakkers
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattandwin
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Catch up rating. Looks like a standard dubbel, dark amber/ruby with a slightly off white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of caramel malts, and some general dark fruity notes. Taste follows the smell really, some bready malts, sweetness and some fruitiness. Pretty good for a non-craft produced dubbel. Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy and the carbonation is pretty low.

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Photo of stcules
1.56/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Deep red color, a decent beige head.
The smell is fruity, with cherry. A lot of cherry. It seems a cherry syrup, almost.
The taste is also sweet, too sweet, with again cherry and candy sugar.
It is labeled as a dubbel, but...
Definitely cloying. Not more.

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Photo of bird_soul
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rekel
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of BarryNL
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: A clear, deep red with a long lasting head. Some minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Malt dominates, there is a smell almost of fresh bread with some underlying fruits - possibly cherry.

T: As it smells really. Fresh bread, cherry flavours, it almost tastes as if it has been blended with a kriek. It would score higher on the taste, but for the doughy aftertaste, with a slight hint of wet-cardboard - possibly indicating oxygenation, though that seems unlikely in a commercial beer.

M: Good, substantial - many beers of this style are simply too watery or too foamy, but this one has is about right.

D: It's strange, I quite like this beer but I don't really want another. I think it's down to the aftertaste. It's enjoyable to drink but doesn't really leave a good impression afterwards.

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Gerardus Wittems Kloosterbier Dubbel from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
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