De Leckere Crom Hout Dubbel Speciaal | Brouwerij De Leckere

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3.78 w/ 9 ratings

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Brouwerij De Leckere

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of bird_soul
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zet
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark chocolate colour with a small layer of foam, which has a very short lifespan. Smell of cloves and caramel. Taste of caramel, coffee, chocolate and raisins. They seem to have chosen malts that have been heat dried for a while, cause this beer has quite some stout/porter elements. While the taste and smell are nice, the beer is quite watery in my opinion, which has a weakening effect on both, not to mention the mouth feel. It lacks the full body I expect of a dubbel. Decent beer, but still a lot of potential.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Douberd
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of 300 ml, at home. Poured into a chalice. ABV is 6,5%. Ingredients are all organically grown.

Very dark brown colour, which turns to a nice deep ruby colour when hold against the light . Pours a small beige head, one finger in height, creamy, with average retention. Very nice appearance, looks promising.
Roasted caramelized malts on the aroma. Stewed fruits. Mollases.
The taste follows faithfully the smell, caramel at first, then becomes fruity and it finishes with the malts. Overall quite sweet.
Creamy, full body with light carbonation. The alcohol very nicely conceiled. Only a hint of dryness on the palate.
This beer was a very pleasant surprise, I am now looking forward to try the other beers from this brewery that I have for so long in my fridge.

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Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Jeffo
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2 finger thicker looking fluffy off-white head with great retention. Higher levels of carbonation evident in the form of tiny bubbles. Dark rosewood red in color. Head fades to a thick foam cap leaving some lacing on the sides. A good foam cap remains until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Very nice looking double.

SMELL: A big nose on this one; aromas jump out on the pour. Sweet caramel malt and lots of dark fruits; mostly plumbs, raisins, and red berries. Some sweet candy sugar and some spicy elements from the yeast. Big and enticing.

TASTE: Caramel malt and some candy sugar sweetness up front, but not too much so. Some dark fruits and spicy yeast through the middle, with some raisins perhaps. Some toasted sweetness on the finish with a spicy and hop bitter aftertaste that's mild yet longer lasting. Quite nice and very well balanced.

PALATE: Medium body and medium soft and creamy carbonation. Creamy smooth going down and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Nice feel.

OVERALL: Very solid double. Well balanced and very drinkable. De Leckere has a few really good brews, and this is certainly a great example of the style that I'll be having again. Recommended.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown, reddish beer with a settling off-white head.

Smell is rich and has notes of chocolate, dark malts in general, some cherries and a little coffee. Maybe some vanilla.

Taste of sweet malt with lightly roasted notes. Actually 'maltiness' is not high enough, I seem to miss a base. The roasty and chocolate tastes are in here, but should be backed up a little more by malt and/or more yeast character. The yeast is bland and adds only a little fruitiness. Aftertaste is dry and lingering maltbitter.

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Photo of TKempe
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crom hout (meaning crooked wood in archaic Dutch) has a slight murky brown look and a small, short-lived beige head.

The nose is sweet and fruity in the typical Belgian dark fashion and seems to have quite a lot of sugar in it. A dry and roasty or wood-like note add character. Yeast is apparent as well and is slightly sharp. A rather bold and somewhat cloying smell that isn't all that elegant.

There is a lot going on in the taste, but alas there is no main direction, meaning more conflict than harmony. A sour-n-sweet fruitiness bounces up against a dry-roasted malt flavor, which slowly makes way for a woody aftertaste in which a hoppy bitterness arises that is astringent and unpleasant. I think this beer would benefit from toning down the sugary side and balancing it out with the roasty malt and maybe some more hops.

A medium body and creamy mouthfeel, slightly under-carbonated.

I have yet to try the brewer's tripel and other beers, but I am sad to say the dubbel is pretty average.

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De Leckere Crom Hout Dubbel Speciaal from Brouwerij De Leckere
Beer rating: 0 out of 100 with 9 ratings
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