Portsmouth Belgian Dubbel | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Belgian DubbelPortsmouth Belgian Dubbel

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Traditionally, this full-bodied brown ale was brewed to nourish monks during their Lenten fast. The incorporation of Belgian candi syrup as well as the yeast strain employed give this beer its authentic flavor.

Added by charlesw on 09-28-2003

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at brew pub

Big fluffy head, light lacing, dark maroon copper brown color, clear.

Nose dark belgian malts, light herbal phenolic like aroma, sweet malts, hint of candi sugar, light herbal hops, sweet candy.

Taste sweet toasty darker malts, light herbal hops, sweet candy and candi sugar, bit gritty, touch of warming booze and light phenolic, finishes little sweet, some herbal hops, bit boozy,

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied with decent carb and bit warming booze.

Overall good, not great, herbal hops and phenols kill me, but otherwise great flavors.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby with a little hit. The smell is one of sweetness--both dark and tart fruits. The taste includes fruits as well as some molasses, raisins, and a bit of roasted malt. The body is medium and sweet, with a little bit of tartness coming in. Drinkability takes a little hit, as this one is a little too sweet, but overall a very nice representation of the style.

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Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to warriorsoul for the trade...
Appears a chestnut tone with a small beige head that fades into a mild cap and collar. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, estery yeast, candy sugar, bread, sugar, toffee, raisins, and plums.
Taste is of the same aromas but more subdued with sweet raisin bread as the standout flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, semi-sweet, with cocoa dusting, and a lightly fizzy finish.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Donna (the day bartender) said I'd like this. It was OK. A nice red/brown color with a minimal head. It had a malty, dark fruit aroma. It tasted mostly of cherries. I thought it was pretty good, but not as deep or complex as a Belgian style dubbel. Just a little bit on the thin side, and the tastes didn't go off in my mouth as I thought they should.

I didn't remember reviewing this beer previously when I had it last week at The Brewery. This time around I loved it. It doesn't at all resemble what I first reviewed 2+ years ago. It was a dark brown/red color with a minimal head. Sweet aroma of fruit and honey. The taste was moderately sweet, honey and raisins. Very smooth and fairly rich. I like this version.

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Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a few sips of this vom Faß at the Brewery now and then, but this review is from a bottle bought at the Brewery store today... a 22oz bomber, setting me back all of $4.00...

Into the chalice it pours a clear, deep garnet/ruby color. Lovely! Some lackadaisical carbo meanders slowly to the surface, where a thin rim-job of bubbles attempting to form a head awaits. Leaves only a tiny smidge of lacing. Nose suggests a dry bier, with some fruitiness present, as in perhaps a little grape or raisin, along with Belgian candi-sugar notes. Body is solid, a middle-of-the-road medium, accompanied by a fairly smooth feel on the tongue.

Flavor has some light sweetness, with a distinct candi-ish character. A fruit-cake like aspect kicks in, though the fruit angle is somewhere between sweetish and puckery, being neither... perhaps a slight touch of cherry, along with grape and pear. A well-made example, albeit not a home-run hitter. A solid Tod Mott & Co. bier...

Frohe Geburtstag, und Prosit!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of Boto
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a rich coppery hue to it. There is a bit of a head that lingers awhile. Nice bit of lacing down the glass. Very nice aroma of sweet malts, caramel and toffee. No hops to speak of. Very smooth taste. The sweetness is evident but not overdone. I don't know how long they aged it, but they did a nice job with this beer.

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Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Vancer
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A super bowl payoff from jrdegriselles. Nice.

And a nice beer too – Good looking oaken mahogany with a small ivory head. Aroma was reserved, just subtle notes of sweet molasses and malt. Tons of spices pop up in the taste, quite a load of pepper mixed in with the Belgium yeast and sugar cane. Dry & crisp, sharp and tangy – it made for a nice afternoon on the deck while enjoying the world.

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Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle recently bought from the Portsmouth Brewery store.

Pours a murky brown color with hints of dark reddish tints, very small head that fades fast.

Smell is light but had the typical estery belgian notes.

Taste is wow, lots of banana and bubblegum with this dubbel, probably the most I've had from the style, the banana being a little more pronounced, decent malt backbone, not overly candied like some, seems rather slick and buttery compared to other beers from Portsmouth.

A good dubbel, certainly hides the strength fairly well.

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Photo of Rekrule
2/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of NEhophead
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a goblet.

Thin amber with a ruby hue. Frothy, white head that quickly evaporates to a small pool of bubbles. Minor spotted lacing with average strength.

Caramelized brown sugar and sweet molasses. Plum, raisin, light orange, and alcohol-soaked apple and grape. The alcohol presence is sweet and spicy with a brief cinnamon dryness.

Sweet molasses with a refined, slightly dry toffee and brown sugar. Vinous, aged fruit; rounded with a soft semi-sweet alcohol flavor: raisin, orange, grape, and apple. Notes of sweet spice with a lingering dryness and aftertaste of fruity esters.

Medium in body; creamy, somewhat active, and slightly dry. A well rounded balance texture.

Nice balanced flavors and a mellow body. A tough style outside of Belgium that Portsmouth pulls off remarkably well.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$4 bomber? sold.

rusty and clear, resting atop is a spherical jungle of escaped gas baddies. slight haze pond dwells amidst the orbs. no real lacing, no carbonation evident. thin, bony skeleton of a dubbel.. appearancewise. but..

i can smell it from here. banana bread and brown sugar infused phenols drift off the surface like aromatic clouds of beauty. burnt sugar and sweet apple nectar are easily detectable once my nose enters the glass-space. the whole thing is encapsulated by the most modest hint of trappist yeast smoothness. this beer smells perfect. i want this beer as an air freshener. not for my car though, they'll think im drunk when they pull me over.

substantial body and mouthfeel are surprising, yet welcome, after initial visual inspection. grainy and toasty, something about this beer reminds me of eating quaker oat squares cereal. that's actually exactly what this beer tastes like, if you enjoy a healthy dose of brown sugar, caramel, and a deep assortment of ripe berries atop that diabetes disaster. so smooth. rich and flavorful, an almondy nuttiness emerges with warmth. the beer flows effortlessly from good flavor to good flavor, without excessively tanged yeast, excessive sweetness, or anything else wrong. damned if this isn't one of the finest american abbey styles to come along in recent memory.

kudos. highly recommended.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked it up at the brewery after dinner one evening. Had it on tap and can't wait to try it in the bottle. Amazing on tap so I'm expecting big things.

A: Pours a reddish bronze color. Almost an ocean spray plumcrangrape juice color. Nice retention on all sides with a one finger white head. lacing like crazy.
S: Sweet caramel and dark fruit notes. Sugary aromas overtake the senses and make the nostrils tickle. Takes on a slightly spicy character due to the high abv. Plum fruit notes that have a nutty side to them. Also a bit wheaty with slight banana bread notes.
T/M: Dark fruit of cherries, plums, and some banana flavors. Sugary sweetness that's thick enough to use as glue. Fruit flavors are present at first leading into a sugary finish and slightly wheaty aftertaste. Extra smooth as it glides across the palate. Very well balanced with each flavor claiming center stage to sport their unique characteristics. Smooth and utterly
D: The aroma is a bit more potent but every flavor detected in the smell can be detected in the taste. What a phenomenal tasting brew. This brew was great on tap and equally a good in the bottle. The flavors become more complex as it warms up a bit. Better to have this sitting at room temp and cooling it for ten minutes instead of having it in the fridge and letting it warm. Get it if you can. It will not disappoint.

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Photo of nheinzie57
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Kinsman
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery on 4/26/11

Pours a hazy amber colored body. Moderaltey sized sticky beige head with plenty of retention.

Aroma is notably fruity and sweet upfront. Also notable is a yeasty spice character.

Fruitiness on that palate could best be described as apples and raisins. Candi syrup sweetness is balanced out by clove and maybe corriander for a spice note. Finishes with just a kiss of grassy hop flavor.

Sticky and slightly chewy medium body mouthfeel. Overall, a very enjoyable dubbel not too far off from some of the best from Belgium.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a snifter ay Portsmouth Brewery.

A- Pours a ruby, dark brown with no head.

S- Very nice bouquet of dark fruits, honey, and cloves.

T- Combination of malts, molasses, raisins, plums and honey. Quite a wonderful taste that was very pronounced.

M- Medium bodied that was very smooth, almost giving the consistency of the beer a lighter feel.

D- This beer was extremely drinkable. It was smooth and great tasting and reminded me of a weaker version of St. Bernardus.

Overall, my favorite beer from the Portsmouth Brewery so far. Very well made and definitely a treat.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to EnronCFO for this bomber!! Poured into my Portsmouth snifter.

Pours a dark amber color with a very loose cola type head. No lacing at all. On the nose I get fruit, some banana, candy sugar, Belgian yeast. I'm getting those flavors in the taste but the brew is a bit watery and diluted. Body is light/ medium with mild carbonation. Overall a beer that I can certainly drink but not on par with most Portsmouth brews that I've had.

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