Altar Boy | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alter Boy is a Belgian Dubbel that is being aged in Bourbon barrels, it will be 7% ABV when finished. It's a very balanced malty beer that uses Belgian Pilsner, Biscuit, Munich, Special B, and Vienna malts, as well as Belgian Candi Sugar in the recipe. The Bourbon barrels will add notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla and caramel that will really complent the the maltiness of the beer. The beer has been aging in the barrels for over a month and has really come together nicely.

Added by Slatetank on 06-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 5
Photo of CHickman
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Dogfish Head brew-pub exclusive "aged in bourbon barrels". Poured dark amber/orange in color with a small head and light lacing that smelled of malt and bourbon. It was very strong and smoky overall, and the taste had sweetness with hints of malt, caramel, bourbon and charcoal; it was on the heavy side, but went down quite smooth. Overall it was decent, but my issue was too much bourbon influence that's meant to just accent it and not dominate it.

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Photo of Fish113d
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a tap, it pours a golden color with some haze and about 1 finger thick of white head on top.
Aroma is pretty standard: a bit of bourbon and fruit on the nose as well as some corianderand a faint hint of banana. Nothing flashy, but nice. Flavor is solid; a nice spicy refreshing flavor hints of grapes and coriander and maybe a touch of bourbon on the finish.

Mouthfeel was awesome. Farily prickly carbonation with some slight drying on the finish due to the barrel aging. Was a great starter brew for a warm summers' day. Very drinkable, but a sneaky 7% that you'd never notice until it was "too late".

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Photo of ffejherb
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tp at DFH Rehoboth on 6/19/09.

A - Hazy orange/amber body with large carbonation bubbles and a thin off-white head that quickly settled into a patchy retention and left virtually no lacing.

S - Subtle bourbon notes with leafy tea-like hops are at the forefront. Behind the alcohol notes lies a sweet caramel malt character with candi sugar and spicy, fruity notes reminiscent of pear.

T - Bourbon and spicy, peppery notes comprise the initial flavor, followed by some mild tea-like hop bitterness. Finishes with fruity and candi sugar sweetness and a touch of spicy yeast in the backend.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation, which provides some bristle on the palate. Finishes with a subtle alcohol warmth on the tongue.

D - Pretty interesting take on a Dubbel, although I find that bourbon barrel aging works a little better with darker beers like stouts and porters. Still, this was pretty tasty albeit a little odd. But that's DFH's philosophy, right?

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap yesterday at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth Beach DE. Served chilled in a Pint. This is a belgian Dubbel style aged in bourbon barrels.

A - A very clear dark brown for an aged ale. The ale has a small tan head and the lace is average with a small bead

S - Scents of raisin, wood and maple syrup although no raisin or maple was used. The nose is sweet w/ caramel and toasted woody notes

M - Dry and toasted texture w/ a light and dark sugar element (the DFH site says candi sugar was used) the slightly above average carbonation lightens the feel of the this substantial ale, plenty of malt notes on the palate, though

T - Crisp and gentle spicing w/ mild yeast creaminess w/ pepper accents and mild herbal hop notes up front. Vanilla and mild caramel w/ a hint of pink peppercorn. The ale has a sweet taste as the beer gradually warms w/ a yeast essence that is creamy and spicy adding contrast to the vanilla notes of the barrel and dark fruit taste of the malt

D - Great smooth dubbel w/ clean and crisp drinkability w/ plenty of candy coated malt and light bourbon edge

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Altar Boy from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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