Jovial | Tröegs Brewing Company

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3.82/5
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312 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brimming with optimism, Jovial reveals its enduring charm and infinite merriment with each passing sip. This enticing Belgian-style Dubbel ale features hints of raisin, fig, date and prune. As the flavor develops, traces of toffee, chocolate, and subtle spices emerge.

Added by orangesol on 09-02-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,559
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
312
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
114
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 312 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby, brown
Above average body with medium carbonation.
Aroma is dark dried fruit, brown sugar malts and yeast taste is very similar yet there was a hop bite that showed up in the middle and lingered a bit
Overall it was a great beer that is totally worth a try

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Photo of mflamar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brutalist
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snapp1422
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of epyon396
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Form the corked small bottle in a snifter. This nice dubbel pours a
nice red tinged medium mahogany with a nice head of off white khaki
foam that dissipates to a thick ring and light thin layer with nice light sudsy
lacing. Nose of dates, figs, brown sugars, and subtle yeasty esters of bread
and light banana. Flavors exceed the nose with dark yeasty bread notes awash
in fig and date with a touch of plum and dashed with brown sugars and subtle
hints of cherries and light banana from the yeast. Very nice mouth feel; medium
fluffy mouth feel, medium body, medium light carbonation that is fluffy and inviting
for he style, and a lightly dry finish.

Excellence from an excellent brewery.

Worth buying a few for the cellar for a few years to see how it matures.

Nice.

Cheers

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Photo of quadmad
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonnydesert
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikeg67
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, herbal hops and some dark fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of yeast, bready malt, herbal hops and ripe fruit, some sourness. Finish is short and dry. Too simple for Dubbel.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this, bought a 4 pack the other day at $16 so it's not cheap. Attractive thick corked bottles which are very nice. Fruity, malty, caramel, toffee, slightly dry, mild bitter finish and not overly sweet. Very nice and much better than I was expecting. As others may have mentioned, would be rated higher if was an authentic Belgium Trappist beer. Get some!

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Photo of Diura
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IronLover
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Raisin, brownish-red in color with effervescent carbonation and good clarity. Poured with a tall, billowy, light beige foam with excellent retention. Grainy dark malt, sweet sugary fig, raisin and banana aromas. Medium bodied with aggressive, but soft carbonation. Light warmth in the feel near the finish. Dark, grainy malt flavor with mild dark fruit and fig flavors. Medium light hop bitterness. Grainy dark malt and dark fruit to the end. Finished semi dryly with dark fruit sweetness. Pleasant aromas and feel, but generally lacked phenolic esters in the flavor profile that provide character to the style.

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Photo of SpaethJam
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chiefz1
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MouldyCrow
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Smilsteen
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tröegs Brewing Company "Tröegs Jovial"
375 ml brown glass bottle, corked & caged, apparently without freshness dating
$3.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Look: A careful pour leaving the sedimented less behind offers a slightly hazy deep chestnut brown colored body beneath a short head of creamy khaki colored foam. The head retention is very goody and the lacing leaves walls of solid foam around the glass.

Smell: Mild aroma of light chocolate, golden to medium dark caramel, and raisins.

Taste: As the aroma suggests with the addition of some light phenolic spiciness from the yeast. A moderate bitterness balances it and it finishes dry despite its maltiness.

Feel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge. Moderate, fine-bubbled, natural carbonation due to bottle conditioning.

Overall: Very much a classic style Belgian dubbed that's very well brewed, balanced, and rounded. If this came from Belgium it would probably be rated higher.

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Photo of drtth
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dark mahogany colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2" finely bubbled light tan head that recedes very slowly. Sipping creates some arches and patches of lacing on the sides of the glass, both large and small. Even mid-way through the beer there is a small layer of foam over the entire beer and there are patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aromas are a complex mix of dark stone fruit including raisin, fig and prune against a light molasses background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the raisin, fig and prune now mingling with some molasses sweetness, as well as with some chocolate and some spiciness in the background. The sweetness is noticeable but not cloying.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth with the light, finely bubbled and persistent carbonation. The finish begins as most of the sweetness fades, leaving the complex mix of dark stone fruits, as well as the hints of chocolate and spiciness to close out the show in a nice semi-dry ending in the back of the palate. There’s really no hop bitterness to speak of here.

On the whole this is a drinkable beer which I'll probably be having again as an occasional change of pace. It’s a reasonably done Belgian-style Dubbel but one that doesn’t threaten to replace any of my highest rated ones, but does touch some of the right bases and is readily available.

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Photo of burnstar
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Look is a slightly hazy amber with an off white head.

Aroma is Belgian candi sugar and yeast esters.

Taste is a malty sweet with deep dark red fruits.

Nicely balanced and understand Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of JMills52
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jsalz21
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Jovial from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 312 ratings