Jovial | Tröegs Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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:
#15,994
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
302
pDev:
10.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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8
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Ratings: 302 |  Reviews: 78
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

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EvoRich
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Lembeh
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Troegs nails the European styles and this is no different. Figs, Dates, hints if chocolate and schwarzbier like characteristics permeate the nose and palatte. Really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall tulip, the appearance takes a deep dark muddy brown color with a lasting eggshell white foamy finger’s worth of head. Rimmed with rings of lace, the head dissipates gently. The aroma takes on some dates, plums, raisins, figs, brown sugar, Belgian yeastiness, sweet breadiness, red delicious apples, light Belgian spices slight chocolate and then a warm boozy spread sticking all around those previously mentioned aromas. The flavor take all of those previously mentioned aromas and surrounds with a nice sticky bready to spicy and sweet aftertaste running into a quick finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice crisp smooth sweet yet spicy sort of sliding feel. Overall, very nicely done Abbey Dubbel. Thanks mom and dad!

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Photo of Shade1951
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This ale doesn't remind me much of a Belgian. It smells and tastes more like a Porter. I get very little of the fruit on the nose mentioned by other reviewers. It looks fine, sports a big head for a short period of time.

Maybe I am disappointed because the bottle came with a cork instead of a cap. The cork kind of promised something special and unusual. Jovial is neither.

Is it bad? No. It's pleasant enough to drink. There are no off-flavors. It's just kind of meh. I've had much better from Troegs.

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Photo of MKrauss
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of johnhansen
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice replica of the best Dubbel's from Belgium .

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Photo of Brew_ski
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Jovial from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 302 ratings