Tröegs Jovial | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs JovialTröegs Jovial

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy, dark amber with a thin foamy beige head. Dies down somewhat after a minutes, but plentiful lacing is left behind.

S: Lots of maraschino cherry, fresh and dried plum; pumpernickel bread, clove, and faint banana.

T: Lots of dark bread, like pumpernickel bread; compliment by sweet cherry, plum, and raisin notes. Finishes lightly dry with clove, and slight banana. Tastes like banana bread.

F: Medium-bodied. Well-carbonated.

O: A very solid American Belgian style dubbel. Not as spicy or dry as some, but I don't mind that. Troegs seems to do a good job at making classic European styles. I definitely enjoyed this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, dried, spice and powerful- not exactly a set of words that show up on the forefront of the mind when you have jovial thoughts. But that's the juxtaposition that Troegs lays on the senses with their dark Belgain-style dubbel ale that will certainly pick up the spirits.

Russet, reddish, ruddy brown with tawny gold edges, the hazy dubbel releases a loose, frothy sandy foam cap as the scent of toffee, coffee cake, roasted peanuts, hard candy and rum tingle the nose. Steely and caramelly, the taste is of over-cooked toffee with subtle suggestions of semidry red wine, toast and jam.

Spicy, warm and surprisingly bold, the fruit and spices rise to offset the sweetness and to command the middle palate. Apple, cherry, date, raisin, fig and prune swirl on the tastebuds and patiently await a stern balance of fresh cracked peppercorn, cinnamon, allspice and vinous red wine. Lightly tart and equally light in bitterness, the ale closes with a zesty, rummy, brandy-like bite.

Fuller than the typical dubbel, the sweet and malty textures outlast the creamy carbonation and the thinning of booze for a hint of British strong ale or mild barleywine. But its fruit and spice complexity is strong enough for the style's big brother, the stronger, darker 'quadrupel' type of Belgian beer. Lingering sweetness favors the fruit in a semi-long aftertaste of spiced rum and dark fruit.

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Photo of DBosco
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brownish orange with little head. Smells somewhat like molasses with some Belgian fruity notes. Tastes like a diluted mixture with molasses, Coca Cola, raisin/dates, slight spice. Mouthfeel is crisp, a little watery with some carbonation bite. Overall, it is rather different from most other Dubbels but not in a way that makes it better. So in my opinion, it is OK but not something I would seek out to drink again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Regrettably brief impressions from a bottle:

12.7 fl oz. Brown glass. Hood-and-wire cap over a cork. $4.49 USD (In Brooklyn).

"Bottle conditioned." "Belgian style dubbel ale." 7.00% ABV. 13 IBU.

Amber colour of average vibrance. No yeast is visible within. Off-white head with an average consistency and complexion.

Aroma is surprisingly dry, bringing notes of dried plum, withered fig, and chewy prune along with the usual Belgian yeast characteristics. Supple and inviting, if timid. To style, there are no overt hop notes.

Taste matches the aroma, with a well-disguised ABV and an apt Belgian yeast profile. Dark fruits are announced but not overbearing.

Texture is smooth, soft, wet, refreshing, and medium-bodied with near perfect carbonation.

All things taken into account, it's a competent but not dazzling American attempt at a Belgian dubbel with a superb mouthfeel but a disappointingly shallow and simplistic flavour profile. At $4.49 a bottle, I wouldn't buy it again, but price aside it's one of the better stabs at the style I've tried from an American brewery in the last six months - even if it isn't quite up to par with Troeg's best offerings (like, say, Nugget Nectar).

B- (3.43) / WORTHY

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive thick, foamy head. It leaves many three-dimensional spots on the glass. Brown color where light shines through easily through the cloudiness.

The smells of molasses and honey are the first impressions of this beer. I also get blackberry and mild alcohol to the nose.

More carbonated than most Dubbels, but the body is rich enough to balance this. The flavor starts with a toasty malt. Sitting on the tongue it's relatively neutral. The swallow draws out the sweetness and some alcohol warmth. But the taste is short lived after the swallow. Overall, it's true to style but not exceptional.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into a chalice Bottled 10/20/15, so 10 months old.

very murky brownish red body, lots of fine powder floaties, despite a careful pour. small off white head, good carbonation, but no lacing to speak of.

aroma is faintly of dried fruit.

flavor is very l=mild, a faint dried fruit flavor with a slight alcohol burn in the finish.

Mouth is a solid medium.

i freely admit to not being a big fan of dubbels, but will go for anything Troegs puts out. other than appearance, this was an ok beer for me. likely a fresher botttle would have a more aggressive flavor, but for mr, maybe mild dubbels are better dubbels

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Photo of MMOSNN
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - pours a deep hazy amber with a creamy tan head that lingers quite a while, and there's some spotty lacing.
Smell - dark fruits, caramel, and sweet bread.
Taste - the taste profile is pretty subtle, but notes of dark fruits and caramel stand out at times.
Feel - good carbonation, medium body, and smooth finish.
Overall, this beer lacks complexity in the flavor profile. I also think the body can be fuller.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Buckeyeboy.. Thanks Jeremy.. Pours Clear orange brown.. Spicy but cocoa is the biggest player.. Dark dry toast and hints of raisin... Very pedestrian.. not much that makes me think "Belgian"... Only okay.


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Photo of stevoj
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Jeremy. Dark amber body with lasting beige head, one finger thick. Aroma is malty, bready, kind of dusty. Taste presents more bready quality, not the pit fruit/ raisin flavors I was expecting. Kind of flat too, and a tad watery. Finishes tangy and fizzy, another downer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy duty 375 ml bottle with a cork and wire finish. Oct. 2015 bottling date.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany color, a bit hazy with a light beige head. Decent, but not sticky, lacing.

Aroma: Spiced dark fruit; spice cake; yeast.

Flavor: Dark fruit notes stand out. Subtle brown bread base with hints of toffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively, medium+ carbonation.

Overall: excellent American made Belgian style dubbel. Only lacks the depth and complexity of the world's best Belgians.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy mahogany with some yeast dregs accidentally poured in. Nice head that eventually fades. Smells of brown sugar, raisin, fig. Taste is similar as the nose. Feels a bit thin bodied. Not as complex as I had hoped a dubbel to be. High carbonation with alcohol kept well in check. Nice beer, needs some fine tuning.

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Photo of biegaman
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jovial looks more like the quiet, brooding type; muddied and dark brown, the only thing remotely gleeful about it is the shade of dried orange peel in its (muted) highlights. That mucky complexion can be blamed on bottle sediment synthesizing into the liquid. Head is completely enveloping, as it should be.

Talk about good first impressions - the quantity, quality and seamless integration of dried fruits, baking spices and rich, caramelly malt in this bouquet provide this non-Belgian brewer instant credibility. It feels as if you're sitting at the table with the monks themselves. This is exactly how a Dubbel aught to smell.

And few taste better than this. It offers the style's distinctive cocktail consisting of raisin, prune, plum, fig and date with a sliver of citrus zest to enliven it. This being made in Hershey, Pennsylvania there's of course a little chocolate coating to all those sweet tastes of honeycomb toffee and nut brittle.

At its center, however, Jovial has the flavour of a hearty, rustic dark loaf bread. It's not difficult to imagine fasting monks relying on something like this for sustenance and nourishment. Whereas many North American dubbels come out cloying and hollow, this one imitates Belgium's best impeccably.

Jovial is a beer that makes me very happy indeed. Tröegs has done everything right, and that includes corking and bottle-conditioning. It's rare that American brewers are deft, modest and patient enough to craft Abbaye beers on par with those of the Old World, but this I'm confident would stack-up well.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, thick, creamy, tan head which sticks the whole way through. Light to dark brown coloring which seems consistent for the Dubbel style. Raisin, tart light cherries, and rum on the nose. Taste is pleasant. A bit tangy towards the fruity end. Not cloying, however. A bit boozy for the style while it warms. Medium mouthfeel. Any excellent stab at the style. Will purchase again.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quick Review: This really lacks the flavor and body of a belgian dubbel. The body ends up being very thin even as it warms up, and while some of the dubbel flavors are present, they are muted and show up briefly. A decent example of the style, but not worth getting again.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Muddy reddish brown with a beige head that lasted and left nice lacing. The smell is dark fruit, sweet malt, toffee, a spiciness that is reminiscent of clove or allspice. The taste is sweet, peppery, yeasty, and loaded with fruits like figs and dates. Nice mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a rich mahogany color with a tight beige head ; a few strands of lacing strip the glass

Smell: Earthy, with vague dark fruit aromatics; toffee and spice cake, to some extent

Taste: Brown bread with touches of chocolate and toffee, up front, with earthy/mushroomy tones developing; slightly spicy, in the middle, but the finish is woody and surprisingly dry, though the caramel lingers underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not really up to snuff for a Belgian style; lacks the dark fruit complexity and the sprightly mouthfeel

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Murky dark mahogany color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is pretty good and a finger of lacing is left.

3.75 S: I read some reviews before buying and was intrigued by people saying this is smoky. Well, it is! Smokiness is right up there with raisin, plum, and fig fruitiness. Toffee and caramel next with chocolate undertones. Pleasant and complex, but perhaps a bit too subtle.

3.75 T: Tastes like it smells. Complex mix of smoke, raisin, plum, fig, date, toffee, caramel, chocolate. I'm a bit lazy today.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly spritzy and light on the tongue.

3.75 D: Troegs is one of my favorites. This is a good addition to the lineup.

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Photo of ajilllau
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im not sure why this beer is highly carbonated as the aromas and flavors stand on their own. Smokey aromas and complex flavors make this a standout in Troeg's lineup. Would put this on draft summer months.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper slightly hazy with an off white head.

Smells of citrus, piney resinous hops, and holiday spice.

Taste is malty up front like a delicious dark wheat bread. The malt is balanced by a citrus lemon hop rounded by some spice and bitter herb - nutmeg & cardamon. This is really quite lovely.

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Photo of rjd722
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my oversized wine glass (goblet broke last week so I need to replace it), murky reddish brown color with a tan head. Excellent retention and solid lacing throughout. Aroma is caramel malt, raisin, candied prunes, and what seems like other dark fruits. Toffee and a slight earthy bitterness is apparent, also noticing some ripe dark fruits; Belgian yeast and spice is also clear. Nothing special on the aftertaste, it's actually somewhat metallic and lightly carbonated. Overall this is a solid dubbel.

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Photo of delta490
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a cloudy ruddy brown with a nice thick cap of light tan head. The head has nice retention and clings to the side of the glass as it settles. The aroma is mild but still manages to provide some spice, some yeast, and some sweetness. The taste is a bit astringent at first and while it backs off as it warms, it never really went away. The body has a bit of a carbonation tingle and a nice feel to it, not to thick but not watery, either.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a reddish brown color with a 1/4" head.

Smell: toffee and fruit comes through to the nose.

Taste: toffee, belgian yeast, ripe fruits, raisins, brown sugar, and a moderate earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a nice earthy belgian dubbel that is satisfying.

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

An accidentally aggressive pour yielded a thick, bubbly head.

The aroma was mild yeast and hints of dry spice.

The first sip is a pleasant dose of dried fruit. Dates and raisins. Hints of leather. The finish is mildly bitter and bready.

Not as malty as I expected despite the dried fruit notes. It is very easy to drink but doesn't seem to evolve in the glass. It's one note over and over again.

As it warms hints of sweet coffee faintly cross the palate, but otherwise there's not much else going on. Not a bad beer, but was expecting more.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip. Brown and cloudy in color, with effervescent carbonation that produces three or four fingers of thick, rich head. Great foam retention. Aroma and taste is mostly caramel and toffee mats, some hints of dark fruit. Smooth, creamy feel. Would have again.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a UK style stout glass.
L = 4.25 Pours a super cloudy brownish red with 3 fingers of light brown head; head is really fluffy with big bubbles and fades to a spotty cap; lace is pretty decent too.
Aroma = 4.0 Sweet toffee, yeasty, dark fruits, apple and little spice
Taste = 3.75 Sweet malty toffee and caramel highlighted with some fruity notes and a hint of spice; not as complex as the nose, very little bitterness.
Feel = 3.75 Medium bodied with medium carbonation, a decent fizz on the tongue
Drinkability = 4.0 Pretty easy drinking dubbel
Overall = 3.9125 All around pretty solid dubbed, great look, sweet aroma and taste.

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