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Tröegs Jovial | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs JovialTröegs Jovial

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -1%
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 +11.8%
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 +1.3%
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 -18.9%
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 +0.8%
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 -3.4%
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 -1%
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 +7.3%
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 +11.3%
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 +0.8%
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 -3.7%
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%
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 -1.6%
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 +8.4%
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 +2.1%
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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Photo of jmdrpi
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml corked and caged bottle, bought at the Troegs brewery about 6 months ago

dark brown in color, thick off-white head. nice malty aroma, a bit of yeasty herbal notes in there. milder taste, very smooth mouthfeel, mild carbonation.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-fingered white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Brown opaque color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light malty nose and flavor is some dark fruit, some malty sweetness. $4.49 for a caged & corked 375ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy light chestnut brown with a small beige head
S: Hints of caramel and toffee
T: A bit nutty, burnt bitterness at the back of the throat. Well balanced but pretty underwhelming.
F: Interesting - thin but somewhat creamy and super carbonated for a dubbel. Surprisingly no alcohol heat
O: Nicely balanced, but really underwhelming. I feel like it was missing something that I can't quite identify. Not bad, just left me wanting more.

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Photo of StartedwithSAM
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a grand snifter (not the suggested glassware) at 55°F

Appearance: Pours moderately cloudy, burgundy with a thick foamy white head that dissipates slowly but never completely with wide, sporadic lacing.

Smell: Nose is earthy, malty sweet fruits (raisins, figs).

Taste: Light earthy sweetness of raisins and figs dominate the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a reasonable amount of carbonation but finishes smooth

Overall: A nice beer gift “muled” from the source that did not disappoint. I appreciated the taming of the sweet fruits which seem to overpower some of the Dubbel's I have experienced in the past along with a moderately carbonated, smoother mouthfeel. If I see this anywhere I would definitely pick it up. Cheers.

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Photo of JayQue
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit more robust than many Dubbels. Pours a hazy brown color with a lot of light coming through into my Chimay goblet. Big antique white head with good retention. Thick rings of lacing on the glass. Smell is Belgian yeast and toffee. Good aroma, not that strong though. Flavor is very good. Toffee, Belgian yeast and some sweet dark fruit, figs and raisins are the most prominent. Rich smooth and sweet mouthfeel. This is a Dubbel; well worth trying!!!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Is this another one where the last person to review it will get the best experience? I think this was nicely shop worn when I got it, but there isn't a date on it.

It looks really pretty. Brown and fizzy. Perfect. The aroma is sweet and fruity, yeasty.

The taste is understated. It does not hit you hard like some, but that's perfectly OK. There is a nicely behaved sweet fruity brew going on here. And a great burp.

It's kind of pricey, but this is a good experience. If I had two i would drink them both. Now. I will try the tripel if there is any left at the store. Recommended.

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Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No bottling date spied.

A: Pours an almost-opaque reddish brown. Moderate sized fizzy tan head. Decent retention anc lacing.

S: Fairly malty with a sugary caramel base. Fruity, primarily sweet berries and figs? Maybe even some peach? Light bit of spices, cloves it seems.

T: Bready malt with cloves right off the bat. Light cocoa in the middle. Kind of...earthy and almost dusty in the finish. Aftertaste is spicy, cloves and ...I swear it's nutmeg? Not quite but can't quite place it. Get some toffee here and there too.

M: Medium bodied, fairly bland.

O: Meh. I never seem to really like dubbels that much and this one is no exception. Sort of a bland maltiness and spiciness to it and that's it. Halfway decent but would not buy again.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; dark amber with red accents; 2 finger light brown head that receded slowly to a thick cap; thick long lasting, lacing;

S: deeply malty with caramel and raisin behind that; a bit of clove and black pepper;

T: follows the nose; moderate bitterness on the finish; flavor dissipates relatively quickly; dark fruit is more noticeable at the end;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated; moderately dry finish;

O: looked fantastic; complex aromas; flavor, while nice, just didn't stand up;

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(bottle picked up at the brewery - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: surprisingly light and clear, cherry juice red (deepest amber) hue to the liquid... tall, beige, bubble-bath foam

S: dark caramel (sugar and malt), lightly spicy, with some baked raisin and apple fruitiness... mellow clove and booze... overall intensity and penetration is flaccid

T: sort of like a meatier Newcastle brown fermented with a Trappist yeast at a lower temp???... the malt character is perhaps not too far off from their doppelbock... really not experiencing a fine dubbel flavor here

F: fluffy-soft... medium-full body... no rich or satisfying qualities - in fact, it's almost watery in the finish

O: Troegs oughta stick to the German styles they do so well... their hoppy beers are pretty good too... this needs more work - I wouldn't have bottled this without first testing multiple trial batches only available in their taproom... pretty bland!

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Tröegs Jovial from Tröegs Brewing Company
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