Tröegs 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
Ratings:
281
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
107
For Trade:
1
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Photo of MKrauss
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of johnhansen
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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 -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spacecake9
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours brown with a thick off white head.
S - Aroma is not very strong. Mostly prunes.
T - Very bready, some spices, some prune.
M - Above average carbonation, medium mouth feel.
O - Not a bad beer, guess I just hoped for more.

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Photo of h4ger
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GregStoner
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Stofko1992
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 PX316
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NomadDawg
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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 mikr
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csurowiec
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 ppavlick
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of khargro2
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rammed96
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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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Tröegs Jovial from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 281 ratings.
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