Jovial | Tröegs Brewing Company

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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.

Added by orangesol on 09-02-2014

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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 HorseheadsHophead
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 mvanaskie13
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice: color is amber, a little dense, head poured thick at least 2 inches at first pour, then slowly dissipated, keeping at least 1 inch through the tasting.

Smell is very good, its not as deep in its belgian yeast off flavors, but the malt profile is wonderful: light toast, bread, toffee, then some fig, raisin, and fruitiness - very enticing.

Taste is slightly less in depth than the aroma leads you to believe, the flavor drys out and balances what the smell would lead you to believe would be a sweeter flavor: malt is bready, light toast and toffee, less fruit than aroma, just light fig.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice lighter sweetness balanced by the drying fermentation.

Overall, a very good, cleaner dubbel, seems to be in between a bier de garde and dubbel, but a great aroma seems to create a great balance between styles.

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Photo of orangesol
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the brewery. Pours clear amber brown with a small half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving minimal lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells of raisins, figs, prunes and other dark fruits as well as dark candied fruit, toffee, caramel and mildly toasted malt. Taste is mainly dark fruits up front being backed by the sweetness and finally some chewy malt. Smooth, sweet feel with a touch of booze after each sip.

Overall I had my doubts about this one but it turned out pretty well. It has all of the desired flavors and it remains quite drinkable. Worth a shot if you are into the style.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
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 Ozzylizard
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/11/14 375 mL cap’n’cork bottle at 45 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma subdued but fruity
Head enormous (>8 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 1 cm frothy layer
Lacing fair – some large islands of small to large bubbles
Body orange-amber, clear
Flavor of yeast phenolics and some alcohol flavor plus another unidentified taste; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of Afroman
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JakerLou
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

"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"

Above commercial description is spot on

Small bottle, caged and corked ... as they say...

NIce malty caramel toffee brandy ripe dark fruit reserved spice Belgian yeasty goodness. Very good - at least

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Photo of Jammyman
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JC333
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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 mrosenfeld32
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beersilio
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank one of these fresh when it was 1st released. I was not overly impressed. I initially gave it a score of 3.67. Thought it needed a little more time on it.

Revisiting it now. Bottle from a 4-pack I purchased from the brewery the day it was available for sale in the gift shop. This has been sitting in my cellar about 4 & 1/2 months. It seems to be coming along nicely. I've upped my score to 3.84.

UPDATE: My last bottle was consumed after 9 months of aging. The flavors become more pronounced and distinguishable. The body was a bit fuller and had a nice, creamy texture that I don't recall from the bottles with lesser age on them. I've updated my score accordingly to 3.97.

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Photo of J-Riddle
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ranchosdancingbull
1.7/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Super watery. Not much nose. Very carbonated in a good way.

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Photo of whatname
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spacecake9
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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 fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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