Dubbel Cannon | Heavy Seas Beer

Dubbel CannonDubbel Cannon
225 Ratings
Dubbel CannonDubbel Cannon

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by tbrown4 on 04-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive orange amber in the glass. Nice head with all the trimmings. On the woody, tannic side. Rich and mellow with malt. Nice caramel nose. Hops are spicy, give a nice nose. More floral with a touch of cedar, maybe. I don't taste a lot of Belgian flavors. More of a Dubbel in style, but with the hops of a Belgian Pale Ale.

In any case, it's rich and highly flavored, and makes a great sipping beer without too high of alcohol content. Another excellent beer in the hoppy Belgian tradition that Americans seem to excel at.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Another fine mess..."

Best by Sept 2011 notch. So far, so good.

Ommegang anniversary glass. Pours out an unexpectedly dark amber/iced-tea color. Filtered. A moderate inch of off-white, filmy head comes & goes without much enthusiasm.

Zesty orange scent. More like tangerine & honey. Doughy. A bit like spice cake. A bit wit-like. Brown sugar, & a delicate rind, (& more so pronounced)dry leafy green hop character.

Taste is very juicy. Tropical sweetness, tangerine bitterness, somewhat green. Not much in your face bitterness actually, but it always hums on your tongue to a constant pulse. More dry-hopping then straight boiling is my guess. Mildly zesty. Slight(slight), candied afterthought along the belly. A touch resiny. Mildly toasty. Finish is a mellow leafy green.

Feel is of a constant froth. Soft, but supple carbonation. Body is moderate, but mostly dry.

Aside from the alcohol & color, it comes off more like a Belgian Pale. A great Belgian Pale. :)

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bit darker amber than the typical IPA with a nice bit of lacing and a half inch of frothy head.

S - Well it smells pretty good. More sweet than hoppy with some grapefruit hops and a touch of sweet bubblegum and a touch of yeast.

T - Not too bad guess I expected more hops but I do get a sweet bit of candied hops and sweet bubblegum malts and very little yeast which is pretty smooth. After half the glass the flavors are kind of lackluster.

M - Medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall I guess I will stick with the regular Loose Cannon but it was a pretty good Belgium IPA.

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Photo of axeman9182
2.3/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle taken home from volunteering at the 2011 ABCF. This one is marked best by September 2011, and was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Dubbel Cannon pours a relatively clear light amber, with some orange highlights coming through. The slightly off white head comes up to about two fingers in height, before quickly fading and leaving no lacing behind. Belgians and IPAs are where I find some of the best head formation/retention and lacing, and so this one is a real letdown in the looks department. The nose has a prominent candi sweetness that's a staple of Belgian brews, and any hoppy notes are drowned out by some fruity and slightly spicy yeast esters and phenols. That same sugary sweetness is the first thing to greet my palate. Next is probably the most restrained, muted dose of bitterness I've ever found in an IPA. The yeast byproducts lean more towards fruity than spicy in the flavor, and let just a little bit of citrus hoppiness shine through. The mouthfeel is absurdly syupy for a Belgian/IPA hybrid. The body is a bit too full/present, and the carbonation starts out lackluster and fades to barely present as the beer warms. I feel a little bad rating so harshly, because Dubbel Cannon doesn't taste awful or anything, but it's just either so far removed or poorly executed stylistically that the resulting scores aren't pretty.

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Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Cask at the Distillery in Savannah, GA as part of Maryland night. As a proud Terrapin, I was happy to be here, enjoying the hell outta some UTZ Crab Chips!

A - Hazy orange-amber with an off-white head that recedes to some patchy haze and a thick ring.
S - Earthy hops, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, orange peel, and some caramel malt.
T - More malt-forward then I'd expected, lots of sweet caramel with some bitter orange-peel hops and sweet bubblegum from the Belgian yeast. Fairly sweet.
M - Smooth and creamy with a medium-thin mouth-feel and low carbonation (as expected from the cask).
O - Definitely the highlight of the night, this was smooth and very drinkable!

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Photo of goblue3509
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 10oz snifter, pours a muddy hazy brown color like an apple cider with a one finger tight slightly off white head. The head reduced to skim but left rings of lace the entire way up and down the glass. The glass was litterly white with rings after drinking. The aroma was of citrus notes along with dark candied fruits and a very faint very slight hop bite. The taste followed the nose a little citrus up front over a bready malt backbone wiht a nice candied dark fruit taste and hints of spiciness, a hop bitterness comes through at the end to balance out the beer. The mouthfeel was moderatley carbonated. Overall the look of the beer was great and got it off to a good start, the nose and taste were but very warm and enjoyable. This could easily have been my session beer for the night.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass, Dark tea/cola color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Spicy Belgian yeast, faint hop note
Taste-Spicy yeast, bread malt,tangy citrus hops. Very drinkable for the strength. Nice flavor and decently blanced. Overall a pretty respectable Belgian IPA.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dubbel Cannon, 32-ounce growler filled at Whole Foods Bowery in Manhattan, NYC, for $6.99. Curious to try a one-off version of Loose Cannon, one of the IPA staples for my wife and myself.

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter, the Dubbel comes looking rusty copper and/or dark brown, sort of like one of those prematurely-aged Richard Serra sculptures. A massive slightly-colored white head comes and goes like that, now you see it now you don't. There is some lacing (but not a lot) but not a lot of carbonation or retention.

Smell: Dark fruits and fruit cake, some bread and cookies. Spice, tamed. A slightly metallic "something" on the back. A tad of lemon/citrus, not quite full hops.

Taste: Very similar to nose, with that fruit-cake sweetness, lemon-peel touch and this time hops coming through clearly but not upfront and holding court as you would expect from an IPA (even if "Belgianized"). Yeast is present and nice, if anything a little too timid. There is also a "coolness" as you sip that reminds me of sucking on breath mints.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and flavor (almost low). Carbonation could also use a kick to get more active. There is a thinness to this beer that really brings the whole thing down. Needs more body! Finishes a tad too watery, but with a pleasant touch of spice and dry, prickly hops.

Overall: Alright, not great. I'll take the regular Cannon any day, and if in need of an American-Belgian IPA, I'll go for a Raging Bitch. Glad I tried it, though!

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Photo of nickthetick
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear mahogany, with ruby tints when held to the light, into a DFH signature glass. It has about a finger of khaki head that thins rather quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

S: hoppy and fruity. Citrus notes are heavy; leathery, and dark pitted fruits. Figs dates and such.

T: interesting. Hoppy but sweet like the nose, however its still different. The figs, dates and plums are there but joined by a dark biscuit flavor. The citrus is there and balances out the fruity-ness but a lemon hangs in the mouth.

MF: medium body, sweet but not cloying or syrupy. Light carbonation.

O: good but it doesn't match up to a loose cannon for a regular basis buy.

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Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from Crabbicuss in N00b BIF 4. Thanks bud.

Poured a pretty dark reddish brown color with a bit of slightly off-white head.

Smell is malty with a bit of spice to it. Not much hops in there.

Taste is fairly malty but it does have a slight bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium. Good drinking beer. Went down smooth.

Overall a good quality Belgian IPA. I liked it.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel amber, with nice frothy head. Cool bicycle-spoke lace.

Nose is spicy (I get the Belgian yeast), with some sour fruit tones, and maybe some orange citrus. Interesting and appealing.

Taste is grapefruit hops, and a hint of banana and clove. A curious and unusual flavor combo, and it works quite well. Superb!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dubbel Cannon

Pours a clear copperish orange, soapy head forms and recedes fairly quickly. Aroma of American style hops, little malt sweetness or Belgian kick. In the flavor, citrus hop character on a pale malt body, small yeastyness and fruit presence. Alittle alcohol comes through along with a creamy malt character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Overall, a decent IPA but lacks true Belgian influence.

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Photo of dickroop
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a goblet, all the better to smell you with, my dear. the color was dark, dark golden, a kind of murky brown actually. It didn't generate much head, and what there was dissipated except for a ring around the edge and a bit of misty foam in the middle. A little lacing, but it's more soapy foam than sticky residue. The aroma was yeasty, fruity, spicy, with some musty raisins, some coriander and orange peel, and some soapy and floral background undertones. Not a lot of hops in the aroma, if any.

A sip delivers pleasant, if complex, flavors. There's a good amount of general bittering that balances out the fruits and spices. A little bit of apple cider and cinnamon, and some celery and chicory, then it fades off to bitter graininess. One sip leads to the next, and I know there are more flavors in there, if I could tease them out. Mouthfeel is light with pleasant prickly carbonation, no cloying sweet stickiness. The strong flavors mask the alcohol content well. As it warms, the flavor profile picks up some sourness, a nice touch.

Overall, it's a pleasant brew. I like that it's not sweet, it's refreshing. The abundant flavors seem rather muddled to me, but this is a brew to keep on hand and enjoy, another in the arsenal of Belgian-style IPAs that remind us of the many brewing traditions. It's not really an IPA, by any stretch - it doesn't deliver a good hit of hops flavor, it just uses substantial hop bitterness as a good foil to all the fruity and spicy flavors that have been created or dumped in there. While it's not a shining example of how yeast can produce exotic fruity goodness, it is a brew that's substantial, worthy, and enjoyable. I plan to keep buying it, because I'd rather be firing off the cannon that dealing with some off-the-wall female dog. Arrrgh!

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Photo of ksimons
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-a brown amber with a fingers worth of cream colored head which sticks to the glass

S-mix of citrus and earthy hops and light malts and yeast

T-starts with a taste of bready malts which turns into a caramel candy sweetness and finishes with citrusy hops.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, has a dry bitter finish

Overall an average beer, not bad but not great either. It is easy to drink as the alcohol is not very prominent

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Photo of portia99
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (best by Aug. 11) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours an extremely deep amber, almost brown color. A thin cream colored head falls quickly to a foamy collar and no lacing.

S - Spicy, sweet, caramelly...and a bit of hoppiness. Getting a good amount of candy sugar sweetness, maltose, and a green vegetal aroma that seems a bit "off" to me.

T - Caramelly, green vegetables, sugar, mildly bitter. I get the Belgian, but not so much on the IPA side. Where are the hops?!? Tastes dirty and a bit muddy.

M - Light/medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Pretty earthy, sweet, caramelly with only a bit of bitterness in here. Some yeasty spiciness comes thru as well. Tbe grassy/green vegetable flavors are a bit off and hurt this one.

O - Not what I was expecting and a bit disappointing actually. I'm still looking for the hops...but they are just not there. In a different context, this is a fairly solid beer. The veggie flavors really seem off to me and are a detractor overall.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair take on a Belgium IPA with a sweeter undercurrent than most balanced by an assertive bitter middle rhythm.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Emerald blue label with the illustration of the pirate and parrot pointing a ship cannon to another cannon. Neck label offers a small narrative including style and ingredient notes. Notes notched freshness date (Sept 11) Shows Alc. by Vol. 7.25%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber pour with a correct frothy head, average retention, minimum surface memory and lacing.

S - Nose is yeasty fruity at first, with some of the bitter funk loosely associated to the style… The fruity sweetness predominates the finish, rather malty… The hoppy touch lingers later on in the nose as the bitterness settles assertively.

T - Fair hoppy and yeasty range… Heftier in sweetness than most, light resin and pine again with an spicy touch… and an assertive bitterness emerging from the sweet touch. It is not unpleasing but a bit rough around the edges.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. It settles on a bit of a watery, dying note note towards the finish that fortunately is rescued by the bitter spiced edge.

O - It´s a fair brew but feels a tad rough to make it to a more memorable level.

Notes: The sweetness if a tad strange but not unpleasing, is that the Dubbel yeast strain? it is more so how it is loosely balanced with a hoppy sense that at one point feels more unidimensionally bitter than anything else. Having the choice I´d stay put on the Loose Cannon3.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass a lightly hazed peach-like color with a thinner but well sustained white head.Phenools and stone fruit in the nose,light citrus comes thru but its light,not bad aromas.Flavors are yeasty with light citric tones,a bit of toastiness rounds out the flavor profile.Its not bad but not a whole lot of complexity here,there are better of the style out there, but its drinkable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a cherry amber color with a tiny white head and a bit of lace.
Aroma of cotton candy, spice, and citrus. Kind of peppery in the nose.
Candy taste, spicy, a lot of grapefruit. Pleasant beer, easy to drink. Would definitely go for this again.

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Photo of Wildman
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear dark amber and formed light tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, candy, citrus and Belgian spices. The flavor was of malt, chocolate and pepper. The body was medium light and the finish bittersweet.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark copper with a foamy off-white head. Nice sticky lace.

Some herbal and spicy hop notes. The spice is the big piece of this. Some yeast and husk.

A wonderfully juicy brew where you do not notice the alcohol at all. Some citric hop notes, juicy fruitiness, some yeast, and here comes the spice. Flip flop of spice and hop bite. Nice transition between flavors. In fact, wonderful transition. Some boiled grain and malt here that actually cuts thru the other flavors and adds an element that works very well.

Medium to fuller bodied, but carbonation is nice.

For what we pay (money and effort) for artisan brew and expensive imports, here we have a terrific, tasty beverage from our own humble shores that is modestly priced. Great drinkability on this one. Balance and variety of flavor make this a return visit for me. I have a friend who is an IPA fiend, bu is not turned on to Belgian IPAs. This wil be a 6-er gift on his doorstep.

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Photo of BB1313
2.43/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before September 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark amber/brown, it actually looks like a dubbel. The aromas are faint, sweet, w/ no hop aroma. The taste is pretty bland, the hops don't really make their presence known. The taste and aromas are pretty unimpressive. Lots of banana and funk, but not much else. The mouthfeel isn't bad, nice amount of carbonation; medium-bodied. Overall, it's not a horrible beer, but it's a pretty poor example of a Belgian IPA, IMHO.

I had extremely high hopes for this one. Loose Cannon is one of my all-time favorite IPAs, so when I heard they were going to be brewing a Belgian "Cannon", I was stoked! This is a complete letdown. This is a slap in the face to Loose Cannon.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Young Augustine’s in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of citrus hops. Also present are hints of bready yeast, light spice, and slight pear aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by citrus and herbal hops. Midway through the sip bready yeast thickens things up. Near the end of the sip slight medium fruit flavors come into play, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was an interesting beer, but far from a traditional Belgian IPA (which I assume was not the intent of the brewery). Worth a shot, but not worth seeking.

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Photo of MrOH
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with a nice finger and a half head. lots of lace.

Clove and a bit of earthy pepper spiciness. Small bits of fruit behind the belgian phenolic onslaught, I'm assuming its from hops. Yeasty bread is also present.

Lots of earthy spice and yeast. The fruitiness is definitely esters. Some caramel inbetween the phenols and esters. Good hop bitterness at the end.

Medium bodied. Just enough sweetness to balance. Good carb.

Pretty decent.

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Photo of dhartogs
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit on the light amber side, medium head, nice looking beer. Smells of malt and yeast, like a typical Belgium style.

Maybe it was the yeast strain or I am growing tired of Belgium style beers but this beer, though well made just didn’t do it for me. I was expecting a little more of a hop presence. But I was able to pull out the yeast, maybe a malts, it was almost spicy. I was glad to try it but probably won’t revisit it.

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Photo of corby112
2.51/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz, best by 9/11.

Pours a dark golden copper color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that has very good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap. The tulip is left coated with rings and streaks of soapy lacing.

Interesting aroma with an odd combination of both styles. Lots of earthy, floral hops in the nose countered by slightly toasted malt, spice and dark fruit. Hints of pine, citrus, caramel, pepper, cinnamon, grape, raisin and plum. Just a really odd amalgam of characteristics in the nose.

Medium bodied with a strange flavor profile that's similar to the aroma with an odd combination of Belgian dubbel and IPA notes. The hops are most prominent up front with some slight earthy bitterness without being to dry. This is quickly countered by a spicy, estery malt character that is somewhat chalky and medicinal. Hints of pepper, cinnamon brown sugar and dark fruit, especially raisin, grape and fig. Lingering medicinal cough syrup in the finish but ABV is decently masked.

Overall this beer is just a really weird hybrid of two distinct styles. I admire the experimentation/effort but it just doesn't work for me, resulting in an odd unpleasant tasting beer.

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Dubbel Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 225 ratings
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