True Blonde Dubbel | Ska Brewing Co.

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True Blonde DubbelTrue Blonde Dubbel

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Crosling on 08-21-2004

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Photo of puck1225
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared this with friends after a hard night In a hotel lobby. It tasted great to me at the time. Nice and fruity and spicy. Mine had a great head even though it was poured into a plastic cup. I enjoyed the beer and the company after a troubling time.

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Photo of akolb
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light-bodied for the ABV. Dangerously drinkable. The aroma is simple and pleasant yeast, enticing but not a lot there. A slightly sweet, crackery taste. Not bad, but nothing particularly exciting here.

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Photo of beerbellydaddy
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Some people say their's had a head, but like some others mine poured with virtually no head, a trace of lacing, and less than robust carbonation. Also the smell isn't much to speak of. That said, the taste is good in my opinion. It has a kind of crisp sweetness to it that is good with light cookies or chocolate. I think it is a nice early in the day choice.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%

Best by 5/29/15.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, spice, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, spice, chalk, and Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid aromas and flavors for an American take on the style.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Golden filtered with little carbonation, and a finger of off white head.

S: Belgian yeasts, slight smokiness, sweet, corn.

T: Belgian yeasts, slight smokiness, light sweetness, corn. Light fruitiness.

M: Medium light, slightly syrupy, medium low soda like carbonation.

O: An okay beer. As good as many Belgian versions I’ve tried. Got it at Earthfare, Asheville for $2.99 which I thought was a great deal for a 650 ml bottle.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of beer, think PBR
Head ridiculously small, ie 1 cm, white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to < 2 mm broken layer
Lacing surprisingly good – nearly complete rings of small bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor spicy, slight malt; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl; as this warms, a spicier underlayer reveals itself
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Not unpleasant, but very little flavor. Watery, decent carbonation and appearance. Meh.

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Photo of JohnBender
2.15/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

From a Bomber, $6.49.

A: Far too clear with no head.

S: Yeast and wheat. A little sugar. Smells a little burnt and stale. Still the highlight of the beer.

T: Peanut butter flavored bubblegum. Just horrible.

M: A little thin, but not terrible.

O: Hard to drink. Really disgusting.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice foamy white head. Brew is crystal clear orange with light yellows. Not much in the way of lacing.

Elegent belgian scents; lots of banana, spices, and cloves.

Slight rubbing alcohol flavor beneath the deep belgian nuances. Very dry and slightly over carbonated. Mellows out a lot once brought to room temperature.

Another killer offering from SKA. A very nice and relaxing Dubbel, perfect for a hot summer day. Recommended, priced a bit high ($8), but still a very nice brew!

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Photo of sitarist
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden in color. There is almost no head, what there is falls fast to a micro-ring. There are a few spots of micro-lacing.

It smells like circus peanuts. Banana, honey, and honeydew melon.

The flavor is really faint, the aroma barely carries over.

It has a lighter body with little carbonation.

Not sure what they were going for with this one. Not something that Id drain-pour, but I wouldn't order it again either.

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Photo of dsmcva00
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz brown glass bottle (with a cool, yellow wax covering the cap and bottle neck) into a pint glass.

A - Pours an orange, unfiltered color leaving a thick, lasting head (over a finger). Large soda-like bubbles hug the glass. The head dissipates in a few minutes, with no lacing.

S - A bouquet of sweet, citrusy notes tempts me. Very sweet.

T - A taste of corn and noney. The ale finishes with luscious Belgian hops, banana, and more wildflower honey.

M – Thick, caramel mouthfeel, very wet, belying the 8% ABV. Over-carbonated at first, but after a few minutes of off-gassing, the carbonation becomes quite manageable on the palate.

D – Very refreshing and sweet. Not a bad dubbel! Will buy again.

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Photo of intensify
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live tasting.
Poured from a 1pint bottle. I must say that the presentation is great with the yellow wax on the cap. Anyhow, not much of a head. Slightly over carbonated for my liking. Pours a golden yellow colour which is a bit lighter then typical dubbels. I smell a touch of honey and maybe corn and a hint of banana. The taste is clean. Not a complex beer at all. Picking up some banana and buscuit. Alcohol presence is nowhere to be found. Medium bodied.
Overall this is an okay dubbel. Much better then some i have had. The boys at Ska hit this one pretty good.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber with yellow wax to globe glass.

A - The beer pours a golden yellow hazy color with a lot of carbonation and a 1 finger white head with good retention and lacing.

S - A light honey character in addition to a detectable sweetness and yeast on the nose. Alcohol is also subtle.

T - The beer tastes just as you'd expect from the aroma: starts off with a sweet honey malty character. The middle of the beer brings out the mild bitterness and a little heat from the alcohol.

M - The beer is medium bodied with a ton of carbonation.

D - The alcohol is hidden fairly well though noticeable. Pretty solid drinkability.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-18-2011 14:47:25

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

if this is a dubbel, its a new version for me. looks or smells nothing like the yeasty sugary effervescent belgians. pours a cloudy yelow color with a 1 inch white head. smells fruity and sweet, like orange blossom honey. taste is unique too for a dubbel. again fruit notes, orange? mouthfeel was good on the body, but i feel like this tyle demands more bubbles. wasnt flat, just not bright. overall an exellent beer from ska, and one worth seeking out. sort of like reinventing the wheel here...

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Photo of DoktorZee
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a schooner at the local beer fanciers club. No obvious best before date.

A - pours a clear yellow with a small head that disappeared fairly quickly. Some hints of lacing on the glass.

S - combination of malt and honey on the nose

T - initial strong sweetness (rock candy) and bubblegum melting into some late bitterness with hints of apple

M - slight booziness with light body; mild carbonation

D - super-drinkable

Very nice Belgian Pale style beer - great outdoors and frankly delicious anytime! Another great beer from SKA!

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Photo of DavidST
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, no freshness date.

The appearance is an almost golden color with a decent white head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of belgian yeast esters, some banana, candied sugar and alcohol. The feel is medium with good carbonation. The taste is okay, I get some candied sugar, a hint of spice and the alcohol is very present and not very well hidden.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife made me buy this beer last night, and she was nice enough to split it with her.

Appearance-Light yellow with some light haze. One finger off white head that leaves some lace. Comparing to other Belgian Strong Pales, this beers head and lace ain't got shit on the others

Smell-Wheat, light malt, lemon, very subtle, but nothing unpleasant.

Taste-Sweet and Sour tang. Light alcohol creeps through along with some lemon peel. Light hops in the middle and finish is pretty sweet. Strange balance but I like it.

Mouthfeel-Pretty light, moderate carbonation.

Overall-For 5 bucks and a beer that I can split with my wife, thats a winner in my book. It's nothing crazy, but drinkable.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with a thin white head. The nose is a bit stale and bready at first with a fair bit of lemon, notes of candied sugar and banana, and a touch of belgian yeast. The taste is more sweet with a touch more balance. Overly sweet candied sugars, notes of lemon and banana. Light spice in the flavor. The feel is a bit oily, very slick, bitey in the finish. Overall a bit sweet and sugary, not bad though.

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Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear light gold with basically no head.
S: It smelled like grassy and lemony hops, with some sour yeast and bready malt, and a bit of candi sugar.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and grassy hops, with wild yeast and a little bready malt and candi sugar. It had a mellow sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery and thin with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a nice clean and crisp beer, with good scent and taste. The body was pretty weak, but the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. There was nothing special about this brew, so it was forgettable. But enjoyable to try anyway.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into glass. Wax capped.

A: Pours a golden color with good active carbonation and a 1 finger white head that retains and laces well.

S: Light smell. Some sweets, hops, and malt. Very faint.

T: Much like the smell, the taste is faint. Has the sweet character to it. Some hop bite. The alcohol is present in the sip.

M: Medium bodied. Crisp. The carbonation last throughout the drink.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

613th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22 oz
Waxed & capped

Thanks to a vendor of mine for sending this bottle tomme while HE was on vacation.

App- Golden honey colored with a gigantic fast receding three finger head. Not a lot in terms of legs or cling.

Smell- It was far off from what I thought the nose was going to be, seeing the words dubbel. Was more in line of a spicier saison. Im giving the mark for the good aromatics.

Taste- This just fades so fast from app/smell. It's a very average beer that the flavors are unbalanced with the honey. There is some yeast and candied sugar.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbed with the remaining notes of honey and yeast.

Drink- I'll call it average because it was free and I'm not trying to slam it for using an ingredient I don't like. Couldn't finish the bottle either. Made my stomach hurt as well.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: deep gold/cloudy orange, trace head, solid lacing

S: Belgian yeast, light lemon, dash of spice

T: sweet fruit front, malt middle, Belgian yeast, hint of spice
in the sticky finish

M: med/light body, hint of sticky/oily mouth

O: Must say, I'm a tad disappointed. I really
enjoy Ska Modus Hoperandi and thought this
would be a terrific beer. It's not awful, but
the flavors are so subtle and muted.


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Photo of FanofHefe
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been enjoying a few Ska beers lately so I picked this one up to try a different style. I could not find any dating on the bottle or label. Poured from a bomber into a Chimay chalice. Light golden body with a slight haze. Surprisingly, very little head and almost no lacing. But, nice bottle with the wax covering.

Lemon, yeast, sweet malt and a little spice make up the primary base of the aroma. Not much else going on here.

The taste features more of the spicy flavors from the yeast than the aroma would suggest. The flavor is predominantly sweet, paced by the malt. Only the slightest amount of hop notes come through way in the background.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Low level of carbonation. A bit more of a hefeweisen taste and feel to this beer than I would have expected. Not great but passable brew.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a St. Bernardus goblet. This one is a clear deep golden color with not much head at all.

The aroma is all spice. Coriander, lemon zest, honey, all present over a faint floral hop smell.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Honey is pretty dominant then receding to the floral hop notes. It's pretty tasty but nothing revolutionary to me.

Decent mouthfeel, there is hood carbonation despite the lack of head.

An above average beer in the grand scheme of things.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I always forget which SKA beers I have reviewed and took a chance on this one. Good thing that it wasn't on my list.

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear light golden color with a small 1/4" head of whitish foam and was made up of small bubbles. There were quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, so it was 1/16" or so a minute after the pour. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass as you drink the beer.

Aroma: The aroma of the very cold beer is very clean and reserved. I initially got just a little bit of lemon grass and some sweet malts. Perhaps my senses are dull, but the aroma of the cold beer is very muted. As the beer warms up some, it is starting to favor the hops and the yeast, leaving only mild Pilsner malt toastiness to stand up for the malt, but overall it is still very reserved.

Taste: OK, going into the flavor, it is also very reserved with some citrusy notes from the hops in the beginning and then it quickly fades to malty sweetness with some Pilsner notes which take you into the finish. There are some bittering hops in here that are definitely present, but are staying out of the way of the malt for control of the finish. Late after the sip, evident alcoholic warming sets in and stays with you for a while. The carbonation is adequate for what the beer is, and the body is medium which is helped by the carbonation to keep the beer from coming across as heavy. There are some yeasty notes coming out as the beer warms up some.

Opinion: This is an alright beer. I guess if you were wanting to give someone an introduction to Belgian beers (sortof) you could use this beer...but the use of American hops throws that theory out the window. I don't know. There's nothing wrong with it at all, but there's nothing that really stands out about it either. If someone offered me a pour, I would gladly take it, but I doubt I will be buying another bottle to enjoy anytime soon.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from depechemode1983, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a thinnish bubbly white head that recedes slowly and sticks lots of lace everywhere. Smells of sweet juicy fruits, apples, pears, maybe mango in there. Slightly earthy, peppery spicy aroma. Taste is honey and light brown sugar mixed with some sweet pear and tropical fruit with a spicy peppery edge. Smooth sweet mouthfeel, medium body that finishes just this side of dry, medium level of bubbles. Not to bad, but almost seems watery if that's possible in an 8% brew. I enjoyed it, but probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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True Blonde Dubbel from Ska Brewing Co.
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