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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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 87
Reviews by DavidST:
Photo of DavidST
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the three "big" Ska brews to be found here in NC,poured a deep golden with some dark orange hue with a fluffy white two fingered head leaving a trace amount of lace behind.Whoo there is alot of honey in the aroma along with some apricot and an underlying medicinal herb quality,flavors are quite sweet alcoholic,quite fruity like apricot and candied ginger.The alcohol really hits in the finish,not bad not complex by any means but quite drinkable.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber with yellow wax covered cap. Pours into my glass a light golden, yellow hue with a very small head that quickly falls. It doesn't end up looking all that appealing in the glass, lets see where it goes from here. Aromas of sweet pale malts with a nutty, floral aroma. Honey and a yeasty spiciness with a bit of pepper and clove. Quite nice overall and makes up for the appearance a bit.

First sip brings a mildly sweet pale grain maltiness with a floral, cooked veggie flavor. Light spicy yeast comes through with each sip adding a peppery twang. Flows down with some fruity flavors and honey as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but rather light with good carbonation. This is not a beer I'd pick up again in the future, it just doesn't really hold a candle to most BSPA's. Kind of an odd brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is coriander, oranges and lemons. The flavor is Belgian yeast, coriander and orange citrus. As the beer gets warmer, the alcohol becomes more and more present and the beer gets very boozy. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer is alright when it is cold but gets pretty bad as it warms.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crushinator's bottle. Lots of floaties. Blond wax seal was cool. Yeast aroma, malty, medium to light mouthfeel. Based on Greman style, but not really German style. Not a bad one, but also not representative of the style. Did not taste 8%, closer to a lager in mouthfeel, but with yeast that gave it a bit of spiciness.

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Photo of alobo1
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer is really good! The taste is great! The design of the bottle is unique. It's a no brainer. (The abv is 8%)

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Photo of dirtylou
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, received via bif, yellow wax

split during march madness weekend 2

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a pint, light golden body, murky, light beige ring

smell: wheat, very light yeast, tangerine, subtle aromas

taste: somewhat bland - light malt structure, belgian wheat/yeast combo makes this an easy sipper, tangerine, corriander.

mouthfeel: light, zesty

drinkability: good enough

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Photo of StephRai
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber with a friend. While this was obviously a Belgian-style ale, it was also clearly an American interpretation. The Belgian spice was very strong and dominated the beer without much room for complexity or subtlety. The beer is overall smooth and drinkable for the strength, but the flavor doesn't inspire you to drink more. It's just too focused on the single, peppery Belgian yeast character.

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Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can't believe I've never reviewed this...

Pours bronze/honey with a finger of sand colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Appleskins & pears & honey, tropical fruit

T: Honey malt, appleskins, brown sugar & dryness up front. More of the same as this warms, where are the hops? Earthy yeast is present,in abundance, but doesn't add much flavor depth. Finishes dry with appleskins & some pineapple, almost gave this a 3.5, but the flavors are muted or mish-mashed

MF: Medium bodied, fairly lively carbonation, okay balance

Drinks fairly average, just not enough flavor of any variety to make me think this is a Belgian PA, closer to a saison or bier de garde, but even a mediocre example of those styles IMO, nothing special here...

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Photo of Backer2004
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What is a Blonde Dubbel anyway? Found this one at an Organic Marketplace for some reason and was rather impressed with their overall selection. First time I've tried a Ska brew . . . the labels definitely caught my eye and with the wax cap, it was something different. Probably would not get this one again, due to the lack of any real exciting qualities, but wouldn't mind trying some others from this brewery.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The presentation is nice; 22oz. bomber with yellow wax. The pour turns out a small head that has increasingly gotten larger with a few seconds passing. 3/4" of fluffy, soft, foamy head is how it finishes out. From this, lacing would be a given. The color of the brew is a bronze honey, more on the honey side than the bronze, though. I would say so far, this looks like very attractive (true) blonde. Couldn't resist...

S- The first scents are of lemon and grain. Honestly, that's about it. There is a spice hidden deep inside that obviously comes from the yeast strain, but I cant pinpoint it. Maybe cinnamon? White Pepper? It is really not as complex as I thought it might be, but definitely not offensive! That is a good start.

T- The tastes start nice and sweet from the malts melded nicely with honey and Belgian Candi Sugar. The bittering hop kicks in midstream and balances quite nicely. A light boozy taste comes in at the end but is quite well hidden for 8%.

M- Medium in the mouth, maybe a little sticky. Carbonation is good for the style.

D- I really didnt think this was a bad beer at all. It has had at least 6 or 7 months in the cellar (maybe more time on the shelf) and I actually enjoyed it just fine. I would drink this again for sure.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ska's True Blonde Dubbel pours up with good carbonation that creates a thin whitish head that's barely sustainable over the slightly hazy deep yellow-golden body. The grainy aroma features some sweetness with a moderate fruitiness and some yeast born spiciness. Low earthy hoppiness. The flavor starts off rather grainy then gives way to a touch of candi sweetness that's quickly subdued by a rather marked bitterness that carries through to a slightly cloying, spicy (clove/nutmeg), warming finish. This medium bodied Belgian Golden Ale is rather one-dimensional and lacks complexity, but is certainly drinkable. Great packaging & label. Here's to the buxom blondes from Durango!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of Dster
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from waxed sealed bottle into a unibroue 0.3L glass.

A - a medium gold and thin head.

S - very ripe bannana

T - bannana; a little citrus; small but bright carbonation. I think this was designed to be a drinker; flavors are not overly complicated and easily sessionable; 8% abv? couldn't guess that by taste in a million years.

M - smooth, nice carbonation

D - easy to drink; ABV could sneak up on you.

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Photo of Basoos1
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Chilly_E
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Padron4KM
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22z bomber like their other bombers it is wax sealed, this one yellow.

Pale hazy golden with a small short lived head and no lacing.

Aroma is bananas light citrus and yeast.

Flavor is mostly sweet, banana with a mild dose of bittering hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is mostly thin, but does take on a wheat like texture near the end.

Is this a mediocre Dubbel or a mediocre Hefe? Either way it's just that.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this ale has a beautiful burnt golden body that's just slightly hazy filled with good carbonation and topped with a thick fluff and bubbly head. The head quickly dissipates and leaves some nice lacing around the glass. It has some really strong fruity and spicy aromas; orange peel, wheat and sugar cane come through nicely. Its light bodied and smooth on the tongue. Its bitter on the corners of your mouth and you can taste the alcohol in its aftertaste. Its sweet overall and the hops are mildly present when it hits the middle of your tongue; the Belgian spices that make this style great are strongly present. Not bad at all, I don't know if I would buy this particular one again...

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta give this one its due respect on bottle presentation for sure, great label and the wax tops seals it nicely. Had scene this in the store many times and had been curious to try it, so picked one up to give ot a whirl. Poured a very nice dark golden yellow, very cloudy with a big white frothy head, Great retention left the head around for most of the glass. Lots of sticky lace driped down the flass and left rings on the sides. Great visible carbonation could be seen bubbling throughout.

Smell was very intresting. Quite lively aroma with hints of sweet fruits, lemon and a touch of sugar. Bananas, figs, and pears could also be picked up as well as a touch of grapes as it warmed. First impression of the flavor was to be honest a bit of a shock. There was something in it I could not place right away, some other reviews have touched on a saltiness, and at first I thought it did have that too, but there was this other underlying flavor which I kept trying to pin down. Finally settled on something of a sweet lemon cake or tangerine and orange combination. Very pleasant and very sweet flavor, never had tasted it before in this style, quite intresting. very smooth delievery and great carbonation gave it a very lively feeling on the palate. Silky smooth. Lots of yeast and grains to be had, and pears and apples could be detected as it warmed. No real hint of alcohol, very well covered up by the sweetness.

Overall this was very enjoyable. It felt very light, and effortless to drink and had a tremendous complexity about the flavor that I was not expecting. Was nowhere near as big as some of the others from Ska (decadent and nefarious 10), but I wasnt really looking for that. I would definatly recommend giving this one a try, seems a very well crafted and put together brew that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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True Blonde Dubbel from Ska Brewing Co.
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