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Special Belgian Ale | Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by cokes on 11-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.1/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage

Pours a glistening raisin with ruby hues into an imperial pint glass (kind of a dangerous amount of dubbel to drink in one glass don’t you think?). Nutty aroma with plenty of grape skins, prunes, plums, and butterscotch to boot. Taste is toasted wheat bread, sweet grapes, dry roasted mixed nuts, followed by ripe purple grapes dipped in white chocolate and light caramel. Seems strong, mildly warming but alcohol is well covered and not found in the taste at all. Medium body, lightish carbonation, mildly spicy finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of cokes
4.32/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serves up a shimmering ruby-amber glass with an ample, sticky, beige crown.
Intense nutty aroma (think: peanut butter) with underlying butterscotch and grape notes. Just glorious.
Taste begins toasted and nutty, then segues into a slightly vinous, concord grape sweetness. Bready notes lie in the background. Relate this to a gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The middle is dominated by a yeasty earthiness with light hints of smoke. Dessert enters next with luscious chocolate notes layered on chewy carmel and butterscotch maltiness. Finishes somewhat hoppy for the style, however they still still manage to stay under the radar, adding only peripheral leafy and faintly spicy tones. Touches of alcoholic sweetness remain.
Medium-full bodied. Steady, subdued carbonation.
Simply a fantastic dubbel. I sampled one, then immediate ponied up for a growler.....which already needs refilling.
A fabulous tweak on the the style and one of my favorites from the brew pub.

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Special Belgian Ale from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
4.21 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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