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Brewer's Art ResurrectionBrewer's Art Resurrection

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The Brewer's Art
Maryland, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
During the fermentation of the first batch of this
Abbey-style dubbel, the yeast «died» and was
«resurrected» by brewer Chris Cashell. Made with five types of barley malt and lots of sugar, this beer is quite strong and flavorful, without being too sweet. 7%abv

Added by Todd on 02-06-2003

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Photo of Steasy66
1.79/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Can into tasting glass

A- Amber, no head
S- Smells like Carlsberg, a little bit of esters but nothing really appealing
T- Not much to say, bad beer
M- Undercarbed for a double
O- This is a bad beer, tastes like a macro-lager with a bit more malt, never again.

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Photo of rwinzing
2.03/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got this beer in a trade as an extra. Thanks to my many trading partners.

Poured a nice dark amber with a very small off white head and gentle lacing

Very sweet to the smell with a touch of rasion.

Taste not very bad on the fromt but an odd musty after tast. Thought about pouring down drain but powered through

Mouthfeel was thin

Would not seek or even buy this beer.

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Photo of aasher
2.57/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

This can was courtesy of Lunch from an in-person trade at DLD '11. Thanks Paul!

Poured into a New Belgium snifter. It pours a medium bodied nice reddish copper in color with a one finger soapy cream colored head. The aromas are of aluminum, pale malt, and caramel malt. It's hard for me to get much because of the aluminum. The flavors are of slight aluminum, caramel malts, mild yeasty spice with light dark fruits. Again, the aluminum is a little too prominent and takes away from the actual flavors of the beer. This beer is exceptionally smooth and has a near perfect body. Overall this seems that it's a beer that should not be canned and should remain in the bottle. I'd be interested in trying this one from the tap or out of a bottle.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.84/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Got this as an extra from someone - I apologize for not remembering who. This was best before February 2nd, 2011. Served in a Goose Island taster glass. Apparently this was contract brewed in Royersford, PA.

A - Pours with big foam that eventually settles to a thin cap, leaving a few fingers of lace. Hazed orange-brown body.

S - Yeast, brown (and/or candi) sugar, malted barley, overripe fruits. There's an aged quality to it as well. Verges on cloying.

T - Taste is a little better, as it's not as intensely saccharine. Quite smooth, with mostly sugary sweetness and a touch of rotting grapes.

M - Smooth, low carbonation, medium-light body, dry finish. Texture-wise this is quite pleasant.

D - Ugh. Even the taster was too much. There's no way I could drink 750ml of this, even if I was desperate. Takes the intense sweetness of a barleywine, adds more types of sugar, and "balances" it with fruity Belgian yeast. Not much of a dubbel.

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Photo of stevoj
2.84/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can from JP’s Wine &Spirits. Clear ruby/amber with thick giant head that subsides. Musty, dusty aroma Not getting too many dubbel notes, minor brown sugar, yeast accents here and there, but kind of bland overall.

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Photo of Trombone69
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter.

Nice orange, copper color, the head dissipates quickly, no lacing (although I don't really care about that), decent mouthfeel, decent balance.

Does anybody else get a fishy, maybe a crabby sort of flavor?
I'm not really digging this tonight. I was expecting something better.
A little thick / sticky on the finish.

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Photo of mothman
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just gotta say that I love Belgian styled beer from a can. Classic.

Poured into a goblet.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades to a ring, leaving no lace. Color is a murky caramel brown.

Aroma: Big malt profile with sweet flavors. Some toffee, candy sugar, dark fruits, bananas, and some spice notes. As it warms I get some raisins and plum flavors.

Taste: Kind of a bland dubbel. It has candied sugar, dark fruit notes, spices, and booze showing. The aroma is much better. There is also a burnt malt taste here. The taste kind of shocked me a bit.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and boozy. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with sweet and malty flavors.

Overall, the nose was solid and I thought this beer was going to be good. However, the taste just didn't put up the flavor. This one is not very drinkable and something I will struggle to finish my 12 oz can.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a goblet.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with a finger of light tan foamy head. This retains with a thin fizzy look that mostly hangs around the rim of the glass and leaves some light spotty foam behind. The aroma has a rather prominent tang of dark fruitiness rising out of the glass, which is surrounded by notes of sugars, bread, and toffee. Spices and some light herbal hop activity add to the twang that this provides in the nose.

The taste is thick and tangy in the mouth, with dark cherries, candied sugars, spice, bread, and toffee all being present. Some leafy and earthy bitterness runs through the middle of this, leaving the finish dry and spicy with some leftover tang hanging around. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a creamy and bubbly feel to the carbonation. This sits with some heft in the mouth (this actually feels a little heavier than 7%) but other than that the overall flavor is alcohol free.

While I could sit down pick out the individual flavors, this just lacked a definition to it which hurt the overall complexity of the profile. Instead, this just came off as a warm sticky mess at times and failed to keep me interested during the duration of the glass. It's a shame, as I was really excited to try this, seeing at how this is the second Belgo-American Ale to get released in cans that I know of. I think that I'll stick with a Monk's Blood next time...

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Photo of mentor
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Entered as an Abbey, not a Dubbel as the style here on BA states. Pours an entire glass of light brown foam with no liquid. Upon settling, the liquid was clear brown-copper. Smells fig, chocolate pudding, pears, brown sugar, candi-sugar, floral, clean alcohol, and a waft of spicy zip.

Tastes moderate malt sweet supporting dominant fruity esters. Nice candi-sugar adds depth, as does a spicy belgian yeast zip. Phenols are present, but muted and overpowered by the malt and esters. Malt tastes lightly of chocolate and gently toasted bread. Esters (which dominate the palate) are pear, green raisin, crisp-style apple, and green grape. Finish is a bit musty and weedy which dries is out with a lingering edginess. Light, yet somehow chewy, in the mouth with way too much carbonation. Has a concerning stomach heartburn, which suggest to me, some sort of contaminant microbe. I give this one a 'meh'.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewers art

My least favorite of the lineup

Pours a hazy light brown with some yellowed hues. Touch of white head. Good head retention. Smells lightly roasty and malty. Some yeastiness on the nose. Tastes yeasty and malty. Lots of sweet roastiness. Overall not that tasty but okay. High carbonation. A bit off-putting. Very drinkable but not that enjoyable

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: half finger head with poor retention on a slightly hazy deep amber body.

S: aroma is very very light with hints of cola, hints of molasses and toffee and some caramel.

T: very plain. some spices, very light yeast. toffee and caramel base. this one just isnt up to par with other dubbels I have had.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: its definitely very drinkable, its just not very flavorful. almost like a watered down dubbel.

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Photo of nickfl
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a two finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, amber body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Some toffee, spicy Belgian yeast, and a touch of red apple.

T - Spicy yeast up front with a bit of red apple. Some toffee in the middle and more muted spice, perhaps a touch of coriander. Finishes with more of the same toasted malt and light spice.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A bit bland for a dubbel. The yeast character is mild and the malt is not quite as dark as I would expect it to be for the style. Just not much going on here.

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Photo of tone77
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some spices and yeast. Taste is good, yeast, spices, a bit of hops and a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent brew.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beandip for this one!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Transparent, deep crimson with bright ruby highlights. A finger of bubbly, loose head falls to a wisp, some patches of bubbles, & a little bit of lacing. Moderate nucleation is visible. Some small sheets of lacing.

Smell is thin, grape candy, a little caramel, a little alcohol. Recognizable Dubbel aroma, but on the weak side.

Taste is...hmmm. Thin dark fruit, some slightly biscuity maltiness, & a weird kind of burnt root vegetable taste. Character is thin again & much more reminiscent of a dark Euro lager than a Belgian dubbel. I feel like something's off here.

Thin, pretty crisp & buoyant. A little residual stickiness, but that's it.

Don't know about this one. Thin taste, thin mouthfeel, definite sugary quality, to the point that I would've mistaken it for a macro. Actually, the closest reference point I have for this is the St. Pauli Dark I had on Super Bowl Sunday, very similar in taste in character. Decent enough, but I don't think I'd rush back for more.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer appears a hazy, dark orange hue. The head is rather substantial and leaves plenty of lacing in its wake.

Aromas consist of Belgian yeast, candied fruits, sugars.

The taste is in the realm of a dubbel, but slightly odd. The beer is too sweet for my liking, with apples and/or pears coming through prominently. It seems as though the many complexities of this beer just can't seem to work together. Flavors disappear while others jump out, and meanwhile, an ever-growing cloying sweetness looms larger with each successive drink. This beer has potential, as there is a lot going on here, including some likable aromas and flavors.

Basically, this beer is middle of the road, in my opinion. I believe that there are many better examples of the style. I have another bottle in the cellar and I'd like to have this again. Hopefully, I will have a better experience the next time around.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub. The menu notes: "Our abbey-style brown ale, made with five types of malt and lots of sugar. This relatively dry beer is dark amber in color with lots of flavor."

I agree with their description of the color, but I take umbrage with the statement about lots of flavor. This was a somewhat flaccid take on the style, very bitter and roasty with no sweetness whatsoever. I didn't get much from the malts except some roasted flavor and maybe a little bread (almost none). No esters or sweetness that I find in my favorite examples of dubbels or abbey dark ales.

Oh well, it was worth a try. I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of number1bum
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another brew courtesy of mymrnngjckt. Thanks Kevin.

Pours a rich ruby color, too red to be a mahogany, with an inch of tan head. Keeps a pretty good lace, thin but pretty full, with some good stick on the sides as well.

Smell is very fruity and estery, with aromas of cherries, figs, some apple. It's on the sweet side with a subtle mustiness as well as some spice, although I think the yeast is most evident in the estery aromas. Pretty nice.

Taste doesn't quite follow the nose, with less fruit, less sweetness and more spice and some bitterness. It's quite spicy, with some black pepper and Lord knows what else (identifying spices is not generally my thing). There is some dark fruit, but it's the bitterness that's really throwing me off. Is this all hop bitterness I'm getting? Maybe some astringent, roasted malt bitterness? I think it's a combo of both, and frankly I'm not loving it. Some good flavor, but it misses the mark.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and relatively smooth, with crisp carbonation and a dry finish. The bitterness is slightly astringent as previously mentioned, which detracts a bit from the feel.

I'm confused by this beer. The smell seemed to fit the bill for a dubbel, different than many but still within the ballpark, but the taste is out there. The bitterness is overdone and overwhelms what sweetness there is, which is not enough to begin with. At the end of the day I think this is just off and out of balance. It's decent, but in need of tweaking.

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Photo of N_Schleret
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with an off white one finger head that dissipates to a sudsy top.
S: Dark fruits, yeast, and malts.
T: Very sweet, caramel, sugar, dark fruits, and a metallic taste. Finishes with yeast.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, and sticky on the palate.
O: Okay for the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second bottle of the night that was opened. This one like the first was served in several snifters. Consumed on 06/30/2010.

The pour was a nice medium caramel color with a nice tan head that graced the sides for a good few minutes. Same very carbonated pour as the ozzy but the lacing hung around considerably less this time.

Aroma of light caramel, figs, prunes, hints of various other ark fruits mixed in throughout now as well. But it seems to have some murky, not completely full profile to it. Flavor follows suit with something just obviously missing here. Not terribly balanced or pronounced the flavors are there, dark fruit, light spice, but do not seem to really take me anywhere. Alcohol is well hidden and the body hols its own.

Overall not a bad beer by any aspect, but a rather non stand out from the crowds.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color. Frothy off white head with lasting creamy lace. Slight sweet malt nose.. very slight. Small bitterness upfront followed by sweet caramel malt. A nice beer but nothing over whelmes, A little light on the tongue with a slight ABV sting. Soft finish. Good but missing a little something..

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Photo of woodychandler
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CAN you believe it?!? This marks CAN # 300 on the CANQuest and in just over forty days since breaching the # 250 mileCAN. Many thanks to Tone77, my frequent in-person trader!

The crack of the top exposed yet another craft CAN filled to near the brim. We certainly get our money's worth from the micros in a CAN. My pour netted me a finger of rocky medium- tan head with low retention. Color was a ruby-reddish deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich with spices and dried fruits. It smelled like a holiday fruitcake - cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest, prunes, apples, all overlaying a general yeasty mustiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching a creaminess on the tongue. Jeez, but this was dry! The spices were what really came through on the tongue and then translated to a breathtakingly dry finish. The fruity esters on the nose really got lost in the overall flavor, which is too bad. Overall, it was not a bad beer, but it would not be something that I would want as a steady diet, nor would I want it in my cooler in the summertime. Maybe on Hula In the Coola Day ...

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Photo of thain709
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - While pouring, a massive head formed then the cascading magic was almost like a nitro pour was happening...after it settled a creamy, white head sat three fingers above a clear, amber body...very nice retention with sticky lacing left behind

S - A sweet nose composed of caramel, dark fruits, and some Belgian yeast

T - The caramel adds a lot of sweetness, but the beer never becomes overly sweet...there's a softer toffee sweetness that lingers in the background...the yeast and dark fruits comes out in the the beer warms there is almost a slight spice level in the background...the finish is clean with a low hop bite

M - Medium bodied...I want to say this was smooth, but it came across rather flat...there was a little metallic twang lingering also

O - I loved the pour from this can but I can't say the same for the beer...a classic, middle-of-the-road Dubbel...I like seeing a Belgian style beer in a can though!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to canjeeps.

a - popped the can and filled my ommegang chalice. poured a nice transparent crimson witha thin bubbly greyish white head. not as creamy as i look for typically in the style, but it came from a can!!! head was gone instantly.

s - dark fruit, nutmeg, caramel. aluminum. smells like an american dubble...from a can.

t - nutmeg. caramel. dark fruit. pretty earthy, but i get the aluminum also.

m - medium to full bodied, but not creamy. finishes biscuity. a bit dry.

o - overall, who woulda thunk it...a dubble...from a can! i love canned beer, but this is a style that it seems the canning hurts it. would love to try this from tap or perhaps a bottle, to see if the canning of a dubble just doesn't work, as i suspect.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber. Flavor is whoa! Not exactly working for me. Too much bite and too much acid. It says loads of sugar have been used in this one, but I can't tell at all. Feel has a full carbonation. This just doesn't do it for me. Too leafy, earthy, unbalanced, and lacking character. It's a decent Belgian style, but I just don't dig it.

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Photo of Stigs
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian in a can? mmmmk.

12oz can, served in a 12oz tulip. thanks to finewinemike for this extra.

A - pours with about half an inch of loose, yet creamy tan colored foam. settles quickly yet leaves a thick web of lacing around the glass. the beer is clear, burnt copper in color.

S - strong whiffs of belgian candi sugar, toffee, black cherries, and a slight booziness. belgian yeast and dark fruits round out.

T - begins with some flashes of dark fruits, before a more mellow caramel and toffee, yeasty phenol sweetness comes into play. bits of sugar substitute here and there, along with some spices and a stale hoppy finish.

M - ugh. falls flat here, literally. very watery and thin with nary any finish. where are the bubbles? to me one of the most redeeming and characteristics of Belgians is a solid and lively mouthfeel, and this is lacking. frustrating.

D - all good until close to the swallow. this literally just falls apart from a decent beer into somewhat of a mess. perhaps the can has something to do with this? what do i know...

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