Posts Tagged With: American Dubbel

Full Sail Sanctuary Dubbel

Beer:  Sanctuary Dubbel
Brewery: Full Sail Brewing Company
Style: Dubbel
ABV: 7.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Opaque, deep red-tinged amber.  1/4-inch off-white head that dissolves quickly.

Scent: Really, it had no discernible scent.  Perhaps a very faint malt, but we’re grasping for anything here.

Flavor: Like a generic amber ale, with notes of wet wood chips, tart citrus (like grapefruit, or the zest of an orange), and some caramel.

Feel: On the thin side.  Low carbonation.

Concluding remarks: Oregon’s Full Sail introduced their Sanctuary Abbey-style Dubbel as part of the Brewmaster Reserve line, their rotating selection of creative brews meant to showcase the brewer’s art.  But, alas, this is a hackneyed imitation of the Real Thing. It wasn’t bad, per se, but we’ll fork over the extra dollar for authenticity.

(Granted, this was the third Belgian tried in a row on a very happy beer-filled night, so perhaps our tastebuds were a tad bit overloaded by then.  However, alcohol is supposed to taste better as the night goes on, yes?  That’s why everyone at that wedding was so shocked when Jesus served the good wine last?  Because everyone was already drunk and didn’t care?  Ally’s Catholic school education proves that this Full Sail Dubbel shouldn’t have tasted as dull as it did.)

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Gordon Biersch This Monk’s Gone to Heaven

Beer:  This Monk’s Gone to Heaven
Brewery: Gordon Biersch
Style: Dubbel
ABV: 6.2%


Serving Style: Draft (Cask)
Glassware: Snifter
Drinking Establishment: Churchkey, DC
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Consumption Companions: A DC resident

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dark honey colored body with a very bright white head that disappears into nothingness instantly.

Scent: For a Dubbel, it’s oddly phenolic. Also, it smells like overripe red delicious apples and aging pears.

Flavor: Wait, is this a Tripel? I’m confused. This has the iconic banana clove taste that is ubiquitous in Tripels. But as I drink it, I do detect a little hazelnut in there, too.

Feel: Like all cask ales, this is flat and creamy.

Concluding remarks: This has the color of a Dubbel, but the taste of a Tripel. However, it’s local (Gordon Biersch is based in DC), served cask-style, AND REFERENCES A PIXIES ALBUM… so props, but I wouldn’t have it again.

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Iron Fist Dubbel Fisted

Beer:  Dubbel Fisted
Brewery: Iron Fist Brewing Company
Style: Dubbel
ABV: 8.1%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Snifter
Drinking Establishment: Churchkey, DC
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Consumption Companions: A DC resident

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dark crimson with a white dissipating head that leaves a light coat of lacing on the edge.

Scent: Super roasted malt smell that almost covers the pronounced alcohol note.

Flavor: Slight tanginess from the yeast strain used. Ends with a ripe date and nut taste.

Feel: Low carbonation. Velvety body with a satin finish, using paint terms.

Concluding remarks: Pleasant enough in taste, but overall I find this Iron Fist’s attempt at a Dubbel lame. It’s lacking almost every quintessential aspect of a Dubbel, except for the name on the bottle. Not bad, but I wouldn’t pick it first for kickball.

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Ommegang Abbey Ale

Beer:  Ommegang Abbey Ale
Brewery: Brewery Ommegang
Style: Dubbel
ABV: 8.5%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Opaque deep copper body. Tall tan head brimming with carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing on glass.

Scent: Caramelized brown sugar, raisins, and Belgian yeast.

Flavor: Layered flavors–raisins and nuts at front, citrus at back. Underlying taste of dark bread. Lingering flavor of anise and clove.

Feel: Thin-to-medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation.

Concluding remarks: Ommegang’s Abbey Ale is one of the best, if not the best, Dubbel I have had this month. While perhaps a little more intense than the traditional Belgian Dubbel style, the rich fruit and candy flavor profile is highly enjoyable. Try this; you’ll forget that this beer wasn’t brewed by the hands of the holy and was actually divined 3,264 miles from Belgium.

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River Horse Tripel Horse

Beer:  Tripel Horse
Brewery: River Horse Brewing Co.
Style: Tripel
ABV: 10.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Cloudy, light honey color. Two-inch bright white, fluffy head that leaves thick lacing on glass, and fades quickly.

Scent: Bananas, bananas, bananas. And bubblegum. And yeasty esters (why, hello, alcohol).

Flavor: BOOZE. Geez, I know this is 10% and all, but taking my first swig of this reminds me of my first shot of vodka at the young age of…ahem, 21. After I get passed that, I taste the banana phenols and a little bit of the advertised spice: cloves and coriander. It’s actually quite difficult to taste anything but the stinging alcohol note. It tastes sort of like a Band-Aid as I finish it (for those who know me, I like a good Penicillin, so this taste does not bother me, but rather, is just part of the drinking experience!).

Feel: Almost perfect body (hot damn).

Concluding remarks: Listen, for $1.99, a bottle of this is a pretty righteous deal. The flavor profile is nothing to write home about, but this is surprisingly DRINKABLE (ugh) considering the high alcohol content. There are some decent flavors in here, but they are hard to access with this alcohol frontin’ every sip of the way. I’ll echo what I said about the Boaks Two Blind Monks: this is a fine beer. And it is always good to support local businesses (River Horse hails from Lambertsville, NJ). However, River Horse’s Tripel Horse drowns in the river (groan). I like the old-timey type on the label, though.

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Boaks Two Blind Monks

Beer:  Two Blind Monks
Brewery: Boaks Beverage
Style: Dubbel
ABV: 7.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Muddy dark amber body with a thin beige head.

Scent: Deep, rich malts manifest into a butterscotch smell. Slight sweet cherry at the end.

Flavor: With all of the butterscotch and cherry aromas, I was hoping for a sweetness in this beer. However, the malt taste is overpowering. Finishes with a faint taste of fig and raisin.

Feel: Surprisingly thin body, but nice carbonation.

Concluding remarks: I’ve had the Two Blind Monks before, and enjoyed it. So I was looking forward to reacquainting myself with these two blind monks from New Jersey (Boaks Beverage is located in Pompton Lakes, NJ). However, the reunion wasn’t with the Two Awesome Blind Monks I once knew, but instead, Two Blind Monks Who Blindly Forgot to Add the Flava. People change over time, I understand. Maybe this bottle was old? Maybe my tastes have matured and are more discerning? Be it as it may, this beer is fine. I hate using the word “drinkable,” but it is drinkable. If you see it at your local beer store, support a local small business and pick it up.

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Allagash Dubbel Reserve

Beer:  Dubbel Reserve
Brewery: Allagash Brewing Company
Style: Dubbel
ABV: 7.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Ally’s sister’s abode
Primary Consumer: Ally
Consumption Companion(s): The Fant Family

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dull, opaque amber, with about 3/4-inch creamy tan head that leaves a noticeable lacing on the glass.

Scent: A sort of nondescript sweetness, most closely reminiscent of caramel.

Flavor: Butterscotch/caramel notes blended with citrus zest (you know, the slightly bitter peel, not the sweet juicy part), with a hoppy aftertaste.  Very mild flavor overall.

Feel: Not too thick or creamy; more so crisp, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Now as a sort of forewarning, I’ll say straight off: I love Belgian beers.  So overall, even a bad Belgian is going to rank slightly higher than most in my book.  However, as far as Belgians go, this award-winning brew (it has won both gold and silver medals at the World Beer Cup in years past) from Portland, Maine’s Allagash isn’t so award-worthy to me.  It has your classic Belgian sweet-fruity flavor, but the taste is mild, even weak–in essence, nothing special.  It’s still a fine drink that I’d choose hands-down over, say, a Blue Moon, but it’s not as flavorfully exciting as I would’ve hoped.

And yes, I know, “flavorfully” is not a word.

Concluding remarks: In my own personal Beer Cup, it’d reach the podium, but would only get a bronze.

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