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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Maimed in an accident that left him with a hunched back, Brother Joseph Zoettl worked in the St. Bernard Abbey power plant shoveling coal. In his spare time, Brother Joseph used found objects such as marbles and chunks of concrete and tile to build miniature shrines and buildings on the Abbey grounds. Over 40 years, he created 125 different models and replicas. Today, the Ave Maria Grotto covers three acres and is world-renowned as both a fun roadside attraction and an awe-inspiring collection of folk art. We have named our Belgian dubbel after Brother Joseph as a testament to his perseverance, his hard work, and his indomitable spirit. A full-flavored abbey-style ale with a complex taste and aroma, Brother Joseph’s Dubbel is filled with specialty malt and dark fruit character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hinez57 (237) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - APR 1, 2016
Wonderful beer but lacks the spicey phenols & fruity esters indicative of good examples of the style. The malt profile is wonderful, fully appropriate malt sweetness, complex caramels, grainy-bready sweetness. There is zero head to speak of, beautiful deep amber red color, crystal clear. The aroma is more abbey-esque with the malt profile shining through. Wonderful drinkable full mouthfeel that finishes moderately crisp with no lingering bitterness, very well done. Fairly moderate carbonation. Overall a nice interpretation of the style that is a wonderful beer yet falls far short of classic Trappist examples of the style or even the complexity of new world offerings by breweries such as Unibroue. However, it’s stylistic shortcomings aside, this is a DARN FINE BEER worth drinking again and again. A smoked or peated version of this would be excellent!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2016
The color of dark sweet tea, appropriate for a proudly southern beer. Doesn’t really smell like a dubbel. Tea and dark wheat bread crusts. Doesn’t really taste like a dubbel either. Mostly sweet malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5788) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Deep amber pour with clinging tan head. Aroma is dark brown sugar and bread. Flavor is very sweet malt, bread, and molasses. No bitter to speak of. A little thick with good carbonation. Light warmth. ok by me

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (2530) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Pours a darker reddish brown color with ivory colored head. Caramel, dark fruits, biscuit, and some bread on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with dark fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Westchesterco (1824) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2015
Poured From a 12 oz can it is a clear light amber color with a slight head. The aroma is cinnamon and the taste is a sweet cotton candy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (6204) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2015
From a 12 oz can at home. Pours a clear mahogany with a tan head. Caramel nose. Flavors of toffee and candi sugar. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3434) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2015
12 oz can from total wine. Good nuttiness and sweetness. A little candy sugar. Some red fruit but that part is faint. A hard and unusual style to try to pull off. A little more thin and light compared to the classic Belgians but a worthy effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (6040) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Can: Cloudy (at first) then lightly hazed dark brown with a minimal beige head. Caramel and berry aroma. Taste is sweet, sugary, berry/dark fruit, toffee malt. Sweet and rich bodied. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2015
Pours a hazy medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty, hoppy, yeasty. Flavor is moderately sweet, alcoholic, roasty dark. Not nearly as good as some of the other Abbey Dubbels I’ve had recently.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JStax (5222) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2015
12 ounce can poured into a brandy snifter. The beer is a darker brown with a thin head of beige foam. The head dissipates pretty quickly. The aroma has metallic chocolate and roasted malt. The taste has some sweetness, and a muted spice character. Bigger body and a slick mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation.

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