Tröegs Scratch 114
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Scratch Beer historians might be surprised to learn that we’ve never, in fact, released a bona fide Abbey Dubbel. While we’ve released countless Belgian-style Brown ales over the years under the Scratch series, this offering is the first true representation of the style that originated in the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle during the mid-19th Century. The robust body and ample mouthfeel of Scratch #114 gives way to a pronounced dried fruit flavor and muted bitterness, releasing a prominent blend of sweet caramel and raisin notes paired with a subtle yet tangy alcohol bite. The addition of Westmalle yeast (a Trappist yeast strain) provides the authenticity of a true Belgian-style Abbey ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3458) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Pours brown with reddish hues. Aroma of bread, dark fruit, and caramel. Bread and caramel flavor upfront with dark fruit at the back end. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6181) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2013
This one poured a lighter brown with a white head. Aroma was of caramel, grass, belgian yeast and dark fruits. Falvor was on the yessty side, not much complicated going on here, but decent american dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2013
draft at Blue Monk. light purple amberish pour, fruity, grapey, plums, fruity trappist yeast. light mouthfeel. OK

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1414) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY. Not sure if this is the exact #, but it was listed as an Abbey Ale and none of the other recent scratches appear to be dubbels. Pours a dark opaque brown. Smell is pretty bland, doesn’t actually smell like much. Taste is dark fruit, cinnamon. Has a bit of a boozy character despite the relatively low ABV. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours slightly hazy brown with a nice one finger tall off white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dark fruits like raisins and plums, some caramel and toffee sweetness from the malt, light fruitiness from the hops and the typical Belgian funk from the Westmalle yeast. Smells like a Dubbel.

T - Starts off with some nice caramel and toffee sweetness quickly giving way to the dark fruits, funky Belgian yeast and some light hop bitterness. Finish is sweet with a bit of booze burn, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, fruity feel with some light burn at the end of each sip.

O - A decent enough Dubbel. I can’t really find a ton of faults with it, it just doesn’t wow me in any way. Worth a shot if your into the style, just don’t expect anything amazing here.

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