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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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Taking elements from two classic Belgian styles, we’ve crafted a beer that incorporates the best characteristics of both tripels and dubbels. Trubbel boasts the strength and spiciness of a tripel and the rich malt character of a dubbel. We brew this uncommon ale with a classic Belgian yeast strain, dark Belgian candi sugar, and a unique blend of specialty malts, producing subtle biscuit, chocolate, and caramel overtones. Available November through January beginning in even years only.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2004
This one litre bottle has been sitting in my cellar for I think over a year now. Very dark chocolate brown in color leaving a thin creamy film on top. Aroma is sweet with fruity and malty notes. Some vinegar in there too. Flavor has an unusual sourness that I don’t like. Is it supposed to be sour? Very rich in malt and swettness. Body is like a Tripel, medium bubbly. Overall I just couldn’t get past the sourness of this brew.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Bottle. Note that all of the ratings which mention that it was served on draft never mention sourness. The sourness is unmistakeable in the bottle version, leading me to think that perhaps the sourness is not intentional. Who knows. In any event, I found a lot of cherry, wood and whole-leaf chewing tobacco flavors coming out of this beer. Chewing tobacco dominates. Mine had no head and was almost completely still. From the bottle, this is not "somewhere between a dubbel and trippel", regardles of what the brewer says--it’s more like a Flemish Sour/Belgian Bruin. I will allow that the beer is interesting, but there are much better "interesting" beers.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Had this at the HBF. Pours dark brown. Aroma of malt, fruit, peat. Tastes malty, with some fruitiness, earthiness, and sweet caramel flavor at the finish. Nice style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Slightly sweet aroma. Even sweeter throughout. A good beer for a hot summer day.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2004
1 L bottle (extra appearance point). Sour bouquet (had to hold my nose on popping the cap). Pours dark with good head and lace. Sourness bites on first sip, but gets better with each sip. Cherry and chocolate linger after the tartness passes. Alcohol is buried under the tartness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Murky brown body with a thin tan head. This is practically more of a Flemish sour ale than a dubbel or trippel. Sweet and tart cherry aroma with some aged oak. Body is dry and sour with some yeasty complexity and a dry finish, which helps to hide the alcohol. A very unique brew, but kinda misclassfied. Thanks to slob for sending me the bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3094) - Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Hazy brown body with an ok head. The aroma has a bit of apples in it and a slight tartness. There's a nice touch of caramel and it's a little sweet. It's tasty, but I can't say I was overly impressed with it.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2004
This is a very unique Belgian. The aroma is spicy, with a very dark murky pour, and a HUGE head. The taste is strongly medicinal with a strong alchohol bite, spicey and herbal, tart and citrusy. A nice mixture of several Belgian styles.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5190) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
The commercial is an accurate descriotion - combines the malty sweetness of the dubbel with the dry hoppins of the triple. Interesting and drinkable. I liked it. Sampled at the 2004 Southeastern Ratebeer Gathering, Atlanta.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (645) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
This really is somewhere between a Dubbel and Trippel! Appears like a classic Dubbel, with the aroma somewhere between a sour lambic and spicier trippel. Make sure to get the full aroma before tasting, as I was shocked by the sourness and white wine taste at first. Picking up the scent led to the remaining sips that matched the aroma. Mimimal carbonation and moderate mouth action. I'd love to see other brewers attempt this fine hybrid. However, it is hard to believe they'd do much better.


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