Brewed by Burton Bridge
Style: Dubbel
Burton-on-Trent, England


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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Bottle conditioned.

Replica of an Abbey style beer. Ticklebrain was a Tudor name for strong ale.

Colour: Brown
Nose: Estery
Taste: Smooth & Powerful
Hops: Northdown
Malt: Pale with Chocolate

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DarkElf (3341) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 12, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2019 11-Nov-13 (500-ml bottle, Best before March 2007: Obtained 17-Jul-06 in trade with HogTownHarry, thanks Harry!)
Ha, found this one while rummaging through some boxes. And while drinking this beer, I read about the brewery's (relatively) brief history, then about the famous bridge that once ended at the entrance to the building, and then finally into a full-on session about the history of Burton-on-Trent, the important battles that took place here, and the two different bridges that have occupied this location for at least the past 800 years (and perhaps dating back to Roman times). Fascinating read, and all the while, I've been sipping on this tasty beer. It pours (well, poured!) a hazy, ruddy brown body with half an inch of tan head that settles to an unbroken sheet and tall ring that leaves some large patches of lace on the glass. The nose is very fruity in the English way, and offers lots of caramel, toffee, raisin, and fig. On the palate, it lives up to the expectations created by the aromas, delivering malty and yeasty flavors of caramel candy, brown sugar, toffee, lightly toasted bread, dried fruit, fig, a hint of date, and raisin. It's medium sweet, perhaps a touch higher, but isn't cloying, and the medium-full weight isn't heavy or rich, so this is a damn drinkable beer. Carbonation is light-medium, just enough to provide necessary life to the beer. Overall, for a 7+ year old beer, this is pretty terrific. It appears this beer is not pasteurized as there is a heavy layer coating the bottom of the bottle, so that's certainly helped with the cellaring. Deliciously malty, easy to drink, but better to sip over a history lesson. Cheers! to burton-on-trent.org.uk for the excellent written and visual details.

john44 (3888) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle. Dark Amber. Malty, toffeeish, some fruit & spice. Big alcohol hit. Very bitter. Dry, rather salty, bitter finish. But lasting impression is of overpowering alcohol. (2008)

Theydon_Bois (26601) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2016
Bottle at home, clearing the rot box pre house move, 24/08/16 .... big gush ... 40% bottle gone, thankfully in the sink, despite having 3 months left on its BBB ! Chestnut brown with a decent light beige cap. Nose is earthy fruits, tangy, dates, toffee, spice, horse blanket. Taste comprises fruit cake, spice, toffee, dates, tangy fruit rinds, light spice, biscuit. Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation, drying close with a lick of alcohol. Infected and still in date ... not great ... largely liberated down the sink!

gegwilson (4613) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours ruby with no real head to speak of. Lots of flavour. Caramel, raisin, sherry and fruits. A bit over boozy.

CH-303 (2840) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - SEP 15, 2014
Appearance: Dark, clear brown, some red. Not much head at all.
Aroma: Tart fruit, some malt.
Taste: Surprising sourness, tart fruit, plum. Oak? Expected much more.
Bought: Beers of Europe, 500 ml, £3.79
Info: 12/9-2014, 65/300M, BB: 28/2-2015

dogbomb (1307) - ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle. Dark chestnut brown - almost black, with hardly any head to talk of (just a thin light tan foam). Nose is chocolates and malt. Taste is, initially zingy, then chocolates, then malts, then a licorice. Lots of layers, until a strong, bitter chocolate finish. A big gulp gives you the shivers - a sip gives you the warmth. A beer of two halves - and both as interesting as each other.

Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2014
Nicely balanced aroma with citrus and malt. Cloudy light brown colour with too much head. Nice malty flavour with brilliant smooth finish, Heavy body with low carbonation.

jamesie1857 (2027) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2014
500ml bottle from Real Ale Corner, Brampton - Hazy ruby-brown body with a thin tan skim. Nose is plum, toasted caramel malt, a bit of estery yeast and doughiness. Dry flavour, plum, dry caramel, pine, sour orange and crab apple sour finish. Full mouthfeel. I have mixed feelings about this one.

MrBlueSky93 (524) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Review for TheBeerGuy. My Goodness! This beer is extraordinary. It’s so very different to others. Expect the unexpected, an early orangey, fruity taste is blasted out of the window by mind altering sourness! The Sourness coming from Grapes, Lemons and Limes. This flavour blasts it’s way over your palate and after remains a comparitively soft and soothing bitterness. This beer is fantastic, get your hands on one!

Hanoi (1148) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
Nose: Sour notes, green apple. Taste: vinous, leather, leading to green apples, a touch of cola, toffee, oak, malt and a touch of smoke leading too slight sweetness and herbal, medicinal tones in the finish. The mouthfeel is too thin. An interesting beer, but is not really what I would expect from a dubbel.

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