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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Brown ale inspired by the beer brewed by Belgian Trappist monks. Very little bitterness, this beer has malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel. It presents complex red fruit and spice flavours due to the type of yeast that is used during the brewing process.

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3.6
HogTownHarry (7010) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
Draught. At Dieu du Ciel. Hazy copper pour with a smallish head, a bit of lacing left nonetheless. Pungently bitter aroma of slightly burnt roast malt and cranberry - mildly spicy. Taste is the same - strongly bitter, near-burnt caramel malt with tart fruit admixed. Pretty decent body and it has a long carbonized linger and aftertaste, with some odd pungent herbal/spice notes left on the tongue. I didn’t get much chocolate, but it was reasonably complex and I would gladly drink it again.

3.5
blankboy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
Draught at Dieu du Ciel! Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with an average size diminishing white head. Mild aroma of sweet malt, light fruit and light spices . Flavour, which is slightly subtle for a "Double", has sweet malt, fruit and spices. Alcohol’s well hidden. Medium bodied. Pretty good overall. The last beer I had during our beer-filled and fun weekend in Montreal. Till next time!

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Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Dark brown/orange, small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, some spice. Really spicy taste with almost a burnt quality. Nice soft mouthfeel. Somewhat sweet. Complex, interesting and bursting with flavour. Great.

3.8
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2008
Draught (6 oz. sample) at Dieu du Ciel! Sunset amber with a small head. Sweet, warm aroma, with notes of slightly fermented fruit and mellow spice. Flavour is warm and boozy, with notes of brown sugar, dried dark fruits, and spice - especially cloves, which come through strong in the tingly finish. Pretty solid effort all around.

3.4
rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2007
Sampled at their 9th anniversary party, hazy dark amber hue, with a small beige head, leaving laces, yeasty, fruity, grainy malt nose with some raisiny, plummy and ripe apple fruitness, with a subtle nutmeg spicy accent, with a toasty, carmamelized malt note, in a chocolatey aroma follows through on a medium-bodied plate, with a yeasty, fruity, spicy, toasty, chocolatey character, with some plum, raisin, date and candied stewed apple notes, some caramel and toffeeish accents, with a nutmeg, brown sugar, subtle liquorice spiciness, leading towards a malty, fruity, hop bitterness finish.

3.5
ClarkVV (6757) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Large weizen glass at the brewery on 9/29/07
Clear, with a light chill-haze and a magnificent auburn-chestnut-mahogany color with a very prominent, well-retained, beige head that laces wonderfully. A very lovely draught appearance on a Belgian beer.
Nose is first sweet and fruity, with raisins, dates, plums and bits of piquant currants perking up, as light clove phenols begin to weave dryness in to the nose. Tentative roasted notes are well-integrated in to the softer malts, which allow chocolate and caramel to not become a burden on the lighter pale malts. Minimal hoppiness, as per the style, and more and more cherry skin-like esters as the beer warms and breathes. Quite Belgian in nature, with a proper yeast. Exceedingly clean and well-brewed with light cola notes lingering on the finish. No alcohol or flaws, medium to medium-high strength of aroma.
Soft and chewy, with plenty of raisin and a tasteful amount of anise and clove to balance. Caramel and vanilla-like sweetness are certainly present, but the carbonation is strong enough to cleanse the palate, and, with aid of the light roasted/toasted malt notes, it provides a perfect foil to the sweetness. Cherry, cola, almond and all the dark fruits you would want out of a dubbel, are represented here well. My only criticism would be the excessive cleanness of the beer, but that’s hardly something you can fault the brewer on. Further, I’d like to see a little less creamy-soft sweetness, as the raisiny-caramel notes do build slightly, by the end (and as the carbonation dies off and the beer warms). More attenuation would help pronounce and lend more poignancy to the tart, fruity esters. Great stuff, though.

3.5
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2007
11 of 13 tasters, and the beer that my friends drank full glasses of while I sifted through the full roster of amazingly varied and damn nice beer. Pours dark orange amber brown with a bright white ring. Nose was sweet, sticky, and full of malts that are reminiscent of belgian beers. Sweet mild slightly strange taste that I sometimes get with certain dubbels and belgian strongs.

3.5
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2007
Cloudy copper-orangey body with a small off-white head. Autumn 2007 batch is 6.5%. Name leads us to believe that this is a Dubbel but I think the generic Belgian Strong Ale ratebeer is more appropriate (Belgian Ale would be even better imho). Far from the creamy/nutty of a trappist-style dubbel this is a refreshing fruity Belgian ale. Full typical Belgian body, very yeasty with lots of different fruit flavours co-existing (berries, prunes, citrus, tropical fruits, cherries). The caramelized malt backbone remains discreet. Light but nice tartness and cherry-ish sourness. Somewhat sweet. Overall impression of drinking a fruity pie made with those multi-fruits breakfast jam. A more generous and expressive hopping and that could have been excellent. Renewed my love o fthis pub. I had this one after a pint of their Neuvaine experiment and it felt like makeup sex after a big dispute.

3.5
LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2006
This beer has a dark brown color, with a caramel taste that is not to bitter. The after taste does not last to long. You do not feel the high alcohol % of this beer, this can be very deceving.

3.5
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2004
Yeasty, prune aroma, woody smoky malt. Flavour is fruity, light on yeast. Not quite complex enough I found, though quite a smooth beer. Not bad. Draught.


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