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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We present Side Project Trail Dubbel, a rich, mahogany beer brewed in honor of my brother-in-law (now brewer at Side Project, Brian Ivers) and sister-in-law’s (now Side Project tasting room bartender, Erica Ivers) hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. We brewed this beer in March 2016, before they began their hike, to let it age as they walked from Mexico to Canada to enjoy when they returned.

We brewed a strong Belgian-style Dubbel that was fermented in stainless with one of our favorite Trappist strains before being racked to four red wine barrels, each with a different blend of microflora. Brian selected his two favorite barrels for Trail Dubbel, one that was inoculated with the Side Project cultures and one that was inoculated with a mixed culture that was isolated from a bottle of wine from Morey-Saint-Denis of the Burgundy region of France. At blending, we discovered that the flavors, while still, were exactly what we wanted to share with you. No need for full carbonation, we wanted it bottled and served still.

The result is one of the most vinous beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Rich tones of red wine grapes mingle with the oxidative malt notes, warm alcohol and layers of oak and red fruits. This beer sits right between the big red wines of Spain and the Port wines of northern Portugal and enjoying it like a dessert or after-dinner drink offers the best experience. Chilled or at 60F, this beer evolves in the glass at a range of temperatures, and we hope that can open your perception of brewing with us through this adventurous beer.

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3.7
JStax (7307) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2018
375 ml bottle from phaleslu. Thanks! As the label states, the beer is still. No sign of carbonation whatsoever. The beer is a dark brown. On the aroma, I find strong notes of grape jelly and wood, but upon sipping, complexities develop to showcase a more attractive red wine and malty, woody character. The more I drink it, the more wine like it seems. Thick mouthfeel, slick, no carbonation. Something completely unique.

4
phaleslu (10893) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2017
375 ml bottle from the release. No sound when the cap comes off. "Bottled and served still" in the description. Pours a deep, dark ruddy brown, not quite opaque but not anything close to one you can see through. No head or even any bubbles. Wine-forward for sure, with layers of red wine grapes and oak, other berry fruits, caramelized sugars, chocolate, mild roast, chocolate, tobacco, plums, and funk. Medium-plus bodied with no carbonation and a tart, tangy, funky, vinous mouthfeel. Warming in the nostrils but not on the palate. "Has a lot going on," my wife said. She's right. Tons of complexity here.

4
rxeight (3319) - Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2017
375 ml. Dark brown / dark crimson color, no head except for several clear bubbles which dissipate after a minute or two. Aroma is red grape skins, dark fruit. Taste is oak, port wine. Big sweet cherry mid palate, which wasn't at all on the nose. Some leather and oak. Body has no carbonation (kind of the point), but thick and oily enough to still make it interesting.

3.5
b3shine (9257) - Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2017
375 ml bottle to snifter. Looks solid; a still brownish cola with bubbly light beige lacing. Smells malty with notes of dark fruit and oak alongside a mild vinous presence. Tastes like it smells, but mire vinous. Mouthfeel is medium full-bodied, (virtually) still, and mildly but pleasantly tart. Enjoyable.

4.1
koleminer20 (4171) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2017
From notes. Tasting at Corbet’s house for Game 5 of the NBA Finals on June 12. 375 mL bottle. This is crazy. The pour is a still and a dark mahogany brown color with no head, naturally. The aroma is fantastic. The dark fruit, caramel malt, ad port wine just dominate. As it opens up, more of a chocolate, oak, and leather become a little more prevalent. It’s just so deep and complex. The flavor has a lot of oak up front. The dark fruits and wine come through and the caramel and dark fruits stay strong through the back end. The cherry on this is delightful. The mouth feel is a little slick, though the still makes it a little syrupy. It’s really good. The aftertaste is lingeringly port and a chocolate/toffee thing. This beer is incredible. 8 4 9 4 16

3.2
nimbleprop (8922) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2017
375ml bottle pours an oily amber with no head. Nose has cherry, raisin, booze, port, chocolate syrup. FLavor follows, some acid, raisins, cherries, port. Tannic and tart on the finish.

3.8
GenDV138 (7828) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2017
Bottle shared. Clear brown. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel, tart notes. Light body with a dry finish.

4
Westchesterco (2274) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2017
From a bottle shared at the DC RB gathering Memorial Day weekend 2017.it is a dark Amber color brown with an thin tan head. The aroma is boozey and the taste is of cherry like cherry pie

3.6
Iphonephan (7474) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2017
From a bottle shared at the DC RB gathering Memorial Day weekend 2017. Pours a cloudy brown with an thin tan head. Flavors of cherry and toffee. Pretty tasty.

4
djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2017
Bottle thanks to Russell. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is raisin, leather, grape, oak. Thin body, grape, leather, dark fruit, oak, nice dry finish, very nice.


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