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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Maimed in an accident that left him with a hunched back, Brother Joseph Zoettl worked in the St. Bernard Abbey power plant shoveling coal. In his spare time, Brother Joseph used found objects such as marbles and chunks of concrete and tile to build miniature shrines and buildings on the Abbey grounds. Over 40 years, he created 125 different models and replicas. Today, the Ave Maria Grotto covers three acres and is world-renowned as both a fun roadside attraction and an awe-inspiring collection of folk art. We have named our Belgian dubbel after Brother Joseph as a testament to his perseverance, his hard work, and his indomitable spirit. A full-flavored abbey-style ale with a complex taste and aroma, Brother Joseph’s Dubbel is filled with specialty malt and dark fruit character.

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3.4
hman43 (1586) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2017
It has a deep amber color with garnet tints. There is low head retention that is light brown in color. Initial aromas are malty rich with plenty of cherry. There are additional dark fruits including plums. There is strong, rich malt flavors with plenty of cherries and plums. There is some spiciness to it with some alcohol presence. It has a moderate feel with moderate bitterness in the finish. There is a slight tilt in balance towards the malt. The alcohol is slightly harsh. Overall, this is a dubbel highlighted by rich malt and strong cherries with other dark fruits, plums, in the background.

3.3
oobawa (1401) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2017
A bit mild for a Dubbel, BroJo hits all the necessary notes--tea, figs, apple, clove, candy, and yeast--but never gives much more than cursory glances at each. Finishes a bit light and bland with a apple-tinged fade, yet the alcohol remains appreciably hidden. Decent.

3.4
BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2016
Can most likely from TJ’s in BHam but enjoyed at Eglin during CC conference. Pours a clear brown color with bronze highlights and bubbly carbonation. Very light aroma of yeast and bread dough. Pretty accurate double flavor with dark malt and a hint of syrupy sweetness. Nice.

3.2
Hinez57 (253) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - APR 1, 2016
Wonderful beer but lacks the spicey phenols & fruity esters indicative of good examples of the style. The malt profile is wonderful, fully appropriate malt sweetness, complex caramels, grainy-bready sweetness. There is zero head to speak of, beautiful deep amber red color, crystal clear. The aroma is more abbey-esque with the malt profile shining through. Wonderful drinkable full mouthfeel that finishes moderately crisp with no lingering bitterness, very well done. Fairly moderate carbonation. Overall a nice interpretation of the style that is a wonderful beer yet falls far short of classic Trappist examples of the style or even the complexity of new world offerings by breweries such as Unibroue. However, it’s stylistic shortcomings aside, this is a DARN FINE BEER worth drinking again and again. A smoked or peated version of this would be excellent!

3.1
aracauna (3606) - Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2016
The color of dark sweet tea, appropriate for a proudly southern beer. Doesn’t really smell like a dubbel. Tea and dark wheat bread crusts. Doesn’t really taste like a dubbel either. Mostly sweet malt.

3.5
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Deep amber pour with clinging tan head. Aroma is dark brown sugar and bread. Flavor is very sweet malt, bread, and molasses. No bitter to speak of. A little thick with good carbonation. Light warmth. ok by me

3.5
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Pours a darker reddish brown color with ivory colored head. Caramel, dark fruits, biscuit, and some bread on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with dark fruits.

3.4
Westchesterco (2043) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2015
Poured From a 12 oz can it is a clear light amber color with a slight head. The aroma is cinnamon and the taste is a sweet cotton candy

3.5
Iphonephan (6987) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2015
From a 12 oz can at home. Pours a clear mahogany with a tan head. Caramel nose. Flavors of toffee and candi sugar. Smooth finish.

3.6
jrob21 (3688) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2015
12 oz can from total wine. Good nuttiness and sweetness. A little candy sugar. Some red fruit but that part is faint. A hard and unusual style to try to pull off. A little more thin and light compared to the classic Belgians but a worthy effort.


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