Departed Soles Oelewapper

We’ve made some progress on wedding planning. So far, we have a DJ and a photographer. We’re looking at more dresses this week too. We’re making progress, although I wish we were done with booking vendors.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “While many properties were considered for the brewery, often times zoning regulations, difficult landlords, or equipment woes came in the way. Ironically, the property that we now call home was one of the first we tried to get. Patience pays off, and everything happens for a reason. The best part is our microbrewery has mass appeal though, and access to mass transit! Departed Soles Brewing Company encourages you to drink, and visit us, responsibly. Please consider taking NJ Transit, the PATH Train, Light Rail, Ferry, or a Bus to the brewery… we are just a few blocks from a stop for each!”

Random: The label on this beer looks like a drugged owl.

The beer poured with a half a finger of ecru colored head. It dissipated slowly, but only left a small amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with some carbonation visible, although it was very dark. The nose had a lot of nuttiness with caramel and toffee. The taste had a significant amount of sweetness. I picked up brown sugar, caramel, toffee and grain as well. It was almost too sweet for me. The body was on the thick side with generous carbonation. The finish was lengthy with brown sugar. I don’t remember how much this beer was, but it wasn’t one that I would buy again. It needed a touch more balance.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Transmitter A2 Dubbel

So, I went to the Transmitter website to research this beer and I was ecstatic to see that they finally updated their website with information about all of their beers. It also had the recommended temperatures to serve at and if they think the beer is worth cellaring. If you haven’t been to the site, check it out.

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ABV: 7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewery made candi sugar adds rich toffee flavors with a hints of fig and raisins. Enjoy with game, roast meats and campfires.”

Random: This beer comes in at 22 IBUs and should be served at 42 degrees.

The brew poured with a huge, four finger, ecru colored head. It dissipated at a snail’s pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, mahogany color with only some carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with booze, figs, toffee, candi sugar and Belgian yeast. It also had a caramel candy note, like the candy that my grandmother used to carry in her purse that would make my fingers sticky. The taste was sweet, but not overly so. It had notes of fig and toffee with dates and dusty raisins. There was also some caramel and almond at the end. The body was on the thicker side and the carbonation was too intense. The finish was quick and sweet with caramel. I paid $16.99 for the bottle, which came to $.77 per ounce. I wanted to love this beer, but it was a rare miss for me from Transmitter.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Brewer’s Art Resurrection

One of the worst things about traveling so much is that I tend to work more since I don’t have anyone to come home to. As a result, I’m quite a bit backlogged. One of the other things that I’m not a big fan of is eating at chain restaurants all the time. I kept trying to find a place in Ohio with decent Italian food and I couldn’t find anything in the suburb I was in. Now that I’m home, I’ve got all the Italian food I want.

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ABV: 7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The seven percent solution. A delightfully full-bodied yet easy to drink abbey brown ale that has become our flagship brand, thanks to Baltimore’s loyalty.”

Random: I also miss having a washer and dryer when I travel. I love doing laundry.

The beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, mahogany color. I didn’t see much carbonation in it. The nose was sweet with dates and prunes and other dark fruit. It also had some brown sugar sweetness. The taste was equally sweet and malty. I picked up raisins, dates, and caramel sweetness complemented by Belgian candi sugar. There was some alcohol to this beer and it drank like more than the 7% ABV. The body was thick and almost syrupy with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish. This was a solid beer that would make for a great sipper in the winter. But, the price of the beer was $2.75, which is $.23 an ounce, which is on the pricier side. If you haven’t tried it and you like Dubbels, you won’t go wrong with this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Trappist Rochefort 6

How I haven’t had this beer yet is beyond me. I was at the beer store and checked the blog thinking that I’d reviewed it and I was terribly wrong. I tried it the same night it came home from the beer store.

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ABV: 7.5%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to merchantduvin.com, “Rochefort Trappist 6 is named after its original gravity measured in ‘Belgian degrees’ – a brewing scale no longer used today. It was first sold to the public in 1953. Reddish-brown color with amber-gold highlights; soft body leads to earthy flavors and an herbal character. Refined, soft spiciness in the bouquet finishes with a bit caramel. Bottle-conditioned for soft natural carbonation.”

Random: I could go for a pretzel right now.

This beer poured with a three finger, thin, khaki colored head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and mahogany colored. There was a lot of carbonation visible and some floaties as well. The nose had dates and figs along with yeast. There was a lot of coriander spice with some cocoa powder. The taste was all dark fruit. I picked up raisins, dates, figs and tobacco. There was a lot of bread and spice with coriander as well. I also picked up some nutmeg. It had a thick body with ridiculously high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with raisins and dates. Yeast and spice remained on the tongue as well. I bought this bottle for $5.45, which came to $.46 per ounce. This beer was simply exceptional. I haven’t had a dubbel in a long time and this beer could easily be the benchmark I use for the style now.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury

I picked this one up mostly because I knew absolutely nothing about it and I liked the name of the beer. It’s from a brewery that I can get a little more easily now that I live so close to Pennsylvania. Let’s see how it fared.

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ABV: 7.7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Originally conceived along the lines of a Belgian Dubbel, Hell Hath No Fury… Ale morphed during development into something entirely different. Brewed with Belgian abbey-style yeast, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale is more akin to a roasty stout, offering warm, roasted notes of coffee & dark chocolate with fruity & clove-like aromas.”

Random: When I was typing up this review, a tv show I was watching mentioned “hell hath no fury.” It was an interesting coincidence.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It took awhile to dissipate, but left no lacing on the glass. It left a crown on top of the body, which was a very dark brown. I couldn’t tell if it was cloudy, because it was so dark, but I could make out what appeared to be high carbonation. The nose was fragrant with dark, roasted malts and coffee. Some chocolate was in there with smoke too. It smelled more like a stout than a dubbel. The taste had a lot of the same notes as the aroma. It had the same roasted malts, milk chocolate and coffee. It had some bitterness as well with nutmeg and clove. Breadiness from the yeast came through too. The body was on the thick side with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with spice and roasted malts. A bottle of this was $2.58 ($.22 per ounce). I enjoyed this beer, but it wasn’t like the typical dubbel. The smoke and roasted malts overwhelmed the spice notes.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Weyerbacher Althea

Weyerbacher’s tap-room was relatively large, but with little to no ambiance. It was dark and the bar was nice enough, but it just didn’t thrill me. They had 12 different beers available for sampling and a shelf with some merchandise on it. We didn’t take the tour, but they do offer them. The crowd was also not what I expected. It was a lot of families with older kids. They also had very few offerings available under 7%, so you had people draining large glasses of imperial strength beers at lightning fast speed. I don’t know what I was expecting, but given the age of the brewery, I thought there would be more. We found our way to a high-top table while I sampled. This was one that Val picked out.

althea

ABV: 7.7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Althea is a Belgian-style Dubbel brewed with plums, bottle conditioned in a 750 ml/25.4 oz. cork and cage bottle, which weighs in at a substantial 7.7% ABV. It’s a beautiful, dark and fruity ale. Every year, hundreds of women in Weyerbacher’s home, Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, are diagnosed with breast cancer. For many of these women, this means countless doctor visits, months of treatments and more. All too often this means lost wages and insurmountable bills during what is possibly the most trying time in that woman’s life. For every bottle of Althea sold, Weyerbacher will donate $1 to The Pink Ribbon Fund to help these women – our mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and their families – cover costs like travel, child care, prostheses and more.”

Random: Our table was right next to the bottling line, which was smaller than I expected.

This beer poured with one finger of ecru-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany color that was cloudy with moderate carbonation visible despite the cloudiness. The nose had a lot of spice (specifically clove), then went into dark fruits with dates and plums. The taste started with generous sweetness from candi sugar and molasses, but quickly went into dark fruit. First, I picked up plums, but then dates and figs came through with currants. The booze was present and warmed the back of my throat, but wasn’t overwhelming. It had a medium thick body with light carbonation. The finish was sweet and fruity with plums. I enjoyed this beer and it was a well-done American interpretation of a dubbel and proceeds go to a good cause. Grab one when you see it on a shelf.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Mystic Vinland Three

Since I only had one day off this week, I didn’t get many of my chores done. We went to lunch and walked around Doylestown yesterday. We also saw “Inside Out.” I thought the movie was only alright, but I did really like the seats, which reclined completely. It was difficult to stay awake because the seats were so insanely comfortable. Anyways, this is a brew that I had last week. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 6%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Vinland three yeast cultures were obtained from Bryan’s grandparent’s farm in Popple Dungeon, VT. The beer is currently in development for a targeted August 2014 release.”

Random: I watched part of a Phils game this weekend. It’s the first game that I’ve watched in months and they looked like crap.

This beer poured with a three finger, off White head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark brown color. The nose presented with a lot of yeast and big notes of nuts and sweetness from caramel malt. The taste was much lighter than I expected. It had no notes of booze, but lots of biscuit and nuttiness. It had a slight sweetness from the caramel malt as well. The body was medium thick with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with the nuts permeating it. The bomber was $15.99, which broke down to $.73 per ounce. I normally adore beers from Mystic, but this one just missed the mark for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Goose Island Pere Jacques (2010)

It’s finally Saturday. I’m hoping to leave at a decent time since I have a million chores to get done. I don’t think I’ll be able to mow the lawn tomorrow since it is supposed to rain. Anyways, vintage beer time.

pj

ABV: 8.7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with loads of malt and Belgian yeast, Pere Jacques is a wonderfully fruity, malty ale. Pere Jacques’ complex flavors stand shoulder to shoulder with the Belgian Dubbels enjoyed in the world’s finest beer bars. At the dining table, it’s the perfect alternative to a glass of vintage port.”

Random: This bottle was brewed in March of 2010.

A few weeks ago, I moved the beers that I have been aging to the new house. Since this one has been aging for over five years and on the bottle it says to enjoy within five, I figured that it should be opened sooner rather than later. The beer poured with absolutely no head and as such, there was no lacing left on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark brown with lots of sediment floating in the body and no carbonation visible either. The nose started with a vinegar note, which definitely worried me. Raisin, prune and brown sugar were present as well, which gave me some hope. Luckily, the taste was better than the nose. There were some sweet notes of molasses, but quickly went into fruit notes of raisin and prune. There was also a brown sugar quality to it with a touch of alcohol astringency. After a few sips, some bready notes came through at the end. The body was on the thicker side with little to no carbonation present. The finish was lengthy with some booze warming and candi sugar sweetness. This wasn’t a bad beer by any means, but I think it aged just a bit too long.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Ommegang Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale

It’s been a few days without a post, which I guess is to be expected since I’m in end of quarter. So, since I have to go to bed in a few, let’s see how this Ommegang beer that I had over the weekend was.

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ABV: 8%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “n the world of Westeros, Valar Morghulis means ‘all men must die.’ Fans of the hit HBO show chose the foreboding phrase as the name of the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration between HBO and Brewery Ommegang. As part of a Facebook poll, fan voting determined the style and name of the next beer. An Abbey Dubbel was selected and it is perfectly represented by the ‘two-headed’ coin given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’ghar, one of the ‘Faceless Men of Braavos’ – legendary assassins with the ability to change their appearances at will. On sale October 1st, available in 750ml bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs.”

Random: I’ve only seen a few episodes of “Game of Thrones,” but I’ve really liked the ones I’ve seen.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark brown with light carbonation visible. The nose had raisin, date, nutmeg and clove. It was very inviting and interesting as well. The taste was not as great. I got a lot of dark fruit, specifically raisin, dates and currants, but the spice was dialed down from the nose. There was bready yeast present along with molasses and candi sugar. The booze was sticky and present and the beer felt heavy, although it had moderate carbonation. The finish was long with sweetness from the candi sugar and dark fruit. This was decent, but not the best of the style I’ve had. I felt like because the beer was also advertising a tv show, it could get away with some missteps. For $8.49 a bomber, it was $.39 per ounce, which was still more expensive than I think this beer should be without the “Game of Thrones” connection. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Triumph Belgian Dubbel

Last Saturday, I managed to do something on a Saturday that I hadn’t be able to do in a very long time: get out at a decent time. The weather was absolutely beautiful and I got home at right after 7. It was a crazy day at work, but the trucks finished at a decent hour and I got home to my honey nice and early. We ended up going out for dinner to Triumph in New Hope. We walked around for awhile and wanted to go somewhere with outdoor seating, but most of the menus of the local restaurants were still featuring winter fare, which definitely did not fit the weather. So, we decided to go to Triumph. Although I like this location better than the Princeton one, the food was only alright. I tried this brew while we were there. The picture is awful since we were sitting outside and it was already pretty dark when I ordered this one.

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ABV: 6.3%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The sweet malty aromas derive from imported dark Belgian candi sugar and caramel malts. Our strain of yeast creates the depth of flavor, fruit-like esters and sophistication.”

Random: I think next time we’re in New Hope, we’ll try a different place to eat. There are so many good restaurants and we always seem to end up there.

This brew poured with a barely there tan head. It dissipated quickly and left slight lacing on the glass. The body looked to be a cloudy chestnut color, but it was hard to tell since it was really dark out. For the same reason, I couldn’t tell how much carbonation was in this brew. The nose had some dark fruit and Belgian yeast to it. It smelled pretty good, so I was interested to see if the taste was good. On the sip, I got significant raisin and dates with some prune and Belgian yeast. There was also some cherries in there with biscuit. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with dark fruit. I was surprised at how good the flavor on this beer was. Normally, I find Triumph beers to be alright, but this one was really enjoyable and I would definitely have this one again. If you see it on tap, it’s definitely worth a sip.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0