Tag Archives: Dubbel

488. Rogue Creek Ale

Rogue Creek AleThis bottle had been kicking around my beer fridge for quite some time and I finally decided to open. I have no idea where I purchased it or how old it was but fortunately the beer held up quite well.

Chatoe Rogue First Growth is a series of beers from Rogue using ingredients grown on their farm. There are several others still available but this one was retired a while back. Beautiful deep red color with a tan head. Aroma has a mix of dark fruit and malt. Taste starts quite sweet and then turns a bit tart with the cherries. The cherry taste is not very prominent which makes this beer a lot more enjoyable than other super sweet cherry flavored beers I have had.

Overall this was an enjoyable beer from Rogue but not something I would seek out again. 
Nice light cherry flavor
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 25
Brewers Website: Rogue Ales
Brewers Description: We made this beer with our own hops and barley. Malty aroma, dark mahogany-brown in color with a rich, malty sweetness that finishes dry on top of a lush cherry flavor.


I enjoy drinking beer but have never attempted to brew it myself. Several people I have met through the blog, FB and Twitter homebrew regularly and were nice enough to share some of their beer with me. This was an interesting mix of beer including an IPA, a Belgian White, a Gluten Free beer (100 Warriors), a Dubbel and an Amber Ale. I’m not going to review the individual beers but I can say they were all very good and I am excited to try more from these 3 or anyone else that would like to share some homebrew.


163. Allagash Dubbel

I shipped an Allagash Dubbel and Tripel out to Wisconsin as part of a beer trade this week and decided it was time to review them. I bought the 12 oz version but may go back and by the 750 ml bottle as I like Allagash’s bottles. The aroma is all fruit and the taste has plenty of malt flavors. Quite sweet and a slight alcohol warmth but overall well balanced and easy to drink. Overall not a bad choice but it is not as good as White or the Curieux I had while visiting the brewery last week.
Pros: Color, aroma
Alcohol Content:
 7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Allagash
Brewers Description: Allagash Dubbel boasts a deep red color and a complex malty taste. The finish is dry with subtle hints of chocolate and nuts. The yeast asserts itself by lending a classic Belgian fruitiness.

96. Smuttynose Winter Ale

Snuttynose is quickly becoming one of my favorite brewers. I have yet to have a bad beer from Smuttynose and some of them end up on my top list. I have not started my top Winter seasonals yet but this will certainly be on it. Nice dark color with tan head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet with some malt and hops in there. Taste is smooth with plenty of sweetness but very well balanced. This would be a great session beer and another solid offering from Smuttynose.
Pros: Color, smooth easy to drink
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Smuttynose
Brewers Description: Smuttynose Winter Ale is a full-bodied, amber beer brewed with a special Trappist ale yeast. Stylistically reminiscent of a Belgian Abbey Double, it features fruity aromas and flavor, balanced by soft Crystal hops. Warming, mellow & pleasantly complex, Smuttynose Winter Ale is your perfect cold weather companion. Available in sixpacks and on draft from late October through February.

87. Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale

I have heard good things about Blue Moon and so far I cannot understand why people like it. Maybe if you are a Coors or Miller Lite drinker Blue Moon give the appearance of drinking a quality slightly darker beer but you can avoid any complex flavors that a true craft beer would have. The look of this beer made me think I was getting something worthwhile but that was about it. Taste has a mild vanilla flavor that disappears almost immediately and the beer just feels week and watered down. As with the other varieties of Blue Moon I have reviewed I recommend you avoid this one.
Pros: Color
Cons: Lack of taste
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Blue Moon Brewing
Brewers Description: An abbey ale crafted with roasted malts, hint of Belgian sugar and touch of wheat. Rich caramel and toffee notes – pair with hearty stews and chocolate desserts.