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Beer Styles

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Belgian-Style Dubbel

Belgian-style dubbels range from brown to very dark in color. They have a malty sweetness and can have cocoa and caramel aromas and flavors. Hop bitterness is medium-low to medium. Yeast-generated fruity esters (especially banana) can be apparent. Often bottle-conditioned, a slight yeast haze and flavor may be evident. “Dubbel” meaning “double,” this beer is still not so big in intensity as to surpass the Belgian-style quadrupel that is often considered its sibling.

Category: Belgian Styles

Food Pairings

  • Apple-Smoked Sausage
  • Washed-Rind Cheeses
  • Milk Chocolate

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Tulip
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Brown to Very Dark

Clarity

Clear to Slight Haze

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Mild to Noticeable

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are not perceived to low. Hop bitterness is medium-low to medium

Malt

Chocolate, Caramel, Toast

Esters

Fruit (Banana)

Phenols

Spicy, Pepper, Rose-like, Perfumy

Fermentation By-Products

Slight yeast haze is often evident when bottle-conditioned

Sensations

Body

Mouth-Coating

Carbonation

Medium to High

Finish Length

Medium

Attenuation

Medium - High

Ingredients

Hops

Tettnang

Malt

Pilsner, CaraMunich, Special "B"

Water

Varies

Yeast

Ale

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