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Beer review: Cigar City Dubbel Dare

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Cigar City / AleSmith Dubbel Dare (Staff photo / Alan Shaw)

Cigar City / AleSmith Dubbel Dare (Staff photo / Alan Shaw)

Beer: Dubbel Dare

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing Co., Tampa

Notes: A collaboration between Cigar City and AleSmith Brewing Co. in San Diego. As someone who grew up with '80s television, I appreciate the pun reference to the Nickelodeon children's game show. A dubbel is a dark and rich Belgian-style ale.

Pours a medium amber/ruby in color with a short white head. Great aroma of dried fruit like raisins, figs, etc., with big notes of alcohol.

The fruit notes are equally big in the flavor. This is a complex brew, with earthy fruit flavors (the label says it was fermented with dates and figs) mixing with caramel flavors from the coconut palm sugar. Noticeable alcohol flavor and burn, too, even though this beer is "only" 8 percent alcohol. Finishes dry.

Overall this is an excellent beer. It's expensive, so consider it for a special occasion. I'm enjoying it as a nice alternative to the IPA kick I've been on.

Have you had Cigar City Dubbel Dare? What did you think? Use the comment field below to sound off.

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Alan Shaw

Alan Shaw has been a fan of craft beer for more than a decade. He is partial to hops and has been an editor at the Herald-Tribune since 1997. He can be reached at (941) 361-4914, by email or mail at 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. Follow him at @alancshaw on Twitter and on Facebook.
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