The 2 or 3 Dubbels I have had commercially, all had the raisinny deliciousness of some crystal or other 120ish malt.
Many recipes do NOT have anything over 30L or so.
Is Dubbel just a vague descriptor for a strong beer?
Why do recipes vary so much?
The Dark Malt in Dubbels is from Munich and "special B" not from C-120 which is a Carmel malt.
Dubbel = Double = generic term for roughly double the ABV of a typical Begian recipe.
Trippel = Triple = generic term for roughly triple the ABV of a typical Begian recipe.
You can even make Quads if you like the taste of gasoline.
Primary #1 - Oktoberfest
Primary #2 - Chamomile Honey Wheat
Primary #3 - EMPTY!
Secondary #1 - Downtown Flanders Brown (brewed August 2012)
Keg #1 - Coffee Vanilla Stout
Keg #2 - Fall of the Ukraine Baltic Porter (lagering in keg)
Keg #3 - EMPTY!
Bottled - NONE!
the raisiny taste comes from special B and most accurate recipes should use belgian malts not crystal. I've had quite a few quads that tasted nothing like gasoline.
Some recipes use lighter malts and dark candi. You can get that raisin flavor from that too
OOPS, lol, mine will have crystal 120.
Never been one to worry about authenticity too much. So special B and dark candy sugar have raisiny effects. Thanks!
Maybe I was wrong about the lovibond of special B, it must be 120ish to get that flavor.
Had a stout that tasted like rocket feul at first sip.
Turned out it just wasn't the smooth roasty stout I had envisioned, but rather the MOST strongly hopped stout (short of Double Arrogant Bastard) that I have ever tasted.
Just an unexpected flavor can taste like rocket fuel without fusels.
Nothing wrong with using C120 if you want. I think dark candi/candy syrup will best get you those dark fruit flavors. That is often used in dubbels for color, mouthfeel and flavor.