Another random bier tasting, this time done while helping my friend Brad do some home brewing.
His contribution was a bottle of Sound Brewery Dubble Entendre, brewed by Sound Brewery in Poulsbo, Washington. The brewer describes this Abbey Dubbel as having “Comforting aromas of chocolate malt and dark toffee, with a hint of banana and stone fruits. A dark abbey style ale with a subtle rich maltiness and a dry, spicy finish.”. ABV is 8%.
This bier pours a clear brown with a reasonable pale head. The aroma is banana, chocolate, raisins, damp wood. It has a medium body, malty with a slight tang in the aftertaste. Flavours are chocolate, toffee, dates, banana, cloves.
Despite being a little thinner on the palate than I was expecting, it was very enjoyable, one of the best “new world” dubbels I have encountered.
From my collection I brought along a bottle of Scaldis (Bush) Prestige. This is a Belgian Strong Ale brewed by Brasserie Dubuisson in Pipaix, Belgium, who say “Aging in oak barrels for 6 months gives this beer an uncommon smoothness and richness”. ABV is 13%.
This bier pours a cloudy orange/amber with a small pale head that dissipates quickly and noticeable carbonation. The aroma is peach, cider vinegar, rhubarb, caramel. It has a good body, slightly syrupy mouthfeel and is sweet on the palate with a slight tang in the aftertaste. The taste is caramel, dates, plum, apricot, orange marmalade.
Quite a delightful bier, definitely a good bier to share with a few friends of an evening.