St. Bernardus Week: part 4 of 5. This is the slightly-less-strong of the two dubbels. I decided to break form and shoot this review outside because it was such great scenery. I found the first three beers to be just good, not great - would this one be any different?
3.6AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank from an 11.2oz bottle.
Appearance: Typical Belgium dubbel - brown with thick, foamy, white head (regenerates easily). No lacing though :(
Aroma: Very mild. Reminds me a very weak pumpkin beer with hints of spices and a touch of alcohol.
Taste: Much like the nose, starts out like a pumpkin beer with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander (no pumpkin, though). A fairly rich, bittersweet dark chocolate sweetness across the middle. Flavor "paters" out as I drink it. It becomes more mild, homogenized and dare I say, watery. Still, it’s tasty and satisfying.
Mouthfeel: Noticeably thin and tepid. I don’t like an intense mouthfeel, but this could use some more energy.
Drinkability: Due to the mild flavor and thin mouthfeel this is quite a chuggable brew. At only 6.7% ABV this is practically a "lite" beer for Belgium!
Overall: Very similar to the Prior 8, but without the dense body. I liked it, but I didn’t love it.