From Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their newest core beer in the “Brune” a Belgian abbey dubbel. The beer pours a deep red brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of figs, mild bananas and brown sugar. The flavour is of figs, toffee, brown sugar, mild bitterness and a hint of bananas. Even with an alcohol content of 7.5% this beer does not have much of an alcohol note to it. I don’t know very many Brune that are made in Canada and this one is great. I am glad that this has become one of their standard beers!
Commercial Description: Combining the mission figs once grown by Franciscan monks on this continent with the yeast used by Trappist monks in Europe, Dageraad Brune is our take on a classic Belgian abbey dubbel. Dageraad Brune is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle.
From Red Collar Brewing out of Kamloops comes their “Dubbel” their take on a Belgian style Dubbel. The beer pours a deep ruby colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of roasty malts, dark fruits and some chocolate. The flavour is of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and some yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 23. I wouldn’t say that this is a typical Dubbel from my experience but I did quite enjoy it and it will drive me to try more beer from this brewery.
Commercial Description: Originating as a traditional Belgian Trappist style beer, rich in coffee, chocolate and toffeenotes. Red Collar Dubbel is brewed with Kamloops soft water, Belgian malt, German hops and a blend of Belgium Trappist yeasts. Unpasturized, unfiltered, naturally carbonated and vegan friendly.
From Kenora Ontario’s Lake of the Woods Brewing Company comes their “Belgian Dubbel”. This beer pours a deep copper colour with and off white head. The aroma consists of malts, dark fruits and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of malts, dark fruits, marshmallows, sweetness, candied sugar and an overall hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. This is just another tasty brew coming out of Kenora Ontario. If you are as stupidly lucky as me to be able to get this beer in the west you should also feel lucky.
Commercial Description: The style of beer originated at Belgian monasteries in the middle ages. The flavours give the impression of a complex grain bill but it is actually quite simple. Extra special roasted malt and a higher than normal fermentation temperature provide fruity and marshmallow flavors.
[From England’s Green’s Gluten Free Beers comes their “Endeavour Dubbel Dark Ale”. (Added by MCB)]
I was not sure what to expect when I opened this bottle, obviously something dark but beyond that I could not tell what this beer would be like.
The beer pours nicely with an almost Guinness-like black colour and a tan head that is very nice to look at. Green’s Dubbel has a huge nose, it just smell like a beer you should eat with a fork in the best tradition of stouts from the UK and Ireland with loads of chocolate and toffee notes.
Unfortunately the flavour does not live up to the nose. That’s not to say this is a bad beer, just that the thick aromas coming off of it have very little to do with what the beer tastes like. With a very thin mouthfeel reminiscent of a lager more than an ale it does have some very interesting notes of plum/prune with a bit of coffee on the finish. I think if I had not been drawn into expecting a chewy beer by the nose I would have enjoyed this more. The flavours are balanced and interesting with enough complexity to enjoy but are mild enough that I could drink 3 or 4 of these without feeling overwhelmed.
Not going to be a favourite but I would drink this again if it were placed in front of me.