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Belgisk Dubbel

    Style: Dubbel
    Brewery: Bryggverket
    Origin: Sweden
    Size: 33cl
    Alcohol: 7.8%
    Price: -kr

    Bryggverket have only brewed this beer once in 2021, and it was thought that it had all been sold, until the brewers found 5 crates hiding in the back of the fridge by chance. As it had extra time to mature, it seemed like the perfect beer to have in the tasting. The malt base consists of Lager, Munich, Chit, Cara amber, Special B and Chocolate along with Saaz, Hallertau Mittelfrüh and a sprinkle of Columbus hops. This has been fermented with Safale S-256 yeast, which is said to be the Westmalle strain. But did the extra few years of maturity help the beer? I would say so indeed

    This was dark amber in colour and clear, with a big fluffy white head that held for a long time. The aroma was a complex blend of metal, toffee, raisins and candy sugar. Upon tasting, the beer opened up with notes of brown sugar, plums, iron and syrup. There was a notable high carbonation, with a slightly sticky medium body enveloping the tongue. The dark sugar and plum notes continued into the aftertaste, with a hint of booze coming in the chest.

    This was a great beer to begin with, and I feel like it’s just got better with age. It has mellowed over the years, leading the alcohol edge to diminish slightly, while the sweetness level seems to have increased. This was great, and it’s a shame there wasn’t more hiding in the back of the fridge because I would have loved to have tried this more over the next few months.