22 oz bottle, $5.99 Hiram Bottle Shop – thanks to Matt (aka SilentSabre) for putting a bottle of this aside for me.
Pours like a Dubbel with that typically unattractive thin looking, dirty, mid-orange/brown pour. I dislike the look of Dubbels in general, and although this is not necessarily billed as one, that’s what it looks like. Plenty of fine sediment particles present and some pretty decent carbonation. If anything, a little too much for the style for me. Not much head and not much lace. Appearance generally looks thin, and is a little disappointing to me.
Luckily it drinks better than the looks would suggest. Plenty of yeast notes with mild ester based fruit. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for my liking and the alcohol is very well hidden. Finish is dry, yeasty and has a small amount of bitterness that you would not necessarily expect. Maybe a little spice too, but not a great deal.
For me this definitely lacks the depth of a Belgian Strong Dark, and is MUCH more like a Belgian Strong Pale, despite the slightly darker color of the beer.
Glad I tried it, but I want a Belgian Dark that looks darker, has a more substantial mouthfeel and has much more depth in general. Although the ABV is up there, I prefer something that shows the alcohol more. A bit lightweight for the style for me.