Donder & Bliksem

750 mL corked and caged bottle.
Slightly strange beast this. It’s been at Green’s for a little while now, but in the $15 range it makes me a little wary so I was happy to be a recipient of brickstoredave’s generosity for a sampling at the pub (these bottles did not sell well apparently and are on their way out of the rotation at the BS). Serious carbonation on opening with a real gusher going on for a few minutes. Mocha foam.
Dubbel pour (i.e. mid brown, cloudy and rather drab) with a small head and a little lace. This IS Dubbel “like”, but it lacks the Belgian candy and yeast element to yield a rather odd brew. It sort of sits on my palate somewhere between a Brown Ale, a Dubbel and a Bock. All very odd. It has some residual sweetness and sugar that inserts the Bock thing for me.
I liked it better than I like most Dubbels since it seemed sweeter and less BLAH. It is certainly not a classic Belgian Dubbel by any stretch, and it seems to have a sugary note that repeats itelf in the finish too.
I was OK, but at $15 a bottle I’m out. Typically De Molen it terms of its odd character.

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08/10/2008
Style:
Dubbel
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.2 %
Appearance: 3
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.48
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