750 mL in the usual corked and caged presentation.
Head is rocky and significant at first, but fades. Really beautiful garnet color, atypical of Dubbels in general.
Nice malty nose with plenty of fruit and alcohol. Caramel notes in nose and initial tastes.
The beer is VERY fruity upfront. Drier and more bitterness in the back-end that lends an almost herbal quality. Finish is really quite dry. Fruit and dry notes linger as well, quite complex.
Mouthfeel is smooth and the dry, tannin from plum skins seems to build (as does the alcohol). I get the burnt sugar that the commercial description gives, and I strongly suspect that this is what gives the bitterness that I am encountering. Immensely better looking that moist Dubbels, and more complex and fruity as well. I’d go as far as to describe this as dry, Belgian Strong rather than a Dubbel.
The simplest compliment is that this is a beer that I would buy again.