Windowpane Series Fig & Raisin

Bottled 2013 – this bottle as a gift from my mate Stuart Arnold in NC. #3 in the Windowpane series, aged in NC Apple Brandy barrels.

I took a look at some of the online reviews for this to get a feel for what I might be expecting. I’m not a fan of the traditional Dubbels very much, so the style puts me off a bit, but the idea of a Belgian inspired beer with figs and raisin elements certainly has me interested.

Nose is more sugary than fruity with heaps of dark fruits, but they seem a little lighter than usual with a much less heavy feel than others in the style. The beer feels quite light all things considered, and is insanely drinkable. Definitely many liquor elements but the emphasis remains on fruit and vanilla rather than any especially dramatic oaking. Light apple notes and a little alcohol warming but it is incredibly subtle and easy drinking. Light warmth.

As the bottle is consumed it is a little less sweet but the fruit never subsides.

For the record I get zero, sour cherry notes that others have mentioned, and this bottle drinks beautifully.

Palate is very fruity.

The color of the pour is certainly Dubbel like, and as such I find it quite unattractive. There is a thin film of creamy head that hangs around and it adds to the smoothness of the mouthfeel.

Expensive if I’m honest, and at $18 a pop for the 750mL corked and caged bottle, this IS pushing it a bit, but this was a gift and a very nice one at that. Would I buy it again – I might, but it would be a special occasion beer at that price.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

04/26/2014
Style:
Dubbel
Format:
bottle
ABV: 9.0 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 4.0
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4.5
Overall: 4.0
Total:
Series Name: Windowpane
Year:

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *