Beer: Abbey Dubbel
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa
Sight: Slighty cloudy; dark honey-amber color. 1-inch creamy tan head.
Scent: Typical Belgian sweet-citrus scent. Slightly malty.
Flavor: Initially, a roasted maltiness, which leads to an almost seltzer-y taste (probably a result of the carbonation), ending with caramel notes.
Feel: Thin-to-medium mouthfeel. Moderate-to-high carbonation.
An Abbey-style Dubbel straight outta Belgium, Affligem’s offering is unfortunately on the bland side. It’s easy to drink, but in the same way that a Yuengling or a Sam Adams is easy to drink. And like a Yuengling or a Sam, it’s on the cheaper side, at least as far as actually-made-in-Belgium Belgians go (~$7). Of course, keep in mind that this is Belgium’s equivalent of a Yuengling–so although we’re giving it 2 1/2 Pint Glasses, it’s 2 1/2 for an actual Belgian; but compared with other beers in general, it’s not so bad, really.
Concluding remarks: A fine drink, but not too dynamic. If you can, just pay the two extra dollars and go for a Chimay.