Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa
Sight: Opaque, deep red-tinged amber. 1/4-inch off-white head that dissolves quickly.
Scent: Really, it had no discernible scent. Perhaps a very faint malt, but we’re grasping for anything here.
Flavor: Like a generic amber ale, with notes of wet wood chips, tart citrus (like grapefruit, or the zest of an orange), and some caramel.
Feel: On the thin side. Low carbonation.
Concluding remarks: Oregon’s Full Sail introduced their Sanctuary Abbey-style Dubbel as part of the Brewmaster Reserve line, their rotating selection of creative brews meant to showcase the brewer’s art. But, alas, this is a hackneyed imitation of the Real Thing. It wasn’t bad, per se, but we’ll fork over the extra dollar for authenticity.
(Granted, this was the third Belgian tried in a row on a very happy beer-filled night, so perhaps our tastebuds were a tad bit overloaded by then. However, alcohol is supposed to taste better as the night goes on, yes? That’s why everyone at that wedding was so shocked when Jesus served the good wine last? Because everyone was already drunk and didn’t care? Ally’s Catholic school education proves that this Full Sail Dubbel shouldn’t have tasted as dull as it did.)