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Beer #42 – February 11, 2010: Koeningshoeven Dubbel

February 11, 2010

Beer: Koeningshoeven Dubbel

Brewery: Brouwerij de Koeningshoeven, Tilburg, Holland

Style: Dubbel

Serving Type: 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle.  A very cool bottle with a raised crest, the word “Trappist” in Gothic raised lettering, and a Gothic arch shaped label.

Price: Unknown, part of a mixed gift pack.

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Goblet

Strength: 7.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Dark, moderately rich, but not heavy.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark rusty brown with a foamy cream-colored head.

Aroma: Raisins, spice, and a hint of yeast.

Mouthfeel: Initially a little thin, but a creamy, fuller mouthfeel builds from millions of almost microscopic bubbles.

Taste: This beer starts with a brown sugar and caramel sweetness, becoming creamier with flavors of bittersweet, earthy Dutch cocoa powder.  This builds into rich dark fruit flavors of black cherry and raisin, and a hint of orange too, with spicy notes of clove and nutmeg, all ending with a slightly tart (lemon rind), slightly yeasty, somewhat dry finish.  Not as rich as some other Dubbels, but also not as syrupy sweet, making this a very interesting, complex, yet very drinkable take on this classic Trappist style.

Pairing: Roasted meats with gravy and hearty stews.

Trivia: There are only seven breweries in the world allowed to put “Trappist” on their label.  Six of these monastic breweries are in Belgium, and one is in the Netherlands, and that one happens to be the brewery whose beer I am drinking tonight, Koningshoeven.  While the monks may no longer be the actual brewers of these Trappist ales, they supervise the brewing, and use the profits to support their good works both in the local community and around the world.

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