Val Dieu Dubbel
Wow, I really can’t believe how long it’s been since our last post. Firstly, a big apology to all our readers, we’ve been busy touring Europe, although that’s no excuse to site down and write down our beer escapades. Just looking at the backlog of pictures makes me feel like I could withhold from drinking and still have many more beers to review a couple of months from now.
Firstly, let me set the scene for the Val Dieu Dubbel. It was the first day of the Belgian GP, we had just returned from Spa to Liege, and noticed a festival of sorts taking place in the park over the river. It was a gorgeous afternoon, still warm and the crowd was really taking advantage of this.
We wandered over and sat ourselves down at this little bar, which was actually the stand from Val Dieu. It almost seemed like a few of the local breweries were represented here, amongst a festival that was showcasing local activities. I think what made the beer even more enjoyable was the local musicians playing in the background. You know how sometimes it’s the atmosphere that lifts a beer from great to awesome, well this was one of those times.
The beer has a gorgeous reddish dark brown hue, with a pillowy white head. As it is obvious from the picture, the lacing clings to the glass as it subsides. Aromas of raisins, prune, dark fruits, caramel, toffee pepper and yeast spices are evident on the nose, and this made me really intrigued as to how it would taste.
The taste is a typical Belgian Brune. Complex and multilayered with hints of all the aromas on the nose. There was also the addition of biscuit, nuttiness and a little bit of bitterness on the finish. The beer is perfectly balanced between complexity and flavour. It’s not your massive Trappist beer, but it doesn’t lack for flavour.
It’s really hard to even notice any hint of alcohol, until you’ve stood up and it goes straight to your head. The mouthfeel is medium, and almost creamy, although nowhere near Guinness. A great representation of a dubbel.
Bought for €2.90 from some Belgian festival