I have a really bad problem of holding on to beers for too long. I’ll pick something up because it’s limited edition or perhaps receive a beer as a gift and then it will languish in my “cellar” as I wait around to consume it. Sometimes this wait is on purposes, other times I’m just haven’t been in the right mood to drink that style of beer. With that being said this beer was one of the forgotten ones.
DUBBEL FISTED is a Belgian-style Dubbel with an 8.1% ABV.
When starting an uprising, two is always better than one. Or so I’ve been told. And after you try Dubbel Fisted, you’ll find out the reason for its namesake. While staring into a glass of the deep amber colored brew you’re holding in your drinking hand, you’ll realize that you probably want one in your open hand too. Rich chocolate, caramel, and plum notes are almost too tempting for words.
Dubbel Fisted pours a raisin-like maroonish brown. No real light penetration is present. Head is a pillowy three inches of cola-colored foam that leaves behind a grip of lacing.
Although I didn’t pick up on the caramel that they referenced in the description I did pick up the other notes. It starts big on dark fruits (plums, raisins, and dates) with just a hint of banana that most likely comes from the Belgian yeast. Chocolate-covered raisins, chocolate-covered bananas, and chocolate chip cookie notes were all picked up. There’s also a touch of alcohol and a champagne-like fizziness. The mixture of fruits and chocolate notes make this beer very enticing.
And here those flavors are again. The initial taste is of chocolate-covered raisins with a touch of plums behind it. Some Belgian notes pop up in the middle with hints of clove and bananas. Dark chocolate fills out the backend, with a little touch of booze appearing late in the game.
Mouthfeel is light-to-medium and somewhat creamy. Carbonation is faintly noticeable and leaves some bubbles behind. The booze that has been hiding out throughout the rest of the drinking process, so it should be no surprise that it’s here in the mouthfeel.
Dubbel Fisted is a pretty darn good version of a Belgian Dubbel. The chocolate and dark fruits marry together nicely, however the alcohol starts to assert itself as the beer warms up. It’s a little less balanced than a beer should be at only 8.1%, but maybe that’s my fault for letting this beer sit for as long as it did.
Overall: 7 out of 10
As a DUBBEL: 7.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Allagash DUBBEL, Bières de Chimay CHIMAY PREMIÈRE (RED), Lost Abbey LOST & FOUND