Brouwerij Corsendonk Pater – Abbey Dubbel at 6.5% ABV

Brouwerij Corsendonk Pater Abbey Dubbel at 6.5% ABV (C$3.26 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 330 ml, best before 30-Nov-2019, acquired 11-Apr-2018, reviewed 20-Apr-2018)

Appearance: clear ruby brown with two fingers of loose beige head diminishing gradually to a thick skim and ring, spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: brown sugar, dried dark fruit, liquorice, mild spice. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry mildly bitter finish. (4/5)

Bit confused by this: I thought Patersbiers were supposed to be Enkel / Singel? Yet, the BJCP style guidelines give this as a reference for the Dubbel style. Yes, I know, picky picky, but on such seemingly irrelevant minutiae are passions defined! Labels aside, it definitely tends to the light side for a Dubbel, so the “Pater” label makes more sense – although the light body and carbonation belie the respectable ABV. (It might seem odd to call such a forbidding-looking beer “light”, but there you go: and if you’d had its big brother Christmas Ale, you’d definitely understand where I’m coming from. Which reminds me, I’ve got five more of those bad boys to drink yet!) (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze

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