Zip Line Brewing Co. Cherry Dubbel – Dubbel at 7.7% ABV

Zip Line Brewing Co. Cherry Dubbel – Dubbel at 7.7% ABV (2019 Craft Beer Advent Calendar #16, 330 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 22-Nov-2019, reviewed 1-Dec-2019)

Appearance: slightly hazy ruby-tinged medium amber with one finger of fine ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and ring, lacing. (3/5) Aroma: cherry, dark fruit, sweet caramel, mild almond, light spices. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-lively carbonation, sticky mildly warming finish. (4/5)

[Edit: I mistakenly thought this was #1 – I blame the poor lighting in my dingy basement room. I’ll do the real #1 in place of #16.] Almost forgot the calendar started today, so this one slid in just under the wire! Mild cherry on the front end (and mild is good, because it avoids that dreaded medicinal / cough syrup character that can so easily manifest) with dark fruit and a hint of almond in the finish combine with a malty sweetness to be more than a little reminiscent of fruitcake. Which is all to the good, because I love me a nice boozy fruitcake, to the point that I’m forgiving the somewhat enthusiastic sweetness. Not sure that I’d want more than one, but I am enjoying the one. (14/20)

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2 thoughts on “Zip Line Brewing Co. Cherry Dubbel – Dubbel at 7.7% ABV”

    1. Well, shit – you’re absolutely right. I blame the poor lighting in my dingy basement room. It’s actually #16, and the “6” is partially lost in the background image. I’ll do the real #1 in place of #16, two weeks from now. Thanks for the catch!

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