Whitetooth Brewing Company Directissima – Dubbel at 7.7% ABV | 21 IBU (C$9.95 at Collective, 650 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 9-Mar-2023, reviewed 20-Mar-2023)
Appearance: clear medium gold with one fat finger of loose beige head diminishing gradually to a thin cap & ring, moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: toasted bread, raisins, dark dried fruits, coffee & chocolate. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-lively carbonation, slightly sticky astringent mildly warming finish. (3/5)
A direttissima is the most direct way up a rock face, while a Directissima is… a fairly direct way to get to drunktown? Sure, let’s go with that. It’s not bad, and in particular presents a decent nose with malts reminiscent of toasted brown bread, coffee, and chocolate. The body seems a touch thin for the style, and that seems to be contributing to an astringency in the finish that makes it feel a little more bitter than the 19 IBU would suggest. Overall, it’s slightly edgy and lacking a little polish. (14/20)
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