Corsendonk Pater Dubbel Ale
By Bill Lau | Potable Pastime
This beer had been hiding in the cellar since we bought it (if memory serves, my wife had selected it after having enjoyed an abbey-style dubbel on tap somewhere), but jumped to the front of the line recently when I was poking around to see what I wanted to drink next. (Very accommodating, wouldn’t you say?)
Now, I could delve into the history of the dubbel style, provide a primer on abbey ales and monastic brewing traditions, or wax poetic about Belgian beers in general, but quite frankly that has all been covered elsewhere (and I’m sure more eloquently than I would manage here at this time). So, I’ll forego all that, keep it short and sweet, and get on with the review! (You’re welcome.)
First, I note the bottle is dated 24/09/17; I’m guessing this was the bottling date.
Appears near-black until held up to the light, when it suddenly transforms to a deep, glowing garnet hue. Tightly knit head of beige foam sustains at a quarter inch thick. Lovely.
The complex aromas tell a tale of rich malts and time spent fermenting and aging. Notes of deep caramel, treacle, cocoa, roast coffee and baked raisins.
Cowabunga! This explodes on the palate with multiple levels of malt character, including dark caramel, toffee, nuts, and treacle, joined by baked fruits (plums, raisins) and some roasted coffee and cocoa notes. Has some decent body and heft to it, with very fine carbonation bead and smooth delivery. Has some sweetness, but not overly so, and there’s a decided bitter phase that washes through between the middle and finish. There’s a late tangy quality, especially as it warms.
So much going on here! Continually evolving, it’s like a carnival ride for the palate. There’s an overall mellowness to it is the best way I can sum up the lingering aftereffects, with a contented glow from the alcohol and the sensory experience.
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