I do like these guys, Petrus, they bring styles such as Flanders Oud Bruin and Red Ales within the grasp of the ordinary man (or beer fancying woman) with their almost macro pricing. And their beers are good too, not Rodenbach or Rochefort brilliant, but satisfying nonetheless, so I say: Petrus, keep up the good work. Thus far I’ve imbibed two of the Oud Bruins on offer so now it’s time to try their Dubbel, which is also Bruin (hazard a guess what Petrus’s favourite colour is).
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Cloudy mahogany (I have many mahogany-coloured leather bound books in my library) body with specks of light tan and a lace ring where presumably a head once was. 8/10.
S: Dark fruits (plum, raisin and date) hints of dark rum, brown sugar and bread notes abound. There’s nothing subtle about this aroma and more’s the better for it [wait, is that a real saying? “more’s the better for it” sounds frankly made up] Yeah it is… shuddup me. 7/10.
T: Taste is a bit of a let-down. It’s sweet but not overly so, and watery (but we’ll get to that, patience) with notes of: Date, brown sugar and bread yeast. Finish struggles to put up anything bitter to cut through the sweetness… oh yeah a hint Diacetyl too (butteriness chemical-ified). Overall this beer is lacking anything close to the complexity of a decent Belgian Dubbel and almost crosses into soft-drink territory with a Coke-like sweetness backed up by nothing. 6/10.
M: Mid to light, watery bodied with a tight but flat carbonation… wateriness is not a good attribute for a Dubbel! 5/10.
D: Well this is the least loveable Petrus beer I’ve had thus far, whereas the other brews were cheap but endearing this Dubbel is simply cheap but lacking-in-everything-that-makes-a-Dubbel-great. I will take a relatively similar priced but much tastier Grimbergen Dubbel over this any day of the week… except Tuesday, Tuesday is watery-cheap-lacking-complexity-beer day for me. 6/10.
Food match: Roast banquet meats and heavy gravy + a selection of roasted vegetables would work well with this brew despite the watery character.