And Staying Belgian

sebastiaan-dark.jpg Continuing on with the Belgian theme, Hercules insisted that I try 3 different beers from the Brewerij Sterkens. While I’ve yet to try beer #3, I was really surprised by this beer. Beer #1, the St. Sebastiaan Golden was delicious, but failed to live up to it’s status as a tripel. The St. Sebastiaan dark, a dubbel, was excellent and very enjoyable.

Appearance: Pours a rich, clear dark ruby brown that my photo fails to capture. A really gorgeous color. The head is a off-white/tan that foams richly, but dissipates quickly.
Aroma: Great aroma. This beer has a nice rich caramel and molasses malty scent. I smell some fruity scents as well. Raisins and a rich cola-type smell.
Taste: I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. Pleasantly complex. The malts are rich and caramely. The fruity scent that I was smelling tastes like rich, dark fruits (raisin, prune) and there’s a bit of spice and a deep earthy feel to this beer.
Mouthfeel: While this beer feels somewhere between oily and creamy in my mouth, it leaves it very clean and refreshed. Perhaps this is because of the lively carbonation going on in this beer.
Overally, I greatly enjoyed this beer and recommend it to any beer drinker. There’s a richness and complexity to it, yet it’s also smooth and refreshing and light. While I liked yesterday’s golden from St. Sebastiaan, I thoroughly enjoyed this Dubbel.

The Facts:
ABV: 6.9%