Central City / Parallel 49 2014 Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown Calendar Day #24 – Rum & Raisin Belgian Dubbel

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown Calendar Day #24

  • My Rating: [D]

Dubbel Trubbel / Rum & Raisin Belgian Dubbel – Central City Brewing & Parallel 49 Collaboration, 6.5% ABV – 330ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

-Done with 2014 calendar 2 years late, the summary will be posted shortly.

  • Style: (flavoured; Rum, raisin) Abbey Dubbel
  • Taste: Flat basic sour barley candi malt tangy
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: gads no

Visual: Pours mahogany reddish brown with a quickly dissipating low head, suspended micro sediment, ringed retention, a few bubbles here and there.

Nose: hints of dark fruit/fig-date, not much there. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: almost flat, half-slick

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, barely tingly, (MAIN) candi barley malt, sour cherry, light pukey, raisin, sour-tangy

Finish: hints of rum, residual acidic-tangy malt finish.

Summary: The 24th and last beer of the 2014 countdown calendar; what a letdown. Desperately lacking in carbonated mouthfeel and neither rum nor raisin are prominently showcased.

Corsendonk (Turnhout, Belgium)

Corsendonk (Turnhout, Belgium)

1) Pater / Abbey Brown Ale / Dubbel, 7.5% ABV – 75cl

  • Style: Abbey Dubbel
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Semi-sweet bright cola -> malts/bread/root beer -> slight watery/mild bitter finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: $9 (after 10%), Jan 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark cola brown with a nice creamy foamy head, good retention and lacing, lots of active CO streams. Mainly malts on the nose. Drinks with a very creamy bright almost cola-like start, medium sweetness (5/10), transitions into malts, bread, hints of root beer, finishing mildly sweet and light clean bitter, but on the watery side. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, excellent drinkability. A beer that drinks like a COLA/ROOT BEER but without the sugary sweetness!

2) Agnus / Abbey Tripel, 7.5% ABV – 75cl

  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Med-high sweet/creaminess -> coriander/tangerine/cloves -> tart/hoppy/off-dry finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: $9 (after 10%), Jan 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours golden orangish/amber, nice large head, micro foamy CO2, lots of active CO2 streams. Bright orange/lemon citrus on the nose. Initial burst of med-high (8/10) sweetness mixed with creamy-fizzy mouthfeel, tastes of coriander, tangerine, cloves, transitions into a tart, hoppy, off-dry soft bitter finish. Med-high complexity, med-high depth, great transitions, good carry, great drinkability.