Belgian Dubbel | 8% ABV | 12.6% IBU
Rich and complex malt flavors combine with low hop bitterness to make this a classic Belgian-style Dubbel. Extra points if you detect a hint of banana and clove flavors hidden in its seductive aroma. “Midwest-made, but as good as the genuine right-from-Belgium article.” -John Holl All About Beer. Caramelized bananas in the aroma along with a faint earthy note, cola and a low level of spiciness with a hint of clove. Toasty malt, with a flavor like singed wood. Good carbonation to help balance. Low residual sugar so that it has a pretty dry finish. Beautiful thing to have a beer be dry without being bitter! Very drinkable and a welcome departure from the bitter bombs of our current beer culture. Tempted to whip up a pork loin rubbed with Asian five spice blend just to try with this. Would probably go well with some desserts too: Bananas Foster, flan. Ray Daniels is the founder and director of the Cicerone Certification Program and the author, editor or publisher of more than two dozen books on beer and brewing. Follow him on Twitter @Cicerone_org.
Boom Island Brewing
Boom Island has one of the most interesting background stories out there- the founders met as French horn players who left the orchestra to pursue their next creative venture as brewers. The entire family got involved to construct the OG brewery and equipment, and their dedication comes through in the beer. Before opening, hubby and head brewer, Kevin, took an adventure across the pond to brew side by side with the Belgian pros and brought back the best kind of souvenir: yeast strains he uses to this day to make the beer we know and love.
Known For: True Belgian style beers and limited releases youâ€™ll want to get your hands on.