Winter Warmer Belgian Dubbel - Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Tried at Brewster's Calgary Crowfoot location, now called "Howitzer Winter Ale" on their menu and at Beer Revolution. A reasonably nice-looking dubbel, a russet red shading towards brown with around an inch of beige head that disappeared quite quickly. Nose was full of caramel toffee and chocolate malt notes, along with orchard fruit esters, dark fruit, and some banana and clove that momentarily made me wonder if they'd given me a dunkelweizen by mistake. I also swear that I smell (and taste) some wheat malt spiciness. Once tasted I immediately realized that I got the right beer, thankfully. Nice Belgian-style malts that evoke raisins and plums, hard toffee that becomes sweeter and richer as one proceeds through the 16 oz. pint, a middle of the road cola-like brown spice, a hint of brown rye crust. Again, there must be some wheat in this. Moderately full body with a smooth, near-creamy mouthfeel, only a few carbonated pricks here and there. Surprisingly long finish includes robust caramel and boozy dark fruit ... The booze really starts to emerge over time, making me think of rum and raisin ice cream sans the cloying sweetness. I am tempted to give this a higher taste rating, as it compares fairly favorably to some of the Belgian greats.
Serving type: on-tap
02-09-2014 23:49:19 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.79/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
16oz industry pint at the Oliver location.
This beer appears a glassy dark copper amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some sea-link bridge lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.
It smells of sweet, bready caramel malt, earthy yeast, bruised apples and pears, a bit of plum and prune, and very subtle leafy, weedy hops. The taste is biscuity caramel malt, a touch of hard toffee, more slightly overripe drupe fruit, dry pithy yeast, besotted raisins, a hint of warming alcohol, and leafy, hay-like hops.
The carbonation is generally understated, and basically just supportive, the body a decent medium weight, and actually quite smooth beyond the the trifling biscuity notes. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the malt and fruit essences tempered yet by the cracker, hop, and booze trifecta.
An approachable, and yes, warming new world dubbel, with enough flavour to allow it to proudly mingle among a number of its Belgian import competitors in this particular locale. Could see having a couple of these, especially during happy hour here.
Serving type: on-tap
12-27-2013 23:54:05 | More by biboergosum
Winter Warmer Belgian Dubbel from Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.