Saturday, May 26, 2012

Home Brew Aaron's Abbey Ale



Home Brew 
Aaron's Abbey Ale

Brewed by:
Marty
Bear, Delaware, USA

Dubbel

5.8% ABV

27 IBU




Style Description:
The Belgian Dubbel is a rich malty beer with some spicy / phenolic and mild alcoholic characteristics. Not as much fruitiness as the Belgian Strong Dark Ale but some dark fruit aromas and flavors may be present. Mild hop bitterness with no lingering hop flavors. It may show traits of a steely caramel flavor from the use of crystal malt or dark candy sugar. Look for a medium to full body with an expressive carbonation.
Traditionally a Trappist Ale, many brew similar "Abbey Dubbels" to try and emulate the originals (Trappist Westvleteren 8, Westmalle Trappist Dubbel & Chimay Première).
Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 6.5-9.0% 
(BeerAdvocate.com)

Background:
Marty came to my last beer event at Holy Saviour and gave me one of his home brews. I can’t wait to see what it’s like. Just starting out in home brewing its good for me to see the possibilities by tasting the fruits of someone else’s labor.

Review:
The beer pours a hazy copper with orange hues and a fairly rich off white head.

The nose is very inviting with sweet caramel malt aromas and citrus notes.

Wow, what a great first sip; smooth with great flavors and spicy notes.

The experience starts out with a touch of caramel malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by an almost creamy mouthfeel as this wonderful ale rolls over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is very easy drinking with an almost effortless swallow. The finish is fantastic with wonderful pale and caramel malt flavors with fruity and citrus notes. There is also a very interesting earthy yeastiness and spice in the finish. The final aftertaste is a hint of those wonderful malt flavors with just touch of spice.

What I nice beer.

The malt flavors and spice notes are getting more predominate as the beer warms and opens up a little.

The citrus notes are also becoming more pronounced as it warms.

Now I’m starting to nurse this because I don’t want this experience to end. I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying this ale.

There is a unique earthiness and spiciness to this ale that I just love. I assume this is all from the Belgian yeast but I’ll have to check with Marty.

The head on this beer never quit, in fact that is the only thing left in the bottom of the glass.

A | Aaron’s Abbey Ale homebrewed by Marty is “Simple Elegance” in a glass with wonderfully rich malt flavors that lead into a silky smooth mouthfeel and finishing with subtle earthy and spicy complexities of the finest Belgian Ales with a modest alcohol level that leaves you refreshed and asking for more. 

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