I’ve been chatting a lot today to folks about Belgium in advance of my upcoming trip and it got me thinking. It got me thinking I was thirsty and reminded me that I had a bottle of Marble Breweries version of a Belgian Dubbel. Bonus!
I’ve had this little gem hanging around for about twelve months, how I don’t know, tonight it’s having it.
The caged cork top popped with such ferocity I really expected to be licking most of the contents off various kitchen surfaces, instead it just gently smoked with carbonation.
The aromas are awesome, think prunes, dates and dried fruits doused in lashings of aged ruby port. The taste follows the same lines with added milk chocolate and hints of syrupy cola. It has bags of carbonation in the mouthfeel but rather than being overly gassy, the fizz dissipates across the palate caressing the tongue with soft jacuzzi flavour bubbles.
I’m not totally sure if this is even still available to buy or is a running regular line for Marble, but I’d recommend you try some if you get a chance.
I paired this with thin slices of stone baked French bread and mature Godminster Cheddar. The cheese has a smooth texture and a sweet nutty flavour that just rocked with the sweet notes of the Dubbel, cheese and beer, a perfect way to spend an evening.