Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Belgian Tap: Brahmin Dubbel Knowledge

So we haven't had a beer on the Belgian tap for over a week, as I was waiting for the next beer to be ready.  Brahmin Dubbel Knowledge is a Abbey-Style or Trappist-Style Belgian beer.  The BJCP describes the beer as “A deep reddish, moderately strong, malty, complex Belgian ale”  They can be from copper colored up to dark amber and are usually between 6.0% to 7.6% ABV.

Our version comes in at 7.8% and 14IBUs and is served in 10oz Belgian glassware.  I made 25lbs of medium-amber Belgian candi syrup from plain cane sugar and added this during the boil.  When I was making the syrup it smelled like baked cherries (as in cherry pie), delicious!  When the beer fermented, most of this flavor went away, but the color and dark notes stayed.  This beer has a pleasantly strong banana ester and surprisingly a lot of body/mouthfeel despite it’s fairly low attenuation (aka, dryness due to the yeast fermenting most of the sugars into alcohol, thus lowering the viscosity of the finished beer).

Commercial examples of the dubbel include: Chimay Premiere (Red), Westmalle Dubbel, St. Bernardus Pater 6, La Trappe Dubbel, Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale, Grimbergen Double, Affligem Dubbel.

The name comes from the scholar class in the traditional Hindu societies of India and Nepal.  The Brahmin or Brahmana are dedicated to attaining the highest spiritual knowledge.  I figured after one of these beers you would be feel as if you were attaining a higher level of spiritual knowledge!

Released at 4PM on Wed. March 27th, 2013.   Dubbel the fun, dubbel the knowledge.

Prost!

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