On tap at the Welcome Hotel as part of their Queensland State of Brews event.
Pours a fruity, curranty kind of amber colour. Head is white, foamy and dense, retaining a thin crown. Cloudy body; looks pretty nice.
Smells a bit too cold, mainly. Decent fruity character coming through subtly. Raspberry and rhubarb I'd think. Hint of vanilla, and some mild saisony funk at the back. Bit too obscure maybe because served too cold, but what's there is decent.
Taste is alright; definitely a decent raspberry character to it. Starts tart and gets a nice berry sweetness midway that continues to the back. Yeah some light tart and desserty notes throughout, some light caramel malt and very subtle saison notes on the back that come across as dryness more than flavour. Not very saisony but a good berry character well balanced with the other elements.
A little bit of tart pull on the feel, but a decent body to carry it off.
Drinks like a nice cleanser; lightly tart and mostly clean. Quite pleasant. Actually quite surprisingly good; I was skeptical but it's well put together.
57 / 100
Oaked dubbel infused with raisins, brewed for GABS 2017. Tried there on tap.
Pours an amber colour, very cloudy with cream-coloured head, bit sparsely webbed and retaining OK. Not bad but maybe a bit pale for the style.
Smells hugely of banana, and rum. Banana esters with some subtle hints of dark fruit and maybe a touch of vanilla as well. Not a lot of the oak itself (which I assume is rummy oak) but a big sweet boozey rum note.
Tastes boozey and sweet. Malty upfront with a slightly nutty edge, develops some nice dark fruit esters midway, then a good oaky finish that blends with that big warm rum character. It's got the right characters but the lingering note is just big hot booze, which is not ideal and not very well integrated with the other characters.
Full body but the alcohol heat is really quite sharp and somewhat unpleasant.
Does what it says, but a bit too boozey and strong. I'm not a big rum fan so I may not be the right target for this, but I kind of feel like a dubbel doesn't need to be 10% and I feel like a toned-down version could have been a real winner.