Doctor Duvel

I'm like a sommelier, but for beer.

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Location: Upstate New York, United States

Favorite Beers: Orval, Samuel Smith, Duvel, Hennepin, Oude Gueze, Chimay, Dogfish Head, Anchor Steam, and anything made by Trappist monks.

Monday, September 29, 2008

perfunctory update

Clipped from an email to a friend:

I brewed a black saison sometime this summer. Essentially only one odd-ball brewery in Belgium does this "style." I did a traditional saison with a shot of Dingemann's debittered black and a smaller shot of Carafa II. A little dark crystal too. Caramunich?? Special B? I'm too lazy to go downstairs for the book...

The nose has all the crazy esters and higher alcohols of a saison, and some nice spicy noble-type hops. The black malts make a wonderful, subtle contribution. It's kind of like sniffing good fruity brandy with a high-cacao chocolate bar melting in the next room. More black malt meets brandy and candied fruit on the palate. But it's bone fucking dry. I know the final gravity--something like 1.004 or 1.005--but it feels chewy, full, rounded. I love it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think u kept mispelling sassion. but whatever. some people don't care about spelling and stuff, maybe that's u.

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, that is a funny comment.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Beer said...

Hi, this is dondon of a social network for beer lovers to chat and share knowledge about their favorite Beers.

Would you mind if we do link exchange?

Please shoot me an email if you are interested.

Thanks and hope to hear from you.

11:42 AM  

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