The second beer my wife and I chose for this past week was Haw River Ales’ St. Benedict’s Breakfast Dubbel.
What can I say about this beer? That was a good question, as I was left speechless on the initial tasting, in a great way!
The body of this beer was a nice coffee color with a tiny bubbled tan head. Aromatically, there was a slight sweet fruitiness with an underlying spice, backed with a coffee note. When tasting, there was a light and sweet toffee on the front with a wonderfully smooth coffee note midway to finish. Unlike many dark beers that coat the tongue and lingers, this was velvet smooth, light and clean.
From my wife, who was a self-professed non-dark beer drinker, “Oh, wow! This is completely drinkable!”
Rating: 5 / 5 (originally 4.5/5, but as we went through the growler, it has become one of our favorite so far!)
Recipe ideas: Lava cake! Using this in a recipe that calls for Guiness will produce a lighter flavor with a bit of a spice note. I have got to find time to try this.