Forgetful is probably not the correct way to describe myself in the post for today, but I really had no memory of reviewing this beer previously. Once known as Hey Sugar Sugar I went to the trouble of coming up with a (new) name for this beer thinking it did not already have one. For a moment I thought about not posting this new review, but I am going to go ahead with it. As this is my beer journal it would not hurt at all to revisit some of my home brews using my newer grading system to see how they compare to when I first evaluated them.
Kicking off a round of home brew reviews . . .
Brewery: Blueprint Brewing (Winter Park, FL)
Name: Dubbel Play
Style: Belgian Dubbel
ABV: 6.12% (+/-)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a stemmed goblet/chalice.
Aroma: Full caramelly malt aroma with a bit of sweetness and some fruity notes that seem to be dried cherry-like. There is a nice underlying spice profile and is really a pretty nice overall aroma. – 8.5/12
Appearance: Deep amber in color with some coppery red tones. Two finger light tan color head with good retention and leaving nice lacing on the glass. Mostly clear with some haze, but still with tiny rising bubbles visible. – 3/3
Flavor: A rich caramelly, brown sugary malt base with a low bitterness somewhere in the middle. Quite a bit of fruity character (raisin, fig, etc.) with a good amount of spiciness underneath. Finishes nicely dry with some lingering fruitiness and a bit of sugary sweetness. – 13.5/20
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a high level of carbonation consisting of small/fine bubbles. Nice creaminess on the palate but does have a crispness as well. – 4/5
Overall Impressions: The fruitiness in combination with the bitterness seems almost citrusy. The flavor is much the same as the aroma, just more intense. The beer has changed a lot (for the better) over time and the fruity character has amplified quite a bit. Nice beer and a good recipe that needs another try. Much better when enjoyed a little closer to room temperature. The Wife and I pretty much agree on the final grade. – 7/10
Grade: B (36/50)