DANCIN’ MONKS is our fourth BREWERY OF THE MONTH BrewView for Adelbert’s Brewery. In our opinion, we believe it is a departure from the usual look, taste and feel of Belgian-Style Dubbels. Not surprising- the ales that Adelbert’s brews all have their own unique spin on classic Belgian styles.
BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION FROM ADELBERT’S BREWERY
Style category: Belgian-Style Abbey Dubbel
THE ALE: This clean, malty ale has a robust flavor with fruity, plum aromas. The carbonation balances the moderate sweetness from the malt, resulting in a dry and smooth finish. It pairs great with savory foods like barbecue, rich stews, grilled meats, and dark chocolate cake.
THE STORY: The Colombian Monks could really cut loose during the annual retreat hosted by Del at his home near Naivasha Lake in Kenya. Smiling ear to ear and with ale in hand, they would dance the night away! You might find you are doing your own little happy dance after a glass of Dancin’ Monks. Drink, dance, repeat.
OUR BREWVIEW OF ADELBERT’S DANCIN’ MONKS
APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
7.2% ABV. Poured into the Adelbert’s Brewery snifter-shaped glass, and served at 55°F. Pours a medium-dark copper color. It is bottle conditioned, and of course we poured the yeast sediment into the glass… The head easily poured a 2-finger height (we ensured this was a “Beer Clean” glass). The head color is white, thick, tight bubbles, and dense. As the head collapses, it leaves behind even sheeted Brussels lacing in the glass. The rim is a deep golden color, and the meniscus is slow rising. You can see gentle champagne type bubbling from the bottom of the glass when it is poured.
AROMA / BOUQUET:
Deep caramel, dark fruits (plums, figs), toffee, toasted grains in the background.
There is a bittersweet malty sweetness to this beer mixed with spicy phenolics. More of the dark fruit character (figs) comes through. Very unique, there is a very “artisanal” and sophisticated taste to it. The yeast profile is unlike any other Dubbel we’ve ever had in the past. Again, this is Adelbert’s break-away from the typical chocolate-raisin flavors of Belgian Dubbels.
MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
There is a prickly (almost hot) carbonation level that is immediate on the palate. This is a nice departure from the usual Belgian Dubbels. The effervescence strongly hits the tip of the tongue, but then fills the entire mouth. Medium bodied, but high carbonation makes it unique.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
French Morbier, Epoisses, Havarti.
Hearty Stews, Barbecue, Thick Steaks.
Butter Truffles, Chocolate Bread Pudding, Milk Chocolate.
ADELBERT’S DANCIN’ MONKS is again another beer brewed at World Class level (we find ourselves saying this at all the brewviews for these guys!) This is a Belgian-style Dubbel unlike any other we’ve had in our 31 years of enjoying Belgian beer. As most Dubbels tend to be on the darker, sweeter side, this is a Dubbel that stands out. This is a great beer to cook with!
One of our favorite Belgian styles, we obtained this via special collaboration with the brewery itself. For our local area, you can this up at Liquor Barn in Redding, California Dancin’ Monks is a highly complex, sophisticated beer, and is extremely well made. Again, another winner from August 2014’s BREWERY OF THE MONTH! Dancin’ Monks would be great to lay down and cellar up to 5 years. In that time, the flavors would become more complex, along with the carbonation level. Have fun and introduce this to your friends who are Belgian Dubbel devotees! Our advice- seek this one out without a doubt; it will be a classic in the Belgian-Style beer realm in the future.