Northern Union’s take on a Trappist Dubbel isn’t half bad.
It pours a deep purple brown with a little ring of lace for a head, and it smells of prunes and chocolate.
The malting is thick with treacle and honeycomb, toasted brown bread and a splash of beef stock, and there are some woody leaf litter hops, all crunchy and red and edged by a twist of lemon juice.
And then in the finish you find some rather nice spices popping and crackling into life, star anise and cinnamon being the main ones, and they add a rather pleasant extra depth to the rich and thick burned Demerara sugar finish.
Source: The Beer Hawk