Even before I could legally drink beer, my dad would always tell me, “If the beer has a monk on it, you know it’s good.”
I’ve always considered my dad a wise man, and when I finally hit the beer scene, his advice hit home.
Whether a monk, Belgian flag or the word “Trappist” printed on the bottle, you can usually count on Belgian-style or Belgian-imported beers to at least attempt to embrace Eurpean monastic brewing standards.
Brewery: Braselton Brewing Company
Alcohol by volume: 7 percent
Style: Belgian dubbel
Bottom line: A solid brew sure to satisfy Belgian beer lovers
Braselton Brewing Company’s Dooper Dubbel follows the classic dubbel style not too far off from what Trappist monks have brewed for centuries.
Chip Dale, the brewery’s owner, said he based the beer off of the Belgian dubbel, Chimay Première. This brew is made out of Chimay Brewery, which is one of 11 breweries in the world to produce Trappist beer.
“The Belgians to me are the ones who really invented beer and they’ve perfected the craft,” Dale said. “They did it in small local communities and monasteries primarily, and there are still six active monasteries in Belgium that brew.”
He not only gained inspiration from his love of Belgian brews to make the Dooper Dubbel, but from his heart for dogs.
Dale said the beer was named after one of his investor’s English setters named Dooper. The dog’s owner proudly supports Frankie and Andy’s Place, a rescue for senior dogs in Winder.
A portion of the proceeds from the Dooper Dubbel go toward helping Frankie and Andy’s Place carry out its services for eldery dogs.
“It’s unfortunate that some families when their dog gets older, they don’t want to take care of it and they just give them up,” Dale said. “We’re dog lovers and we’re sentimental to senior dogs as well, so this is a good organization for us to support.”
Dale was shooting for a brew resembling a Chimay Première, and he did just that. The medium-bodied beer gives off a slight fruity aroma, producing notes of brown sugar and caramel.
The beer starts off with a sweet, malty flavor, then eases into a dry, semi-bitter finish.
I’d consider this a solid medium beer — not too sweet, not too bitter, just right.
It goes down easily and becomes more delicious with every sip.
You can only purchase this beer only at Braselton Brewing at 9859 Davis St. in Braselton.