Here’s your cheat sheet for Darkest Night by Twisted Barrel Ale. How exciting! A collaboration brew between Twisted Barrel and some other outfit called… what was their name again? I’m sure I’ve heard of them somewhere before.
Beerbods Plus subscribers had a beer from Twisted Barrel fairly recently.
Twisted Barrel Ale, Darkest Night / Dubbel / 6% ABV / IBU not available
Featured in main subscriber box on 27 December 2018.
Serve this beer between 10°C and 13°C; stick it in the fridge for 30 to 40 minutes.
As ever, be wary of over-chilling your beer. More chill means less flavour. To learn more read my post on recommended serving temperatures.
Flavours to expect
This beer is a dubbel – which is a great style from Belgium – that’s been gussied up with the addition of some interesting looking bits and bobs: allspice, hibiscus and orange zest.
Let’s deal with the base beer first: dubbles are strongish dark beers with rich flavours and a deceptively light body. They often carry notes of dates and raisins, dark fruits like plums and berries, and a candy sweetness that comes from the use of Candi sugar in the brewing.
With Belgian yeast throwing its weight around these beers can become heady stuff – basically catnip for people like me. With this beer there should be a citrus fruity note, and perhaps a hint of spice and acidity. It sounds like a really interesting twist on the classic recipe and I can’t wait to try it out.
Your first place to look is obviously leftover Christmas pud or fruitcake. That should work a treat with all sorts of elements echoing between the beer and the food: dark sugars, dark fruits, spices… it should all be pretty damn harmonious. You could also hoover up a few more of those xmas chocs, or polish off any remnants left on the cheeseboard. Washed-rind abbey cheeses should work especially well.