After Friday's tasty but undeniably pedestrian beer, this is more like it: a Belgian style strong ale, brewed in Norway, specifically for the Christmas season!
Partaken of by both Totty and myself during our now traditional December Second-World-War Aviation-Wargaming-and-Advent-Beer-Tasting event, Dubbel Advent pours a deep rich amber, and like most Belgian dubbels, carries a fruity sweetness to the nose along with the tangy yeast esters characteristic of the style.
The taste is far more malty than hoppy, as expected, and has all the breadiness I long for in dubbels (and bread, for that matter). There is a tart sweetness reminiscent of spiced apples that fits the season perfectly, undercut by a touch of bitterness more associated with coffee or baker's chocolate than hops.
And Øh bøy, at 8.0%, it is a legit winter warmer, something else greatly appreciated in a Canadian December!
I've never had a disappointing beer from Nøgne Ø, and this excellent strong ale maintains their excellent reputation. I doubt I will find this one on its own, but would definitely pick up Dubbel Advent if I came across it again; a great beer to share with a friend on a cold winter evening. Gød jul indeed!