Helios Brewing Classic Series: Belgian Double Dübbel

Helios Brewing

Released September 25, 2020

Helios have kicked off their Classic Series with a can design that wouldn’t look out of place next to old Carlton Draught tinnies. But the stuff within is half a world away from an Aussie lager - a Belgian dubbel.

“I love brewing traditional,” says brewer Charlie Hodgson. “I love brewing history… It’s important for me to maintain the integrity of the past several decades and centuries of what’s gone before me.”

Charlie actually dubbed this beer a "double dübbel", since the excitable Belgian yeast ate up more of the sugars than he expected, which resulted in a higher ABV than originally planned. While the beer still has that burnt caramel, honey-looking hue that you expect from a dubbel, along with sweet candy and fruity esters on the nose, the experience on the tongue is a bit different - as Charlie puts it, “a little bit drier, palate’s a little bit cleaner, cuts in a little bit earlier, drags a little bit longer.”

Along with the warming booze heat, this makes it sit somewhere between a Belgian dubbel and a tumbler of dry gin. Pair with some creamy cheese and chocolate, and it’ll cut through them like it’s nobody’s business.

Mick Wust

NB: As part of our ten year anniversary series we looked at how classic styles had been lost in the race for new flavours. Don't we look daft now given a flurry of classic Belgians have since come our way...

Belgian Dubbel
Helios Brewing

15 Palomar Road
QLD 4105

(07) 3392 9739
Open Hours

Thursday: 4pm to 9pm
Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 9pm Sunday 12pm to 6pm And open for growler fills through the week


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