Central City / Parallel 49 Rum & Raisin Dubbel Trubbel

Reviewed by on December 30, 2014 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Central City Brewing

  • Origin: Surrey, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 24, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Dubbel

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Dubbel Trubbel is a collaboration between Vancouver breweries Central City and Parallel 49, to create a holiday beer that evokes a certain style of seasonal dessert, as indicated in the name.  On the label, we see two Euro-dolled up Central City Betties, for all our enjoyment.

This 341ml bottle pours a murky, dark bronzed amber hue, with one skinny finger of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly off-white head, which leaves zilch in terms of lace anywhere in the vicinity of the glass as it quickly wisps away.

It smells of sugary, indistinct dark fruit, somewhat innocuous rum notes, yeasty bruised banana, soft earthy seasonal spices (maybe some cinnamon, maybe some nutmeg), and a tame green musty character. The taste is bready caramel malt, soaked, and kind of thin-seeming raisins, edgy rum flavouring (no way I’m believing that this was barrel-aged), tart black fruit – plums and cherries, mostly – earthy yeast, ethereal Christmas cake spices, and a niggling metallic alcohol measure.  The carbonation is adequate for the job at hand with its timid frothiness, and nothing more, the body a so-so medium weight, with a minor clammy slickness, which worsens as it warms. It finishes on the sweet side all around, though the plump raisin essence overrides any sort of purported rum character.

An agreeable enough dubbel, the sort that renders the given duo of guest ingredients superfluous at best. Yeah, I’m getting a whole schwack more of rum notes from the various eggnog glasses around the table, and more raisin from my sisters’ ode to our mom’s butter tarts. Besides all that unfair competition, though, not a bad brew.

Brady White



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