Tröegs Scratch 114
Scratch Beer historians might be surprised to learn that we’ve never, in fact, released a bona fide Abbey Dubbel. While we’ve released countless Belgian-style Brown ales over the years under the Scratch series, this offering is the first true representation of the style that originated in the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle during the mid-19th Century. The robust body and ample mouthfeel of Scratch #114 gives way to a pronounced dried fruit flavor and muted bitterness, releasing a prominent blend of sweet caramel and raisin notes paired with a subtle yet tangy alcohol bite. The addition of Westmalle yeast (a Trappist yeast strain) provides the authenticity of a true Belgian-style Abbey ale.
These are dark, malty, yeasty strong ales in the Trappist tradition, but produced (mainly) by secular brewers. Dubbels range between 6.5-8% abv, and have a dark brown, cloudy colour, and a palate mixing malt, a lush fruitiness, and yeast. They are typically bottle-conditioned.