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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday Tasting: Westbrook Vanilla Tree Dubbel

Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we sample a Belgian-style beer from a South Carolina brewery.

Westbrook Brewing is a relatively new craft brewery in Mount Pleasant, SC., just across the bridge from the historic city of Charleston. The brewery has quickly gained the attention of craft beer drinkers in the southeast.

Westbrook Vanilla Tree Dubbel is a Belgian-style dark ale brewed with a crystal malts and dark Belgian candi syrup. Whole vanilla beans and toasted oak chips are added to the beer during aging.

The beer pours a reddish brown with a firm tan head. The beer has a malty nose and the flavor has plenty of body, with hints of dark fruit, malt and solid vanilla notes. Not as heavy as some Belgian-style ales.

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