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Belgian Beer & Brewing Terms


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The dubbel (also double) is a Belgian beer style. It is a characteristically brown, bottle conditioned ale whose alcohol content varies between 6 and 8% abv. The name of the beer is indicative of its higher alcohol content in comparison with the Trappist monks’ usual lunchtime beer. The dubbel may have been served inside the abbey on religious holidays but was mainly produced to be sold outside to support the abbey. Other Trappist breweries have introduced similar beers, and many commercial breweries in Belgium have since taken to calling their strong dark ales “dubbels”.

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