Corsendonk Summum Roodbruin is a dark mahogany brown coloured Belgian Dubbel with an amazingly tight beige head that doesn't budge, lasting and lacing until the final drop. The head is amazingly robust, leaving thick lacing on the glass.
There's a light aroma of malt, fruit, treacle and tangy hops along with a slightly metallic hint. There's nothing light about the flavour with a big hit of roasted malt, dark fruit, sour hops and treacle. As it's a Belgian dubbel with an ABV of 8.1% ABV it's no surprise that there's a slight hint of alcohol in the taste but there's nothing harsh or raw about it; it's more of a warming taste of alcohol as if the beer has been brewed in bourbon casks. As it develops, I could taste more caramel and even a hint of liquorice giving it a bitter/sweet finish.
Medium bodied with good carbonation, it has an abundance of prickly malty bubbles with a sour fruit centre that burst in your mouth. It's a real lip smacking beer with sweet caramel lingering on the lips and slightly sour dark fruit and malt on the tongue.
You can tell it's a strong ale as you're drinking it but without any raw alcohol taste it goes down far too easily. A very easy to drink Belgian ale, it's perhaps not the best dubbel I've ever had but at £6.99 for a pack of 4 from Lidl it's definitely good value. My four have now all magically disappeared but I'll be keeping an eye out for these hitting the shelves again and Ale Be Seeing You.
Brewed by Corsendonk Brewery, Belgium
My Untappd score: 4.25/5