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Herevana – Bootleg – Rum Burgundy Belgian Dubbel

Bootleg Rum Burgundy Belgian Dubbel. Bootleg produce some top shelf product, regularly and I’m a big fan of that. I’ve got this one to kick me off. I quite the Belgium beer, and a Dubbel, well, what a thing to see in New Zealand, they’re not commonly made here, but they are almost uncommonly good.

Bootleg Brewery Ltd make the Bootleg Rum Burgundy Belgian Dubbel in Matangi, Waikato, 🇳🇿 New Zealand – and it is unsurprisingly a Dubbel  with an ABV of 6.8%  and 10 IBU. This 500ml bottle is 2.7 Standard drinks in NZ.

From Batch #55 then – Bootleg Rum Burgundy Belgian Dubbel. I am quite excited.

The aroma takes moment to settle when you open it, and it does so to something a little sweet and a little boozy.

Untouched photo, mostly because I don’t know how to do that stuff 🙂

And then you get this mahogany red pour of a beer with a delicate and compelling head that sits there, and slowly begins to fade, but hangs on grimly. The aroma in the glass is one towards a yeasty thing. It’s quite nice.

That is glorious, rich smooth, sugary, yeasty, bubblegum like, did I mention smooth, full, with some heat from the alcohol, but not much and it’s honestly like a party going on in my mouth.

I know I’m a fan of the style, but I hope I can be objective when I say this is rather just rather very good.

Let me just mention that Rum though, If I could. But in general Rum and me we are not an acquaintance, so that leads me to think that initial heat and alcohol thing might have been the Rum, a lovely story and I’m going to stick with it. It made no difference if I could taste it as thing or not because, and I say it again, this is extraordinarily nice beer.

To quote the big man: Ron Burgundy: I’m in a glass case of emotion.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a 9 on the arbitrary number scale. This is some delicious beer, with such an easy going profile and demeanour, there’s nothing to catch you unawares and it delivers up sweetness, a little heat, a nice mouthfeel and it made me smile. If it could get a fuller mouthfeel, like a balloon sized one, this would be almost darn near perfect

Music: The Boise Cover Band – Unoriginal Artists.

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.

Sweet belgian candy beer to get people into drinking and enjoying something new. “they’ve done studies, you know. 60 percent of the time, it works every time.”

a beer as cheeky and satisfying as it’s namesake. this one has to be tried it’s unlike anything you’ve had lately.

Brewers Notes


The Belgian Dubbel, also known as Trappist Dubbel, is a deep reddish-copper, moderately strong, malty, complex ale with rich malty flavors, dark or dried fruit esters, and light alcohol blended together in a malty presentation that still finishes fairly dry. Should not be as malty as a bock and should not have crystal malt-type sweetness. Similar in strength and balance as a Belgian Blonde Ale, but with a richer malt and ester profile. Less strong and intense as a Belgian Dark Strong Ale.


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