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Pike Tandem

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Tandem is a Belgian style Dubbel with Pale, Crystal, Munich, wheat and roasted malts and Northern Brewer and Mount Hood hops. In addition, this American version is brewed with coriander and has organic candy sugar.

Stats:
Dubbel. 7.0% ABV. 25 IBUs. Seattle, Washington.

Dark brown color with ruby hues. Nice little head, also leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is all about the malts. You get that very Belgian profile that has a malty sweetness. Brown sugar, caramel, and an almost sour smell. There is some nice fruit in here too. I picture a baked apple in my head when smelling this. And some nice lemon and orange aromas come through as well. And of course, there is a little bit of yeastyness.

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, actually very drinkable.

Yeast and malt up front. Smells sweeter on the nose than it is. Some caramel and brown sugar flavors, but also has quite a bit of hop presence in the palate, giving it a slightly piney taste. I do get some fruit: apples, oranges, and lemon. It ends with a bit of bitterness, it’s not much, but more than I would expect, making this an interesting interpretation.

Interesting beer, and pretty solid. 86 points.

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