Sanctuary (Full Sail Brewing)
Purchased at Total Wine and More ($3.99/22 oz. bottle) and poured into goblet glasses.
Full Sail’s version of the Belgian dubbel pours a cloudy orange with a very slight off-white head and a nose of apples, candied yeast, caramel, and spices. It presents a warm mix of toffee and dark fruits on the palette, with a surprisingly tart and smoky character to the aftertaste. Sanctuary is less rich and bitterer than you would expect from a beer advertising itself as a dubbel, without much of the anticipated taste of candied yeast. However, the hickory-smoked malt flavor makes this beer uniquely pleasing on its own terms.