Brewer: Tröegs Brewer: Tröegs
Craft: JO-VI-AL Craft: LaGrave
ABV: 7.0% ABV: 8.0%
And why not! I thought this might be fun to compare two beers from the same brewer in a style that’s the same but different. So let’s see what happens…
The JO-VI-AL is a Belgian-style dubbel ale. The dubbel style is normally a matly, (double the malt), fruity ale between 6% and 8%. This one hits the bulls-eye. It’s malty. It’s got some fruity notes, however subtle they may be. It’s got a smooth, caramel sweetness. It’s what I would call frothy – a full, thick-bodied mouth-feel. Now, on the bottle they claim there are more specific fruit notes than I picked up on. They are all earthy fruit notes and they all complement each other. It borders on being a savory beer. Sounds strange, I know. So, I’ll leave that up to you to decide if you can pick up on those.
The LaGrave is a Belgian-style triple golden ale. The triple style is triple the malt, which makes it stronger, typically 8% to 10%. This one has solid notes of banana and clove, and has a wheaty character to it. It is definitely malty; but as a golden ale because of the yeast, it is also, somehow, clean and refreshing.
Two Belgian-style ales. This is an interesting ring. A dubbel. A triple. Malty. Maltier. Fruity. Fruity. So here’s the tally. If I had to pick just one to drink right now to warm me up during these cold winter months? It would be the JO-VI-AL. Don’t get me wrong. The LaGrave is a solid ale with character and substance. But I’d take the malty, caramely, earthy, fruity, smooth dubbel – it comforts me, it warms me from the inside.
It is what I want to drink when winter’s chill tries to maintain its grasp. I feel optimistic and infinite merriment. I feel – Jovial.