Dubbel Was Delicious in Amsterdam
Not long ago, I was afforded the opportunity to spend some quality family time in the Netherlands, specifically Amsterdam, The Hague and Delft. I found out many things on that trip, both about the region and myself.
One aspect of self-realization my mind keeps going back to is the fact that it didn’t take long for me to realize that low 50s and cloudy is pretty much my ideal weather condition. Maybe it was the fact that I knew I’d be coming back to heat, but I embraced the climate like a champ and let those North European winds beat down on me as much as I could before returning stateside.
I must say I wasn’t hearing good things about Dutch food before visiting, but I enjoyed pretty much everything I ate — even the pickled herring! I mean, seriously, bread, meat and cheese! What’s not to like about those staples?
I have long been saying “Take your favorite food, put it between two slices of bread, and you now have my favorite food.”
As far as beer is concerned, I honestly didn’t know what to expect, and I purposely did not perform a lot of research before going. I wanted to be aware of what to look for but careful not to prejudge. With that said, I knew I wasn’t going to Belgium or Germany, and I knew I didn’t want any Heineken.
So, below is a beer I have extracted from my travels to the Motherland. I had it on our first night there during a meal at which my mother-in-law and I wisely ordered pea soup. So good. So good.
I enjoyed this beer very much. What I enjoyed about it most was probably just being able to imbibe a Dubbel again.
For some time now, these thicker Belgian-style brews have situated themselves right at the top of my throat, and I’ve had to avoid them. So, of course, I tried one in a foreign country with no Tums in sight.
It was so smooth and not overly yeasty or foamy. It was the perfect beer to go with a heaping bowl of pea soup on a chilly evening. The yeast is there from the nose on, but a smooth mouthfeel, coupled with a hint of sweet, made this beer one I will seek out if I ever find myself in Amsterdam again.
As for you, wherever you find yourself this travel season, find something cool and funky to drink and let me know how it was. Do not, however, just drink what the locals drink, because it’s probably Heineken.
Ben Casella did have a Heineken while in the Netherlands. He just felt as though it was good form to have at least one — like the way people from New England have to try grits when they come down South … What’s that? They don’t? Well then, never mind. Carry on.