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The DB15 is the largest beer appreciation organization in New
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DB15 Cask Commissioners.

Why sign up for the club dues full payment plan?

Enjoy the many benefits available to club members on the
full-payment plan. A one time fee of only $50 covers all meetings,
plus discounts for DB15 special events.

This year members received benefits that totaled well
over the dues
amount.  Substantial discounts were provided for the TAP NY
beer fest trip, the Newark Bears baseball outing, the NJ Brewers
Festival, and the Victorian Dinner.  In addition members on the full
pay plan are exempt from the individual meeting beer fee.

Ask club treasurer Brian Lynch, or any Cask Commissioner
for the full details at the next meeting.
15 South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ
Next Meeting - 4 PM - April 13
The Gaslight
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Member Emeritus
Did you know that the Draught Board 15 has one and
only one Member Emeritus?  It's Augie Helms.
You can read about his amazing beer life in
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Beer My Way by Dan Hodge.


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Next Meeting
Sunday, April 13, at the Gaslight 4 PM
Duel of the Doubles

It's the ultimate duel: American Doubles vs. Belgium Dubbels!
Have American brewers matched or surpassed the famed brewers
of Belgium?  Our next meeting will decide as we taste and rate
six American Doubles and six Trappist/Abbey Dubbels!

Belgian beer has mystique, especially those made by monks.  
That of course is no surprise since the famed beer writer
Michael Jackson, has called Belgium the “Disneyland of beer”  
due to their wide range of  flavors and aromas.   One of the more
complex types is the dubble (double).  The origin of the dubbel is
credited to the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle in 1856.    As the
style became popular it was imitated by other breweries, both
Trappist and secular, in Belgian and worldwide,

BJCP style guidelines for Dubbels:  
: Complex, rich malty sweetness; malt may have hints of
chocolate, caramel and/or toast (but never roasted or burnt
aromas). Moderate fruity esters .  Spicy phenols and higher
alcohols are common.  Alcohol is soft and never hot.  

Appearance: Dark amber to copper in color, with an attractive
reddish depth of color. Generally clear. Large, dense, and long-
lasting creamy off-white head.

Flavor:  Rich, complex,  medium to full malty sweetness on the
palate yet finishes moderately dry. Complex malt, ester, alcohol
and phenol interplay (raisiny flavors, dried fruit flavors are
welcome). Balance is always toward the malt. Medium-low
bitterness that doesn't persist. No diacetyl.  Should not be as
malty as a bock nor have crystal malt-type sweetness. No spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-high carbonation. Low
alcohol warmth. Smooth, never hot or solventy.


Trappist - Abbey Beers

Among the monastic breweries, the Trappists are the most
famous. Today, ten Trappist breweries are active—6 in Belgium,
2 in the Netherlands, 1 in Austria, and 1 in the United States.
In the twentieth century, the growing popularity of Trappist
beers led some brewers with no connection to the order to label
their beers "Trappist".   Now, after many lawsuits only approved
breweries are able to carry the "Authentic Trappist Product"
logo. To be a Trappist brewery the following conditions must be
met:  1. The beer must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist
monastery, either by the monks themselves or under their
supervision.  2. The brewery must be of secondary importance
within the monastery and it should witness to the business
practices proper to a monastic way of life. 3.The brewery is not
intended to be a profit-making venture. The income covers the
living expenses of the monks and the maintenance of the
buildings and grounds. Whatever remains is donated to charity
for social work and to help persons in need.

Abby beers are similar in style or presentation to monastic beers.
They may be produced by a non-Trappist monastery;
produced by a commercial brewery under an arrangement with
an extant monastery; branded with the name of a defunct or
fictitious abbey by a commercial brewer; given a vaguely
monastic branding, without mentioning a specific monastery, by
a commercial brewer.  So unlike "Trappist" the designation
of a beer as "abbey" has no real meaning.

Dubbels At The Meeting
La Trappe
St. Bernardus
Starr Hill
Flying Fish
Next Meeting May 11

Topic  TBA