Duvel Moortgat Maredsous 8 Brune 2011
More than four years of rest for this Belgian dubbel have created a reserved bouquet of funky dried fruit (prune, raisin, cherry), light brown sugar and wet leather, yet enough spicy notes remain to tickle the nose. On the palate, golden raisin complements sweet toffee while clove and nutmeg leave lingering spice on the tongue. Near-lifeless carbonation and fading alcohol tell us additional cellar time isn’t necessary.
Wäls Belô Petroleum
One whiff of its boozy nose indicates this 11%-ABV Brazil-made imperial stout brewed with cocoa powder is a proper candidate for aging. Minute traces of leather and smoke, which should develop nicely in the cellar, already pace the aroma along with plum and marshmallow. The rich interplay of milk chocolate, sugar-plum and vanilla—while enjoyable now—should mellow with time, trading sweetness for notes of leather wrapping around dark fruit tones.