Thirsty Thursdays: Doubling Up With Mons Abbey Dubbel


In our Thirsty Thursdays series, Daniel Bordage takes us into the world of pairing food and drinks with music. Beer and music have always gone well together, as each offers us a sensory experience that can make a lasting impression. In particular, craft beers normally contain more flavour and richness than typical run-of-the-mill beverages. Daniel will provide us with some insight into his craft beer experiences while listening to a playlist, usually themed, and conducting a tasting and listening session. So join us in learning a bit more about some delicious craft brews and get to know some music you may have never had the chance to hear yet. 

By Daniel Bordage

Beer: Mons Abbey Dubbel
Style: Abbey Dubbel
ABV: 8%
Pairing: A Dubbel (AKA Double) and bands with only two members.
About the Beer: This beer is made in Amos, Quebec, and can be found easily across the Ottawa River. I bought mine at Marche Omni . It won the gold medal in the America’s Belgian Style category at the World Beer Awards (2013) and is rated a respectable 88 on Rate Beer and an 86 on Beer Advocate.

The Music:  Click here for the Youtube Playlist

The Inbreds – Any Sense of Time
The Inbreds was the first band I heard that only had two members. At the time, it blew my mind that you could get such a full sound out of just 2 people. To this day, it’s still one of my favorites and deserves to be the first song on this playlist. Sit back, sip slowly, and lose your sense of time.

Local H – Blur
After a few sips, the beer becomes way too smooth and easy drinking. I needed to balance it with Local H.

Blood Red Shoes – I Wish I Was Someone Better
Like Blood Red Shoes shout out in this rapid fire song “I made a mistake” by trying to slow down.  So good…

Death From Above 1979 – You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine
A 2 band member playlist wouldn’t be complete without DFA 1979. Their intensity pairs well with the aromas of raisins and grapes.

No Age – Fever Dreaming
All the notes are coming out at this point. Cherry, apple, cinnamon, toasted malts. Enjoy it with the few notes used by No Age’s 3 chord wonder.

Would my grandmother like this beer I asked myself after seeing SORRY OK YES’ hilarious video? Nope… but I do.

DZ Deathrays – Northern Lights
I feel Mons Abbey Dubbel might have gotten recognized in awards in other countries but I haven’t heard a lot about the accolades before now. Almost like DZ Deathrays, who are a very solid duo that should get more recognition.

PS I Love You – Friends Forever
Yes Mons… We are friends forever. And PS I love you… well…like… I like you… a lot.

The Kills – No Wow
No Wow? I would say YES, WOW! As the beer warms, the complex flavors couple well with the simplicity of this song to help us wind down.

WOODHANDS – I Can’t See Straight
Enough said…

Honorable mentions
The White Stripes-Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
Royal Blood – Come On Over [Live in Session]
Crystal Castles – Empathy
the bird and the bee – Again & Again

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