Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This delicious brown ale is still considered the first Dubbel. Many beers were modelled after this recipe and many breweries started making darker Dubbels thanks to Westmalle. A staple and in it's own right, unique. Let's see what we have here...
Appearance - A beautiful deep brown. Thick and dark. A nice consistent head forms with pockets (or circles) forming along the top. Light and thicker areas. Extremely creamy in appearance. Not a lot of head, but retains it exceptionally well.
Smell - Lots of malts and brown sugar. Lighter notes of yeast, fig and bread are noticeable. Not much hop on the nose. Seemingly more sugary. Caramel and brown sugar really stand out here.
Taste - Dark, roasted malts, caramel, honey with traces of coffee. A very yeasty beer as well. The sour taste of yeast is subtle, but blends nicely with the sugars and dryer elements of this Dubbel. Dry hops are present, but not obvious. Very balanced and reasonably complex.
Mouthfeel - Lightly carbonated and quite syrupy. The sugars really dance on the tongue. A slight fizz on the palate is noticeable after swallowing. The use of carbonation is tasteful as well.
Overall - Westmalle never fails to deliver. Being such an incredible Belgian brewery for so many years makes it hard for anyone to complain about this brown ale. Wonderfully complex and consistent every time. A dark, stern Dubbel with a plethora of flavors to be enjoyed!
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2011 00:51:20 | More by Agent1
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