Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Single bottle poured into a tulip glass (I don't have a chalice) so I'm going to wonder if that tainted my review, along with the fact that I poured it slowly towards the end that I didn't get any sediment. Therefore did I really get all the flavors? So here goes:
Appearance - milk chocolate brown color with a hint of translucence (not opaque, but dark enough that very little light got through), huge head upon pouring that died down about 2/3 through drinking the beer with lots of lacing on the glass. The head is a light tan in color with large bubbles.
Smell - all I could get was some yeast and as it warmed up something sweet...caramel maybe?
Taste - a hint of fruit at the beginning, then bitter, then alcohol. I see some people describe this beer as "warming" and yes, I could feel that alcohol going in quick and indeed warming up my face. But the flavors were not really powerful - they're all just there but not really prevalent.
Mouthfeel - Smooth and lightly carbonated on the tongue. Watery in how fast it goes down but thick enough to coat the mouth and throat.
Drinkability - not sure. I hear so much about Trappist ales that people rave about but maybe I'm missing it due to the wrong glass. It was good, just not "WOW!" good. However, I will say it went really well with the Quiche Lorianne I had with dinner so I'll give a little bit higher on drinkability as a special occasion beer for special occasion meals.
Serving type: bottle
09-16-2009 22:40:17 | More by damndirtyape
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United Kingdom (England)
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown appearance. Good head and lacing.
Aroma is of raisins, plums, fruitcake and syrup.
The taste is sweet with a complex mix of cherry cola, black grapes and treacle. There is a slight medicinal flavour here... in a good way. There's also a hint of spice in the finish.
The mouthfeel is superb. Very carbonated and palate cleansing making it easy to drink this beer.
Overall this is a very tasty and enjoyable Belgian beer that is rich and complex with a moderately high alcohol content. Very good drinking to be had here.
My mark out of a hundred would be 90.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 23:08:30 | More by LagerCognoscenti
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,047 ratings.