Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
A - an opaque brown, which lets in little to no light, giving the appearance of being very thick. The head i a nice light beige colour, that retains nicely on the walls of my chalice.
S - smells of boozy fruit, like a fruitcake, and some hint of the malts.
T - the top notes are the fruity elements and malt, which eventually give way to the alcohol.
M - it is a large form carbonation, which is why the head dissipates quickly, which renders a thicker feeling of fluidity; this, however, does not compromise the taste or drink-ability.
(a re-review, considering I finally got the chalice! I'm not expecting my review to change that much)
33ml bottle poured into my westmalle chalice, which I have been looking for.
A - the bottle pours perfectly to the mark in the glass with head making a perfect mark, right where it should be and the liquid being at the indicated ,33l mark. the colour is a dark brown, opaque, with some ruby hues coming in from the bottom. the head is thick and fluffy and a light tan/ off white color.
S - dark fruity esters make an immediate presence, that is to say fruits like raisin, fig, plumb, and most anything that becomes really sweet when you dry it. behind the esters are the hints of alcohol, these combine to make the classic scent of a good dubbel.
T - the taste is a sweet malt & alcohol to put it in simple terms. the alcohol is far from overbearing, and blends quite nicely with the sweets. the sweets can be described as being a subtle malty sweetness that is far reaching over the palate, nothing that stick out really noticeably. but what is most noticeable for sweetness is the finish, which has a hint of counterfeit sweetness, what I mean is something like maraschino cherries; not actual sugar taste, but sweet nonetheless. the after taste is like that of banannas (a slight sweet) and apples, perhaps macintosh or red delicious; I would really emphasize the apples, particularly the red delicious. this is a great tasting beer, and I think having it out of the proper glass is only adding the the aura of good-beer-ness
MF&D - I could drink this all night long, if I wouldnt become atrociously huge, that is. the feel is perfect in my world: there is ample carbonation, while the viscosity is thick enought to make the carbonation just right. however, in my opninion for the dubbel, the mf and the d can rarely be paired up exactly, for they conflict. the dubbel requires a thick bubbly beer, which makes it harder to have in larger quantities (which is how I guage drinkability: : "could I have this all night long?"). either way this is a great beer that would take a lifetime to get bored with.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2008 23:24:01 | More by erz316
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