Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
Strong carbonation and flavour. Residual spice, great lacing in chestnut brown. Sweet and spicy. Cocoa, berries that seem and smell like wine but only a small percentage.Had a bottle after three years and it was a good wine. Great yeast craftmanship.
09-19-2004 02:55:30 | More by Sammy
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Best before 5/18/12.
Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a 3 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a craggy cap. A nice pattern of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bready malt, dark fruits (especially grapes), and sweet candi sugar. Taste is of slight candi sugar and dark fruits (plum, prune, grape, raisin) up front with a bready malt aftertaste. There is a slight earthy bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fantastic dubbel and one of the best Trappist beers I have tried so far.
01-27-2012 02:35:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.68/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours a dark brown with a few reddish highlights. Off white head and good lacing. Smell is dark plums and raisins with a good amount of caramel and dark sugars. Taste is a bit less unrefined, with the yeast characteristics not coming through nearly as much. More of a bready-type flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly full and rich. Drinkability is okay; not nearly as impressive as their tripel.
09-24-2010 11:32:49 | More by Thorpe429
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
A: Poured dark cloudy brown into a goblet with an impressive beige head. The head died down a little, but a layer of bubbles remained covering the surface. It looks like there is a medium level of carbonation from the bubbles rising near the edge of the glass.
S: Malty sweetness stands out in the gentle aroma along with some hints of fruits and spices.
T: It has a strikingly complex taste. There's malty chocolate sweetness in the initial taste followed by hints of fruits and spices. Meanwhile, the finish is dry, although this becomes a little sweeter as the beer warms up.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate and carbonation lends some smoothness.
D: It's relatively easy to drink and the alcohol is completely masked. The beer becomes easier to drink as it warms up.
04-14-2010 01:18:11 | More by metter98
4.22/5 rDev +1.2%
Coppery dark orange that takes on a blood orange hue when backlit. Multiple, active streams of bubbles hurry upward to a fabulous looking head that's toasted khaki in color, has a majestic nature and resembles a desert rock formation that has been smoothed and shaped by millennia of unceasing wind that... sorry, where was I? I'm disappointed that there isn't more lace. A few vertical fingers of thin, sudsy foam is about it.
The nose is malt-dominant, but lacks other distinguishing characteristics. I can appreciate dark fruit (overripe, bruised apples and pears) and a little mild spiciness. It isn't very deep, complex or aromatic. While above average is an easy call, it's a disappointment for such a well-regarded beer.
We're back on track. Westmalle Trappist Dubbel seems a little light in the flavor and mouthfeel departments, but then I'm still trying to get my mouth and my brain around the style. The flavor profile favors dark caramel-toffee more than chocolate or cocoa. It's still fruity (now figs and raisins) and is spicy (cinnamon and nutmeg). While alcohol is noted, it's part of the beer's DNA and is essential to making the flavor as appealing as it is.
The finish is the best part of the entire mouthful. It's there that the various members of the flavor profile separate, come into stark relief and are better able to be appreciated. I love the fact that the beer is getting better and better as the ounces pass. I'm finding new and varied flavor combinations as it warms. Dubbel is so damned composed and so Old World complex that I've been won over in spite of myself.
The mouthfeel is a perfect match for the flavor. By that I mean that it feels light on first blush, but is actually substantive. At bottom, it's medium in heft with a wispy silkiness and active carbonation. Like the flavor, the mouthfeel has grown on me over the course of the bottle.
Westmalle Dubbel oozes quality. Patience and focus is required to plump the depths of its beer soul, but the effort will be rewarded. This is a more than worthy member of the canon of great Belgian dubbels.
08-19-2005 15:03:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance: Cloudy auburn color with a big tan head that displays good persistance but leaves far less lacing than expected
Smell: Dried dark fruit, caramel, leather and candi sugar; as it warms it takes on a dark cherry aroma
Taste: Lots of dried fruit - predominately maraschino cherries and dates and a bit of prune, with a distinct hoppy cinnamon and sour balsa wood complement by mid-palate; after the swallow the flavors blend but are slightly astringent on the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body; quite a bit of carbonation
Drinkability: Well-structured beer; complex and satisfying; would be better with a more complete finish
11-07-2004 01:56:43 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Bottle Poured a red/brown quite opaque brew with a huge head with standard retention. Great carbonation with strong body. Aroma is very spicy with no alcohol noticeable. Taste is great with the usual Belgian style mix of malts and hops with some added roastiness to that one. The spice mix is a bit stronger then expected but overall very enjoyable. Overall, this is a good beer but I was expecting something greater from this well known Trappist.
03-29-2004 17:55:26 | More by Phyl21ca
4.68/5 rDev +12.2%
Glad to have revisited this beer after not having it for quite a while. Typical of all great Trappist beers. A prune-like colored hue with a yeasty murkiness, rocky foamstand, and great lacing. Seriously rich aroma. Full of fruits, candy, spices, and berries. Tastes the same as aroma, even moreso. A terrific blend of ripe-to-bruised fruits of apples, pears, dates, figs, and banannas. Candies of beet sugars, sweet malty, and a bit of a chocolate flavor. Spices up with a vineous-berry flavor, yeast, aged hops, and alcohol. Full and rich in the texture that falls short of thick. Finishes sweet, a bit tacky, and a bit dry. Worthy of the Trappist name. It's a very good beer.
04-07-2006 13:03:39 | More by BEERchitect
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
The pour was perfect, what else can I say. Rich dark brown in color and nearly opaque. Nice reddish notes on the sides and bottom of the glass coming through quite nicely. Huge head of tan that reached a height of at least three inches before settling down over the top into a thin layer maybe a quarter of an inch and staying with us throughout the entire session. This was a perfect dubbel.
The aroma was nearly spot on as well. Rich notes of spice, dark fruit, plums, raisins, mostly in the front as a nice grainy and bread like aroma started to peak through as it really warmed up, along with a light hint of a spiced pear or apple. At the first sip I was in love. I am not normally a fan of the style as it is usually rather plain for me, sitting somewhere between the sessionable and the extreme, but a whole new life was brought forward for me here. Key word in this beer was smooth, it was simply breathtakingly smooth and subtle. Rich notes of raisins and plums, hints of light spice, pears, great yeast notes here. There was just such a smooth, subtle flavor here. I really am at a loss, as I rarely find a beer this drinkable. The long aftertaste was rich with a ripe fruit flavor that left an almost funky note that was only detectable after a few minutes after the sip. Just a wonderful expierence.
05-22-2011 02:46:33 | More by mikesgroove
4.38/5 rDev +5%
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a big tan colored head.
S: The nose is good, but not amazing. Some dark fruits in the form of raisins, plums, and figs with plenty of sweet malt notes: molasses, caramel, and toffee.
T: A lot more intensity to the flavor. A great malt character that's bready with excellent but balanced sweetness that provides some molasses, toffee, caramel. The fruits are over-ripe and sweet, mostly cherries, plums, and figs.
M: Medium in body with very ample carbonation, as you would expect for a Belgian ale.
D: Really a delicious and easy to drink beer. One of the better dubbels I've had in awhile.
07-10-2010 02:32:45 | More by womencantsail
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Single finger head with no real retention with some lacing. Cloudy maroon body. Nice sweet cherry and strawberry with yeast esters. More dark fruit in the flavor. Mostly raisin and cherry. Belgian yeast and mild spice. Medium body and high carbonation. I like how the aroma is more than a generic dark fruit aroma with individual flavors noted.
01-22-2012 20:39:07 | More by kylehay2004
3.88/5 rDev -7%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, brown body strewn with fine yeast particles and topped by a full, foamy, off-white head.
Smell: Quite fruity with strong notes of plums and dried bananas. Hint of chocolate. Spicy yeast character. Malts are less prominent.
Taste: Dry, slightly bready dark malts with a restrained sweetess. No more than a touch of chocolate. Light spice. More bananas and less plums in the flavor. Mild hop bitterness. Dry finish with a tangy fruitiness and lingering yeast note.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: A solid, though somewhat subtle Trappist ale.
02-15-2008 19:49:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.95/5 rDev -5.3%
This brew poured out as a nice chocolate brown color with a red highlight to it and a tan colored head. The lacing was light but stuck fairly well to the glass. The aroma is earthy, and slightly sweet. The taste of some earthy malts and dark sweet fruits take over in the mouth. The mouthfeel of this beer is really quite nice, it's very smooth, had a creamy body to it and goes down really easy. Overall this is probably one of my favorite Dubbel's, a style that I'm not overly crazy about but I find this one to be an exception.
09-29-2011 23:41:14 | More by Knapp85
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
Pours a darker shade of brown with a nice fluffy/sticky head you can tell this well made by the pour alone.Anyways I get a deep brown sugar aroma a red wine hint almost like a port wine.Taste of spiced cake and raisins,very rich tasting.A little harsh in the mouth though wasnt as smooth and creamy as expected.Aroma and flavor wise a real top notch brew but in drinkability and mouthfeel it lacks in my opinion.
04-20-2004 00:20:47 | More by oberon
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
A - Poured out a dark brown color with a tan, one-finger head. It left very nice lace.
S - It smelled of clove, spice, dried fruits and malt.
T - It was fairly spicy at first sip. It also had a good malt flavor with clove, yeast and dried fruit.
M - It was fairly soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.
D - A very good beer. The complex flavors are outstanding.
04-13-2007 01:47:59 | More by zeff80
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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