Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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4.38/5 rDev +5%
Poured into a snifter, this beer has a dark earth brown color to it with some fermentation floating around with the carbonation, and its all topped off with a nice thick head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles surrounded by some really great lacing. The aroma is very complex, brown sugar, plums, figs and raisins all come up, apple and wine smells also come through. Slightly bitter overall, the flavors is just as complex, the hops are present as you swallow, mild grapefruit zest, dark fruits and some raisin are all mixed in. It has a medium-to-full body and is filled with carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer and I’ll be drinking this one more often.
01-01-2013 16:18:07 | More by vickersspitfire
4/5 rDev -4.1%
I had this beer many times before but just didn't review it before.
A - A beautiful dark brown beer with, if you hold it against the light, beautiful shades of red. The head is white/beige and invites you to take a sip.
S - An inviting and complex scent of figs, caramelized malt, brown sugar and dark fruit.
T - Nice complex pallet, nutty, brown sugar, cherries and figs.
M - I find the aftertaste of the beer rather salty. After the moderate carbonation, the beer is a bit sticky in the mouth, I just happen to like it.
O - A beautiful complex beer that can easily be enjoyed.
10-20-2011 18:50:36 | More by Mar02x
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle.
Appearance: Rich dark brown, but not as dark as other Belgian Quads. Good head and lacing.
Smell: Great richness for a Dubbel with some spice in the nose.
Taste: Unique, to say the least, starts sweet then ends with a really nice level of hoppy bitterness, really an amazing flavor profile again, unique among Trappistes ales and very, very, good.
Mouth feel: Good carbonation, extremely smooth and well balanced.
Drinkability: Could drink this one all night, in fact one of the best Dubbels I've had.
Pricey, in fact very pricey, but definitely worth a try.
05-15-2010 02:27:40 | More by BobZ
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
Nice tan head, leaves plenty of lacing. Deep mocha color brown. Raisins, figs, prunes, caramel, roasty malts, and faint spices. The flavor is of dried rich vinous fruits. Not as spicy as I like a dubbel to be, maybe a little too malt forward. I detect a touch of roasted barley or chocolate malt. Clean finish, dry finish. Not cloying which is nice for the style.
09-21-2010 02:12:55 | More by pmlondrigan
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours a very creamy head, with a nice toasted-brown colour. Colour is dark opaque brown. Aroma of dry fruits, raisins, chololate and spices, pepper maybe? I think a notice some coriander too. Mouth is of a somewhat harsh, but nice taste of caramel, spices, aniseed. Chocolate and port wine too.
10-11-2006 11:30:47 | More by janubio
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
330 mL Bottle, dated 06/12/07
Redidsh brown, clear, with a thick rocky head, and some sediment in the bottle, this beer smell emits aromas of fruit (plum), bread (yeast), and alcohol. No hop aromas. Malt and an alcoholic warming come through with the taste. The malt reminds me of that used in some European pilsners. The finish is dryish, and the mouth feel is thin and crisp, likely because of the fermentation of some sort of non-malt sugar.
The 7% alcohol and $6 per bottle will limit my consumption of this one, but it is very tasty
07-18-2006 23:59:31 | More by pweis909
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
A: poured with a nice, light tan head of 2 fingers that faded pretty quickly. The color is a dark brown like black tea.
S: The strongest aromas are malty and wheat bready. There is also a light spice of nutmeg and hints of plum or fig. The alcohol is noticeable.
T: Balance of peppery, sweet, and bready malts. Some raisin or dried dark fruit, and parsley are present. There is some slight bitterness at the end as the hops come in on the finish
M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation, and easy drinking
Overall, this is tasty dubbel that's not too heavy and quite drinkable.
01-15-2012 03:36:11 | More by KMcG
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
This pours a lovely and ruddy tannish amber. It is capped briefly by a cola type head. Not lacing is left around the rim of the chalice. This is well carbonated as expected and also flocculent with small amounts of decanted yeast.
The nose quickly reminds me of apple skins. Caramel. A sweet syrupy cider smell and some mild yeast character also come through. It seems to have a little black cherry thing transpiring as well. The aroma seems to get more complex each time I sniff. Real nice.
The flavours are dark sweet tones with an alcoholic spice thrown in. Bitter rind like qualities bring up the finish as the dark fruit and singed maltiness drift out. This comes off sort of musty and a might ashy at times, which lend a much welcomed character. Apple still feels relevant to me in the taste. The other aspects, such as a scorchy caramel presence, just make it less apparent in comparison to its bold presence in the nose. Again this thing reveals its complexity. Nothing is muddled. Nothing is wildly over expressed. Great dark textures here.
The mouthfeel comes off light due to the fantastic balance this brew exhibits. It looks quite thick, but it just sails everything by on a fluffy cloud. Very smooth.
The drinkability is superb. This thing is full of different components that all seem to share the spotlight. Nothing is overdone and the balance and mellow nature of this brew are worthy of praise.
02-18-2006 16:38:53 | More by SupaCelt
3.85/5 rDev -7.7%
pours a very deep copper, with a light tan head, that lasts for the duration it was in my glass.
the aroma is malt, some dark dried fruit like dates, yeast, malt, slight sweetness, hint of alochol..
the flavor is malt, some sweetness, dates, alochol, spice.
the mouth feel is not to thin, but not thick, it easy drinking and doesn't fill you up.
very good dubbel.
02-23-2005 04:24:08 | More by plaztikjezuz
4.55/5 rDev +9.1%
At Cafe l'Hooischys (I don't know how to say it, either) in Amsterdam.
Pours a mahogany brown, clear as a bell, with an off-white head that starts out thick but thins out and sticks to the side of the glass. Smells a bit complex. Caramel, toffee, not much alcohol evident. Sharp and clean, nice smell.
Taste is lighter than I expected. So smooth. Very smooth. The malt blends into the hops. Wait, is that hop bitterness? I think so!
Mouthfeel is medium, approachable with great carbonation. Drinkability? If there's any room in your belly, you will want to drink this!
07-12-2006 13:15:45 | More by DaveFL1976
4.13/5 rDev -1%
Now this shit is good. A nice dark reddish mahogany colour with a thick off-white head that sticks around.
Very complex aroma, caramel, dried fruit, raisins, grapes and a hint of alcohol.
A nice mouthwatering beer, very rich, caramely, fruity and a strong alcohol taste.
10-15-2008 19:01:24 | More by GodOfBeer
4.63/5 rDev +11%
Dark brown purple in color, kind of a chestnut, peachy-rose when the light hits it right. Average size beige head. Deep fruity, plum and date aroma, with some yeast and banana, as well as some medicinal phenols. The taste revealed sweeter, fruity flavors like ripe raspberries and blackberries, red grapes, pears, and bananas. This beer really had a feel like drinking wine. A semi-sparkling, dry, and tart mouthfeel, with alcohol that was hardly noticeable except for some belly warming. So easy to drink, an awesome dubbel.
08-16-2006 20:12:49 | More by dfried
3.55/5 rDev -14.9%
Grabbed a single 11.2 fl oz bottle from BevMo...
Dark brown mahogany. Incredible frothy head of white tan color. Nice lacing. This is a really good looking beer.
My first dubbel. Don't know what the hell it smells like. Nice scent, though.
Dark flavor. What does that mean? I don't know. Thick even. Actually turned out to be a great compliment to my fried eggs and whole wheat toast breakfast. Taste of grapes and alcohol. Wine. Brown wine. Sour. Bitter. Sting of alcohol at the end of every bite.
Feel is good. Drinkability is a little less for me. It it has to be bitter, it better be because of hops (in my opinion), and this one is bitter for some other reason.
Overall: decent stuff for sure but not my true calling.
08-16-2008 16:50:19 | More by PatronWizard
3.93/5 rDev -5.8%
Paid $5.49 for an 11.2oz bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into a chalice to review.
Nice looking on the pour leaving just over an inch of frothy off white head that sticks around like no other. There is some dark sediment that slowly pools in the center of the frothy head similar to if someone sprinkled a pinch of cinnamon on top of it. Quite carbonated visually but certainly not a gusher. Deep fig colored brown. Opaque, thick sheets of lacing glaze the rim of the chalice.
Complex aroma of a wide array of fruit, light Belgian spice and mild yeast tones. Fruit profile contains hints of raisin, fig, melon and apple. A very pleasant, yet almost indistinguishable nose due to its complexity. Quite nice.
The taste is a nice blend of dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, mild breadiness and Belgian spice.
World class mouthfeel. Thick and silky with a medium body. Velvety smoothness characteristic of only a handful of the best Belgians. Clean finish keeps me wanting to drink more.
08-25-2009 05:47:57 | More by ibbjamin
4.13/5 rDev -1%
Pours into my goblet a dark mahogany color with a creamy thick tan colored head. The head dies down to leave a slim layer of foamy head. Smell is of belgian candied sugar and some yeastynes... Taste is dark malt, dried fruit, a little cocoa, and doughy yeast. A slight alcohol warming presence makes this a very rich drink. One of my top belgian darks, great trappist ale.
08-19-2007 03:08:10 | More by genog
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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