Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.95/5 rDev -5.3%
Pouring into a chalice results in a black ale with red highlights, accompanied by a copious amount of long lasting head.
Smells dry. Scents include raisins, and maybe a bit of caramel or molasses.
Nice bit of sweetness, with hints of chocolate and caramel. A deeper, slight alcoholic flavor is present in the back, but I can't really place it. Very smooth, with little to no bitterness. Above average carbonation. Overall dry finish with little to no aftertaste.
Fairly easy to drink overall, but the dryness makes me want to sip it slowly and enjoy the flavors, rather than knocking back a few.
05-07-2010 00:47:13 | More by Seanstoppable
4.65/5 rDev +11.5%
Really nice, a Duppel in a class of its own. Clear to murky brown body with a light tan head, great retention and lacing. Smell and taste are a mix of dark fermented fruits, sugars, and München style malts, boiled in corn syrup with alcohol to thin it all out.
Very complex and heavy in the mouth but with a smooth, warm finish. Some remaining tartness and hops coat the palate. Hard to describe this one...just a master of the style and worth a try.
04-03-2011 04:40:41 | More by Sachsenfreude
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
Pours a dark rich brown with a HUGE frothy head that took long enough to subside that one could make a sandwich, clean up and have a smoke before it would be half way down. Smell is rich of Chocolate,Caramel, and Dried fruit. Taste is Rich and full with lite brown sugar notes with some lightly brandied fruit and a touch of breadiness. Drinks smoothly with just a hint of alcohol on the tongue. A definate post dessert. Would go great with a nice rich cigar sitting on the deck with old friends.. A tasty treat, not as good as the triple... but holds its own.
07-20-2004 04:34:12 | More by TinusTime
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Pours a murky light chestnut with a medium sized, quickly disappating tan head. Smells of malt and lots of fruit. Raisins, plums and bananas all macerated in rum and brown sugar. Of course there was that lightly tart Belgian yeast as well.
Tastes of sweet earthy malt. Fruit, spices, some nuts and a date like sweetness. Kinda a cross between a bready rum soaked fruitcake and a lightly sweet bananas foster. Finishes with a tartness that reminded me of green apples. Although there were a lot of flavors here, they all seemed a bit subdued. Not as intense as other Trappist ales. Good in it's subtlety.
Medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel and lots of carbonation.
Alcohol is hidden well and the not so much "in your face" flavors lead to outstanding drinkability.
04-26-2004 03:55:58 | More by rkhaze
4.65/5 rDev +11.5%
Dark auburn-brown color with decent head size and good retention.
Great, complex aroma of malt and hops, sweet, roasted, fruity, spicy.
Taste is also wonderful and complex. Starts out with roasted malt, then malty sweetness, hops and a sweet, clean finish.
Mouthfeel is a nice medium body with good, but not too strong carbonation.
A great beer with delicious malt, roasty, hoppy flavor and aroma that is very smooth and easy to drink despite the good strength.
05-09-2006 17:05:52 | More by AaronHomoya
4.7/5 rDev +12.7%
Pours a murky dark brown that almost looks greenish in the right light and when pouring. It has a gorgeous tan head that is super active. Excellent retention; beautiful lacing. Nearly perfect.
The smell is really kept together well and smells earthy and yeasty. Wine, cloves, hard water, hearty brown bread.
Wow. Really round earth-sweet flavor with lots of dark fruit and hearty bread flavors present. Extremely well-balanced and 'whole' flavor. Delicious.
Full-bodied and creamy with a nice tickle of carbonation. No lingering taste and a nice almost-booze-tinged finish.
Really fabulous beer.
Looks as good as a beer can. Really non-beer aromas in the nose and a delicious, complete taste make this beer one of the greats. I have been burned by dubbels in the past, but this one is one of the best beers I have ever had. I believe Westmalle was the first brewery to brew a Dubbel as such, but I may be mistaken. It would account for how spectacular this beer is.
WILL have again; worth searching for.
12-04-2013 00:12:40 | More by TheDoctor
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
Served in my Orval chalice.
Dark brownish copper with a small fizzy layer of tan bubbles. A layer of hazy yeast coated the bottom of the bottle, requiring a careful pour.
The smell was a surprisingly cider like. Banana and yeast as well.
Tasted of muled cider made from sour apples. A bit spicy. Yeasty with bitter hops in the finish. No hint of alcohol until you exhale.
Mouthfeel is chewy. Carbonation in this bottle faded quick. Not much bite.
Drinkability was good. Not as strong as a quadruple. Nor as sweet. A very drinkable beer.
01-25-2006 02:25:45 | More by Ieatlambfries
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
Served with a pint glass. Not especially excited about the server bringing me that... anyway.
Poured very dark with a tall, white head. The glass had something to do with that. I had to let it dissipate for a bit before smelling. It was ice cold, so letting it sit a few minutes was no biggy.
Smells of raisin and fruit. A touch of alcohol and a lot of malt.
Taste is on target. Thick and juicy... some fig and lots of sweet.
Molasses and sugary.
I'd buy this in a store, but probably not at a bar again as it set me back eight bucks. Worth it once!
08-29-2005 03:28:19 | More by Fugazme
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
A tan, and creamy looking, two-finger head. The color is a dark, cloudy brown.
The aroma has plenty of yeast esters, prunes, and a hint of sweet malt.
A very creamy mouthfeel. It's quite smooth and works very well with the dark fruit flavors that appear upfront. The middle introduces a rustic and yeasty bread flavor that becomes slightly crisp and dry right before the beer becomes somewhat spicy with a warm alcohol flavor and sensation.
A great Trappist beer.
04-13-2011 21:37:07 | More by SuperSpy
3.5/5 rDev -16.1%
Poured from a caged and corked 750 into a chalice.
A-First pour is an extremely attractive cherry cola color with a one finger tan head that settles rapidly into nothingness. Great color, but a rather flat looking beer.
S-Sweet licorice malts, caramel and a hint of sourness and alcohol
T-Unexpectedly sour, slightly fruity with licorice malts. Not nearly as tasty as I had hoped. Things get a little more interesting at the bottom of the bottle as the yeast pours in, but the increasingly noticeable metallic aftertaste is also present.
M-Fairly decent, a little lighter that I thought, and slightly light on the carbonation
D-This is fairly drinkable, but there are many other Belgians and Belgian copies that I would rather drink.
I'll try this again to see if I like it better, obviously many do, but this just didn't do it for me. Not that it was bad, I just expected much more.
05-01-2009 00:41:55 | More by caddybuyer
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
This is a beautiful beer with a rich red-brown color crowned with thin tan lace that leaves sticky swirls on the inside of the glass. It has a full nose of sweet malted barley, and of carmel. The taste is divine. Sweet carmel and molasses intertwine with notes of brown sugar, nutmeg, raisin, cherry, prune and sweet bread pudding. This is decadent and satisfying. The mouthfeel is nice because it is not as heavy as you'd expect for all these rich flavors. This makes it easily drinkable, and a wonderful example of a Belgain Dubbel.
07-27-2004 18:42:52 | More by 99bottles
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
Big deep dark amber pour, not much on top, head was prettty thin, but still appealing. Smell was a massive caramel, malty sweetness. On to the taste, and well, very malty sweetness as the nose, but a nice dry fizziness to finish it off. At first I was not that impressed, but that was based on the hype, but as I drank a few more sips, it warms up to you and the fizziness on the end cleans the pallate and your ready for more. A true classic, amesome to pair with cheese.
03-27-2011 05:47:26 | More by chickencoop
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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