Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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4.13/5 rDev -1%
Appearance: Faintly transparent chestnut with an enduring cap of foam.
Smell: Dark chocolate and spices, a bit of citrus, very bready.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Light citric/fruity sweetness, roasty and slightly nutty. Very dry and hoppy in the finish, a bit herbal. Medium-bodied, perhaps on the lighter side of the scale, but with a slight creaminess.
Drinkability: Very drinkable for the style. One of the best dubbels out there.
06-21-2007 01:12:46 | More by largadeer
3.95/5 rDev -5.3%
This beer pours a hazy, rather dark ruby amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, bubbly, silken foamy beige head, one which leaves a broad array of fuzzy patchy lace around the glass as it lolls about, eventually receding at a pretty tame pace.
It smells of semi-sour candy sugar, over (or under?)-whelmed caramel malt, subtly spicy cloves, and a light red wine grape fruitiness. The taste is tangy, dark bready malt, pithy green apple, lesser dark bittersweet fruits, somewhat edgy yeast, and simmering woody alcohol.
The carbonation is a bit on the high side, with a tendency toward the frothy, which detracts from the already kind of weakly weighted body, and any equally expected smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malt still in for the long haul, with some inherent herbs and soft booziness lingering.
Pretty spot-on, I suppose, but not nearly as heady as one might have been expecting, the beefed up malt just a little too lacking, and weirdly so. An otherwise agreeable tipple, even more so when we New Worlders bring our lofty expectations back down to earth.
07-17-2009 23:06:11 | More by biboergosum
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short but dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, spices, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is malty and complex with flavors of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, spices and Belgian yeast. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a beer that will hold your interest and your taste buds for a long time making it a good beer to drink for an evening.
04-25-2008 02:51:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.47/5 rDev +7.2%
BBD of Nov 06
Pours a slightly turbid deep red/brown with a 1" tan colored head. Slight lacing & good filmy heady retention
S: choclate & a hint of alcohol& then breadyness/shortbread as it warms. I also get a little oakyness
T: Chocolate & little iron up front. Then I catch some earthy hops & hunts of licorice. Oakyness & alcohol as it warms. Finishes dry & fruitty with winey/acidic notes
MF: Medium bodied, slightly prickly & good balance
Drinks pretty easy, by far my favorite style of trappist/abbey ales. This would go great with roast beef or stew IMO, or any thing a burgundy type wine would pair with. Well worth the $ 3.70 for 11.2 ozs. superb version of the style
10-20-2006 02:26:27 | More by russpowell
4.8/5 rDev +15.1%
An eagerly anticipated sampling, a bottle set aside for many months to mark a special occasion...
Appearance: huge froth, to start, foamed everywhere, even over the keyboard, and 'scuse me while I mop up for a sec, will you, please?
Okay, the beer's calmed down a bit, and now we can judge it more suitably, perhaps...gorgeous garnet hue, nearly violet, deep ruby may be more like it, with a generous layer of foam atop, thick, plentiful, creamy, soupy, a dream to watch dwindle down...
Aroma: like sticking one's face deep down in a nest of ripe late-harvest fruits, and a bit from the vegetable side, too...a cornucopia in the nose, rich in cherries, and berries, grapes, and dates, and more that merely waits in the wings behind these major players...a deep, heady aroma, uplifting, otherwordly, luxurious! Damn, but it's well past time to drink, isn't it?
Taste: smooth, mellow, but oh, so much flavor, too, too much going on, too, too delicious, and I don't know where to start, actually, ...a rush of warmth, earthy fruitiness, plump and ripe and ever at home in the mouth. Mouthfeel? To capacity! Spices swim in, too, and envelope the senses, and dart about and add to the general sense of well-being felt everywhere that this brew touches. Another good gulp and I feel it again, this warm, spicy, earthy, deep, magical, tasty, fruity, magnificent....oh-my-goodness, sort of feeling...the malt is a wonderful buttress, and flavor-leader, too, but the hops, are a major contributor,as well, leading me to say, "screw it all, this is a perfectly integrated blend of all that's great in beer-land, isn't it?"
I have more to drink from this bottle, too, and could more, possibly, be gleaned from the last remaining drops that may color my perceptions before this sampling is done? Did I leave out minor notes of nuts and cocoa and coffee, just a stitch? But the point's made already, that this is among a rare subset of sublimity, and is so gorgeous that one is better off encountering it on rare occasions to make the meeting more special every time, I says.
Cheers to monks at Westmalle for creating this masterpiece!
01-19-2004 08:24:04 | More by feloniousmonk
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
Bottle shared by Matt last night. One of the beers that I'm shocked and appauled at myself for having never reviewed this wonderful Trappist beer.
Beer served in a tulip at cellar temperature. Beer is brown and hazy, dark, forms a giant head of medium and small off white / dirty yellow bubbles that leaves lacing on the glass.
Aroma is sweet like raisins and carmel and bready with great yeast esters and a wonderful bouquet.
Beer is medium bodied with good carbonation in the mouth. About the most drinkable dubbel I've ever had. Good dark fruit notes in the midpalate and a good non-dry finish. I love this beer a lot.
08-30-2010 16:15:25 | More by drabmuh
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an awesome pale and Belgian crystal malt scent with a tart, yet fruity Belgian yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a creamy brown ale flavor with a tart, fruity Belgian yeast finish. It goes down easy and finishes creamy and dry. The mouthfeel is exceptional. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It has aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel; a fine sessions brew.
07-18-2004 22:04:35 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev -4.1%
First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA
Pours a dark brown, variably cloudy depending on your pour, with a cap of foamy, off-white head that retains well and laces moderately well. Dark sugars and dark dried fruits in the aroma. Taste is woody, bready, yeasty, with notes of brown sugar, caramel, dried fruits: raisins, figs, and the like. Some banana and spice moments slip in once in a while. Medium-bodied and very nice to drink. Though I prefer its elder sibling, the Tripel.
09-11-2011 16:22:53 | More by Rifugium
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
The beer pours a hazy brown color with a decent-sized tan head. The aroma is heavy on the raisins and cherries with some nice brown sugar notes. I also get some yeast notes. The flavor is not as fruit as the aroma. I get some raisins and plum notes, but what is more prevalent is the toffee from the malt. The yeast is also present in the flavor. There is some brown sugar flavor but the beer is fairly dry overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A world classic beer that never disappoints.
08-05-2011 00:21:10 | More by Mora2000
3.78/5 rDev -9.4%
From 12/24/11 notes. Picked up a bottle of this at Spirits in Middletown, NJ. Poured from an 11.2 bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottles on 29/9/11.
a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a reddish tint to it, moderate carbonation evident, and one finger of off white head. A minute or two of retention and some spotty lacing left on the glass.
s - Smells of Belgian yeast, dark fruits, bready malts, spices, wheat. Pretty ncie with the fruit and yeast.
t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, bready malts, spices, toasted malts, and very light dark fruits. Less fruit than the nose.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.
o - Overall a nice Belgian dubbel, and very good for the price and availability. Some nice dark fruits in the nose, and something I'd certainly buy again if I was in the mood for a dubbel.
12-28-2011 18:45:28 | More by mdfb79
4.38/5 rDev +5%
Poured into a Westmalle chalice:
Pours brown with a thin, cream-colored head that soon becomes a spotted lace.
The smell is of caramel and raisin, with hints of chocolate. It's fairly mild, but pleasant.
The taste is of sweet, dark, dried fruits, caramel and a touch of toasted grain. It's malty, but not overly sweet. As it warms, more fruitiness appears (apples and a slice of citrus, mixed with dark fruits), along with a touch of cocoa. The alcohol is noticeable (esp. at the start and finish), but generally in a non-interfering way. The malty sweetness is also present, but restrained - largely by the fruit and grain.
The feel is creamy and smooth. Goes down very (too?) easily.
I want to go to Belgium. NOW. If this is this good here (after being in the bottle who knows how long - no freshness date), I can just imagine what it is like fresh over there...Would love to pair it with some fresh Belgian chocolate.
10-04-2006 03:23:47 | More by jwc215
3.58/5 rDev -14.1%
Sampled at the tap room across from the Abbey.
There is something about being able to sample beer from a goblet on Sunday morning as Mass has just ended.
This beer was quite dry and at first not nearly as complex as I was expecting. The color was solidly amber without much in the way of haze. As it warmed up a bit it began to open up and show what it had to offer. It picked up a hint of sweetness which helped to boost the malt perception. There was a bit of raisin the mouth as well as a finish that was sweet from the alcohol. The aroma too had an alcohol component to it as well as a bit of woodiness. Quite estery tasting without being particularly fruity tasting. There seemed to be some higher alcohols in here as well.
09-23-2003 15:40:58 | More by Gueuzedude
3.6/5 rDev -13.7%
11.2 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a dark ruby brown, with a full of-white head with great retention, some lacing.
S: Brown sugar, cola, wet paper, port wine.
T: Dark sugar, raisins are the major malt characteristics. Definitely a metallic edge, copper, with some vinous character.
M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, metallic, can be watery.
D: A tasty beer, but I think the tripel is much better, especially with the price. The standard bearer for this style, a well made ale for sure, any Trappist fan should try it out.
07-08-2008 05:07:24 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
Another beer I've saved too long, this 33cl bottle has been in my stock (stash) for over three years and I've put off drinking it for one reason or another. It was one month past its Best Before Date of 23rd Oct 2008 on this review.
Luckily this beer is so well made, the BBD isn't an issue.
Poured slowly, oh so slowly into my Westmalle Chalice, it looked super. I allowed the sediment to join the beer, as I like to taste and feel the whole product and enjoy the extra strenght and flavours the sediment gives.
I am no stranger to this wonderful beer, but I have never reviewed it while in Belgium, prefering to just enjoy the moment whenever I have drank it before.
Deep mahogany red in colour, with a slight haze because of my prefered pour. The tan creamy head, at first full slips slowly into a thinner carpet of foam which laces the glass as the beer is sipped.
Plums and raisens, rich malts and some toasted caramel give this beer a unique aroma, one I could detect anywhere.
The taste is just as you would expect from the aroma. It is rich, but isn't as creamy maybe and it is fairly high in the carbonisation stakes for a Dubbel, but I think that adds to its character and uniqueness.
A beer I always have when in Belgium, often on tap, it is a delight and one of my all time favorite beers.
11-22-2008 14:38:34 | More by BlackHaddock
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
Pours a deep dark burgandy / brown color with a 3" thick head. The head receded to the surface in a few minutes. The aroma was great as caramel, yeast, bread, and light fruit were leaping from the glass. The flavor was also great as the what was sensed by the nose was matched by the tongue with the addition of raisins and plums.
The mouthfeel is smooth with a dry finish. The caramel and bread tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol not noticebale at all. This is an exceptional drinking dubbel.
03-07-2004 00:20:28 | More by Gavage
3.88/5 rDev -7%
33cl brown glass bottle with classic pressure cap served into a La Trappe goblet in Nijmegen, Holland. Reviewed live.
A: 1.5 finger head of nice cream lacing and good thickness. Excellent retention for the relatively high ABV. Overall, the head is soft and delicate. I'd say it's about six minutes. Dark solid brown colour. Nontransparent.
Sm: Cream, nutty hops, and maybe yeast. A very mild strength scent; it's difficult for me broken nose to detect individual distinct notes. All apologies, lads.
T: Lovely cream undertones stay consistent (and welcome) throughout, a wonderful effect. Lightly nutty. Some date fruit notes, but I wouldn't call them esters. I don't get any caramel, as noted in other reviews - or even any caramelized malt. Maybe some figgy touches, but if so they're buried. Exquisite. Brilliantly spectacularly balanced. Some sort of wood is present, but not in the barrel aged sense of that description. Incredibly well built, but not as complex as it ought to be.
Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Perfectly complementary of the flavours in the body.
Dr: Relatively high ABV, very fairly priced, and incredibly easy to drink. It's very commercially available and it's high quality. It's a shame people may try to make counterfeit Westvleteren with the bottles, but the beer isn't to blame. She's certainly worth a go if you like beer.
07-05-2011 21:11:55 | More by kojevergas
4/5 rDev -4.1%
06/01/05- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirit's in Lafayette, CA
Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by 08/05. Poured into my Westmalle chalice.
Appearance- Deep, dark cherry colored pour with a larger bubbled head and average lacing.
Smell- Mostly some sweet fruit aspects. Raisins and plums primarily.
Taste- A bit sweet in the beginning, which then turns to a tad bitter malty flavor. Raisins and plums and maybe prunes plus a tad bit of a roasted flavor. Coffee?
Mouthfeel- Leaves mouth a tad dry with above average carbonation level.
Drinkability- Not a bad beer at all, but I was expecting a bit more. More sweetness and bursting flavors. Still worthy of some praise.
06-01-2005 20:03:34 | More by GClarkage
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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