Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Appearance: Beautiful dark reddish purple, good amount of an off-white head.
Smell: Strong fruit character, dark fruits and that aspect to the aroma that many refer to as 'grape bubblegum'. The sweetness is wonderful and is complimented greatly by the bready yeast character of the beer.
Taste: The flavors burst forth, strong and sweet tones of dark, goopy fruits are very noticeable. There is also an excellent yeast character involved that gives the sweetness some backbone. To add to the mix, there is a wonderfully subtle bitterness that never really catches your attention, but instead compliments and rounds out the beer into superb balance.
Mouthfeel: That wonderful champagne like carbonation that is characteristic of many belgian trappist ales. It stings slightly at first, but then clears the way and allows the flavors to come forth. The breadiness that I mentioned earlier also plays a role in giving the beer a more robust feel.
Overall: Pretty much a flawless example of what these Trappist monasteries put forth in their splendid dubbels. It has everything that this kind of beer is supposed to have, and adds a nice twist with a more grapey character than you would normally see. It goes wonderfully with cheese and by itself, very easy to enjoy. About the only bad thing I could say about this beer is that it is not the very best I have had, but with that said it is certainly up there with many other great ales.
12-27-2011 07:08:34 | More by Siriusfisherman
3.58/5 rDev -14.1%
The colour is brown with a tint of gold. The liquid is clear. The finger thick head is beige. Lots of lacing occurs.
The smell is light and smooth. Red berries, some Belgian yeast.
The taste is somewhat sour-sweet with distinct notes of red berries. Some alcohol. Medium body. Red wine gums and raspberry candy in the smooth aftertaste as well as nuts and almonds. Warming alcohol in the finish.
The carbonation is strong, almost sharp. The bubbles are small. The liquid is rather light.
A smooth and pleasant dubbel.
12-25-2011 10:43:25 | More by bark
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Freshness date of 27/7/12 - meaning this was presumably bottled 27/7/07.
A - pours a translucent toasted brown color. Yields 2 fingers of creamy tan head. Body is a cloudy opaque dark brown (I always pour a little yeast into the glass for the full effect). Retention is decent, but the head fades to a 1/4" film within a few minutes. No lacing.
S - lots of dark, aromatic cocoa, sweet raisins and prunes, some booze, and candy-like sweetness. Some floral hops in the background.
T - flavors of milk chocolate, black tea and mild coffee. Hop and alcohol bitterness in the middle. More booze and raisiny sweetness toward the finish. Some bready toasted grains make for a dry finish. Flavors are generally what I would expect for a dubbel, but they are a little to sharp and unbalanced.
M - mouthfeel is ok, but it's a little too watery an a little over-carbonated.
12-22-2011 02:18:42 | More by rundocrun
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel
Appearance: Pours an unfiltered brown, white head covers the top of the brew with small amounts of yeast. Active carbonation is constantly rising to the surface of this living beer.
Smell: Aromas of dark bread and malts, a touch of chicory and the choicest noble hops.
Taste: In the taste, bright grape, raisin and fig notes. Toffee, a touch buttery. Leafy, herbal hop is rounded out in the finish, along with juicy white grape flavour.
Mouthfeel: Effervescent, dry, airy, and wonderful. About as elegant as a Belgian dubbel could possibly feel.
Overall: Westmalle dubbel is a trademark depiction of the style and is a superb dry Belgian brown ale. Artfully crafted and truly remarkable.
12-21-2011 06:32:35 | More by Stinkypuss
British Columbia (Canada)
4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
This delicious brown ale is still considered the first Dubbel. Many beers were modelled after this recipe and many breweries started making darker Dubbels thanks to Westmalle. A staple and in it's own right, unique. Let's see what we have here...
Appearance - A beautiful deep brown. Thick and dark. A nice consistent head forms with pockets (or circles) forming along the top. Light and thicker areas. Extremely creamy in appearance. Not a lot of head, but retains it exceptionally well.
Smell - Lots of malts and brown sugar. Lighter notes of yeast, fig and bread are noticeable. Not much hop on the nose. Seemingly more sugary. Caramel and brown sugar really stand out here.
Taste - Dark, roasted malts, caramel, honey with traces of coffee. A very yeasty beer as well. The sour taste of yeast is subtle, but blends nicely with the sugars and dryer elements of this Dubbel. Dry hops are present, but not obvious. Very balanced and reasonably complex.
Mouthfeel - Lightly carbonated and quite syrupy. The sugars really dance on the tongue. A slight fizz on the palate is noticeable after swallowing. The use of carbonation is tasteful as well.
Overall - Westmalle never fails to deliver. Being such an incredible Belgian brewery for so many years makes it hard for anyone to complain about this brown ale. Wonderfully complex and consistent every time. A dark, stern Dubbel with a plethora of flavors to be enjoyed!
12-21-2011 00:51:20 | More by Agent1
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a dark, almost burgundy, with impressive head. Thick and detailed lace, too. Very nice. I get some sediment, as well, but no points lost for that.
Nose is fruity and yeasty, with hints of sour berries. Quite appealing.
Taste is fruity and yeasty (dark fruit, berries), and even a tad sour. A little funky and musty, too. Superb, and wish these were more widely available and a little more inexpensive. As it is, a treat!
12-18-2011 14:21:29 | More by secondtooth
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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