Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
A - Pours a nice dark ruby red, thumb of soapy beige head with solid retention and sporadic sheeting lacing.
S - Rich caramel, slightly nutty, raisins and dark fruit, red wine and toffee.
T - Caramel and toffee off the top, red wine and raisins, fruity yeast, though can come across slightly acidic and bitter. Some leafy hop notes come through on the finish and linger alongside a hint of abv heat and sweetness.
M - The bitterness and acidic notes can be a bit of a turnoff, and its a bit prickly going down, thus not the smoothest dubbel I've had.
O - A tasty dubbel, but not my favourite. Maybe this one was a bit over-ripe, but certainly a complex flavour profile. Any fan of the style would not be disappointed by this brew, but comparatively, I've had better.
12-10-2011 15:11:28 | More by andrenaline
3.95/5 rDev -5.3%
375ml bottle into Chimay goblet.
A: Slow pour yielded very dark maroon brown liquid beneath a finger and a half solid layer of very dense foam that took forever to slowly fade into a very thick and well retained head that lasted the whole beer through. Great streaks of thick lacing were left down the glass.
S: Sweet candied fruits come through along with caramel and spicy yeast. Not potent smelling but good.
T: Sweet fresh, dried, and candied fruits dominate including red grapes, dates, raisins, pears and figs. There is a touch of sweet caramel and candied sugar in the finish, and the aftertaste is full of peppery spices and Belgian yeast. The finish is drying and lightly bitter.
M: Body is on the thin side of medium, but the carbonation is very creamy and smooth. Good mouthfeel.
O: A classic dubbel. This wasn’t the best one I’ve had, but I can’t really find anything that wrong with it either. I would drink this again any day.
12-07-2011 04:18:23 | More by scottfrie
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
This beers a big yeast bomb thats for sure. Loudest crackling I've ever heard from a beer. Dark hazy brown in color with a massive cinnamon colored head which slowly recedes to a thick sticky lace.
Big nose with lots of phenolic scents and sweet dark fruits. Some banana and clove on the back end of the nose with a big alcohol presence as well. Dieing to try it however it probably should warm a few degrees first.
This is a serious beer. Loads of caramel and brown sugar on the tip of the tongue. Big chewy mouth feel which drys out around mid way. Bizarre phenomenon in my mouth right now and loving it. Lots of spiciness on the tongue as well. Layers of sweet and herbal flavors that are so beautifully blended. None of the flavors battle each other for dominance, it's just a beautiful crescendo of taste on the tip of the tongue.
Incredibly dry finish rounds this beer out with nothing to complain about except not having enough of this beer.
I'm glad this opened my eyes to what dubbels should really be.
12-02-2011 04:11:19 | More by jtierney89
4.6/5 rDev +10.3%
I have to hand Westmalle Trappist high marks. Everybody remarks about the malty flavor & fruitiness which is all true. I would just add that this beer has a very oaky and earthy flavor. Reminds me very much of St Bernardus 12.
I imagine sitting in a craftsman house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright with a fire blazing after a light and tasty dinner on a Friday night in the winter. I just leaf through an old magazine while listening to some acoustic music like John Cage's compositions for string quartet, or Larry Coryell's Bolero cd.
11-29-2011 06:17:41 | More by frankiepop
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,099 ratings.