Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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3.45/5 rDev -17.3%
750mL bottle, bottled on April 12th, 2011
A: a highly hazed opaque brown. head starts billowing and promising. light brown highlights the white head. retentions is good as is the lacing.
S: a little hot. fruity. dark fruits. plums and figs. malty and chewy. a little bit muted.
T: grainy. wheat and pretty chewy. there is a significant amount of gas in this thing. almost can taste the CO2. finish is fruity. jam. grape jelly in particular.
M: like i said above, big time fizz. the carbonation is a little distracting. medium body in my opinion.
D: overall, im not really in love with this. a bit weak as far as dubbel's go. i would look elsewhere for solid examples. not bad by any means, just not great.
11-12-2011 03:47:42 | More by Jimmys
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
300th review on BA so why not make it a classic.
Look: Dark brown with red traces throughout the beer. 1/2 inch slightly off white head and great retention
Smell: Very fruity nose with dark and light fruits lots of apricot apple peaches raisin and figs.
Taste: Similar to the nose in the fact that it is a bit fruity on the palate with a fair amount of sweetness to it. Very complex flavor
Mouthfeel: Medium body and lots of carbonation
Overall: Just a classic beer that will always be a go to beer for me.
11-11-2011 20:54:52 | More by DarthKostrizer
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
Best by: 27JUL12
A: Dark brown with cherry hues and over a finger of billowed mocha foam. This falls slowly to a quilt of the same. Limited lace. Excellent clarity where allowed. (4.5)
S: nougat, bread (rye), cereal, cocoa, nuts (cashews). A hint of spice I’m having a hard time placing (nutmeg?). Slightest finish of praline. (4.5)
T: Cocoa, prune, sugar, bread, raisin, pralines again. Nice flavor, let this one warm up a bit folks. (4.5)
M: Medium on light for the body with carb a little on the hi side. Semi dry finish. All partshere are a bit off for me. (2)
O: Good example of the style. The mouthfeel on this is off for me, and some of the flavors are a bit tough to pick out (part of the fun!). It’s a good example of the style IMO. (4)
11-11-2011 17:02:49 | More by harrymel
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
33cl bottle poured into a snifter
pours a fluffy two finger head which quickly dissipates to almost nothing. beer is a beautiful deep mahogany color.
aromas of fruits - plums, raisins, and cherries - as well as a strong malt presence. some alcohol presence at the end.
taste matched the aroma, only a bit of spiciness at the end. mouthfeel was the strong point here for me - perfectly carbonated, not too thick, but still with body.
overall, very enjoyable, it definitely stands up even more considering its price and availability.
11-11-2011 13:00:33 | More by RodneyFarva
4.72/5 rDev +13.2%
Was very happy to have the opportunity to try this dubbel. Had read much about it and jumped at the opportunity.
Poured into a chalice. Was that chocolate or malt teasing my nose? Perhaps a combination of both. Beautiful color, rich red, very little head.
But it was the drinkable statue of this beer that put the smile on my face. Starts with a whiff of malt on the tongue, which quickly teases with alcohol then finishes with a touch of bitterness. Heavenly.
If I have any caution with this beer, it is to be concerned with what food you pair it with. It can be overwhelmed by strong, spicy food to the point where you might miss the complexities of this beer. Take my advice and order simply. Or better yet, enjoy this beer with an open chalice, allowing the aroma to breathe. Take it slow and enjoy it on its own. You'll be glad you did.
11-06-2011 04:28:59 | More by gos42
2.78/5 rDev -33.3%
Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Bottle to be consumed before May 27th 2012 so off we go!
A dark red to brown/black walnut is immersed throughout the chalice for the body, as the head produces a very foamy and large bubbled brown caramel color. Head really doesn't stick around much, but leaves a good size crawling collar
Interestingly light aromatic of whipped cococa/chocolate, light sense of roasted malts, Belgian candi, some slight sweet cherries, almost a sensation of smelling a good creamy Black Forest cake. Real nice I must admit.
Taste is very light bodied and a bit wet, bringing a real noticeable carbon dioxide and gaseous finish. Much of the notes on the nose are not even distinguishable on the palate at all. A large taste of just ordinary club soda, not bringing any of the scents picked up on the nose.
Overall I am wishing I could say more about how this tastes, but it tastes like drink club soda and nothing else. Pretty darn disappointing cause the nose is fantastic.
11-03-2011 21:48:48 | More by smakawhat
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
Pours a deep brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruits and a small note of alcohol. In the taste, dark fruits, a small caramel like presence, and just a note of alcohol.. A small bite and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry and lightly sticky caramel in the aftertaste. Almost quad like, caramel is sticky sweet, and a nice coffee note, very nice.
11-03-2011 14:30:26 | More by OWSLEY069
3.53/5 rDev -15.3%
A: Poured a hazy reddish dark red with a one finger beige cap.
S: Yeast, mild brown sugar and light whiff of dark fruit
T: A little bit of spice, dark fruit, yeast, and and light candy. Not so much flavor on this. Sordove plain.
M: Medium body and mild carbonation. Sweet, dry finish.
O: Good DUbbel but nothing Earthshattering but maybe I am missing something here
11-02-2011 01:55:51 | More by barleywinefiend
4.93/5 rDev +18.2%
A - Medium-brown body; nearly opaque. Very fluffy tan head fills out the Westmalle chalice quite nicely. Very active carbonation is visible.
S - The aroma is absolutely heavenly, and unfortunately my words probably won't do it justice. I smell figs, plums, candies, and malt- all in perfect balance. Not a single characteristic overwhelms the others. Quite honestly, I don't believe I've had a beer with a more delightful aroma than this.
T - The taste is beyond wonderful and fantastically complex. Malty sweetness up front (very well controlled), a tiny bit of alcohol warmth in the middle, and the tiniest hint of bitterness round out this heavenly experience. Laugh if you will, but the only food I've paired with this is a sugar cookie last Christmas just for kicks (which, believe it or not, worked very well). It's actually so wonderfully good that I can't imagine pairing it with anything at all (aside from my one-time cookie experiment) for fear of muting the flavor. This one stands well on its own.
M - Again; I don't think this can be topped for the style. The body hovers between some lighter dubbels and heavier quads. The carbonation is perfect- it dances on your tongue without impacting the taste whatsoever.
O - There's no doubt in my mind; this is a fantastic beer. It's by far my favorite dubbel, and I don't think anything else I've tried even comes close. Sadly it's taken me several years to get around to reviewing this (just as I'm lagging behind on reviewing everything else I've tried), but I decided to pop one open tonight and share my thoughts. The price is very reasonable as well- particularly when considering the pricier offerings that can't manage to come close as far as quality.
10-31-2011 23:16:09 | More by mikedotnet
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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