Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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2.03/5 rDev -51.3%
I paid 99 Euro cents for this in Amsterdam:) Just bought a bottle here in 2010 for $5.99. Re-reviewed 8/10 because I'll soon be brewing a westy 12 clone with the Westmalle yeast (Wyeast 3787)
Lightly cloudy dark brown brew forms a HUGE head, despite a very careful pour. When heads are this obnoxious I start subtracting points. Even after the pour, the head continues to rise for a few minutes. The head is airy, with a sea-foam consistency, and is dark beige in color atop medium-sized bubbles. Retention is excellent (there is a delicate espresso crema atop the brew at the bottom of the glass) and lacing is sparse. Carbonation is very strong, forming streamers of bubbles. Aroma is pungent with rotting cherries, Belgian Dark candi sugar syrup, cola, clove, bananas, musk-melon, and eternity for women eau du toilette. Mouthfeel is spritzy and cloying and ends in a wet newspaper oxidized mustiness. Medium body. Taste begins with strong phenols, which become stronger over time, morphing into a menagerie of semi-harsh alcohols. There is a brief glimpse of earthen malts about halfway through. The finish is unpleasant...the odd alcohols are actually bitter in the finish less so than the oxidized bittering hops and there is a ruddy, chemical mouthfeel. There is a lingering buttery sweetness on the gums. The alcohol warms the gullet, but gives me a sick feeling to my stomach. The brew is tolerable after sitting to room temperature, mellowing the carbonation and alcohol, and accentuating the malts. Despite this, the beer is at odds with itself and is not very enjoyable. It's hard to finish this brew.
If I had to sum it up, it tastes like spritzy newspaper soaked in cola and smeared with butter and cherry jam. I love dubbels and have had hundreds of them, but honestly, this is probably one of the worst that I've had.
05-04-2003 08:49:53 | More by Mitchster
2.29/5 rDev -45.1%
I guess I have to get another bottle because I don't see what all the excitement is all about. I got none of the malty yeasty sweet flavor you expect from a dubbel. Actually it was not full flavored at all. I would compare it to a Becks dark. Very disappointed.
10-25-2013 22:24:34 | More by SteveKay
2.35/5 rDev -43.6%
Poured into a chalice and had a nice dark brown, slightly reddish color, with a decent off-white head. Smell was mostly caramel with hints of alcohol. Smell was a sign of trouble ahead. Did not care for the taste at all. Caramel flavor was overpowering and did not mask the alcohol taste. Needs a bit more body and complexity. Felt harsh on the mouth and actually struggled to finish it. I just may not be a fan of dubbels so take this for what it is worth.
09-25-2005 10:45:15 | More by jhu1995
2.6/5 rDev -37.6%
Big bubbled carbonation quickly sizzles to nothing, leaving a lifeless hazy medium brown with chunks. Uh-oh. Aroma is metallic dull soda that is almost made up for with a cool little yeast funk. Flavor is also soda-like, sweet and vinous. A mix of Bud, a mild rootbeer, and yeast. Finish is rooty and spicy. Big carbonation sizzles on the tongue, harsh with thin body.
Hmm. Interesting, but not impressive. I love their triple even though I don't really care for triples, now I am not impressed by their dubbel although I love dubbels. I am left thinking that either this bottle has had a rough life or other people will worship any monk droppings. I will try this again at a later date and hope for better things.
08-23-2004 02:48:51 | More by waughbrew
United Kingdom (England)
2.68/5 rDev -35.7%
Appearance: dark brown, froffy head that rapidly reduces to a thin layer of white.
Aroma: Subdued but sweet and tempting. Hints of fruit.
Taste: Initially faintly fruity, then predominantly bitter. Perhaps too bitter for me, and slightly metallic.
Mouthfeel: Too much carbonation, make the drink far too actibe and detracts from the taste. Aftertaste is somewhat astringant.
Drinkability: Happy enough to finish the glass, but will not buy it again
My first evidence that not all trappist beers are nectar from God.
12-24-2010 21:38:47 | More by ivanwatling
2.73/5 rDev -34.5%
A) poured into a glass, nice malty glug glug thick sound. Deep red hue, small head.
S) Fig, prune and malt.
T) Flavor is bright, crisp with some fig, prune and malt.
M) Palate is thin not a long finish,
D) OK. It would be nice to do back to back with this style.
04-19-2007 05:57:07 | More by ChazMania
2.73/5 rDev -34.5%
11.2 oz bottle, best by 07/12 poured into a Chimay chalice. Pours a dirty amber-brown color with a light brown sugar hued creamy head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Think I poured it too cold... waiting for it to warm up, stealing a sip or two in between.
Not much by the way of aroma here, or my sense of smell is horribly messed up. This particular dubbel seems a lot more hop forward, drier, tannic, and almost oak-y compared to other examples of the style. Only slightly sweet with a spicy yeastiness and brown sugar notes, led by the high carbonation toward a tannic bitter finish. Medium body, intense but clean flavors. Not a fan.
4.5, 3, 2, 4, 3
02-16-2012 05:09:06 | More by tewaris
2.75/5 rDev -34.1%
Served cool. Drunk June 2012 with a best-before date of June 2013. Not sure how old that makes it.
A - Cloudy medium brown, three fingers of greasy/soapy-looking cream colored head that dissipates in a few minutes.
S - A light, clean, semi fruity smell with candi and moderate malt. But faint. Smells like it's going to be disappointingly watery like some English mild.
T - In fact, it is disappointingly watery as foretold. Like the smell, the taste is muted and washed out. It's a good taste, but it lacks the hooks to grab onto my tongue and make something of itself. I'm left with a feeling of loss and regret. Maybe there's a little hint of something like pear at the end, just the memory of fresh pear minus the sweetness and most of the flavor. Reading the other reviews here, it's like we had completely different beers. Or maybe mine had all the flavor baked out of it in the oven or something.
M - Light bodied with some tingly carbonation.
O - Very disappointing. I had saved this towards the end of a huge haul with the other special Belgians, thinking it would be a special Belgian, but it's not. It's unattractive and faint. The best you could say about it is that it's kind of light and refreshing if you're ever in the mood for something innocuous that doesn't really get you involved or bogged down, like if you're meeting someone for a drink but don't really want to and just want to drink up and get out. But you're left wanting after each sip, wanting flavor and richness and body. It's hard to believe it's 7%. I'd have guessed 3.5%. If I'd never heard of this beer, I'd rate it average. I thought I had heard it was really good so it's extra disappointing. That's not extra points off, just context. It's not offensive, just weak. I feel kind of robbed, given what it could have been. Will not buy again and if you offered me this at a party I might abashedly ask if you had anything else.
06-14-2012 02:50:48 | More by BrownNut
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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