Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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3.83/5 rDev -8.2%
pours out a a murky brown colour with an inch plus high beige head. not much stickiness as per the lace. rich malty aroma. plenty of the fig/date/raisin/cocoa combination i was expecting. the taste follows suit, but not so boldly so. a delicate rum soaked fruitcake nuance is detected. really like liquid bread. yeasty and slightly phenolic. well integrated alcohol. again, the flavour profile is quite understated, although balanced and enjoyable. the body is well rounded, albeit certainly lighter than expected. mouthfeel has the requisite amount of spritz to it, also. just enough. very drinkable...i'm wishing i had more than a 11.2 oz. bottle.
overall i would opine that this is certainly a classy trappist/belgian dubbel. i'm surprised that it's taken me so long to get around to sampling this and the tripel. slightly underwhelmed but not disappointed. definitely yummy stuff.
01-29-2012 23:01:51 | More by budgood1
3.75/5 rDev -10.1%
I tried this beer a week ago over all a great beer, had a malty and hoppy feel taste and smell. Slightly bitter, with a smell of Omami, had a medium hold on the glass, the texture and taste was creamy with a hint of coco and dried fruits. I would recommend this beer to anyone who a beer that is not to bitter or sweet rather perfectly balanced. Have fun.
01-28-2012 02:01:47 | More by amk786
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Best before 5/18/12.
Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a 3 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a craggy cap. A nice pattern of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bready malt, dark fruits (especially grapes), and sweet candi sugar. Taste is of slight candi sugar and dark fruits (plum, prune, grape, raisin) up front with a bready malt aftertaste. There is a slight earthy bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fantastic dubbel and one of the best Trappist beers I have tried so far.
01-27-2012 02:35:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.13/5 rDev -1%
A: A lovely reddish-amber hue, with a touch of haze. The head is thick and light tan, with good retention and lace that clings a long time on the walls of the glass.
S: Fruity esters are most noticeable. There's faint spicy hops, and just a touch of breadiness.
T: Sweet and fruity is the first and strongest flavor. Some caramel. sweetness eventually yields to mild tartness, but not citrusy. Hops bitterness and spice do make a late appearance, lingering on the tongue until the next sip.
M: Crisp, with medium carbonation. A dry, astringent finish with the faintest alcohol burn is noticeable.
O: My first Dubbel, and I am not disappointed.
01-26-2012 02:53:13 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
Brown/reddish colour, off-white head with good retention.
Smell is good, smells a bit hoppy, dark fruits, tart fruits, caramel and some herbs.
Taste is quite sweet and fruity. Apples, figs and some tartness. Turns dry and a tad hoppy after that with a very flavourful malt character. Nice overal.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
Nice drink that is sold at every supermarket.
01-25-2012 16:34:53 | More by IPA35
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Single finger head with no real retention with some lacing. Cloudy maroon body. Nice sweet cherry and strawberry with yeast esters. More dark fruit in the flavor. Mostly raisin and cherry. Belgian yeast and mild spice. Medium body and high carbonation. I like how the aroma is more than a generic dark fruit aroma with individual flavors noted.
01-22-2012 20:39:07 | More by kylehay2004
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
11.2 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled 1/09/2011. Pours hazy and cloudy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing clings to the glass as well; with plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom creating a creamier head than on the pour. Aromas of huge raisin, caramel, molasses, prunes, biscuit, roasted nuts, light chocolate, and yeast spices. Big malty aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of big caramel, molasses, pepper, chocolate, roasted nut, biscuit, dark fruit, and spicy yeast. Lingering notes of biscuit, caramel, chocolate, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Nice malty flavor with no cloying, and less spiciness than I was expecting from the yeast. Medium bodied with lively carbonation; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Drinks incredibly easily with the high carbonation as well. Alcohol is essentially non existent with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Dubbel style as I would have expected. Great balance of flavors and dangerously drinkable.
01-22-2012 07:34:41 | More by superspak
4.47/5 rDev +7.2%
After sampling Rochefort's #8 I was happily granted an evening with a Westmalle Dubbel and having acquired a taste for the great Trappist ales, I can say I was not disappointed!
A: Very nice cloudy dark chocolate brown color with a nice minimal creamy head that still managed to retain nice lacing as I progressed.
S: Excellent aroma complementing each other with nice dark, rich fruity tartness with malty sweet caramel and chocolate that I wish I could scent my house with!!
T: Very complex flavors starting with the nice caramel/dark chocolate sweetness with some tart dark fruit flavors progressing into a mild hoppy bitter character providing excellent depth while not overbearing.
M: As with all Trappist ales, the mouthfeel is perfect in my opinion, with that syrupy smoothness that coats well and the nice bubbly carbonation keeping everything light without imparting any harsh flavors.
So far, this Westmalle and the Rochefort #8 are the two best Dubbels that I have sampled so far. I hope one day to give each of the Trappist dubbels a try but until then, this still remains one of my most favorite beers!
01-16-2012 05:55:34 | More by S7R4nG3
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
bottle poured into a tulip glass. best before of 7.27.12
deep brown color, monstrous 2" head even with a painfully slow pour. sweet nose - dark fruit, candied sugar; all pretty subtle, but a wonderful blend.
complex malts on the tongue, plenty of raisin, fig, brown sugar and pleasing warm alcohol. only ding is a bit of bite on the back end. not sure it was even taste so much as being what i consider slightly-overcarbed. regardless, a spectacular beer, always enjoy revisiting this one.
01-16-2012 04:27:50 | More by robbrandes
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Enjoyed in a chalice
A: pours a clear light brown with a slight amner hue and a few carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger of coffee colored head that dissipates rapidly and leaves silky lacing all around the glass
S: sweet malts and dark fruits
T: nice smooth taste, dark fruits are pronounced in the front, a slight sweetness and nuttiness hit in the middle, leaves a taste of dark fruits on the palate
M: gentle carbonation, silky and leaves a bit of a burnt feeling on the palate
O: a nice dubbel, pretty well rounded, best ive ever had? No, still good tho
01-15-2012 22:39:53 | More by BigPlay1824
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
A: poured with a nice, light tan head of 2 fingers that faded pretty quickly. The color is a dark brown like black tea.
S: The strongest aromas are malty and wheat bready. There is also a light spice of nutmeg and hints of plum or fig. The alcohol is noticeable.
T: Balance of peppery, sweet, and bready malts. Some raisin or dried dark fruit, and parsley are present. There is some slight bitterness at the end as the hops come in on the finish
M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation, and easy drinking
Overall, this is tasty dubbel that's not too heavy and quite drinkable.
01-15-2012 03:36:11 | More by KMcG
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
Nutty brown with, I swear, vague pink highlight and a puffy, cratered taupe head that's going nowhere. Bubblegum nose with forest humus, cherry skin and cinnamon candy.
Irish brown soda loaf, fig, red plums, sultanas and soil, a clove hit, then gingerbread spice finish.
Carob, maple syrup and tobacco finish with long lingering minty tingle. Medium, lively, some chew, sticky, no burn.
Dark and deeper than I was expecting, even given it's rep. I find a lot of dubbels too light and fizzy but that's no problem here. Complex, layered and compelling.
Probably the best dubbel out there, definitely my new favorite.
01-15-2012 02:48:56 | More by StJamesGate
3.95/5 rDev -5.3%
Freshness date indicated this was bottled just over a year ago. Served almost straight from Fridge.
A. Poured carefully into my Westmalle Chalice. Resulted in small ring of lace but no head at all. Strange, considering other reviews i have read. Colour is dark like Cola with bubbles rising up.
S. Very sweet 'Dubbel' smell
T. Lots of yeast and sweetness upfront, with more distiguishable flavours as it warms up
M. Mouthfeel is very very good. Heavily carbonated but silky like its Tripel sister.
O. I haven't tried the Dubbel in about 5 years so i didn't know what to expect. The drinkability is better than i remember, but maybe that is also its downfall, as there is nothing too complex in the taste and is the reason i do not grab one of these very often.
01-14-2012 22:16:56 | More by supermeniscus
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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