Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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3.5/5 rDev -16.1%
Purchased a bottle for roughly 2€.
Nice murky brown colour (a bit too murky in my opinion) topped with a beautiful tan head that stays around for awhile.
A quite nice smell and somehow complex getting some of the yeast and a bit fruit.
The taste is, together with the drinkability, what makes this beer a difficult one to make one's tatse buds to it. Way too carbonated even for a Belgian brew, I shall give it a try leaving it at least a couple of months in the cellar; that's why it is that high my overall grade.
02-04-2012 19:47:57 | More by Acho
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
Since I don't own a Westmalle glass, I've poured my cellar temperature 33cl bottle into a Chimay chalice.
The beer is nearly opaque. It has a brown color with ruby highlights. A decent amount of pinkish tan foam rests on top. Swirling the beer leaves a good amount lacing.
Smelling the beer reveals Belgian candi sugar and some dark fruits, like plum and fig. The Trappist yeast provides some spiciness, but it is mild.
Dark, complex malts characterize this beer. It's earthy, nutty and like the aroma has some flavors of plum and fig. This bottle is labeled best by 27.05.12, so it's close to two years old and I believe it may have become slightly oxidized. It is still quite tasty though.
The beer leaves behind decent coating that is very flavorful. Carbonation levels are average and it has a full body. My lips feel ever so slightly sticky.
I really like this beer a lot. It's a fine example of a true Belgian Abbey dubbel. If you've never had this beer, you are missing out!
02-04-2012 01:17:01 | More by ToasterChef
3.13/5 rDev -24.9%
Very dark colour, with minimal bubbles surfacing. Medium head, brownish coloured, stays for a reasonable amount of time.
Aroma is of fruits and chocolate.
Bitter taste, medium thick body. Bitterness stays in your mouth. Quite carbonated. Overall not bad, quite average.
02-02-2012 16:46:45 | More by Douberd
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
Head: This beer has a cream colored head with a medium hold
Color: Beer has a nice dark cider/amber color
Aroma: It has a roasty/chocolate smell with very faint hoppy scent.
Taste: It has a rich, umami flavor/spice..sweet & bitter beer. Very tasy.
Mouth-feel: Has a creamy, smooth mouthfeel...very nice. Medium carbination...easy to drink.
02-01-2012 21:40:59 | More by mglaser37
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
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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