Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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4/5 rDev -4.1%
Appearance - Brown colour with a very large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.
Smell - Malts, yeast, dark fruits, nuts, corn/grains
Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, nuts and some raisins. There is also some grapes and a bit of a woodiness. It ends with a dark fruit slightly spicy aftertaste.
Overall - I think I expected a little more from this one. It has tremendous balance and is very drinkable but it doesn't have much of a wow factor. Still worth a try though.
01-09-2012 18:15:22 | More by spinrsx
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
Bottle BB 08/03/13 purchased at the MLCC. Pours ~4 C into a Duvel Snifter.
A: Ruby red edges with a brownish hue Ina fairly clear beer. Nice fluffy head that drops to a cap that laces through the whole session.
S: Nice nose with loads of dried fruits. Raisins, currants et al... Some peppery spIce in the nose too.
T: The body is a little more muted than I had expected. Some alcoholic heat plays well with the pepper. Very light fruit notes when cool, that open up a bit more over time.
M: Heavily carbonated, biting on the tongue. Fruit flavours linger.
O: A great Belgian that I just want plot be more estery in the body.
01-08-2012 21:43:52 | More by kjyost
4.78/5 rDev +14.6%
Fresh bottle review.
A-Thick creamy frothy tan head that does not linger. Clear with a ruddy brown/amber color.
S-Sweet malts (raisin) and yeasty goodness.
T-Awesome rich sweet malt taste, yeasty-sweet roll like, rum raisin with no alcohol bite.
M-Quick finish making this extremely drinkable, just a slight hint of alcohol at the end. A bit creamy.
D-Way too good.
O-Anyone looking to make a dubbel-this would be a good one to try to mimic-fantastic beer. Great taste, mouthfeel and drinkability. Love this one-my favorite of the style. Loved the price and availability in Belgium too-wish I could have brought cases of this stuff home with me.
01-08-2012 16:21:21 | More by deebo
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
a: brown body with amber around the edges. two finger tan creamy head with good retention and lacing.
s: malt, caramel, fruit.
t: caramel malt up front giving way to dark fruity esters and alochol.
m: full body, good carbonation, creamy yet gritty. dry finish. warming feel to it.
o: good flavor but i will probably do without buying anymore, not my thing.
01-01-2012 22:36:40 | More by match1112
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
Medium-brown, milky appearance, light brown head that was solid and long-lasting. Plenty of champagne-style bubbles. Nose was herbal, perfumy, some citrus notes. Taste was mildly hoppy with herbal and spicy notes. Mouthfeel was smooth, not thin, not heavy. Well-balanced, robust flavor.
12-30-2011 20:47:33 | More by beerthirtysa
3.78/5 rDev -9.4%
From 12/24/11 notes. Picked up a bottle of this at Spirits in Middletown, NJ. Poured from an 11.2 bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottles on 29/9/11.
a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a reddish tint to it, moderate carbonation evident, and one finger of off white head. A minute or two of retention and some spotty lacing left on the glass.
s - Smells of Belgian yeast, dark fruits, bready malts, spices, wheat. Pretty ncie with the fruit and yeast.
t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, bready malts, spices, toasted malts, and very light dark fruits. Less fruit than the nose.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.
o - Overall a nice Belgian dubbel, and very good for the price and availability. Some nice dark fruits in the nose, and something I'd certainly buy again if I was in the mood for a dubbel.
12-28-2011 18:45:28 | More by mdfb79
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Appearance: Beautiful dark reddish purple, good amount of an off-white head.
Smell: Strong fruit character, dark fruits and that aspect to the aroma that many refer to as 'grape bubblegum'. The sweetness is wonderful and is complimented greatly by the bready yeast character of the beer.
Taste: The flavors burst forth, strong and sweet tones of dark, goopy fruits are very noticeable. There is also an excellent yeast character involved that gives the sweetness some backbone. To add to the mix, there is a wonderfully subtle bitterness that never really catches your attention, but instead compliments and rounds out the beer into superb balance.
Mouthfeel: That wonderful champagne like carbonation that is characteristic of many belgian trappist ales. It stings slightly at first, but then clears the way and allows the flavors to come forth. The breadiness that I mentioned earlier also plays a role in giving the beer a more robust feel.
Overall: Pretty much a flawless example of what these Trappist monasteries put forth in their splendid dubbels. It has everything that this kind of beer is supposed to have, and adds a nice twist with a more grapey character than you would normally see. It goes wonderfully with cheese and by itself, very easy to enjoy. About the only bad thing I could say about this beer is that it is not the very best I have had, but with that said it is certainly up there with many other great ales.
12-27-2011 07:08:34 | More by Siriusfisherman
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 2,104 ratings.