Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel
Appearance: Pours an unfiltered brown, white head covers the top of the brew with small amounts of yeast. Active carbonation is constantly rising to the surface of this living beer.
Smell: Aromas of dark bread and malts, a touch of chicory and the choicest noble hops.
Taste: In the taste, bright grape, raisin and fig notes. Toffee, a touch buttery. Leafy, herbal hop is rounded out in the finish, along with juicy white grape flavour.
Mouthfeel: Effervescent, dry, airy, and wonderful. About as elegant as a Belgian dubbel could possibly feel.
Overall: Westmalle dubbel is a trademark depiction of the style and is a superb dry Belgian brown ale. Artfully crafted and truly remarkable.
12-21-2011 06:32:35 | More by Stinkypuss
British Columbia (Canada)
4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
This delicious brown ale is still considered the first Dubbel. Many beers were modelled after this recipe and many breweries started making darker Dubbels thanks to Westmalle. A staple and in it's own right, unique. Let's see what we have here...
Appearance - A beautiful deep brown. Thick and dark. A nice consistent head forms with pockets (or circles) forming along the top. Light and thicker areas. Extremely creamy in appearance. Not a lot of head, but retains it exceptionally well.
Smell - Lots of malts and brown sugar. Lighter notes of yeast, fig and bread are noticeable. Not much hop on the nose. Seemingly more sugary. Caramel and brown sugar really stand out here.
Taste - Dark, roasted malts, caramel, honey with traces of coffee. A very yeasty beer as well. The sour taste of yeast is subtle, but blends nicely with the sugars and dryer elements of this Dubbel. Dry hops are present, but not obvious. Very balanced and reasonably complex.
Mouthfeel - Lightly carbonated and quite syrupy. The sugars really dance on the tongue. A slight fizz on the palate is noticeable after swallowing. The use of carbonation is tasteful as well.
Overall - Westmalle never fails to deliver. Being such an incredible Belgian brewery for so many years makes it hard for anyone to complain about this brown ale. Wonderfully complex and consistent every time. A dark, stern Dubbel with a plethora of flavors to be enjoyed!
12-21-2011 00:51:20 | More by Agent1
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a dark, almost burgundy, with impressive head. Thick and detailed lace, too. Very nice. I get some sediment, as well, but no points lost for that.
Nose is fruity and yeasty, with hints of sour berries. Quite appealing.
Taste is fruity and yeasty (dark fruit, berries), and even a tad sour. A little funky and musty, too. Superb, and wish these were more widely available and a little more inexpensive. As it is, a treat!
12-18-2011 14:21:29 | More by secondtooth
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
11.2oz bottle served in a goblet.
L - very dark brown with a creamy off-white head that had very good retention.
S - Belgian yeast, dark fruit and earthy aromas.
T - dates, raisins and fig sweetness is balanced with yeasty dryness and a champagne-like finish.
F - medium bodied with lively carbonation create a very good mouthfeel, easy drinking and refreshing.
O- a good example of the style.
12-18-2011 00:30:19 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
A - Pours a nice dark ruby red, thumb of soapy beige head with solid retention and sporadic sheeting lacing.
S - Rich caramel, slightly nutty, raisins and dark fruit, red wine and toffee.
T - Caramel and toffee off the top, red wine and raisins, fruity yeast, though can come across slightly acidic and bitter. Some leafy hop notes come through on the finish and linger alongside a hint of abv heat and sweetness.
M - The bitterness and acidic notes can be a bit of a turnoff, and its a bit prickly going down, thus not the smoothest dubbel I've had.
O - A tasty dubbel, but not my favourite. Maybe this one was a bit over-ripe, but certainly a complex flavour profile. Any fan of the style would not be disappointed by this brew, but comparatively, I've had better.
12-10-2011 15:11:28 | More by andrenaline
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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