Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a ruby-brown color with a huge beige head. Excellent head retention leads to excellent lacing down the glass. Nose includes hints of sweet malt, spices and chocolate. Notes of the sweet malt, very subdued hops, yeast and raisins introduce themselves to the palate. This is a very well balanced dubbel, perhaps the best I've tried so far. The alcohol is definitely there, but hard to pinpoint. Definitely worth seeking out.
06-14-2003 12:30:14 | More by Jon
4.88/5 rDev +17%
100th beer Ive tried and reviewed.Heres to 100 more.Poured into the proper Westalle Trappist chalice.
Brownish/red body with a off white head.Bubbles streaming to the top.
Candy sugar and some dark fruits hit my nose.
Fruity taste,it almost taste like juice.It taste very lively.Malt hits ya at the end of the sip.
Carbonation is really good and not overly aggressive.The alcohol is warming and soothing.Like drinking a really good Vick vaper rub.In a good way though.
Im glad I tried this stuff and I will seek it out again in the future for a special occasion.God im glad the monks like to make bier.
03-15-2007 01:44:07 | More by MmmIPA
4.6/5 rDev +10.3%
I had Westmalle on tap in Belgium several years ago, but am trying and reviewing a bottled version.
Poured from a bottle into a chalice.
Pours a deep, dark reddish-brown color with a subtle off-white head with good retention. Leaves a pleasing amount of lacing.
The smell is all Belgium. Malty and spicy. The taste follows suit. I'm picking up some fruity flavors...apricots and pears as well as some spices...cloves maybe? Regardless, this beer tastes great. It's well balanced and the carbonation holds through the serving producing an enjoyable drinking experience.
At 7% abv, you can definitely enjoy a few of these in a sitting. All in all, an exceptional world class beer that can drank and enjoyed over and over again.
11-10-2010 02:12:06 | More by pburland23
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
Dark reddish brown, big pillowy head. Smell is deep and delicious: molasses, fenugreek/syrup, dark fruit, milk chocolate, damp earth.
Tastes of raisins and prunes, berries, molasses, fenugreek, cocoa, a little alcohol and white pepper. Very smooth, creamy carbonation. Head keeps replenishing itself. The sweetness is never cloying. Some grassy, herbal hops in the background. This is very well balanced, rich, and satisfying.
08-21-2006 06:55:06 | More by Beerzebub
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
33cl Bottle from stystembolaget. Dark, murky brown with slight rosey tint. Big tan head that lasts til the end and laces the glass. Aroma is amazing - belgian yeast and tart fruit come rushing at you, followed by caramel and slight alcohol hanging back. Thick, full mouthfeel and medium carbonation coat your tongue. Flavor is sweet and malty, but bitterness perfectly controls things. more bitter in finish, but not out front. Hops become more pronounced as beer warms. One of my new favorite beers.
11-07-2009 09:36:54 | More by bulletrain76
4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
Brown bottle, 33 cl size. Best by date (not that it matters) printed on back label.
Burgandy in colour, topped by a fluffy beige head. Thin lines of carbonation move swiftly to the surface.
Burnt sugar aromas lead off, followed by plums, raisins, & dates. Very interesting & inviting nose.
Loads of fruit here, along with a hint of chocolate. Quite tasty. Soft, medium bodied, intense carbonation.
04-26-2004 17:15:55 | More by xgrigorix
3.63/5 rDev -12.9%
A: Pours a dark brown with maroon highlights. Head is large, creamy, and toffee-colored. Nice lacing, excellent head retention.
S: Toffee, caramel, dark fruit, some spice, smooth vanilla, and light cocoa. Interesting aroma, could be a bit stronger.
T&M: A faint and dry toffee-like malt is upfront, with a slight dark fruitiness and an ample amount of spice. Some metallic flavor on the finish. Not quite as rich or full a dubbel as I'm accustomed to. Body is medium with a zesty, spicy carbonation that's a little bit heavy and lacks the smoothness I associate with Belgians.
D: Metallic flavor makes it a bit tough to put down, but the flavor and body are both on the lighter side.
08-04-2009 21:56:59 | More by BamaBeerBuff
3.8/5 rDev -8.9%
I've had a bottle of this in the cellar for about a year now. I just read about this beer in the BA magazine, and decided that it was time to drink it. The bottle has an October 25, 2007 date, so hopefully I'm not too late!
Decanted into a white wine glass, it pours a cloudy, light ruby color with a foamy white head. Great retention. Lots of lacing on the glass. Enticing.
Even with the glass sitting a couple feet away from me, I can catch whiffs of apples, some toasted malts, and the alcohol. When I put my nose into it, I get apple cider, cherries and other tart fruit, alcohol, yeast. Overall, a warm, toasted quality.
Tastes are a little disappointing. Blossoms into a balanced malty, dark fruity character. But then it just disappears, with a weak , cardboard aftertaste. Perhaps the beer is past its prime.
Mouthfeel is pleasantly effervescent. A nice foil to the warm, malty flavors.
Overall, pretty drinkable. There's a lot going for this beer. Great aromas and flavors - a beautiful looking beer. But my bottle may be a month or two past its prime. I'll have to try it again!
01-14-2008 00:47:46 | More by ndekke39
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
Serving date: 2009-02-19. Served in tulip.
Presentation: 330 ml bottle with the trappist collar around the neck. Freshness date (best before 2010-11-12) and glassware recommendations printed on the label.
Appearance: A very deep ruby color. It looks fantastic when held to a light. Develops a huge, 3 finger light brown head that sticks around for a good while. Some lacings and plenty of foam linger on.
Smell: Lovely smell of fresh fruit. Some yeast aromas, going towards the smell of banana, as well. Plenty of sweet notes from malts and chocolate.
Taste: Plenty of sweet malts and fruit - mostly redcurrants and banana. Then, a tarter fruitiness - like red apples just a little unripe, or just apple peel - appears. A gentle spiciness and soothing chocolate flavors round things off. The finish has a very mild bitterness and a restrained hop character, is somewhat spicy and slightly tart (but by no means sours). The alcohol is warming.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Plenty of carbonation. Slightly coarse and crisp, but still rather smooth.
Drinkability: The fruit character in this one is just amazing, great balance between sweetness and tartness - very refreshing. Truly complex and well balanced. Perhaps, I would have liked just a little more bite in the finish.
02-20-2009 00:07:38 | More by ricke
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
Dark cherry brown body with a tan head that faded but laced. A bit of sediment that looks like coffee grinds even. A stronge and somewhat surprising baker's chocolate on the nose, the ABV came through too but not nearly as strong as some other trappists I've had. Very pleasant on the nose. A mix of black cherry, bits of chocolate, cane sugar, and a very light sensation of lemon zest on the tongue. No acidity to speak of but a creamy and thick feeling with a slight oily aftertaste/feel. Very drinkable for the alcohol.
06-25-2005 17:46:49 | More by packetknife
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
Composite review based on older notes from a 330ml bottle and a 750ml bottle consumed on 12/31/2012.
Pours a mahogany color with a but of haziness. A Good sized tan head that never completely fades, leaving a fair amount of lacing as it recedes to a sticky film. Aroma is of sweet, dark fruit dipped in liquory caramel. Some yeast undertones too. Fruity esters from across the spectrum. Caramel apple, white grape, and raisin.
First taste impression is that it's more dry, tart than expected. While I would like just a bit more residual sweetness, this is a 7% dubbel, not a quad, so it's entirely appropriate. Lots of caramel malt flavor; also raisin, tart apple. Near the bottom of the 750, more chalky yeast and a smoother mouthfeel. A great pairing with some good ol' American BBQ. Alcohol doesn't intrude at all, and carbonation is vigorous and sudsy while remaining nicely complimentary to the flavor.
Westmalle Dubbel is another Trappist gem. It must be tried if you even remotely favor Belgian ales.
12-31-2012 21:36:25 | More by gr0g
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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