Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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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
4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
A very dark burgundy brew with a nice off-white head, a very sticky one, that retains very well.
Dark fruity aroma that's a little on the sweet side. Plum and candi sugar. Certainly vinous too.
Spicy on the tongue, dark fruity but not as sweet as the aroma suggested. There's still some candi sugar present. Hops do their job well, balancing out everything else. Kind of reminds me of a pastry that uses plum or dark berries, but less biting in the fruit department. Slightly bready and woody. It gets more and more dry as it nears the end, finishing dry and dark fruity, sort of bourbonish.
Great mouthfeel from the superb carbonation. Very smooth and a bit creamy.
This is a wonderful beer. I'm glad my first experience with it is a fresh version that I can tell has been handled well. I'll definitely revisit this one. As dubbels go, it's hard to beat something like this.
10-02-2005 01:49:42 | More by hyuga
4.73/5 rDev +13.4%
330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.
A - Pours a very nice deep ruby-mahogany hue, with a big fluffy head of creamy foam. The head settles to a dense creamy cap that leaves sticky chunks of lace down the glass. Looks excellent.
S - Smells excellent. Sweet cola syrup and candi sugar with raisins, figs and dried plums. Some cherry and cranberry notes as well, which I really enjoy. The yeast is very prominent, with spicy and bready notes abound. Deep, complex and fruity, exactly what I like in a good dubbel. Just a touch of rich boozy sweetness, but in the best kind of way.
T - Opens up with lots of bready malt and spicy yeast notes. Lots of sweetness coming from the candi sugar. Some cola syrup and molasses as well. Finishes with lots of fruitiness, but more cherry and cranberry than I'm used to. Figs and raisins are still clearly pronounced, as well as a great plum character. Earthy hops linger ever so slightly with subtle notes of sweet alcohol, dark chocolate, and some caramelized sugar. The balance between the flavors here is remarkable. Every piece of this flavor profile comes together as a seamless, complex, and drinkable treat. I could go on about the flavors of this beer all day.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a fine carbonation the compliments the body perfectly. Bittering aftertaste is minimal but present. Very good.
D - Worlds apart from the Westmalle Tripel, which was one of the most disappointing tripels I've ever tried. This one the other hand, after many dubbels, quads, and BSDAs, still stands out as a remarkable beer. A truly classic Trappist beer that should stand as a benchmark for what this style should be; deep, rich, and complex.
07-28-2012 01:02:42 | More by Converge
4.22/5 rDev +1.2%
Served in 12oz tulip.
Appearance is an effervescent hazy ruby colour. Head is tan and plentiful. Lacing is apparent.
Smells of munich malt, raisins, and spicy yeast/hops. To be honest, it is not generating a whole lot of anticipation.
Taste is full and complex. Amazing malt sweetness and dark fruitiness up front, which turns to a dry spicy finish with a bit of hop flavour. Almost perfect.
Carbonation is lively in the mouth (though creamy), making it very refreshing and dangerously drinkable.
I could easily down several of these before noticing how much alcohol is in there.
I find this beer to be very smooth and not overly spicy - which I think suits a darker belgian beer... it allows you to appreciate the malt. The only knock is I that I find the aroma lacking. Spectacular, and very well crafted... as a homebrewer, I would love to brew something this good.
05-11-2007 00:06:48 | More by markaberrant
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Beer was a deep amber color with a thin, creamy, off-white head. Moderate carbonation and lacing.
Aroma was caramel, raisins, candi sugar and malt.
Taste was spicy and sweet with flavors of apple, caramel, bread and raisins.
A nice sipper that really opens up as it warms. Very easy drinking.
03-29-2008 03:12:48 | More by drumrboy22
3.73/5 rDev -10.6%
Pours a dense, milk-chocolate brown color with a thinner head than I expected for a Trappist. The dry, champagne sweet aroma doesn't seem to have much of the dark fruit character I'd expect from the style and actually gives a hint of the moderate alcohol content. The taste is much truer to style, with flavors of raisins, sweet (rather than tart) cherries, and a caramel sweetness. The effervescence that seems common among Trappist beers mutes some of the flavor, but at the same time invigorates the liquid, helping it slip over the tongue with a silky drinkability. Overall, not my favorite Dubbel, but it is still unique and interesting.
05-05-2010 18:13:15 | More by devilben02
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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