Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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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
4.68/5 rDev +12.2%
If ever there was a colure before Let There Be Light this is it, Westmalle Trappist Ale pours that dark. Head of light tan very fine foam goes to over two fingers before settling down to a fine cap of foam with moderate lacing. The carbonation does not rise to the top and replenish the head, it cant, the liquid is too viscous and traps the gas within, only to be released when the ale washes over the tongue. Pretty neat trick, I would say.
Raisin and prune with just a touch of fig and allspice to the nose. Raisin and prune with just a touch of fig, and allspice to the palate as well as bittersweet dark chocolate. The 7.00% ABV is completely veiled within this delicious brew.
If I take up consuming Westmalle Trappist Ale on a regular basis, Im going to have to get a second job
07-27-2007 05:37:39 | More by BeerBob
4.22/5 rDev +1.2%
One of those beers that I wanted to be more excited about but maybe I had my hopes set too high. Pours fine, looks fine, nice chocolate body with a rocky head. Smell is a touch muted, dried fruits and a hint of chocolate. Definitely higher in carbonation than I was expecting but overall a good beer. I think I was hoping for the best dubbel ever, which was probably too much to expect from any producer. Still, thoroughly enjoyed.
03-22-2010 14:01:23 | More by juju7
4.6/5 rDev +10.3%
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel. 2009
Dark, rich brown. Dark ruby red under light. Three finger head settles down to one. Beautiful clumpy tan head.
Caramel and fruity esters
Goes down smooth and creamy. Sweet malts with caramel flavor are delicious. Date and banana fruit flavors. Finishes slightly dry with moderate spiciness.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Extremely drinkable. It's so smooth and creamy. A little on the sweet side, but it pulls it off.
02-09-2010 03:47:41 | More by BeerNemesis
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Appearance: Pours a reddish-mahogany color with a fairly hazy body. A thick tan head starts strong and shrinks to a solid cap.
Smell: Spicy and fruity with plums, dates, raisons, and a faint nutty smell. There's a touch of breadiness, as well as alcohol.
Taste: The flavor's extremely complex with lots of dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. There's a strong nutty flavor along with a breadiness. Perhaps a bit of banana too? The flavor profile reads just like the aroma... A good brew.
Mouthfeel: Has a rich and creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Finishes dry and crisp.
Drinkability: Pretty good. I could drink a few of these without a problem.
This one's about average for a Trappist brew, which means it's above-average when compared to most others...
02-17-2003 22:50:48 | More by MJR
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
Just picked a couple bottles up tonight after work, putting the other one in the cellar for a while.
Poured into my Westmalle goblet, reddish-brown color and an huge, attractive head that tried to escape the bottle before I even began pouring. The head dissipated rather quickly, and after I finished the beer, the glass looked almost spotless.
I was expecting a little stronger smell from some of the other reviews, but maybe it's just my nose. Slight sweet smell, and a little malty as well.
The first taste was spicy and malty. After a couple swallows, it started tasting much more complex. I started picking up the raisin and a few other fruits I couldn't quite place. It remained very dry throughout, and the alcohol taste was definite, but nowhere near overbearing.
Mouthfeel was very dry. Fairly drinkable, but dry.
I've had better, but I'd definitely recommend this beer. Not sure how many I'll pick up at $5 a bottle though, but I just hope I save my other bottle long enough to find out how much better it gets with age.
05-20-2006 05:08:38 | More by Phocion
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep, ruby red with a lot of carbonation. Some lacing but not a whole lot. Smells like brown sugar and dried fruit. Tastes very sweet and malty and finishes very dry. Due to the relatively low ABV, this beer is very drinkable. A very satisfying beer that I will definitely have to pick up more in the future.
05-13-2008 02:27:00 | More by jdubjacket
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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