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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,926 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1926
Reviews: 1103
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000)
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Halcyondays

California

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark ruby brown, with a full of-white head with great retention, some lacing.

S: Brown sugar, cola, wet paper, port wine.

T: Dark sugar, raisins are the major malt characteristics. Definitely a metallic edge, copper, with some vinous character.

M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, metallic, can be watery.

D: A tasty beer, but I think the tripel is much better, especially with the price. The standard bearer for this style, a well made ale for sure, any Trappist fan should try it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 05:07:24 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy reddish dark red with a one finger beige cap.

S: Yeast, mild brown sugar and light whiff of dark fruit

T: A little bit of spice, dark fruit, yeast, and and light candy. Not so much flavor on this. Sordove plain.

M: Medium body and mild carbonation. Sweet, dry finish.

O: Good DUbbel but nothing Earthshattering but maybe I am missing something here

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 01:55:51 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle for $7 at the Steelgarden in Bethlehem, served in a goblet. I've been reading about Belgians lately, so this really hit the spot. It was almost wine-like for it's relatively thin body, bitter spices and smooth (but hardly sweet) fruit. There was a rummy raisin-grape character up front with a peppery, and surprisingly bitter finish. The middle of the flavor was light, with almost a sort of strawberries and cream taste. Very interesting, very tasty. An absolute classic.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 21:22:59 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 18:45:28 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

33cl brown glass bottle with classic pressure cap served into a La Trappe goblet in Nijmegen, Holland. Reviewed live.

A: 1.5 finger head of nice cream lacing and good thickness. Excellent retention for the relatively high ABV. Overall, the head is soft and delicate. I'd say it's about six minutes. Dark solid brown colour. Nontransparent.

Sm: Cream, nutty hops, and maybe yeast. A very mild strength scent; it's difficult for me broken nose to detect individual distinct notes. All apologies, lads.

T: Lovely cream undertones stay consistent (and welcome) throughout, a wonderful effect. Lightly nutty. Some date fruit notes, but I wouldn't call them esters. I don't get any caramel, as noted in other reviews - or even any caramelized malt. Maybe some figgy touches, but if so they're buried. Exquisite. Brilliantly spectacularly balanced. Some sort of wood is present, but not in the barrel aged sense of that description. Incredibly well built, but not as complex as it ought to be.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Perfectly complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: Relatively high ABV, very fairly priced, and incredibly easy to drink. It's very commercially available and it's high quality. It's a shame people may try to make counterfeit Westvleteren with the bottles, but the beer isn't to blame. She's certainly worth a go if you like beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 21:11:55 | More by kojevergas
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Pours a dark brown, variably cloudy depending on your pour, with a cap of foamy, off-white head that retains well and laces moderately well. Dark sugars and dark dried fruits in the aroma. Taste is woody, bready, yeasty, with notes of brown sugar, caramel, dried fruits: raisins, figs, and the like. Some banana and spice moments slip in once in a while. Medium-bodied and very nice to drink. Though I prefer its elder sibling, the Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 16:22:53 | More by Rifugium
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Billolick

New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle, 16/05/08 dating on the rear label. Pours cloudy, mahogony, with a long lasting medium tan head, plenty of sticky lacing. Allowed to warm for about 30 mins. Nose of raisins, figs, cola. Seems pretty highly carbonated on the tongue. Flavor notes of more raisins, figs, more cola, and some rum also picked up. Drying and slightly chalky in the finish. Tasty and complex brew, but kind of expensive, (over $4 for the 11.2 ouncer) A nice treat, but other choices abound and I'm not sure how often I'll go for this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 22:39:49 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a deep brown dense hazy body with a creamy smooth light tan head.

S- The smell is vinous with some notes of alcohol and some dark caramel notes. A very faint cherry and honey note as it warms.

T- The taste is slightly vinous with a bit of a carbonic acid taste at the finish. Notes of dried fruit and honey also come through as it warms in the taste. As it warms the finish becomes very dry with a slight bitterness but not a hop bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium-full body with lots of tiny bubbles in the fizz. There is a slight alcohol kick at the finish.

D- This beer doesn't have the depth in malt that I was hoping for and I was surprised by the alcohol kick. It’s a good beer but I would expect a little more. The date guide on the label is not checked of so I don't know how old this beer is, that might account for the lack of depth?

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 02:31:03 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge light brown, five finger-head leaving just traces of lace, pour slowly. Deep ruby color. Good carbonation. Medium bodied. Starts malty and sweet, finishes with a good mix of hops and malt but a slightly hoppy aftertaste. My 100th Belgian and not a bad one in the bunch. The ABV is 7.0%. $5.39 for a 330ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2004 23:14:58 | More by jdhilt
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I'd never reviewed this before, but perhaps I'm just more of a Westmalle Tripel kinda guy. Anyway, when I realised it, I figured it was time to grab a bottle and try it out.

Pours a pleasantly dark and murky reddish black, that shows ruby at the edges when held to the light. It's more opaque and darker than a lot of dubbels, but the haze makes it shine beautifully. Head is persistent after collapsing from a boisterous beginning. Body is moderate, not light, but not sludgy and thick. Looks good.

Nose is smooth, but with some peppery phenols and a dustiness like those found in medieval catacombs. Some sweet plumminess and a spike of plasticine, which cuts through the darker, heavier characters. Nice, but lacking some complexity.

Smooth again on the palate, with more peppery phenols than are present on the nose. More plummy sweetness, but with a genuine aged dusty character to go with it. Some vanilla on the back, but the finish drops off very quickly. Feel is smooth, especially with the hint of vanilla.

Not a bad drop, but I've had better dubbels, and better trappist dubbels as well. The style is a good basis, whatever happens, but I feel this could have been better.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 06:47:20 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very easy to find around Belgium, even in the grocers ... it seemed like this stuff was everywhere. Very smooth and even better on tap in the proper Westmalle glass at the Circo cafe in Brussels.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2001 15:33:41 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep chocolate brown beer with a decent off white to tan colored head.

The scent of this beer makes it hard to concentrate it is so good. The glass is sitting 3 feet away from me and I can very clearly smell its wonderful odor. First scent is really good cognac and spices with sweet honey drizzled in. Baked brown apples made with fresh ground cinnamon, ginger and cloves caresses your nose. Fainter scents of chocolate cake batter and vanilla are back up scent. Best scent ever they should make a cologne that smells like this.

Taste is either going to disappoint or wow me so which is it? It Wows me. Strong flavor of malt and spice massages your tongue in to paradise. Drier flavor than expected from the scent it is balanced. This is a taste that is elusive to describe; it is blended so well that I can't really pull the flavors apart it just plain tastes good. Fruity without letting any one get identified and spicy with only coriander being identifiable. After taste is delicious chocolate cake.

Mouthfeel is creamy.

Drinkability is simply some of the best stuff on Earth! I am going to go drink the sediment in the bottom of the bottle, and I am not joking about that!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 03:59:41 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 05/04/07

A - Pours a dark ruby red/amber, lots of carbonation, nice tan foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, raisins, and prunes.

T - The taste is fabulous, tangy, slightly bitter, sweet, a touch of caramel, very complex.

M - Medium body, well rounded with a carbonated feel.

D - Very drinkable. This is my frist Westmalle, very tasty brew indeed, will definitely buy again, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 18:30:50 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, slightly plum-like color with a huge foamy beige head. Aroma is malty with hints of chocolate, caramel, sugar cane, dark fruit and alcohol. Hoppy up front with a good amount of carbonation, chocolate maltiness, candi sugar and figs with a slightly sour and bitter hop finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 23:14:08 | More by corby112
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DoubleJ

California

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

That's a nice dark ruby brown with orange hues the beer appears as. It has a pleasing aroma of assorted dark fruits with a little bit of cocoa. The taste, while not in your face, is very mellow and refreshing. Tastes just like the aroma, then add in a little bit of esters and pinch of peppery yeast. Very nicely balanced with the alcohol in disguise. Yep, another quality Trappist beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 04:43:43 | More by DoubleJ
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB date: 27/05/2010, served lightly chilled in Westmalle's own broad-rimmed chalice.

The aroma is almost the same as my last encounter 3.5 years ago, pretty settled with all lovely estery aroma plus a faint trace of fruit-wine-like sourness. On the palate, the foretaste of light-bodied chocolatey dark malts, candy-sugary notes like Chinese red-bean paste, sweet licorice, is ensued by an utterly pleasant, dry-ish bitterness as of burned-malts, which is in turn chased by a marvellously bitter taste with an aromatic black-cherry-ish and prune-ish fruitiness (with an acute sour edge to it). Some utterly-bitter dried & ground Chinese herbs (with the same level of sweetness as licorice) manage to linger in the very end, complementing the overall herbally-estery theme and integrated maltiness just seamlessly. The mouthfeel is decent and refreshing, medium-bodied, without any sign of alc.. All in all, this one is even better than my last encounter, utterly quaffable mainly due to the dry and bitter palate that suits me as a Bitter drinker only TOO well...

* Tasting Date: 11/11/05
BB date: 20/04/07
4 A: in a large tulip-shaped wine glass it pours dark and deep brownish colour, with a ruby hint against light; the beige-hued beer head comes quite thick and foamy, with very good retention as well, leaving very fine lace along the way. The fine carbonation flows constantly.
4.5 S: deeply candyish malty, liquorice, slightly-burned brown sugar, treacle, hints of exotic Chinese red-bean paste, dried dates and sweetened plum juice. Overall the nose is softly malty and perfumy, very complex whereas remaining "floating" or refreshing~~
4 T: a mouthful of creamy-textured candy sugar and caramel-like maltiness upfront is ensued by a flat tart-sweet fruitiness (like dried plums plus preserved dates) with a hint of molasses, leading to an predominantly malty but also slightly tangy and dryish aftertaste, without too much influence of the sugary touch, making this beer quite lighter-than-expected and pretty approachable.
4 M&4 D: pretty soft on the palate, though the taste always comes with a faintly touch of alcohol. Overall this is a medium-textured ale with semi-rich flavour and little unwanted sugary and sticky aftertaste. Very easy to drink, though I think the complexity of the flavour is not as great as the nose. A solid brew all the same.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 20:16:55 | More by wl0307
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A deep, rustic tone of scarlet red that turns ablaze when held into the light where it comes to much more closely resemble ruby; there is both great depth and radiance in the colour. The most creamy of mousses slowly deflates and will consolidate into a pudgy but firm mold of gluey foam. How elegant - I'm content just to look at the thing!

You know you're in for something delicious. The smell is grounded in dark, lightly toasted malts and earthy, finely chopped hops. It has a near herbal, almost cilantro like quality that underlines the dynamically effervescent yeast. Notes of raisin and plum, doused in brown sugar and nutmeg, are sure to peek one's curiosity enough to rush the first sip.

Crisp, hard husks of rye and barley exist along side their cracked, kilned, and boiled counterparts. The flavour may resemble a yeasty, fresh loaf of our daily bread but it also bears some similarity to a caramel coated cake that might be served as dessert. The taste of hops - green, lightly spicy noble varieties - is surprisingly present and contributes plenty.

The esters and phenols of the yeast are almost untypically restrained in this particular offering. That said, I've had the beer enough times to notice subtle hints of cinnamon and clove as well as fruity, over-ripe taste of dates, raisins and prunes. The beer is so rich with such a diverse cast of flavours that you will never loose interest in what you're drinking.

Sweetness and bitterness duel in a passionate dance. The beer balances rich maltiness with bitter hops and a phenolic yeast. The alcohol is scarcely noticed and plays absolutely no roll in effecting drinkability. This beer is quenching, hearty, and a wonderful accompaniment to stews, wild rices, or game meats - pair this with food! It is one beer to always have on hand.

Regardless of whatever level of appreciation I had for beer, the Westmalle Dubbel (and Tripel for that matter) has always impressed me. Before I could even understand why it was I liked it, I've always appreciated it for its wonderful appearance, rich flavour and delectable drinkability. Sure enough, the more beers I try the more I appreciate it - Westmalle Dubbel is a beer I'd recommend to everyone.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 00:16:35 | More by biegaman
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky reddish dark brown with a 2 finger beige head that drops after a moment. Little bits of spotty lacing has some trouble sticking. Lots of yeast in the bottom of the glass.
Smell is of bready, candy sugar with a hint of raisins and warming alcohol.
Taste is of fresh baked bread with lots of raisins and candy sugar and dark brown sugar. A nice, yeasty sensation sticks to the roof of the mouth, dropping towards the back.
Mouthfeel is good. Slightly overcarbonated but still decent. Fizzy and filling in the mouth, the sweet maltiness and breadiness touch and tickle the inside of the cheeks.
Drinkability is good as well. There is some noticable alchohol but this is a rare treat that will get the job done of fulfilling the craving for a dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 03:19:01 | More by weeare138
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plaid75

New York

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this beer up last week. Outwardly, an ornate glass bottle and classic label.

Pours a beautiful cloudy amber, almost violet, color. A nice thick head, which levels out to a half an inch which lasts throughout the experience.
Excellent lacing throughout as well.

Very aromatic - scents of raisin and fig.

The flavor mirrors the aroma. Rich raisin and fig flavor with a touch of alcohol at the end, but not bad for the ABV.

The mouthfeel is full and the flavor remains in the mouth.

A very drinkable trappist.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 01:31:41 | More by plaid75
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish brown, nie thick tan head forms, settles down into a nice layer, great lacing, great retention. Smell is sweet, berries, yeast, caramel, almost a burnt currant kind of aroma, real nice though. Taste is sweet, very fruity, some citrus, yeast, little bit of booze, pretty weak compared to the smell for me though. Mouthfeel is thin bodied with high carbonation, finishes dry, very attenuated.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 01:25:03 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CO2 bubbles stream to the surface of this crimson colored brew at a very rapid pace. The body of this beer is topped of with a gigantic mousse-like light brown head. The retention is excellent. There are nice aromas of chocolate, yeast, must, chalk and candy. The flavors are a little bready, chalky and dry. Alcohol presence is really kept in check. Some bubblegum makes an appearance as well. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. And the body is light-medium. This is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 03:05:11 | More by Bighuge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark amber-cranberry with a huge billowy light khaki-cinnamon speckled colored head that was rocky, firm, and flat out refused to go down. A big foamy lacing clings to the sides of the glass while there was some small tan speckled yeasties settled on the bottom of the glass.

S: sweet chocolate with a nice yeastiness of bananas with soft scents of cinnamon coated dried apples.

T: The initial flavor was yeasty with ripe fruit (pears, apples) with some sweet caramel and figs. There was but only a slight alcohol presence while the overall flavor was simply incredibly smooth and creamy from start to finish. A sweet, malty, and fruity dubbel that is a shining example per style.

M: medium, creamy, and soft in texture and carbonation. Was a pleasure to behold on the tongue with a nice subtle alcohol warming.

D: By style on of the best ive had and simply amazing. A must try coming highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 23:22:01 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 06:32:35 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut, a little hazy, with reddish highlights and a fine, light brown head. Bready and fruity aroma, some raisin, malt, and mild chocolate. Raisin and plum flavours to start, mild bitterness, then it finishes sweet and bready with a hint of alcohol warmth. Great texture, well-integrated and generous carbonation, medium bodied. This is very nice, sweeter than I expected, but not cloying at all. I'll definitely be picking more of this up.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 01:16:12 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown with a two-finger tan head. Carbonation keeps up throughout the life of the beer. Head sticks around the whole time, diminishing slightly. When I take a sip the head dips into the beer and comes back with what looks like cocoa powder on it. Great looking beverage.

Smell is good. Lots of dark fruits with a good sugary smell. Somewhat of a bready smell as well.

Tastes great. Very fruity and sweet. No alcohol taste whatsoever, and the aftertaste is just a light fruity taste that goes away quickly making me drink another sip.

Mouthfeel is good. Thickness is great, the carbonation is huge, but it is a Belgian. I definitely let it get too cold, it smooths out as it warms.

This is a very drinkable beer. Flavors all work very well together,

Overall it's a classic Dubbel...give it a shot if you haven't already.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 00:25:59 | More by glid02
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