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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,158
Hads: 2,478
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 177
Gots: 364 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

.33L bottle served in a Belgian snifter. BB dated 28 Jan. 2015 - but i didn't want to wait any longer. This was my favorite beer for a while, during and following a visit to Belgium. I haven't had it for a few years except one small tasting, so let's see how it holds up.

Appearance: dark brown with a variable density light brown head. Good retention and lacing. Some sediment remained in the bottle even after extracting every last drop of liquid.

Smell: Dark bread with a load of raisins, dates, ripe bananas and generic dried dark fruits. Hints of pears, dried plums and spices. Light alcohol esters.

Taste: Similar to aroma profile but stronger, with more plum, and less sweet. This 7% ale drinks like 3-4%. Rich, bitter-sweet (leaning clearly towards bitter), and lasting flavor. Bordering 4.5

Feel: Smooth, medium-full body; medium carbonation that seems just right.

Overall: Excellent! World class for style. Unfortunately not cheap in the U.S. A great sipper: engaging, flavorful, interesting and easy to drink. The look, smell, flavor and feel all seem just right for each other. Highly recommended!

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westmalle chalice:

Pours brown with a thin, cream-colored head that soon becomes a spotted lace.

The smell is of caramel and raisin, with hints of chocolate. It's fairly mild, but pleasant.

The taste is of sweet, dark, dried fruits, caramel and a touch of toasted grain. It's malty, but not overly sweet. As it warms, more fruitiness appears (apples and a slice of citrus, mixed with dark fruits), along with a touch of cocoa. The alcohol is noticeable (esp. at the start and finish), but generally in a non-interfering way. The malty sweetness is also present, but restrained - largely by the fruit and grain.

The feel is creamy and smooth. Goes down very (too?) easily.

I want to go to Belgium. NOW. If this is this good here (after being in the bottle who knows how long - no freshness date), I can just imagine what it is like fresh over there...Would love to pair it with some fresh Belgian chocolate.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Matt last night. One of the beers that I'm shocked and appauled at myself for having never reviewed this wonderful Trappist beer.

Beer served in a tulip at cellar temperature. Beer is brown and hazy, dark, forms a giant head of medium and small off white / dirty yellow bubbles that leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet like raisins and carmel and bready with great yeast esters and a wonderful bouquet.

Beer is medium bodied with good carbonation in the mouth. About the most drinkable dubbel I've ever had. Good dark fruit notes in the midpalate and a good non-dry finish. I love this beer a lot.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 23/08/13

A: Pours a very cloudy dark mahogany to brown in color. The beer has a finger tall soapy dark beige head that reduces to a thin film covering a large patch of the center of the surface of the beer and a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The beer has a sweet smell, there is a definite malt presence along with spices and some dark fruit (plums).

T: The beer starts with an almost chocolate-like flavor and then you move into the malty sweetness. There are hints of spices as well as some dark fruit sweetness (plum). The beer gets a little sweeter as it warms. The flavors are quite complex.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The alcohol is very well hidden and there is a nice complexity to the flavors. Definitely one to get again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a nice, thick one finger tan head on top. Very nice retention with rather foamy lacing left on the glass.

S: Lots of dark fruits - figs, plums, and raisins dominate the aroma. It is on the sweet side with some caramelized malt and a little molasses.

T: A bit maltier in flavor than aroma, with a lot of bread, caramel, and a bit of toffee which blend nicely with the dark fruits that are present (plum, figs, and a bit of cherry).

M: Medium bodied, very crisp and smooth with medium carbonation.

O: A very nice beer. Still just scratching the surface in terms of Dubbels, but I look forward to trying some more soon. Will be interesting to see how this one stacks up to Chimay, Rochefort, etc.

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Photo of WesWes
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an awesome pale and Belgian crystal malt scent with a tart, yet fruity Belgian yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a creamy brown ale flavor with a tart, fruity Belgian yeast finish. It goes down easy and finishes creamy and dry. The mouthfeel is exceptional. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It has aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel; a fine sessions brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a decent-sized tan head. The aroma is heavy on the raisins and cherries with some nice brown sugar notes. I also get some yeast notes. The flavor is not as fruit as the aroma. I get some raisins and plum notes, but what is more prevalent is the toffee from the malt. The yeast is also present in the flavor. There is some brown sugar flavor but the beer is fairly dry overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A world classic beer that never disappoints.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/01/05- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirit's in Lafayette, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by 08/05. Poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Appearance- Deep, dark cherry colored pour with a larger bubbled head and average lacing.

Smell- Mostly some sweet fruit aspects. Raisins and plums primarily.

Taste- A bit sweet in the beginning, which then turns to a tad bitter malty flavor. Raisins and plums and maybe prunes plus a tad bit of a roasted flavor. Coffee?

Mouthfeel- Leaves mouth a tad dry with above average carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not a bad beer at all, but I was expecting a bit more. More sweetness and bursting flavors. Still worthy of some praise.

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Photo of billab914
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into my Rochefort chalice. It poured a deep, caramel brown color with a big frothy head filling half of the glass. Fantastic head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a good amount of tart, crisp fruit to it. I get some very noticeable apple or apple juice like qualities along with some pear notes too. The Belgian yeast spice is very evident as well

The taste starts off with the Belgian yeast giving off a lot of clove, nutmeg and a little cinnamon spice. Midway the tart, apple juice like flavor really starts to come out. The crisp, tart fruits mix very nicely with the Belgian yeast spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is about average for the style. The real draw of the mouthfeel is the thick and creamy head that you get on each sip. Overall it was a good beer, and a very good example of the style. Nice beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of Gavage
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark burgandy / brown color with a 3" thick head. The head receded to the surface in a few minutes. The aroma was great as caramel, yeast, bread, and light fruit were leaping from the glass. The flavor was also great as the what was sensed by the nose was matched by the tongue with the addition of raisins and plums.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a dry finish. The caramel and bread tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol not noticebale at all. This is an exceptional drinking dubbel.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.89/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Bottle to be consumed before May 27th 2012 so off we go!

A dark red to brown/black walnut is immersed throughout the chalice for the body, as the head produces a very foamy and large bubbled brown caramel color. Head really doesn't stick around much, but leaves a good size crawling collar

Interestingly light aromatic of whipped cococa/chocolate, light sense of roasted malts, Belgian candi, some slight sweet cherries, almost a sensation of smelling a good creamy Black Forest cake. Real nice I must admit.

Taste is very light bodied and a bit wet, bringing a real noticeable carbon dioxide and gaseous finish. Much of the notes on the nose are not even distinguishable on the palate at all. A large taste of just ordinary club soda, not bringing any of the scents picked up on the nose.

Overall I am wishing I could say more about how this tastes, but it tastes like drink club soda and nothing else. Pretty darn disappointing cause the nose is fantastic.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the tap room across from the Abbey.

There is something about being able to sample beer from a goblet on Sunday morning as Mass has just ended.

This beer was quite dry and at first not nearly as complex as I was expecting. The color was solidly amber without much in the way of haze. As it warmed up a bit it began to open up and show what it had to offer. It picked up a hint of sweetness which helped to boost the malt perception. There was a bit of raisin the mouth as well as a finish that was sweet from the alcohol. The aroma too had an alcohol component to it as well as a bit of woodiness. Quite estery tasting without being particularly fruity tasting. There seemed to be some higher alcohols in here as well.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I've saved too long, this 33cl bottle has been in my stock (stash) for over three years and I've put off drinking it for one reason or another. It was one month past its Best Before Date of 23rd Oct 2008 on this review.

Luckily this beer is so well made, the BBD isn't an issue.

Poured slowly, oh so slowly into my Westmalle Chalice, it looked super. I allowed the sediment to join the beer, as I like to taste and feel the whole product and enjoy the extra strenght and flavours the sediment gives.

I am no stranger to this wonderful beer, but I have never reviewed it while in Belgium, prefering to just enjoy the moment whenever I have drank it before.

Deep mahogany red in colour, with a slight haze because of my prefered pour. The tan creamy head, at first full slips slowly into a thinner carpet of foam which laces the glass as the beer is sipped.

Plums and raisens, rich malts and some toasted caramel give this beer a unique aroma, one I could detect anywhere.

The taste is just as you would expect from the aroma. It is rich, but isn't as creamy maybe and it is fairly high in the carbonisation stakes for a Dubbel, but I think that adds to its character and uniqueness.

A beer I always have when in Belgium, often on tap, it is a delight and one of my all time favorite beers.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chestnut brown with some red highlights. Good head with nice retention and fantastic lacing. The smell is of clean yeast aromas, dark fruit, and sweet malt. Dry, but noticeable. Some light chocolate on the finish. The taste is wonderful- very dry, with a light creaminess up front, some drying bitterness in the middle and the development of fruit flavors as the taste goes on: dates, prunes, and apples. Sweet malt is also noticeable, as well as some chocolate at the end. Very little alcohol is noticeable.The mouthfeel is one of the most interesting aspects of this beer. It is extraordinarily creamy- it almost seems to float on the tongue. I'm unsure of whether I really like this or if it ends up giving the beer too light of a feel. I think ultimately it probably increases the drinkability score and decreases the mouthfeel score. This beer is a classic- very drinkable, surprisingly refreshing for a trappist ale. A real winner, and one which I hope will be brewed for many years.

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Photo of corby112
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

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Photo of weeare138
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
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

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 1,158 ratings.