Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle
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3.7/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
04-18-2006 01:31:41 | More by plaid75
4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
11-25-2008 23:22:01 | More by beerthulhu
3.75/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
09-28-2006 01:25:03 | More by Viggo
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
08-29-2011 19:04:42 | More by mdaschaf
3.63/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
05-14-2004 03:05:11 | More by Bighuge
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
04-22-2011 00:12:41 | More by billab914
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
09-28-2006 01:16:12 | More by DrJay
4.23/5 rDev +1.4%
.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!
02-27-2012 22:02:31 | More by chinchill
4.13/5 rDev -1%
330ml from the Coop for about $4.50... poured into my Kasteel glass.
Dark brown with cherry highlites.... when held to a light, it is a glowing copper/chesnut.. lite tan head doesn't stick around for very long, but leaves nice rings and a little lace.
Dried fruit dominates the nose... Sweet cherries.. raisins and figs. Dark caramel and toasty malts.... complex but I can't pinpoint.
Flavor is sweet cedar and more fruitcake.. Belgian esters .. low but noticeable chocolate no alcohol is evident. Nice viscosity and carbonation.. what I think of when I want a dubbel. Trademarked balance and complexity that is beyond my palate.
12-27-2007 09:13:28 | More by JohnGalt1
3.83/5 rDev -8.2%
Pours a hazy, amber color. 1 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, slight citrus (plum), slight hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, slight hop, slight sweet malt, slight grain, and slight citrus. Overall, a little more dry than I'm used too, but otherwise a good dubbel.
02-23-2010 00:06:30 | More by Tone
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
08-22-2008 00:25:59 | More by glid02
British Columbia (Canada)
4.38/5 rDev +5%
Deep mohogany in appearance; light tan head; some retention, very little lace.
Malt-fruity aroma with some spicyness from the Belgian yeast.
Belgian yeast products are up front (spicy), floral hops come up next (particularly when it's fresh), and there's a variety of malty flavours in the background. Tastes of cloves, molases, raisins, plums, toast, slightly burnt caramel, with a bit of chocolate and cider. Bitter-sweet aftertaste with slightly warming alcohol.
Light to moderate mouthfeel that defines this style (really well-attenuated). Moderately high carbonation.
Very approachable. Drinkability only suffers because there is so much flavour!
08-15-2005 13:02:30 | More by Derek
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
The pour a murky brown color with modest sized dark beige head that is frothy in its texture and the resultant lace a fine velum like sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is lightly tinted with banana, slightly sour, hints of malt. Front is malt laden, and somewhat sweet with the top fair to middling in its feel on the palate. Finish has a prickly acidity and the hops pleasing and delightfully spicy in their bite, the aftertaste is desert bone dry and long lasting, a long favorite and one that has a permanent home in my DBF!
11-19-2002 05:46:11 | More by Gusler
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours a dark brown/red color with a thick frothy head and lacing. Smells thick and malty in the nose with some hints of raisin/currant. Taste is somewhat thick and malty with raisin flavors upfront and a spicy aftertaste. Smooth and bready as well. Aftertaste is somewhat dry as well. A second sip confirms much of the same.
Definitely a dubbel and the second Trappist ale I've had.
12-18-2007 01:30:01 | More by Brad007
3.93/5 rDev -5.8%
Reviewed from notes:
appearance: dark murky brown with a 1 finger off white head
smell: raisons, dark fruits, caramel, malts
taste: dark fruits, caramel, malty
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,
overall: this is an excellent representation of a dubbel. I just wish I could get into them. I think it's the dark fruits that I'm not a fan of but this was a great beer.
08-29-2011 16:14:41 | More by THECPJ
4.53/5 rDev +8.6%
Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Beautiful appearance, dark opaque chestnut brown with a thick and creamy looking froth. The aroma is sweet and a little malty and the flavor is already well documented by hundreds of reviews. I agree with the majority opinion, this is an awesome dubbel.
12-23-2006 00:24:34 | More by TurdFurgison
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
330ml bottle poured into tulip oct27 2010
A murky dark reddish brown with a big loose tan head that hangs around for quite a while leaving a few big patches of lace
S a little banana, yeast, dark fruit, some spice,and a little sweetness
T what I smell but with brown sugar, rye bread and some caramel and raisin, pretty nice tasting brew has a little licorice as it warms
M foams up in the mouth but it seems to thicken it up quite a bit
D a solid well rounded that's fairly complex and I could have a few without getting board or walking sideways
I was a little surprised I've never reviewed this one because I've had it several times before and will be having it again
10-27-2010 22:11:25 | More by wordemupg
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.
Appearance: rich, deep hazy brown; tawny around the edges with two fingers of tan head which seem to dissipate rather rapidly. A good-lookin' beer, to be sure.
Smell: rich dubbel aromas of figs, cherries, plums and dates. There's also a mustiness to the aroma which I must say I rather like.
Taste: boom! There's a reason I went out to buy Belgians this evening. Sweet, lustrous malt flavor with hints of the aromas listed above, but nothing is overpowering. There's also a little bit of chocolate in there which is working for me. Capital.
Mouthfeel: silky and creamy in texture. Body is medium in density but the overall feel is quite nice.
Drinkability: I'm finding myself liking dubbels more and more. This one is extremely quaffable and I might get myself into trouble tonight.
Looking on the back, I see two dates: 9/19/2007 and 9/19/2009. I'm guessing that these are the bottled-on and best-by dates? Not sure, but if that's the case then we're getting up on 10 months past its best date. It's still a damn good beer, though!
07-07-2010 03:07:26 | More by flagmantho
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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