Trappist Dubbel
Brouwerij Westmalle

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From:
Brouwerij Westmalle
 
Belgium
Style:
Dubbel
Ranked #3
ABV:
7%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,395
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 10.05%
Ratings:
3,005
Status:
Active
Rated:
Today at 03:26 AM
Added:
Nov 25, 2000
Wants:
  245
Gots:
  607
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Westmalle Dubbel (7%) is a dark red-brown beer with a rich, complex taste thanks to re-fermentation in the bottle. You pick up touches of caramel, malt and fruity esters reminiscent of ripe banana. The beer pearls beneath a covering of dense, cream-coloured froth. A lovely lace pattern forms on the inside of the glass once emptied. The long, dry finish of this balanced, mild Trappist beer will stay with you.
Trappist or Dubbel?

In 1865 the monks of Westmalle started brewing a dark Trappist beer in addition to their table beer. They adjusted the recipe in 1926, doubling the amounts of raw ingredients to produce a new, stronger beer. Dubbel is a logical name for this doubled beer, though it is more often simply called ‘Trappist’. To this day, the 1926 recipe is the basis for Westmalle Dubbel.
Westmalle Dubbel: bottle and tap

We are all familiar with Westmalle Dubbel in 33 cl bottles. But around 150 carefully selected Belgian cafés and restaurants serve this beer on tap from barrels containing 20, 30 and 50 litres. In the barrel, this living beer evolves differently to emerge with a slightly sweeter taste.

Westmalle Dubbel can also be purchased in 75 cl bottles. The beer matures in a different way in a larger bottle to produce a noticeably milder finish.
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Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 3005 ratings