Westmalle Dubbel

Westmalle Dubbel
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
97
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20
Description 

Westmalle Dubbel is a dark, reddish-brown Trappist beer with a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The creamy head has the fragrance of special malt and leaves an attractive lace pattern in the glass. The flavour is rich and complex, herby and fruity with a fresh-bitter finish. It is a balanced quality beer with a soft feel in the mouth and a long, dry aftertaste.

Profile

ABV: 
7.00%
IBUs: 
24
Served at: 
45° to 50°
Hops: 
Tettnang, Styrian Golding, Saaz
Malts: 
Pilsener, Caramel, Dark
Judges Review 
Tom Cannon's picture
Judges Rating:
97
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Dubbels are usually a bit lighter and more complex than other Belgian dark strong ales. This Dubbel has more than enough complexity. It starts with an aroma of Belgian spicy yeast, white pepper, with maybe a touch of rum, and burnt sugar. In the glass, it’s garnet brown with a big creamy head. The beer tastes of caramel, spices, raisins and a bit of plum. Some chocolate notes are also evident, but the smooth, almost creamy, texture brings the various taste components into clear focus. This is a complex beer, but the integration of the flavors gives it an elegant simplicity. This is clearly a Belgian beer, not as big as some, but more interesting than most.