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Westmalle Dubbel

Judges Rating: 
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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.