Although Belgian Dubbel originated at monasteries in the Middle Ages, we have the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle to thank for providing it to the masses.
1856 was the year it was in its infant stage, when the abbey had been brewing a sweeter, lower alcohol Witbier that served the purpose as a table beer for the monks since 1836. Dubbel was designed as a stronger version of a brown ale, with the first official sale of the beer taking place in 1861, and in 1926 it was "reformulated" again to be even more potent.
Like many other Belgian styles, the beer’s popularity ramped up post World War II, and was given the name "Dubbel" by many breweries for commercial purposes. Westmalle being the innovator, the beer was copied by numerous other breweries in the region, gaining more and more popularity as the years went by. Today, there are multiple fantastic examples, including Barley’s Le Goodale Pond Monstre.
The name serves to document the ongoing frustration with keeping water in Goodale Pond. We surmise it’s a monster, er, monstre below the surface, hence the name.
mike67 (687) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, brown sugar, raisins and bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is burnt sugar, toasted malt, dark fruit and some earthy hops. Finish is long and slightly bitter. A little bit strange taste for dubbel.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Alehouse #1 on 8/10/12. Pours clear reddish brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, dark fruit, roast and some Belgian esters. Malty and estery flavor with roast and wood character before a hoppy finish.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Ale House #1. The beer is a mostly clear dark amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, citrus and yeast. Medium body with a dark malty character and flavors of grapefruit, spice, yeast and a bit of sweet candi sugar. The finish is malty with a lingering citrus aftertaste. Above average overall.
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