julrey (32) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from bottle dated best before 8/19/05
Pours a deep translucent copper with one finger head and a sizeable amount of carbonation.
Smell is a complex bouquet of fruity esters, spices, and couple with an undercurrent of mild malt.
Mouthfeel is much the same as a typical Belgian such as a Chimay, a bubbly thickness which carries itself over the tongue in langorous fashion. Not much effort needed to savor rather than swill. Although this is a good Trappist dubbel, itís hard not to compare with other major brands as there is a lack of truly distinctive flavoring present. Seems closest to a Chimay Cenq Cents if Iím recalling my Chimays correctly, although I definitely like this one a bit better. Very solid, as my scores reflect. I only sound jaded in my comments as a warning to people who have trouble finding Westmalle in their area; if youíve got the usual suspects (Chimay, Ommegang, Orval, etc) this one may not be worth going too far out of your way to acquire.
billism (44) - Missouri City, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Very dark brown. Thick tanish head. Fruity aroma. Very fizzy, yet smooth. The taste is not quite as powerful as the aroma. An enjoyable beer I will probably get more of.
Gorbalev (2966) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Smokeless Joeís. Incredible, stunning aroma - spice, malt, sweet yeast. Intense, warming, and perfect. Dark brown, small tan head. Medium mouthfeel. Taste is very nice, lots of malt and spice. A really nice hop bite with some pepper. The taste though does not quite live up to the incredible aroma, and is a notch below the Rochefort 8ís of the world - it is a little harsh (just a touch). Excellent beer.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Off an old rating notebook.Dark brown with a big head. Lots of sweet malts and some spicey candy notes. Nice and thick on the tongue. I drank this warm and the sweetness was very subdued and the alcohol barely noticable.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite satisfying. If itís an Abbey Dubbel you want, youíve done well to select this one. Classic lacing, yeast strain in evidence, subtle yet strong adherence to the expected trappist malt flavor (just ever so slightly sweetish) for the style and a pleasant mouthfeel. Enjoyable, solid, well heeled!
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks great, smells really nice. Full but not overpowering - same thing can be said for the flavour - some cloves, some sweetness, but the flavour seems to end abruptly. Very fizzy.
beermug1964 (4) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
has a nice dark reddish color in the glass. Pours with a good head. Nice fruity aroma almost a sweet smell.
BeerandBlues2 (10264) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown mahagony with a huge mpale like frothy head that is somewhat diminishing and frothy lacing. Oak fruity (apple, pear) malt (cookie, meal) and yeast (cellared) aroma. Nutty malt medium roasted fruity flavor, medium acidity and bitter hop finish. Medium bodied and fizzy, lively carbonated palate.
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Poured a very deep reddish brown. The very large, coarse, rocky head is a light brown/beige color and beautiful to see! A very nice fruity aroma with a touch of malt and hint of wood. Could just smell this one for hours. Lots of lacing on the glass as itís drunk. Plenty of carbonation in this one as youíd expect but itís a very smooth drinker. Pleasant alcohol flavor. Must get some more of this!
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I donít know how this beer avoided me for so long. Here we have a trappist of near my favorite style. Commonly available and at my grasp no less than three dozen times. Finally we meet! What a pretty head it has! An elevated outer crust, an even mantle then a bulbous core erupting with activity caused from the trappist logo below. The source of this shows up as a blood ruby color up to the light and without it looks nearly backstrap molasses black. All this goodness persists and clings to my glass like a baby does its blanket. Upon getting up close and personal, I find it has a complex smell covering things such as bananas, yeast, raisin, toasted sesame seeds and a pimento note as well. Avoiding beating around the bush, I just decided to grab it and drink it. Lots of zesty carbonation, light alcohol burn, some hop bitterness and acidic yeast bite. Quite a punch! I think I offended it. Either way, itís balanced, full bodied, not too sweet. Iíll give it time to vent and breath a little more... Ok, back to the beer. Lots of caramel and the everpresent yeast and fruity esters. The tail reveals more of the alcohol along with a metallic twinge and a far off maltiness. Well Westmalle Dubbel, it was a pleasure. Down the hatch!