GarrettB (1280) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 My Westmalle Dubbel sampling was long overdue. It should have been one of the first beers I ever had; the typified brew whose purpose is to proselytize the pagan and strengthen the weak. The beer community recognizes it as a necessary benchmark for the aspiring drinker. With all the praise and advice focused on the Westmalle Dubbel and its close cousin the Trippel I made a point to pick up a bottle and schedule it into my busy school life. Almost a year passed, during which the little maroon bottle had fallen into a bad crowd and passed from one cheap six pack case to another, camouflaged in the decorative design of vastly inferior beers. Finally I picked it out one day on a whim, and off it went into the refrigerator to prepare for its big day. Another month passed, one of complete sobriety. My brain had wedged itself into my Japanese textbook, thinking of nothing else but the cryptic and arcane squiggles emanating from that peculiar island in the East. When break time came there was the Dubbel, worn and tired after so many rejections, but proudly awaiting its consumption. The wait was worth it. The pour was a sincerely relaxing moment. I watched the thick and bubbly liquid slide into my glass, curling over itself until it settled into its natural coffee and cream colored hue, and there it sat, completely stoic and saturnine. Its modesty belied an active diffusion of scents. A refreshingly unique blend of mashed apples, hops, malts, lemon sprits and peat flowed into the air, beckoning a taste. I obliged, and on the first sip detected an oral aroma and texture before any flavors. It was fizzy and fresh like a sparkling water, flowering with aromatics that reminded me of a good, simple Mirepoix. Beyond that, the whole experience of drinking Westmalle Dubbel was not entirely unlike licking a wicker basket. It was raspy, dry and a very hopsy, with a slick of sassafras to soothe the blistered palate. This fibrous and woody quality eases with warmth, but new flavors fail to materialize. Westmalle Dubbel is a fine beer with a duality common in the very vast and expansive world of Belgian beers; it’s not necessarily all peaches and cream, so to speak. The painful quality is something of a trend that attracts and excites many beer drinkers. What better then to tantalize the aspiring beer maven then something representative of a wider sample?
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2008 330 ml bottle. pours reddish brown with a thick white head that lasts the whole glass through. aroma of malt, belgian sugars, spices, and a little fruit. flavors balanced well of malt, berries, and rasins with a slightly bitter finish. nicely carbonated with a very smooth mouthfeel. overall a great brew.
rated blind from "Better Know a Style: Abbey Dubbel" tasting. Pours red brown with a beige ring. Fruity oxiditzed tobacco aromas. Watery thin and a low carbonation. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, red fruit, drying and watery. Maybe it was the overly warm temps but I wasn’t too much into this one. 8/3/6/2/11 = 3.0
GRM (3426) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown bottle, 33 cl, 7,5 %, best before 02/08/07; couleur: reddish brown with a nice coffee head that persists, opaque, no effervescence; nose: caramelized malt, alcohol, dark small berries, chocolate, clove; mouth: caramelized malt, fizzy, finale lightly sirupy with presence of chocolate and clove, lightly sweet, mildly bitter, really lightly salty, full bodied, creamy texture, good carbonation, lightly astringent; overall: really good
Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant 02/08/07; oeil : brun rouge mât avec une belle mousse café persistante, opaque, pas d’effervescence; nez : malt caramélisé, alcool, petits fruits foncés, chocolat, clou de grofle; bouche : malt caramélisé, pétillante, finale légèrement liquoreuse avec présence de chocolat et de clou de girofle, légèrement sucrée, moyennement amère, très légèrement salée, bière corsée, texture crémeuse, bonne carbonatation, légère astringence; en résumé : très bonne
Mike191 (9) - Grapevine, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Simply wonderful! I am admittedly not a hophead and this Ale hit the spot. This should be a benchmark experience in your adventure to beer appreciation. I loved the sweet malt unencumbered by the bitter backdrop of the hop. Excellent balance for a great and refreshing experience
Deldoddadinho (4) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2006 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This Westmalle Dubbel is like the Chimay Bleu, but not that mouch flavour. Also taste of choclate, but more lighter choclate, feels like an typical Belgian beer...
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma is malty, saltiness, possibly some sweet cherries. Pours a lovely ruby brown, cloudy with a full head. Smooth going down with some yeast mustiness. Dry finish, and some hops as well. Somehow I was expecting more. The overall flavour was somewhat muted and nothing really stands out.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2007 Aroma of dark dried fruits and sweet malt. Appearance is a dark brown, with a dense, swirling white head. Flavors are rich malts, fruity yeast and a mild spicy hop finish. Very well balanced overall, with just a touch of alcohol warmth to finish.
DarkMagus (475) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet malty, fruity aroma... some hint of caramel, dates, raisins, dried cherries... some slight nuttiness and a hint of yeast. Huge bubbly light brown head, thick and very dense with tiny microscopic bubbles. Very dark brownish-reddish color. Rich and complex flavors of sweet malt, dried fruits, yeast, caramel... a hint of molasses. Very slight syrupy mouthfeel, not too much... the light carbonation makes for a slightly drier finish. Great brew, reasonably priced... very smooth and easy to drink despite the heaviness.
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown- redish hazy colour with a begie head. Aroma from sweet malt, plums and burnt sugar. The taste is complex with a pleasent biterness.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber brown w/ a full spritzy froth. Aromas of candy fruit and malt. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. Complex flavors of dried stone fruit, brown sugar, fig, raisons, plums, and rock candy. Finishes w/ a nice bittering but remains fruity. Alcohol is noticeable. Overall: A very complex specimen worthy of any connoisseurs list.