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RATINGS: 2685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A reddish brown trappist ale, malty and fruit, featuring a 3 week secondary fermentation. This ale has a full, pale yellow head. The bouquet is full of esters and fruitiness. Notes of ripe banana predominate. The taste is fruity and slightly bitter, with a long, dry finish.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2005
11.2 oz. bottle. aroma of malty sweetness with some yeast and bubblegum. deep red amber with a big foamy head which settles down to some pretty decent lace. not hugely complex yet it has noticable changes such as the yeasty notes up front, followed by the apple spice in the middle and then a dry almost tart finish. nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2005
Dark brown, rather small off white head. Fruity aroma, some banana? light touch of caramel and malt. Smouth taste, light bitter-sweet finish. Nice one

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Heads up very nicely. Aroma of chocalate, caramel, toffee - very very nice. The head is rather dry and, like the tripel, my first thought is that the alcohol dominates the flavor too much. Also, it’s really rather thin in character. Not a top-of-the-lind double to me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. Deep brown with tan head. Aromas of bready yeast, sweet dark malt, and dark fruit. Flavor is dark caramel malt and bittersweet dark savory fruit, with a nice yeast bite throughout. Very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 17, 2005
UPDATED: APR 30, 2006 Was not what I expected, it was too light, perhaps I drank it a little warmer, but it was not as I have heard it is.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2005
Classic belgian dubble. Dark brown - malty and caramel but also a little fruity and sweet. All in all very good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (779) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Pours a deep chesnut brown...medium beige head. Malty fruity aroma. Compared to the tripel this one puts the malts way out front in the taste...sweet, but not overly so. Fruity alcohol zip is nice. Finishes with a surprising hop dryness. Very complex and tasty. I like the tripel better, but this one is a fine ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3259) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle. Nice dark brown cloudy body topped with a good off-white foamy head. Superb vineous aroma with yeasty and fruity notes. Enjoyable hoppy taste that perfectly hides the alcohol. It carries various sweet and fruity notes. Ends with a decent and warming bittersweet finish. Excellent Dubbel!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2005
wow, after julrey’s excellent comment there’s not much else to say! My bottle poured with a fantastic creamy head, and the beer itself appeared a dense, murky brown color. Complex flavors going on here, but smooth and malty to my tongue. Interesting fizzy palate. This was my first trappist ale, and I’m impressed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
julrey (32) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
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, it’s 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 I’m 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 you’ve got the usual suspects (Chimay, Ommegang, Orval, etc) this one may not be worth going too far out of your way to acquire.


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