JohnnyJ (5402) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2007 Bottle poured in a La Trappe trappist glass. Pours a dark brown/red with an off-white head. Aroma isnt to strong, but is still good. Aromas of fruit, chocolate, spice, and belgian yeast. Light fizzy mouthfeel. Flavors of chocolate, sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, and spices. Damn easy to drink.
theodor (12) - Son en Breugel, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good Dubbel with nice aroma. However the Dubbel cannot match the Westmalle Tripel. The Dubbel has some sweetness and a yeasty flavor. I prefer the bottle above kegg because the second fermentation in the bottle does the beer well.
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tastes and smells of chocolate, caramel, malts , suagrs, fruits and spices. Creamy, frothy long lasting white head. Excellent, as I would expect all Trappistes beers to be.
GregClow (3194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from LCBO. Ruby brown with a very slight haziness and a large off-white head. Nose is light but very nice, with sweet malt and dark fruit notes. Soft mouthfeel. Great flavour - brown sugar, raisin, spice, roasted malt, a hint of yeast. So easy to drink, this might be the first Trappist that I could imagine making a session beer.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque brown color. Great aroma of port, figs, chocolate, bourbon, Tastes of raisins, caramel. Finishes dry with the flavor of swiss cheese. Very nice beer.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours cloudy brown, somewhat dark, with a light tan head - the head doesn’t like very long or lace the glass particularly well. The aroma is full of yeast and citrus fruit, with some malts and caramel, too - and some grassy notes. The flavor starts with a nice complex malt profile and a touch of hops. Towards the middle and end of the beer are some spice, some fruit, and some chocolate and roasted flavors. The finish is somewhat dry and very long. The body is heavy, but not syrupy. Very nice.
probstblueribbon (3718) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tight, creamy head with good duration. Lovely reddish-mahogany colour. Tight nose at first, but opened to some toasty, roasty notes, sweetness, a bit of raisin, still not much. Nice mouthfeel, subtle carbonation. Seems to lack flavour and complexity. Not unpleasant, but a bit disappointing.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: front clean, medium green wet hops. Middle rich brown malts.End-vineus clean well refined alcohol. (8-)
Appearance; medium fine haze, brown with some ruby saturation. Medium, average top.
Slightly sticky oily texture, medium-full bodied, carbonation, medium dry. Bitter green middle Finish slightly woody with accented plums.
Neat warming double Belgian. Surprisingly smooth if you consider sample age and above average carbonation. Older sample can be only better.
janubio (705) - SPAIN - OCT 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very creamy head, with a nice toasted-brown colour. Colour is dark opaque brown. Aroma of dry fruits, raisins, chololate and spices, pepper maybe? I think a notice some coriander too. Mouth is of a somewhat harsh, but nice taste of caramel, spices, aniseed. Chocolate and port wine too.
opc (16) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I finally got my hands on this beer when the LCBO got their autumn stock in. It pours a beautiful dark golden-brown, with a very serious head. The head is the kind that forms a mountain above the rim of the glass, without spilling over. The carbonation is very fine, producing tiny bubbles long after the initial pour. The head maintains its shape, and never really fades.
The aroma is wonderful, and quite complex. Sweetness and yeast abound, and a fresh citrus/fruit sort of smell that is buried at first.
The taste is surprisingly light for a beer that looks so bold, and has such a high alcohol content. The carbonation feels very smooth in the mouth, and compliments the taste of the beer well. To be honest, I’d say it tastes like a weaker Chimay Rouge. Many of the same qualities as the Chimay, just more subtle. Wonderful aftertaste that remains smooth throughout with a small hint of grassiness and bread dough.
Overall, this is a very very nice beer. I’ll be sure to enjoy it on many more occasions! If you’re looking for a bolder, more flavorful beer, the Chimay is a better bet, but the Westmalle is definitely a nice change of pace.