Westmalle Trappist Dubbel

So, I didn’t get much done tonight. I was planning on bottling some beer today, but that just didn’t happen. I’m thinking that I’ll get a chance to do it next week. There was a crazy storm here tonight too. Anyways, nothing else going on…time to pop open a beer.

ABV: 7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Westmalle Dubbel is a dark, reddish-brown Trappist beer with a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The creamy head has the fragrance of special malt and leaves an attractive lace pattern in the glass. The flavour is rich and complex, herby and fruity with a fresh-bitter finish. It is a balanced quality beer with a soft feel in the mouth and a long, dry aftertaste. The Dubbel contains 7% alcohol. Since 1856 the monks have also been brewing a dark Trappist beer along with their table beer. Since the recipe was modified in 1926, they have been brewing slightly heavier beer. This is the foundation of today’s Dubbel.”

Random: I still have this Belgian craving lately. I don’t know what it is.

This one opened angrily with some of the head coming out of the top of the bottle. I gently poured into my tulip glass and got a huge three finger head (due to some technical difficulties, I took the picture a few minutes after the pour) that was a light brown. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a deep mahogany color with visible floaties throughout. I let this one warm for about five minutes before sampling. On my first sniff, I got lots of dark fruit, specifically raisin and plum. After a couple of other sniffs, I got some candi sugar, cola, yeast and currants. The nose was really complex and exactly what I love about a dubbel. The taste was just as good. The raisin wasn’t as pronounced in the taste, but definite cola, candi sugar, plum and figs to it. There was a hint of booze on the brew as well. The body was decently thick with pronounced carbonation. The finish was long with a hint of warming and caramelized sugar. This was just an amazingly complex dubbel that was a dream to drink. I’ll definitely be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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