Jan 3, 2007

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel

I’ve been lucky enough over the years to have several of Westmalle’s Trippel. That beer is up there on my list of favorites. The Dubbel, however, I have never had and was anxious to try it after spotting a few bottles at a shop close to the office. It was a bit pricey, but I figured it should be worth it considering how much I have liked the Trippel.

Beer Label: Westmalle Trappist Dubbel


The smell coming off the top of the glass was subtle, but there were earthy hints of nuttiness and some fruitiness. There was also a slight spice.


This beer pours beautifully. It’s rich and dark caramel in color. The head wasn’t as thick as I expected — perhaps a bad pour on my part.


My initial impression was that it was quite bubbly on the tongue for as dark as it was. I figured it to be a bit smoother. It was a pleasant surprise. There is a hint of malty chocolate and coffees with a slightly sweet finish. I can see this one, with it’s lower alcohol (ABV 7.0%), being a nice session beer.


I really enjoyed this one. Had the few bottles I purchased not been so expensive, I’m fairly certain that they would have all disappeared in one sitting. I still prefer the Trippel, but I’m glad that I know a source for the Dubbel. Rating: 3.5/5