Westmalle Trappist Dubbel

Drank this one from my Westmalle Chalice – thanks meathookjones!

This is a difficult beer to get my head around. There are many competing, opposite characteristics that make it really quite complex.

On the downside it felt very light bodied, with a thin mouthfeel. However, the initial disappointment of the lack of body seemed to be immediately compensated for in the lovely light drinkability (for a 7% ABV beer) that came with it.

Then there was the lovely, thick headed pour that initially met me, but after a few minutes the beer had disintegrated into a flat, diet coke type appearance.

This was followed by the next positive experience that was a fruitiness to the definite hop character that I find difficult to pin down, but I like very much. Th hop bitterness was almost simultaneously added to by a layered strong, but subtle alcohol sensation – very nice.

The finish reminded me of a whiskey and water, a sort of dilute spirit taste.

Not as good as the Tripel in my opinion, and anyway it’s a different beer, but well worth a try. A complicated beer, that will need an experienced palate to fully appreciate.

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01/08/2005
Style:
Dubbel
Format:
bottle
ABV: 7.0 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 3.98
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