BREWVIEW ON WESTMALLE TRAPPIST DUBBEL

APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
Pours a deep reddish-brown color, a light tan colored, dense head produces. Beautiful Brussels lace as the head slowly collapses. Excellent slow-rising meniscus for a 7% ABV beer.

AROMA / BOUQUET:
The delicate hop aroma comes through, but in the background. Nuttiness, maple syrup, chestnuts. Westmalle’s Dubbel is a bit dryer than their Trappist cousins in Belgium.

TASTE:
Dried figs, toffee, currants, caramelized burnt flavors, but very appropriate for a Trappist Dubbel.

MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
Because of the bitterness / dryness / maltiness happening all at once (which is very difficult to achieve in a beer) it has that dark toast feel all over the mouth. Not many beers assault the entire olfactory senses at once, but Westmalle’s Dubbel definitely does!

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Sweet soft chesses, beef dishes, crème brulee.

OVERALL IMPRESSION:
World class- seek this one out.

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