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.
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.
World class- seek this one out.