#16 – Westmalle Dubbel

# 16 - Westmalle Dubbel

Size: 330 ml

ABV: 7 %

The third Trappist brewery of my adventure already, although the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle (or Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) was only founded in 1794, and not conferred Trappist status until 1836. In the same year abbot Martinus Dom began the brewery, which is now the biggest of the Trappist sites with a brewing capacity of 45,000 bottles per hour !

It is often said that the terms ‘dubbel’ and ‘tripel’ hailed from the Westmalle Abbey, and the dubbel from the original recipe that was first brewed way back in 1926.

A trappist dubbel is usually dark in colour, and invariably sweet, with complex flavours comprising malt, caramel and sugar. It was said the original meaning of the term ‘dubbel’ was that it needed double the malt of a regular beer. Breweries often play with these recipes to add spices, and fruits to enhance the complexity. They are also usually pretty strong normally topping 7% ABV. I would be lying if I said a ‘dubbel’ couldn’t be blond, but it is unusual.

I still think that the bottle is better than the beer but it is still a fine brew, with a complex dark smell and extremely malty flavour with a long dry taste.  This is certainly not a guzzler but one to sip and enjoy early in the evening. Beware on opening though as it frothed a brown auburn ejaculation causing me to smash my favourite Orval (#37) glass as I frantically tried to avoid wasting the beer on my groin.

A better beer is by far the Westmalle Tripel (#149).

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5 responses to “#16 – Westmalle Dubbel

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  2. Something worth noting is that in the town of Malle,Belgium this brew is served from the Tap of which is connected directly to the brewery, with grenadine added to it. It not only changes the taste considerable but it brings out flavors in the beer that are not otherwise detected.

    When drank as I suppose the monks intended it, this brew is worth a complete re-tasting…….

  3. I had planned to get out to Malle the last time I was in Antwerp but after a night in the Kulminator my hangover was too bad to drive !

    I will give it a shot the next time I get down there, although I am sure the monks had no intention of drinking their dubbels with Grenadine in it.

  4. Pingback: #149 – Westmalle Tripel « The Belgian Beer Odyssey – 1 to 1000

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