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Beer # 132 – May 14, 2010: Westmalle Dubbel

July 28, 2010

Beer: Westmalle Dubbel

Brewery: Westmalle Brewery, Malle, Belgium

Style: Trappist Dubbel

Serving Type: 11.2 oz bottle – best before end of 07/14/11

Price: $4.99 / bottle

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Goblet

Strength: 7.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Dry and light bodied for a dubbel, reminiscent of champagne

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Nearly opaque, hazy, chestnut hue with a thin, frothy, cream-colored head

Aroma: Slightly musty, like the cellar of a winery, with notes of raisin

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a fizzy, slightly creamy mouthfeel

Taste: Slightly tangy, slightly tart, with a light green grape sweetness, hints of clover, notes of earthy and sweet cocoa-laden Bosco syrup, all with a drying finish.  Deceptively light and dry for a dark beer, but those darker malts do come through eventually.

Pairing: I best some Westmalle cheese would pair nicely… if you are lucky enough to find it (see “Trivia”)!

Trivia: Westmalle is one of only seven Trappist breweries in the world.  In addition to brewing, the monks of the Westmalle abbey also make Trappist cheese on a very small scale, sold directly at the gates of the abbey.

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