Westmalle Trappist (Malle, Belgium)

Westmalle Trappist (Malle, Belgium)

1) Dubbel, 7% ABV – 33cl

from ratebeer.com:

“A reddish brown trappist ale, malty and fruit, featuring a 3 week secondary fermentation.”

  • Style: Abbey Dubbel
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: sweet malts -> caramel/prune/plum/hops -> alcohol/bitter finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: Gift pack w/ glass, ~$20, Feb, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy root beer brown with a nice foamy head and lees, lots of slow-moving CO2 streams. Sweet malts on the nose. Drinks with sweet (7/10) malts up front, half creamy half fizzy mouthfeel, caramel, hoppy background, dark plum/pruny fruit, finishes with light bitter with very detectable alcohol. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. Solid overall.

2) Tripel, 9.5% ABV – 33cl

from ratebeer.com:

“A strong, dry and spicy trappist ale. The product of a secondary fermentation lasting 5 weeks.”

  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Sweet fizziness -> chamomile/orange/coriander -> bitter hoppy finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: Gift pack w/ glass, ~$20, Feb, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy orange with a small foamy head, lots of fast and slow-moving CO2 streams. Honeyed chamomile on the nose. Alcoholic fizzy sweetness up front (7/10), notes of orange, coriander, malts, chamomile, light sourness, and bitter hops at the finish. Medium-high complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. This one has an edge in complexity than the dubbel but is more taxing on the palate.