Westmalle Dubbel is a great dark Trappist beer from from the "Onze Lieve Vrouw van het Heilig Hart" close to Antwerp in the north of Belgium. The abbey was founded in 1794 and the Westmalle Dubbel was first created here in 1856 by the monks, in addition to the usual beer they drank along with their meals. In 1926 they modified the recipe somewhat to make it heavier - this was the basis of the Westmalle Dubbel.
Westmalle Dubbel is a dark / amber red beer that keeps fermenting in the bottle. It has a nice cream coloured, foamy head with an aroma of malt. It has a complex and rich taste with a refreshing bitter after taste. The flavours are fruity, complex and rich. This is a very well balanced beer that has a creamy smooth mouthfeel and a dry, long aftertaste. The alcohol content is around 7% ABV.
The forerunner of the Westmalle Dubbel was created by the head of the Westmalle order of Trappist monks (Prior Alexius), to be provided to the monks as a kind of liquid breakfast, that would fill the stomach like a sandwich would. Traditionally, the monks had no breakfast and this beer was introduced, to be consumed by two glasses at a time, to fill their stomachs in the morning and keep the spirits high. Only as from 1836 were the monks officially allowed to consume beer, according to the rules of the monastery.
Westmalle Dubbel is now a very common Trappist in Belgium where you can find it served in most restaurants and bars with a half decent beer menu. If you have the chance to try Westmalle Dubbel on tap then please do, as it has a slightly different and sweeter taste than the bottled variety.
Westmalle Dubbel is a dark, reddish-brown Trappist beer with a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The creamy head has the fragrance of special malt and leaves an attractive lace pattern in the glass. The flavour is rich and complex, herby and fruity with a fresh-bitter finish. It is a balanced quality beer with a soft feel in the mouth and a long, dry aftertaste. The Dubbel contains 7% alcohol.