Category Archives: Belgian Dubbel

Trappistes Rochefort 6

Brewery: Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint Remy Rochefort
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7.5%
Style: Belgian Dubbel
Other Notes: Red cap

Brewer Description: (from the Trappist website) This beer begins with a density of 16.5º Plato is 7.5% ABV. It’s fine aroma provides a delicate taste for the palate! “Rochefort 6” is the oldest Rochefort Trappist beer and was brewed empirically until the end of the Second World War. Until 1958, this was the only Rochefort beer that was bottled in both 33 cc bottles and 75 cc bottles. It has a strong malt taste and is slightly bitter.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.84
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 8th August 2018. Poured into a mini Rochefort goblet glass.
Appearance: A light-ish orange brown colour with a one finger beige coloured head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruit plum, prunes and raisins with a hint of caramel.
Taste: Like the aroma, there’s lots of dark fruit raisins, prunes and plum with hints of honey, caramel and toffee.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Nice but not as complex as the other beers in their small but wonderful lineup.

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Moonzen Golden Gourd Ale

Brewery: Moonzen Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 8%
Style: Belgian Dubbel
Other Notes: One-off release

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Moonzen’s Golden Gourd Ale, a double mushroom dubbel (8%ABV, 330ml) brewed with Golden Tremell and Russulaceae vinosae, essential ingredients that nourish the blood. Concocted to celebrate the release of Moonzen’s Golden Gourd beer glass.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.19
My ratebeer.com rating: 3

Intro: A 330ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a Moonzen Golden Gourd glass.
Appearance: A dark amber red colour with a big three finger tanned head that had good retention while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruit raisin, plum and prunes with a hint of banana and toffee in the background.
Taste: Some prunes to start but it goes away real quick to be replaced by watered down plum and dates before a finish of light savoury mushrooms, which I was not expecting.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to light bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: This one was strange for me. The aroma of lots of dark fruits was actually great, but the flavours didn’t match up to the aroma and disappeared quickly. Everything was just kind of abrupt. All that said, I do really like the design of the Golden Gourd beer glass.

St. Bernardus Pater 6

Brewery: Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.7%
Style: Belgian Dubbel

Brewer Description: (from website) St. Bernardus Pater 6 is a traditional abbey style dubbel, chestnut in color, very fruity with notes of melon and very fresh banana, finishing with slight bitterness.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.64
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 8th February 2018. Poured into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: It was a dark brown-reddish colour with a very nice creamy two finger beige head that slowly dissipates to a thin but self-replenishing layer while leaving nice lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruits, plum, fig, raisins and apple with hints of caramel.
Taste: Similar to the aroma with dark fruit, plum, fig, raisins and prunes with some banana, light caramel and hints of nuttiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: The dark fruit is there, but it disappeared quite fast. Other than that, it was easy to drink, but not nearly as good as one of my favourite Dubbel’s like Westmalle Dubbel.

Trappist Westvleteren 8

Brewery: Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij Westvleteren)
Country: Belgium
ABV: 8%
Style: Belgian Dubbel
Other Notes: Blue cap. Trappist beer

Brewer Description: Not much info on their website and obviously even less on the bottle.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.32
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a sell-by date that has unfortunately rubbed off. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.
Appearance: It poured a dark brown colour with some small sediment bits despite a careful pour. There was a one finger beige head that had pretty good retention and eventually settled to a nice thin but puffy cap and nice curtain like lacing.
Aroma: Strong dark fruits of plum, prunes, raisin, fig with hints of dark cherry and toffee.
Taste: Like the aroma, there is lots of dark fruit with raisin, dark cherry and prunes dominating. There’s also some plum, fig, brown sugar and a touch of alcohol that’s not overpowering.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: It’s a very nice Dubbel. Great dark fruit flavours and very balanced. Interestingly though, after trying both many times, I am still leaning towards enjoying Westmalle Dubbel just that slight bit more.

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Westmalle Dubbel

Brewery: Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7%
Style: Belgian Dubbel
Other Notes: Trappist beer. As per the website, the larger 75cl bottles mature differently to the 33cl bottles. They say that in the larger bottles, you will notice a more subtle aftertaste.

Brewer Description: (from website) 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.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.66
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 24th July 2016 and poured into a Chimay goblet glass.
Appearance: It poured a dark brown colour with a slight reddish hue and a two finger beige head that slowly settles to a nice thin but creamy puffy layer while leaving nice curtain lacing.
Aroma: Strong dark fruits with cherry, plum, prune, raisin, grape and a hint of banana, toffee and caramel in the background.
Taste: Some toffee and caramel before a blast of lightly sweet dark stone fruits, cherry, plum, grape, fig and raisin.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium to full bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Excellent Dubbel, excellent beer. Nice complexity and balance in the aromas and taste and is definitely a must buy beer for me.

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