Back in March I featured Westmalle Tripel; up until now the beer I would probably take to my desert island if I had to make a choice. The only snag would be the tripel drinks far too easily for a 9,5% alc vol. beer so I would probably never get off the island and when the beer ran out …
So, maybe Westmalle dubbel with ‘only’ 7% alc. vol. would be a better bet?
It certainly looked good in the glass; dark reddish-brown, lots of carbonation and a really thick, long lasting creamy head. An aroma of fresh baked bread and fruit set me up for the first taste. A surprising spiciness came fairly near the front with a complex fruit blend and some toastiness.
Definitely got better as it began to warm a bit. Recommends 8-14 degrees. Bitterness just right for the type of beer. My conclusion: If you want to get off the island take this with you!
For the record: Westmalle is the second biggest (after Chimay) Trappist brewery. Brewing dates back to 1836 and the dubbel was launched in 1926. Like Chimay Tripel it is also widely available on draught, so there’s really no excuse for not drinking it!
Take a few kegs to the island; they could come in useful to build a raft.