What is a Abbey Dubbel?
Abbey Dubbel or just Dubbel was the name by Westmalle brewery to their first brown highly alcoholic beer. Its appearance is reddish-copper, with a sweet malty aroma, sometimes with hints of chocolate, caramel or toast, dried fruits or spices. Alcohol is present in the flavour, but never too prominent. Malt tends to predominate, and there is a slight bitterness that doesn't get to the aftertaste. Dubbel beers are not as malty as other styles as Bock, but on the other hand they have a richer malt profile than a Belgian Ale
What does Trappist beer mean?
To be considered Trappist beer, their ellaboration must follow the principles of the International Trappist Association
– The brew must be made inside monastery walls, and carried out or supervised by the monks.
– The brewery is secondary to their monastic style of life.
– The brewery is non-profit, and the income is just used for covering their living expenses and the monastery manteinance. Just 12 monasteries in the world are allowed to sell beer with the Trappist name and seal, including Rochefort, Orval, Westmalle, Westvleteren, Chimay, Sint-Benedictusabdij de Achelse Kluis, de Koningshoeven (La Trappe), Stift Engelszell, St. Joseph's Abbey, Brouwerij Abdij Maria Toevlucht, Tre Fontane Abbey and Mount St. Bernard Abbey.