In a nutshell: Dark, malty Belgian Trappist Dubbel from the Westmalle Monastery Brewery near Antwerp.
The lowdown: Westmalle Dubbel is a dark red-brown beer with a rich, complex taste thanks to the secondary fermentation in bottle. There are touches of caramel and ripe banana and you' ll also find flavours of raisins and chocolate from the dark malts but it's still refreshing on the long, dry finish.
Westmalle belongs to just a handful of present day Belgian Trappist breweries. Originating in the Westmalle Abbey and first brewed by abbot Martinus Dom in 1836, Westmalle are largely credited with brewing the first strong golden ale to use the term Tripel. Just three beers are produced at Westmalle: Dubbel at 7%abv and Tripel at 9.5%. Their third ale, Extra is a medium strength beer with very limited availability said to be drunk by the monks during the working day. It has been suggested that the breweries lineup of just three beers is a direct reference to the Holy Trinity.