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Tripel + Dubbel = Trubbel

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Dec 29th, 2011
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Featured Beverage
A great drink to enjoy with friends
Tripel + Dubbel = Trubbel
Pimp my Dubbel : playing with perfection isn’t always wrong!

Article originally published in GTG Nov 2011

Applied Maths

Vital Statistics:

Creator: Cafe Trappisten Westmalle
Style: Whatever you want it to be
Strength: 7.5-8% ABV depending on mix
AI Value:* 8
Killer App: Causes spontaneous texting in tongues
Medicinal Qualities: Cures introversion
Tasting notes: 2 + 3 = 10
Grey Scale Rating:** Platinum
Wt Relativity Index*** 9.9


Brew Basics

Pimp my Dubbel: a beguiling mix of Westmalle Tripel and Dubbel, nominally in 50:50 proportions


As far as we know this ‘cocktail beer’ was created at the Cafe Trappisten Westmalle, the ‘official’ bar of the Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle, just across the road from the entrance to the Abbey itself

For the name we have to thank the ever helpful Danish Waitress from Preston (GTG Apr 2011), who’s insightful merging of the constituent beer names into the neat and oh-so descriptive handle ‘Trubbel’ shows an impressive command of linguistics, mathematics and beer science

What’s so special?

There’s a clue in the name. Not as strong as the Tripel, yet with more body and bite than the Dubbel, the Trubbel is a spectacular ‘session beer’ that inspires a collective sense of purpose in any group

Within a round or two everybody’s spirits will be lifted, and if atmospheric conditions are right, everyone is compelled, as if by some ethereal force, to spontaneously reach out to the World through the medium of ‘texting out of context

Some people might disapprove, but we like it!

* AI, or Alcoholic Index is a key parameter in the temporal equation defining (perceived) Drink Time. Ref. Alcohol Induced Time Dilation Effect, ‘Quantum Qorner’ section GTG Dec 2009
** The official GTG product review rating scale:
Coal (pants) Charcoal (bearable) Gravel (average) Ash (good) Platinum (ace)
*** Westmalle Tripel Relativity Index: higher resolution drink-specific rating comparing beverages to the benchmark Westmalle Tripel, which itself rates the theoretical maximum of 10, with Platinum rated brews being in the range 9-10. Ref. Featured Beverage ‘Downtime’ section GTG April 2011