Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 1,158
Hads: 2,477
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 176
Gots: 363 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of Damian
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle at The Squealing Pig, Boston, MA

Poured a dark brown/black with ruby highlights when held to the light. A thin, foamy, caramel-colored head developed and lasted for most of the drink. There was no lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was surprisingly faint. Subtle notes of a powdery, Belgian yeastiness were detectable along with a slight mustiness.

The taste was dark and rich, yet a bit more dry than a typical Belgian dubbel. Dark malts and Belgian yeast came through up front, along with a slight metallic tinge. Strong notes of burnt raisins, prunes, currants, spices and a deep, oaky quality appeared as the beer moved along the palate. The finish was moderately hoppy and dry with a slight alcohol kick.

The mouthfeel was disappointing thin and excessively fizzy. All I could feel on my tongue was light, airy froth.

I was somewhat disappointed with this dubbel. Aside from the faint aroma and thin mouthfeel, it lacked both complexity and smoothness.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(11.2oz bottle) Pours dark brown-dark mahogany when held up to the light with a khaki head. Aroma has candied sugar, dark fruit, and sherry-like notes. Taste is a sweet malt backbone with a little sour and some hops on the end. Thin bodied with a creamy texture. Finish is a bit dry, but smooth. Some effervesence. Not the best trappist beer out there, but still a very nice beer

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Photo of dmbfrat420beers
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark hazy brown, almost burgundy. Light tan head of small bubbles. Big at first, dissipates to a nice opaque cover. Aroma is yeasty and bready with notes of raison and alcohol. Like whole wheat bread, slightly bitter with a lingering raisony sweetness, slightly metallic. There are more complexities I can’t put my finger on, but still somewhat dissapointing for a style generally characterized by rich and deep flavors. Sharp carbonation bite. Medium bodied and dissapointingly ‘water-downed’ for a dubbel. More drinkable than many Dubbels, but comes at the expense of good body and strong flavor. A decent beer, but not as good as the Westmalle Tripel.

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Photo of Travlr
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy chestnut brown with medium tan head, good persistence and lacing. Sweet honey aroma with notes of raisins and dark fruit, well balanced. Full mouth with complex spiciness, malt and dates. Alcohol shows through more than most. Slightly bittersweet finish.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice tan head at the top of a dark chocolate brown hazy ale. There was really very little lacing.

Nice bready yeast aroma; figs and prunes.

Dark fruits and grain, a nice blend. The molasses fringe on the taste is present, as is common with the style... But it's still one of my least favorite aspects of dubbels in general.

Smooth enough, a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty good dubbel, typical of the style. Good example of the style, I'm just not generally a fan.... I'd drink this again if someone offered it but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Embers
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Purchased one week ago, bottle has a buy by date of 4/4/09. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle at approximately 50-55 degrees F. into a pint glass. Coloring was a very pretty dark reddish brown, very very little head and what little there was dissipated quickly, consequently very little lacing. Quite a lot of carbonation, lots of small bubbles racing rapidly toward the surface. Nice malty aroma and I was eagerly anticipating a full body/heavy ale. Good initial malt flavor but the mouth feel was not at all what I'd been expecting from it's aroma. Fairly thin/light mouth feel, somewhat dry finish with a faint sweetness remaining on the center of my tongue, possibly a very faint citrus note. All in all it's flavor was good, it is a drinkable enough ale just not as heavy as I like and definitely not something I'd likely pay as much for as I did this time.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served at De Heeren Van Liedekerke, Belgium on 3/21/2010.

A- Poured from the tap with a 3/4" creamy light tan head, which was well-retained and created some beautiful lacing throughout. The body was a clear, mildly carbonated, orange-tinged dark brown. A visual wonder.

S- Smells of stewed malts, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and rich melanoidins. Overall, a very rich nose which suggests great things to come on the palate...

T- Unfotunately, once on the palate, I got an underwhelming malt profile, which was quickly overtaken midway with a prominent metallic flavor. This metallic flavor dominated the palate through the finish- akin to sucking on a penny- eclipsing any other nuances that were there.

M- A medium body- well-attenuated- with a nice soft carbonation to it. Could stand to have a bit more texture or viscosity.

D- The metallic flavor was overwhelming and killed the drinkability of this beer... I did finish the glass, but did not want to order another one.

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Photo of sholland119
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly murky ruby red with a thin tan head.

Smell is of dark fruits and alcohol.

Taste is oddly boozy with some caramel sweetness. Almost unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

A disappointing one and done for me. I do enjoy my Belgian dubbels but not this one.


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Photo of SteveS1
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle to a glass-

Look: Pours dark cloudy amber, tall fizzy head

Smell: Sweet and malty, but hops are present

Taste: Some complex malts... caramely aftertaste, bitterness lingers.

Feel: A touch of carbonation, fairly light

Drink: Decent flavor, though the bitter aftertaste carries a bit of alcohol. Very drinkable nonetheless. I literally drank the whole bottle trying to pin down the flavors, hence the sparse description.

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Photo of yapi
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one fresh on-tap, wasn't that impressed. Maybe a bit too soft for me, or too fresh, no pronounced flavors or aromas to me, not remarkable. Will pass final judgement when I get one from a bottle. I've noticed I like bottles more than tap at the moment...

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Photo of david131
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, slightly murky red with a nice leathery brown aspect. The off-white head is creamy and settles to a nice covering with massive lacing.

S-Sweet caramel, slightly fruity, some bubblegum, and some floral notes. Very subtle and not all that aromatic.

T- Sweet, but slightly bitter- but not in a hop sense. Slightly metallic with some nice grape flavors. There isn't a lot of depth to the flavor, and it really isn't all that interesting.

M- A slight metallic tinge, but the carbonation level is nice and is kind of creamy overall.

D- A decent beer but it is just an average example of the style.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a restaurant in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured with a bit of a reddish or dark red body with a one finger beige head. Hazy. No visible carbonation. Good ring of lacing left and a thick film of retention.

S - Yeast, mild brown sugar, and that's about it. There was a little bit of a dark fruit hint there but it was quite faint.

T - A little bit of spice, dark fruit, yeast, and a sweet kick. There was a less rich sort of dark fruit element that wasn't as delicious as other Belgian beers.

M - Medium body and mild carbonation. Sweet, dry finish. Seemed a little light.

O/D - Basic Dubble IMO. Not spectacular but a nice gateway to Belgian styles I suppose. Obviously the beer lost something on draught compared to the bottle, but it was still alright.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip. best before 2/3/12.

a - pours a murky, deep mahogany shade and forms a massive, tan, foamy head the second it hits the glass. after calming to a thin cap, head is easily revived by swirling the beer around. leaves a few puffs of lacing in my glass.

s - musty and leathery, brown sugar, nutty malt, notes of cola.

t - surprisingly light in the flavor department. i'm getting mostly carmel malt with prominent spice and a light bitter twinge on the back of the tongue. finishes clean and dry. honestly, i'm a bit disappointed.

m - a little on the thin side with far too much carbonation. feels just like a coke or pepsi in the mouth.

o - not a bad beer, but for almost $6 a bottle i was expecting much more. seems to be lacking the richness and fuller body typical of the style. maybe i just got a bad batch, but i doubt i would buy this again.

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Photo of koolk
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudly brown beer with a very foamy whitish head. Heavy carbonation keeps this head afloat for sometime.

Intresting nose of citrus and malts, kind of like gin mixed with beer. Its not the most complex of duppels, and if anything it is a little boring. Some cola and grains come through with warmth.

Palate is pretty uninspiring, with simple flavours that are rather short (no length what-so-ever). The over heavy carbonation is detrimental and spoils what could be a much better beer.

Not a bad drink, still quality, but not something I'll be searching for again.

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Photo of brendan13
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a goblet a redish amber colour with a couple of centimetres of light beige head that falls away quite fast.
S - Big dark fruit notes; plum, prune, fig along with a strong toffee aroma and some phenolic touches.
T - Much like the smell but overridden by brusied apple and spicy phenols.
M - Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation.
D - Not horrible but nothing I'll be racing back to.

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Photo of hammer09
3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to dark brown. Well carbonated as evidenced by a dense, 3/4" head. Smell is malty, but not overly so with a slight belgian yeast aroma. Other than that, I couldn't detect any other aromatic characteristics. Taste is malty and sweet, but as with smell, there isn't much else going on for flavor here; maybe this was an old bottle (it was the last one on the shelf at my local beer store). Mouthfeel is above average with a warming effect on the palate. Drinkability is fine, although I'm dissappointed that two of this beer's key characteristics were on the average side. I expected more from a dubbel. However, I would give this beer another try.

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Photo of drzauis
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet style glass.

APP- A dark caramel color, poured with a healthy head, dissipated fairly quickly. Very little lacing.

Aroma - Hits strong with deep fruity aroma, leaving way for a chocolaty, sweet smell shortly after.

Taste - Very similar to aroma, big dark fruits leading off, then a thick sweet caramel - malty taste, which coats the mouth. Hints of acidity, but very little in the taste of alcohol.

MF - Light carbonation, medium bodied, but as mentioned coats the palate with an aftertaste of deep roasted caramel malts.

OVR - A very drinkable beer, quite complex, and the alcohol is very well masked. I find the balance between the sweetness of the roasted malts, and the acidity / sour of the fruitiness just a little off. The only reason it scored lower in certain areas.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown brew with a monsterous head that nearly erupted out of the glass on a mundane pour. A slight amount of patchy lacing grips the sides of the glass. Some floating whitish yeast sediment is present.

S - Moderate yeasty notes with a grassy hop character and some faint citrusy to vomit aroma.

T - Mostly a faint dark malty flavor with a hint of brown sugar. Overall, grassy hops dominate the flavor. The aftertaste is all grassy bitterness and malt.

M - Slick, smooth refreshing with a medium body. Nice mouthful.

D - Good, but it isn't great. Not going to have this one again, but it isn't awful. Definitely not worth the American price tag. Better dubbels are readily available. Even Chimay Red is superior to this one.

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Photo of jabocu
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany and amber with a two finger cap that dissipated to a 1/4 inch cap. Nice head retention. Aroma is yeast and sourdough right off. Fruit esters of pear, green apple and raisins. Bubblegum in the background. Alcohol is light in the nose. A slight vinous quality. Flavor is raisin and fig. Dissapointingly no pear that I can find in flavor. Sour grain and yeast. Mild bitterness and a earthy undertone. Mouthfeel is med carbonation, med body, and finishes mildly dry. Good beer!

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Photo of jonb5
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Dark brown, thick, one and a half finger head, reasonable retention. Smelled pleasant phenol but not much else. Tasted roasted Maris Otter style malts and phenol. Bitter aftertaste with a hint of citrus hop at the very end. Mouthfull was coarse, not what I expected. Overall I was slightly disapointed, not as complex as I would have liked, would probably benefit from aging.

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Photo of Jonte
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl bottle poured into a tulip shaped pint glas.

Cloudy beer with a brown/dark red color. Off-white head that is large at first but mostly diminishing. Good lacing.

Smells good. Sweet malts and yeast, dried fruit, raisins, figs, plums. A bit of caramel/toffee as well.

The taste is not quite as good as the smell. Very fruity at first, then a more sour yeasty taste and some toffee/cocoa. Alcohol and some hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Medium body and lively carbonation. A bit dry.

Interesting, but not really my type of beer.

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Photo of moderndrunkard
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured straight from the tap at Erasmus in Bruges and enjoyed with roasted rabitt in beer sauce...but that's another review...

Pours a very appealing dark, cloudy body with a medium-bodied caramel head. There's a light head retention but the foam seems to stick to the glass for a long time.

Faint aromas exhibiting a light sweetness with a light alcohol nose.

I taste medium carbonation, a very slight initial fruitiness. Tastes...like...pear! Yeah, that's it. These pear-like flavors yield very nicely to a hop bitterness that lingers just long enough for my liking. A beer this color, I would have expected something different. Namely, something heavier and maltier. But all I'm tasting here seems to be light and bitter. (I'm sure the malts would come around if the beer was a couple degrees warmer)

I kinda feel like there's something wrong with my tastebuds because I was expecting something much different. But we all still have a lot to learn, don't we...?

Overall, good carbonation, not too thcik or too thin, pretty drinkable, but I'm not feeling another one.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured nicely with an even tan head. color is black with a tinge of ruby red at the edges of the glass.s

smells of raison, ripe fruit and cinamon seem to dominate.

taste is a interesting mix of flavors. it started off with a raison, dark beglium candi sugar that settled into almost a metalic tangy undertone. at mid glass that undertone faded to a light hop tart that seemed to quickly fade and the final sips at almost full room temp had a light malt presence.

drinkability aside from the tangy metallic taste was good. this is a light bodied easy to drink beer. As far as dubbels go, I am glad to have tried this, but it doesn't move into the ranks of my favorite dubbels.

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Photo of Crotor
3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby tinged black with an ample, tan pillow of a head.

Smella a bit of chocolate, and there's a hint of pitted fruit, and some alcohol. Decent, but not as nuanced as I'd like...

The taste is respectfully fruity - along the lines of plum, perhaps - and perhaps ever so slightly charred. There are some phenols in the back, and very noticable alcohol. Ultimately, it tastes too dry for my liking - these flavors would be greatly improved with some more malt to back them...

The body is a bit thin, and the apparent alcohol negatively affects the mouthfeel & drinkability. Overall, a decent but underwhelming brew.

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Photo of McDiddyPop
3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle. 'Westmalle' engraved around the neck. Pretty badass looking. Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

It should be noted that this one foamed up when I opened it, leading me to believe it became contaminated before bottling. I hope for the best.

It pours a deep mahogany with ruby hues around the edges. Nearly black in the center, when held up to the light it reveals decent clarity with moderate haze from a sturdy pour. A one finger head quickly disipates into a small cap with a few scattered bits of lace. The smell is lacking. Very faint grain, with a hint of sweetness. Apples, maybe? The taste leaves a lot to be desired. It barely fills my mouth. Very dry with a sweet/tartness on the back of the tongue. I have to smack my lips after each sip, because it almost completely dries my mouth out.

I will definitely give this one another chance, but as for my first look I was anything but impressed. Hopefully round two brings me a bottle with no added contaminants.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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