Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark, rich copper/red colour. Smells fruity and sweet, with hints of cranberry. Thicker mouthfeel, very mild taste overall; fruity and slightly sweet, with almost an almond taste at the end. Very classic and session-able.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Belgian style stemmed glass

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown with a tan colored full, creamy, frothy head, good amount of carbonation, some light comes through around the edges when held up to the light, some head retention, slight lacing.

A: Classic Belgian aromas, honey, bananas, yeast, bread, biscuit, raisin, figs, no alcohol on the nose, very nice aroma.

T: Taste follows the nose, honey, banana, dark fruits, moderate amount of bitterness, finish has cloves and fruits lingering into the aftertaste, not as smooth and drinkable as other dubbel beers.

M: Medium bodied with a semidry finish, lots of carbonation.

O: Great appearance and aroma, but there is a bitterness that seems out of place, mellows out as the beer warms, overall a solid dubbel.

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Photo of thebeers
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ruddy brown with a paper thin, but lasting tan head when poured into a chalice. Full, complex aroma of fig, raisins, plum, almond, red wine and caramel. Similar taste as the nose, with a bit of vanilla shining through mid-palate, and a short-lived, figgy/raisin aftertaste. Full-bodied mouthfeel, a little creamy, a little sticky, with strong carbonation cutting through. A masterpiece.

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Photo of workhorse8581
1.87/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Unsure if I got a bad batch, but my first Westmalle Dubbel was atrocious. The nose had a moderate acid smell followed by typical sweet/bready belgian smell.

The taste was strongly overpowered by an overbearing acid taste. Caused me to dump this very expensive beer down the drain after 3 sips. Disappointed in the waste of money.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In my book, more fruity than sweet (meaning the malt-sugar balance works well throughout) and only enough hops to keep the fruity-sweet in balance at the finish. A very well put-together dubbel. (I wish I was this balanced.)

While stating that Westmalle's water suits the pale ales, MJ's "Great Beers" writes that the Dubbel "has a soft body and a palate that is malty and coffee-ish, with hints of anise and passion-fruit toward a dry finish."
MJ's 1999 guide gives the Dubbel only 2 of 4 stars, alluding its dryness hurt his rating.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look, head goes down a bit too fast. Nice colour.

Aroma a bit uninspiring.

Taste - The aftertaste is one of the best ever.Amazingly complex. Quite heavy though. This is not as smooth as some of the best ones.

Feel is good, quite thick

For me this is too heavy, even one glass seems too much.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a rich thick head that kept to the bottom of the glass. Rich malt and characteristic Belgium yeast taste. Great rounded mouthfeel. Very enjoyable beer and a classic of its style.

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Photo of aleigator
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazelnut brown color with a beautiful, huge, fluffy head, which maintains a solid coating even after a couple of minutes.

Smells of ripe red apples, a hint of honey, toffee and dusty wood. A subtle earth addition mingles into the profound apple sweetness, evoking apple pith qualities, perfectly complimented by the honey.

Has a higher carbonation with a still enjoyable smooth, soft mouthfeel to it.

Tastes of earth and toffee coated red apples, together with a raisins quality and a hint of bakers chocolate. Produces a leafy dryness, evoking more earth and a mix of honey and caramel sweetness, creating an intriguing balance. Apple pith, plack peppers and cardamom spiced up hops build the finish of this surprisingly hoppy beer, creating a clean, enjoyable ending.

Extremely well put together, creating a great drinking experience full of fruits, honey and a rustic malt character. Its sweetness is far away from dominating the taste, as for its herbal dryness, blending perfectly into the rich, earthen malts.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a low creamy head that leaves a ring. Nose is full of esters and roasty malts. Flavor is classic dubbel, but not as rich as expected. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh due to high carbonation. Overall, a great beer, but I just want it to be even more.

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Photo of EMH73
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a well retained one and a half inch head. Aroma is yeasty, sweet fruits, spices and alcohol. Taste is that of sweet fruits, malts, yeasty, a bit of bitterness that fades quickly and just a hint of nuts.
Smooth, clean mouth feel, well carbonated, a bit dry. Excellent beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, prunes in particular, malts. Taste is fruits, malts, alcohol, somewhat bready and sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good, but not great beer.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Sons of Anarchy 7x13. Good aspect and smell. Taste is not bad but it It has a subtle sourness that makes me not fully enjoy it.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice all around, this pours a hazy, very dark mahogany with massive pillow of tan foam that grows for several minutes following the pour. Aromas are yeasty, slightly sweet ripened fruits, and some bread malt. Flavor is similar though less sweet than expected. Very balanced with an earthiness in the middle and a slightly dry finish. Great dubbel, but didn't blow me away in any particular regard.

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Photo of Zet
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown colour with a decent head of foam. Full smell of caramel, malts, hops and some alcohol. The taste is where this beer excels: Initially sweet in the mouth, which flavours of chocolate, plums, caramel and roasted malts. When swallowing, the taste gets more bitter and surprisingly dry in the back of the throat, with roasted malts, coffee, nuts and hops being prevalent here. Some hints of caramel and vanilla make their way back into the mouth after the swallow and the dryness lingers well on the pallate. A very rich, full and complex beer: I simply love this dubbel.

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Photo of mjpoole
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a pretty damn good beer with a decent balance between sweet fruity flavors and notes of coffee and roasted malts. There was the tiniest bit of alcohol on the aftertaste, just enough to let you know it was there. Overall, a fine beer. It tells me I need to try more Dubbels!

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Photo of otzhorse
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark ruby brown with a tall khaki head leaves good lacing cloudy but not in a bad way.
S: Fruity earthy smell. You can almost smell the tinge of alcohol
T: Light fruit flavor very earthy taste limited hops flavor but it does have some residual bitterness and slightly bready
M: Full and well carbonated
O: Great beer in the style. Strong flavors that leave you wanting more.

12oz bottle pouted into a pint glass

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy, deep copper almost brown with a thin white foam head, almost no retention. Aroma is complex and appealing, fruits, malts, spices, alcohol, no hops. Taste is rich and complex too, malty, balanced, strong, fruity like dates and plums, no hops. Low body with high carbonation. Great beer.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look:
3-Finger head when poured from a 750ml bottle. It is a cloudy dark brown with a deep tan foam. Quite energetic after pour.

Smell:
Sweet fruit and caramel. Quite rich with chocolate and nutty scents. Very yeasty smelling.

Taste:
Some upfront bitterness that quickly fades to sweet fruit. Fruit flavors are very intense: apple, grape, and a faint peach. As soon as the fruity flavors back off, the chocolate, caramel, coffee, and nut flavors make their appearance. There is a really nice roasted malt flavor that isn't overpowering. The finish is surprisingly dry because the first 2/3 is very sweet. It goes from very sweet at first and just plummets downward to dryness.

Feel:
Full bodied and very fizzy. There is a lot of interesting senses: fizzy, slick and syrupy, and then a dry tug on the taste buds.

Overall:
Very good. It is quite well balanced between bitterness, sweetness, fruitiness, and maltiness. Enjoyed this one immensely and will purchase more in the future. One of the better Dubbels that I have had.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a Propolis tulip. Cola brown body and voluminous head, three finger length. Many streams of carbonation.

Smell: Dark fruits, honey, caramel, and spices.

Taste: Dark fruits and lots of spices.

Feel: Medium-light body, high carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well. A bit dry as well as bitter, but the bitterness is probably from the dead yeast.

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Photo of Spike
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a muddy, very dark brown with a shallow, tan head that recedes to a ring with no lacing. Sweet nose of candied fruit and malt loaf. Tastes of oloroso sherry, alcohol and raisins. Feel is soft to medium body offset by a foaming effervescence, rich sweetness, and robust alcohol. An elegant but confident sipper. One glass is enough in a single sitting however.

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Photo of Wasu
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L dark brown with thick head, quickly gone
S caramel, prune, spicy, alcohol is hidden well from smelling
T sweet after taste, warming, very balance
Mouthfeel creamy and smooth
Overall love it. Will be back for more

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- This one pours a muddied brown color due to yeast hazing with reddish undertones, and perhaps a slight brushing of orange...the head is off white, and starts out about two to three fingers thick but it does very quickly dissipate into a thick-ish layer over the liquid....lacing is modest as well, with small patches of foam clinging to the glass and the carbonation is too hard to say what is going on, but what I can see appears to be slow and mellow. Not bad at all look wise!

S- I get deep fruit aromas along with mellow caramel/toffee The fruit is of banana, dark cherry, raisin, plums and perhaps some fig. There is a mild bready yeast, and just a pinch of spice....sweet almost nutty finish. Overall, this is milder on the nostrils than I would have initially expected but nice all the same.

T- The flavors follow the aromas closely and overall everything is mild and unassuming. The alcohol is noted and not hidden as well as I'd like. Black cherry and hints of bananas are the fruit flavors that show up the most, with muted caramel, or cooked brown sugar rounding everything out. Finishes slightly nutty and just a hint of hop usage is detected....again, the flavors are all there, but a little subdued....

M/O- This is the best area of the beer in my opinion.....creamy smooth carbonation and a light-medium body. This is easy enough to drink and while its fine overall, I think the overall reviews on this one are overstated. Its a simple brew that I don't believe quite lives up to the style....I probably won't be buying this anytime soon again, but I still think it's worth a try to anyone wanting a decent beer!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with plenty of goodness floating around. Nice light brown creamy head that stayed around the whole beer and left good lacing. The taste is slightly sweet, yeasty, raisin, plums and caramel. Really quite enjoyable.

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Photo of twage04
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best dubbel I've had. Yeast is subtle but it works, much better than the triple at least. Carbonation is high like most Belgians, but not distracting. Some good fig and raisin action but not as much as a good quad or dark strong ale. Taste is also a little sweet, maybe almost soda like. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: 3.75 S: 4.5 T: 4.5 F: 4 O: 4.5
Look: A tan frothy head that quickly dissipated, which might had to do with the bottle overflowing. The body was a dark cloudy brown.

Smell: The nose was malt with caramelized sugar and spices. Notes of dark fruit were also detected, such as plum and raisin.

Taste: It tasted much like the nose, which consisted of the above flavors. There was a slight tartness and bitterness as well.

Feel: Creamy, foamy, and medium bodied.

Overall Impression: This is the second Westmalle Dubbel to foam out of the bottle on me. Luckily, I was able to save much more beer than the first one. Nevertheless, this Dubbel is quite good.

Update 11/4/15. I changed my previous score.

L: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Dark creamy brown body with a tan head that quickly disappeared.

S: Rich sweet caramel and dark fruits, such plum and raisin, are present. Dark toasty malts are included and a slight sugary bubblegum aroma as well.

T: The taste mirrors the smell, but there is a bit of tartness and spiciness near the end.

F: Highly carbonated, smooth, and medium bodied.

O: Much more impressive than the last time I had it. I didn't appreciate it as much before as I had little experience in my first rating.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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