Trappist Dubbel
Brouwerij Westmalle

Trappist DubbelTrappist Dubbel
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From:
Brouwerij Westmalle
 
Belgium
Style:
Dubbel
Ranked #3
ABV:
7%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,395
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 10.05%
Reviews:
1,338
Ratings:
3,080
Status:
Active
Rated:
Tuesday at 03:30 AM
Added:
Nov 25, 2000
Wants:
  250
Gots:
  621
Westmalle Dubbel (7%) is a dark red-brown beer with a rich, complex taste thanks to re-fermentation in the bottle. You pick up touches of caramel, malt and fruity esters reminiscent of ripe banana. The beer pearls beneath a covering of dense, cream-coloured froth. A lovely lace pattern forms on the inside of the glass once emptied. The long, dry finish of this balanced, mild Trappist beer will stay with you.
Trappist or Dubbel?

In 1865 the monks of Westmalle started brewing a dark Trappist beer in addition to their table beer. They adjusted the recipe in 1926, doubling the amounts of raw ingredients to produce a new, stronger beer. Dubbel is a logical name for this doubled beer, though it is more often simply called ‘Trappist’. To this day, the 1926 recipe is the basis for Westmalle Dubbel.
Westmalle Dubbel: bottle and tap

We are all familiar with Westmalle Dubbel in 33 cl bottles. But around 150 carefully selected Belgian cafés and restaurants serve this beer on tap from barrels containing 20, 30 and 50 litres. In the barrel, this living beer evolves differently to emerge with a slightly sweeter taste.

Westmalle Dubbel can also be purchased in 75 cl bottles. The beer matures in a different way in a larger bottle to produce a noticeably milder finish.
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Rated: 4.24 by kds2437 from Texas

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Rated: 4.22 by Adam_stewart from Canada (ON)

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Reviewed by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a purplish amber with a short-lived off white head. The nose is full of fruit; plum, apple, figs. The flavor also has dark fruit notes with plum and fig present. There's a hint of cocoa and a faint bitterness underneath. It's a very dry beer with a heavy amount of carbonation. The carbonation detracts from the flavor because the bubbles take over the palate blocking flavor.
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Rated: 4.68 by MeIquiades from Illinois

Mar 19, 2024
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75
This was a very interesting beer to down...

On the one hand, it looked great and tasted great, but on the other, it's scent was somewhat meh to me and the mouthfeel was super carbonated. It was so carbonated that it essentially detracted from the overall experience, even after I let it warm a bit. Overall, it's still a good beer, just not one that "tingled" my toes...
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Reviewed by Mr_Brown from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
forgot to rate it as I drank it. This review might be not very accurate.
L: beautiful brown color, nice foam.
S: nutty, sweet.
T: sweet nutty taste. A bit like sweet wines. Caramelized malt.
F: thin body, easy to drink, some linger in the aftertaste, port like feeling.
O: I can feel it's a superior dubbel, but not a big fan of nuttiness, caramelized malts and sweetness.
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Rated: 4.34 by Supper1

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Reviewed by KomodoDragon from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -1%
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beautiful copper color, so darn clean. small head, efficient lacing.

So many rich scents, banana, clove, toast, caramel, herbal hops.

Many rich flavors. robust sweet caramel malt. Breadiness, some fruit, dried figs or even apricots. Hefty carbonation hides the transition flavors to the finish, which is long and lingering, accompanied with some more sticky sweetness. Almost port like sweetness.

Nice and complex, and super well crafted. A lot going on, and more to explore with each sip.
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

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