Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,985
Reviews:
1,246
Ratings:
2,812
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
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224
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Photo of Franziskaner
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown color with a half inch of frothy and rocky head. The aroma is of cocoa powder and caramel. I’m tasting cocoa powder, caramel, and milk chocolate. The mouth is decadent, moderately carbonated and lightly creamy.

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Photo of Mclusal
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Commandophile
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rphbrew
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaverCS
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aged and bottle conditioned for at least 4-5 years. Label was torn off, but remained refrigerated the entire aging process.

Pours an incredibly dark mahogany color with ample carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but ample head adds a creamy feel.

Aroma is a little tame. A bit of booze, Belgian yeast, and dark fruits.

Taste is like a liquid fig newton. Prunes, plumes, raisins, and figs. Ample dark sweet malt and brown sugar. Caramel sweetness with a bit of honey.

Overall, solid beer. It’s a bit on the thinner side, which is the main letdown in comparison to other great Belgian beers. I see this pairing well with a stickey toffee pudding or bread pudding. It gets a 91/100.

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Photo of chiefz1
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nunya
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jamesroses
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RMW66
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Catalinmunteanu
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of opieo
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chitoryu12
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Deep ruby red with a huge tan head.

Smell: Bread and cardboard, strangely. A bit of fruitiness.

Taste: Bittersweet berries, toffee, and a small amount of metallic bitterness that reminds me of licking a penny.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but very carbonated.

Overall: While I want to love this, the unusual metallic aftertaste and smell of cardboard make this fail to live up to its potential.

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Photo of RayCannata
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dazka
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely beautiful beer poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Brown body and a rich, fluffy beige head and great curtain lacing. Pleasant dark fruit smell and taste. Earthy malt and a bit of banana. Silky smooth feel. A great beer!

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Photo of marcbosch
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep, dark red. Towering, massive head.
Smell: toffee, some ripe fruit (plum, perhaps?) and malt.
Taste: as expected. Toffee, some toasted flavours, sweet fruit. A bit of rubbing alcohol as well. Great.
Feel: generously bodied although well carbonated. Finish is dry enough so it's on the easy drinking side. Consume with caution!
Overall: a dubbel worthy of its name. Recommended.

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Photo of gudthing
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby chocolate colur with a long lasting head. It will drop eventually to 0.5cm - be patient :).

Smell are some dark notes with some sweetness from caramel. Not getting too much though.

Very easy drinking, not as sweet as i expected. The dark berries are prominent in flavour. It is extremely well balanced with the caramel sweetness.

Very enjoyable, could drink all day!

hb 3

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Photo of BHapeman
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of suspiciousone
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Anacross
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NWHopinator
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barleycorn
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mtbdonn
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- A towering head appears on a not quite careful enough initial pour. After allowing the head to recede a bit I tried a more gentle pour and had marginally more success. Either way the head is a towering 3 inches of tan foam which recedes (eventually) to a thin ring leaving many spots of lacing. The beer is that classic deep purple to brown and allows no light through.
S- The nose is that wonderful dark fruit reminiscent of ripe plum and raisins. There is a bit of a musty aspect like a old seldom visited corridor or room.
T- Dark fruit flavors are present, but less sweet than the nose might suggest. Just the faintest hint of alcohol in the aftertaste lets you know that this beer has some heft.
F- If not obvious from the pour, there is ample prickly carbonation. This lightens the mouthfeel to the lowside of medium. This is probably the lightest drinking dubbel that I've had.
O- This is very good, but probably not the best of the dubbel's I've had. I liked St Bernardus slightly better, but you can't go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 2,812 ratings