Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

BA SCORE
93
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1,210 Reviews
Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,210
Ratings:
2,686
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking for this for a long time, and finally found it. It poured a muddy dark mahogany with lots of tan head. It smelled like very potent but light yeast, balanced with bitter chocolate malt. It tasted like citrus hops and tons of yeast mixed with earthy semi-sweet chocolate malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a lasting yeasty aftertaste. Overall this had a fairly intricate flavor, but wasn't as clean or delicious as I hoped.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 6/12/07.

Amber/brownish with thin 1-finger tan head, poured into a goblet. Very solid dark brown when filled all the way up, as it gets down to the end and there is less liquid you can tell it is a translucent brown with orange-red hue. Very malty and as it warms up a lot more of the yeast character comes through. Hops not detectable. Carbonated pretty generously and seems like alcohol is hidden pretty well.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased and drank at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

Pours a medium dark brown, with a quarter inch head, and not much lacing. There is a ton of floating sediment.

Smells like toasted bread, some rye, some brown sugar, caramel, and spicing.

The taste is similar. Very bready malt flavor, a bit of spiciness reminiscent of rye or black pepper, some caramel, and brown sugar. This is much less sweeter and full bodied than I expected, honestly.

Slightly thinner body than I'm used to with dubbels, a tiny bit watery. I'm really surprised to report that, honestly. Crisp, smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation.

This was good, but my expectations for it were a little high, unfortunately.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a very deep copper, with a light tan head, that lasts for the duration it was in my glass.
the aroma is malt, some dark dried fruit like dates, yeast, malt, slight sweetness, hint of alochol..
the flavor is malt, some sweetness, dates, alochol, spice.
the mouth feel is not to thin, but not thick, it easy drinking and doesn't fill you up.
very good dubbel.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, amber color. 1 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, slight citrus (plum), slight hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, slight hop, slight sweet malt, slight grain, and slight citrus. Overall, a little more dry than I'm used too, but otherwise a good dubbel.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

33cl brown glass bottle with classic pressure cap served into a La Trappe goblet in Nijmegen, Holland. Reviewed live.

A: 1.5 finger head of nice cream lacing and good thickness. Excellent retention for the relatively high ABV. Overall, the head is soft and delicate. I'd say it's about six minutes. Dark solid brown colour. Nontransparent.

Sm: Cream, nutty hops, and maybe yeast. A very mild strength scent; it's difficult for me broken nose to detect individual distinct notes. All apologies, lads.

T: Lovely cream undertones stay consistent (and welcome) throughout, a wonderful effect. Lightly nutty. Some date fruit notes, but I wouldn't call them esters. I don't get any caramel, as noted in other reviews - or even any caramelized malt. Maybe some figgy touches, but if so they're buried. Exquisite. Brilliantly spectacularly balanced. Some sort of wood is present, but not in the barrel aged sense of that description. Incredibly well built, but not as complex as it ought to be.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Perfectly complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: Relatively high ABV, very fairly priced, and incredibly easy to drink. It's very commercially available and it's high quality. It's a shame people may try to make counterfeit Westvleteren with the bottles, but the beer isn't to blame. She's certainly worth a go if you like beer.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a bottle of this in the cellar for about a year now. I just read about this beer in the BA magazine, and decided that it was time to drink it. The bottle has an October 25, 2007 date, so hopefully I'm not too late!

Decanted into a white wine glass, it pours a cloudy, light ruby color with a foamy white head. Great retention. Lots of lacing on the glass. Enticing.

Even with the glass sitting a couple feet away from me, I can catch whiffs of apples, some toasted malts, and the alcohol. When I put my nose into it, I get apple cider, cherries and other tart fruit, alcohol, yeast. Overall, a warm, toasted quality.

Tastes are a little disappointing. Blossoms into a balanced malty, dark fruity character. But then it just disappears, with a weak , cardboard aftertaste. Perhaps the beer is past its prime.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly effervescent. A nice foil to the warm, malty flavors.

Overall, pretty drinkable. There's a lot going for this beer. Great aromas and flavors - a beautiful looking beer. But my bottle may be a month or two past its prime. I'll have to try it again!

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Nice dark brown color with a thick and big tan head. Head is slow to dissipate

S- Sweet, caramel and toffee with a small malt backbone. A little fruit to it as well.

T- Bitter and sweet with a little bit of the darker fruit flavors coming out. A pretty dry finish with a bitter-dry aftertaste that lingers in the mouth. The taste changes some as you drink as well but it is pretty much the same flavors just in different proportions

M- Medium carbonate with a thick but almost "soft" mouthfeel. Definite alcohol presence, much more than i expected for a 7%, but it hits at the right times and is a good addition

D- Good beer, not my favorite style but it definitely is good, wouldn't session this beer, but for the price it is to acquire that wouldn't be an option for me anyway.

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Photo of lpayette
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance- Nut brown that matches the label. Off-white nearly tan head. Big on the pour, but disipates to a ring. Little lacing.

Smell- Subtle in its complexity. Nutty and some hints of dark fruit from the yeast. Mostly malty.

Taste- A bit fruity initially followed by nutty tones that are packed with flavor. Hints of phenols, pasted onto a chocolate malt background.

Mouthfeel- A complicated mouthfeel that changes throughout the sip.

Drinkability- Sippable and quaffable- it's good either way.

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Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, slightly plum-like color with a huge foamy beige head. Aroma is malty with hints of chocolate, caramel, sugar cane, dark fruit and alcohol. Hoppy up front with a good amount of carbonation, chocolate maltiness, candi sugar and figs with a slightly sour and bitter hop finish.

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Photo of AlexF
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Plastic cork (technology and environment for the win!). That's already a plus.

This beer is very dark, with brownish earthy accents. It has uUnstoppable lacing and never ending head (small bubbles). Very pretty.

Smells like a typical double. Caramels and ripe dark fruits, with a hint of gingerbread.

The beer itself is actually a LOT less sweet than I expected it to be. It remains quite interesting, because that lack of sweetness let other usually hidden aromas developp. The beer is very grassy, earthy and dry. Hops are also quite present. Even if interesting, this is not my type of double. Still, very good brew.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from morel's in beijing

330ml bottle. importer's label has date of july 2007, and "best by" of two years later. poured into tulip.

nearly black, cola brown, with reddish tones under the light. nice solid head, gradually fades to thin layer. some thin and splotchy lacing.

pleasant aroma of dried dates and berries (currants?), plus a center of grassy hop. underlying spices of licorice and nutmeg, and maybe anise, supported by gentle whiff of phenols in the end. notes of carmelized malts are evident on slightly more forceful inhales.

flavor seems a bit more muddled however. kind of a lightly watered down version of the above aroma notes, at least with regard to the fruitiness, spice and malt. there is a trace acidity, plus a slightly grassy character to the hop, which gives a moderate bitterness, but unfortunately also combines with strong phenols for a less pleasing finish.

not too thin, relatively smooth, slight astringency. moderate to gentle carbonation can still tingle and give texture as well.

it's ok, but not my favorite by far. i'm finding westmalle's offerings to be more phenolic than i'm comfortable with.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. Nice dark brown colour with a creamy tan head. Lots of carbonation. The color looked great and the smell was awesome! Had an excellent mouthfeel with the carb. The taste however let me down. It was good overall but had alot of bitter aftertaste. Worth the occasional try but not a favorite. PR 2.75

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Photo of mdagnew
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from Sainsburys..

Poured a dark mahogany red colour... Creamy tan head poured quite big and faded to a nice thin layer...

Aroma - Malty, bready, dark fruits, aniseed, spicy, peppery, brown sugar, chocolate hints...

Taste – Fruity (prunes, raisins), light aniseed, chocolate hints, treacle, nice maltiness, light caramel notes, spicy...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry.. Medium / full bodied.

Overall - A very good beer.... Recommended... Probably could have done with some aging though...

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Photo of GreenCard
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, reasonable clarity, pours a thick (but large-bubbled) tannish head which settles to a creamier layer in a little over a minute, head becomes a "vicar's collar" soon after, some temporary lacing

Aroma: raisiny/figgy, sweet, rummy

Flavor: very intriguing... what struck me at first as a highly phenolic taste in the forefront, I realize is the taste of rum-soaked figs; subtle hop flavor comes in as phenol/figs fade away, some malty/toasty sweetness, rather quick flavor progression with a noticeable hop bitterness balancing out what would have been a sweet finish; it's a flavor that keeps calling you back for more, to chase down exactly what it is your tasting (to me: sweetened and carbonated rum in which figs have been soaked)

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated (bubbles multiply and expand in your mouth), lots of alcoholic warmth, fairly light body for a dubbel

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Photo of masterallen
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark cherry brown. I poured the beer poorly and had a little extra head, no big deal, it just released a few more of the esters.

S - applish notes and a slighly woody aroma.

T - choclatety taste but very dry, even bitter aftertaste

M - coats mouth nicely. heavy and doesn't

D - I would only have 1 or 2. Not really a session beer despite it's reasonable ABV.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a bit of white head that disappears quickly but has great carbonation

S: Lots of dark fruit, some brown sugar, a bourbon-esque whiskey aroma

T: At first, some dark fruit without the sweetness, then a move into a bitter middle taste, followed by some alcoholic burn towards the end. Unfortunately, the smell is better than the taste.

O: A pretty nice ale, but I would stick with much better belgian offerings. Maybe I'm not a fan of the dubbel style, or maybe this one just isn't for me.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Highly carbonated, providing a huge head, and releasing a very nice caramel aroma with underlying dark fruits. The flavor is very complex begining with chocolate before a spicy middle and followed by a cherry finish. Very interesting with many more flavors than I can hope to name, but not nearly as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy brown color with some red highlights shinning through. Upon pouring there is a one finger creamy colored head that fades over a moderate level of time to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is of roasted malt and some darker fruit smells. The darker fruits are of a plum, raisin and cherry aroma giving a moderately sweet dimension to the smell. When mixed with a yeasty and slightly bready aroma the mix of smells produces a rather nice dubbel aroma.

Taste- The taste begins with a dry roasted malt flavor and a brown bread taste. There are some dark fruit flavors, but these are on the drier side only adding the fruit flavor without the sweetness. Some light yeastiness and a more bitter citrus flavor begin developing more toward the middle to the end of the taste. In the end with a little bit of a roasted/smoky flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a dry roasted and dark fruit flavor to linger on the tongue with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly above average side consisting of lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. The combination of carbonation and thickness are nice for the drier flavors creating a very crisp feel overall.

Overall – It has a nice flavor profile, but is a little drier then what I was expecting for a dubbel. If you are looking for a crisp Belgian style with some good fruit flavors and nice roasted malt taste, then this is a good go too, but if you want something slightly more on the sweeter side then this is not what you want. It is certainly good and something to try if you are in the mood for something drier.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Best Buy 7/27/12

Appearance. It poured a dark brown/amber with a large tan head. It had very little lacing.

Smell. it smells fairly sweet with some malt and spice(clove) coming through. It smells delicious.

Taste. It does not taste as sweet as it smells. The sweet dark fruit flavor gives way very quickly to some smoky malt with some earthy flavors. and some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel. It has medium body with a creamy finsh

Overall. I think my expectations were to high or the best buy date is accurate as it tasted like its best days are behind it. I will try again as I want to taste what I can smell.

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Photo of SShelly
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12ozer.

Pours a cloudy dark reddish color with bright fluffy white head, great thick malty aroma.

Has a nice malt beginning to the flavor but is very thin after that. High carbonation causes quite a bit of bite on the tongue. Decent malty aftertaste, though again very thin. The mouthfeel is quite thin compared to what I expected.

Overall a decent beer but not what I thought I was going to get from this beer.

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Photo of ghurux86
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this one's pretty good and smooth for the ABV. according to my bottle it is 7% ABV.
ok as far as appearance goes it is a murky brown and the head is amazing. i had to stop pouring to prevent it from overflowing out of my new Quintine snifter glass. the lacing is pretty thick as well, the best i've seen next to orval trappist ale.
it smells pretty good too. malt, chocolate, raisins.
it tastes good and it is really smooth but there is a bit of a medicine taste. that's what takes away from the taste for my review. it's not bad but it's noticable.
the mouthfeel is great. not very carbonated and it is nice and smooth feeling.
as far as drinkability goes, it is above average but not the greatest the medicinal character takes away from the drinkability just as it does the taste.
overall, it's very good and worth a try.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a chalice. It pours a murky dark brown color with three fingers of fluffly light tan foam. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very malty, with sweetness of caramelized sugar and fruity esters. A little spicy on the nose too. The taste is also fairly malty and a little sweet, but with a slightly tart and dry finish. It doesn't hide the alcohol well, and it's only 6.5% abv. The mouthfeel is just a little on the light side, especially for the style. The drinkability fairs pretty well though, not too shabby. A fair dubbel.

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Photo of wesleyhighley
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked this up for about $6 at the local package store. It was everything I expected it to be, but just a bit expensive for my current income. I'd gladly pay $2 a bottle all day for this, but I don't know if I'll ever pay that much for such a mid-range beer again.

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

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a deep brown dense hazy body with a creamy smooth light tan head.

S- The smell is vinous with some notes of alcohol and some dark caramel notes. A very faint cherry and honey note as it warms.

T- The taste is slightly vinous with a bit of a carbonic acid taste at the finish. Notes of dried fruit and honey also come through as it warms in the taste. As it warms the finish becomes very dry with a slight bitterness but not a hop bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium-full body with lots of tiny bubbles in the fizz. There is a slight alcohol kick at the finish.

D- This beer doesn't have the depth in malt that I was hoping for and I was surprised by the alcohol kick. It’s a good beer but I would expect a little more. The date guide on the label is not checked of so I don't know how old this beer is, that might account for the lack of depth?

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,686 ratings.
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