Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

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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#1,236
Reviews:
1,237
Ratings:
2,775
pDev:
10.29%
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4.33
 
 
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Photo of lowbrau68
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours russet brown, opaque, even when held directly up to a light, with amber tones around the edge. The head is tan and fluffy, about 1/8'' at the end.

Smell - Fruity and slightly spicy, with hints of raisin and plum and some rum-like aroma.

Taste - Matches the aroma closely - raisiny with some plum and spiciness and caramel notes. This beer is sweet in the middle and has a surprisingly clean finish w/moderately lingering bitterness. Mouth feel is light to moderate in my opinion and this is a drinkable beer given its complexity and a decent kick at 7% ETOH.

Overall this is an enjoyable, complex beer that makes me want to try more in this style and experiment matching w/food.

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Photo of Gusler
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a murky brown color with modest sized dark beige head that is frothy in its texture and the resultant lace a fine velum like sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is lightly tinted with banana, slightly sour, hints of malt. Front is malt laden, and somewhat sweet with the top fair to middling in its feel on the palate. Finish has a prickly acidity and the hops pleasing and delightfully spicy in their bite, the aftertaste is desert bone dry and long lasting, a long favorite and one that has a permanent home in my DBF!

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-Deep mahogany with a slight ruby sparkle. Nice thick mocha head with decent retention and good lacing

S-Belgian yeast, banana, straw an earthy richness and slight alcohol scent

T-Very nice. A ton going on in this one. Malt backbone caramel/brown sugar, roasted apples, banana, medicinal herbs.

M-Fairly sharp/crisp. Lots of CO2

D-Smells great, tasty, well hidden ABV, not a session brew for sure but highly drinkable

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Photo of cmcquirk
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of njnj2000
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dandy14
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a tan, one-finger head. It left very nice lace.

S - It smelled of clove, spice, dried fruits and malt.

T - It was fairly spicy at first sip. It also had a good malt flavor with clove, yeast and dried fruit.

M - It was fairly soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good beer. The complex flavors are outstanding.

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Photo of beernut7
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a foamy head and a deep dark amber color. The earthy alcholic Belgian Aroma is strong, stronger then the flavor for sure. The heavy malty flavor and obvious Trappist yeast character give way to an earthy brush with a cider-apple flavored finish. The bottle conditioning has left the carbonation level of the beer a bit too high leavy a harsh mouthfeel, but that is the only downside to this tasty offering.

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Photo of thatsmyspot
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A - Pours a beautiful full brown color with a light tan head. Head is very dense and retains very well.

S - Bread hints are quickly appreciated, followed by some mild alcoholic esters. Sourdough hints and some yeasty smells are definitely present.

T & M - Oily and creamy mouthfeel. Some nice bready hints immediately com up with nice malt sweetness, caramel hints are definitely present. Some yeast flavors are also tangled in there with the sweetness balancing it out. Some banana sweetness is also present.

D - Very refreshing and delicious. good co2.

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Photo of r3o
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is dark/opaque brown with hues of copper, the head is tan. On the nose there's lots of malt with a fruity predominance. Taste of fruit, blackberry, and bready malt. It has a sweetness to it, very crisp with a lovely carbonation. Medium body with an alcohol feelin at the end.
Very good overall.

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Photo of kcinlober
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark ruby color but no opacity. huge, brown head with extensive lacing

aroma: citrus, fruit, bready and a hint of yeast

mouthfeel: slightly sour, a little bitter, easy to drink. again with a little citrus but as opposed to the aroma, this is definitely stronger on the yeast end

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Photo of danielharper
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

Pours into a snifter with a thick brown body and a thing off-white head that dissipates quickly. "Topping off" the beer renews the head.

Interesting fruity aroma with strong "dark" notes, malty and intriguing with only a hint of Belgian funk. Slight notes of coffee apparent as the beer warms.

Taste is very good, a slight bitterness that seems connected to the coffee aroma, along with the same funkiness as present in the nose and a nice sweet backbone to carry the beer. Very pleasant to drink.

Mouthfeel thick and luxuriating -- slight carbonation gives it a bit of a kick that I wasn't expecting.

Overall, a quite drinkable beer. Very easy to drink for seven percent alcohol.

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Photo of Coronaeus
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scotchboy
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into my New Belgium Globe.

A: Prune/dark brown and opaque, with a huge light tan head that fades to a consistent finger of creamy lace.

S: Big fruitiness, red apples, grapes and grape juice, chalky effervescent Belgian yeast, faint cherry and red wine notes. Malty sweet undertones with moderate spiciness.

T: More spiciness emerges in the flavors, and dark fruits seem to dominate more than that apple character; I get prune and raisin. Faint alcohol bitterness on the finish. Sweeter dark malt presence, Belgian candy sugar and hints of caramel all play a supportive role.

MF: Creamy medium mouthfeel, very nice. Effervescent carbonation moves the body along.

O: Really nice dubbel, probably the best I've ever had of this style. Better than the Chimay IMO.

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Photo of Houborg1
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hero27
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, chestnut brown color with a good-sized frothy off-white head. Retention is better than average and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Complex fragrant aroma of fruits..figs, dates, cherries seem to be the most up-front smells. Obvious malts are present..caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate are the usual suspects.

Taste: Buttery sweetness, spices & phenols are present but very well done..not overdone like many others. Dark fruit flavors of raisins, prunes, and figs. Molasses and roasted nut flavors come through near the finish.. Complex and intriguing.. I wouldn't be surprised if someone could pick up a new flavor with every sip.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Deliciously smooth & creamy mouthfeel. I don't think one can fully appreciate these beers without having them fresh in Belgium, but I suppose the bottles will have to do for now.

Drinkability: Not cheap and relatively hard to find in this area, but it has good drinkability and if it weren't so damn pricey, I'd drink this a lot more often. Great Belgian offering

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. I went through a year or so period where i did not like any belgians other that sours, but this one brough me back.
Smells kinda standard. Estery belgian nose. But the tasts is amazing, like roasted figs with dates and raisens. Some dark toffee flavors in there as well. Still get some of that yeasty ester flavor that turns me off from belgians, but still damn good. Really glad i drink this one.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle "best before 2/3/2012" (roughly 6 months from now... not sure how far out from bottling date Westmalle sets there "best by" date), poured into Chimay chalice.

A: Deep murky brown hue with a huge frothy lightbrown head on top (over a fingers worth, in a wide chalice), with "pancake batter" bubbles in the middle.

S: Yeasty, bready, and hints of caramel sweetness in the nose.

T: Taste follows the nose, but the tones of yeast and bread are more subdued than in the nose. A mellow candied sweetness and distinct notes of caramel are present. Dark fruits are also detectable, but very much in the background and also on the very back end of the flavor profile of this beer.

A nice bitterness on the back end rounds this brew out nicely, and keeps everything in balance.

M: Light and lively, this brew is well-carbonated and creamy in the mouth. It finishes with a good bitter-sweetness.

D/O: Remarkably drinkable. It's balanced, light, bitter-sweet, and enjoyable. I would gladly follow this beer up with another.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
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 JAStheAce
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - dark mahogany brown with about an inch of foamy head which quickly went away

S - sweet, chocolatey, caramel, nougat, butterscotch, toffee

T - Chocolate very rich and malty. Fruity aftertaste and I can't really get more specific then that but not citrus fruits. Concludes with a nice dry finish

M - medium mouthfeel

D - A delicious brew and the moderate abv% could make this to a session beer if you are feeling so inclined. I know I'd be down.

Overall, a gem of a beer and I expect nothing less from the Trappists

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown. Poured with a one inch tan head that held throughout. Good medium lace all the way down. A very pretty drink.

S: Roasted malts. Nutty. Not its best attribute as the malt was over everything else.

T: Roasted sweet toffee malt. Warming spicy flavor that really grew on me. I wanted to sink into every drink.

M: Full bodied. Carbonation provided a really nice balance. Coats the mouth with spicy flavors.

D: I could drink a few and it would take me along time as its a very good beer to savor.

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Photo of Shaneox
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billab914
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into my Rochefort chalice. It poured a deep, caramel brown color with a big frothy head filling half of the glass. Fantastic head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a good amount of tart, crisp fruit to it. I get some very noticeable apple or apple juice like qualities along with some pear notes too. The Belgian yeast spice is very evident as well

The taste starts off with the Belgian yeast giving off a lot of clove, nutmeg and a little cinnamon spice. Midway the tart, apple juice like flavor really starts to come out. The crisp, tart fruits mix very nicely with the Belgian yeast spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is about average for the style. The real draw of the mouthfeel is the thick and creamy head that you get on each sip. Overall it was a good beer, and a very good example of the style. Nice beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of danieelol
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours with a very frothy head. Seems like the head of a light lager rather than a dubbel, and is rather impermanent. 3.5

S: When the head is big, the smell is pure raspberries and some bread (yeast). It really smells like a fruit beer or kriek with the prominence of the raspberries and blueberries etc. Also some caramel, treacle and bread and butter pudding. Very complex and delicious nose. 5

T: Bread which is met with some dry ethanol. Also some berries and custard from the nose but no sweetness. 4

M: Very light and highly carbonated. 3.5

O: Easily the most enjoyable dubbel I've had to date. The berry and custard flavours are really juicy and vibrant. 4.5

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,775 ratings
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