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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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1,189 Reviews
Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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4.15
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Photo of ENogueira
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

11.2 oz bottle dated 4/11/15, poured in a chalice. Pours a dark brown in color. Head didn't retain for very long. Carbonation is on the above average side. The smell first struck me as cinnamon, perhaps raisins as well. Taste reminds me of a Cherry Coke with a very full body, creamy and malty. Very interesting taste for a beer. The sweetness really lingers in the aftertaste, and it is very pleasant. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of jeffsala
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a Westmalle Goblet. It has a brown with reddish tones in appearance with a small head after the pour.

S - High Malt and a hint of cherries.

T - Complex flavor. Semi-Sweet with a dry finish. Carmel and cherries are what I sense.

M - Medium carbonation. Very Smooth and you like is more and more as you drink it.

D - I am not going to say it's a session beer at 7%, but it's highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

I love this beer it's has become may favorite dubbel.

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Photo of techdiver
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dense brown with modest head that dissipated quickly.

Nose of molasses and malt.

Taste is well balanced malt, toffee and caramel. Totally enjoyable with mild hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium with pleasant carbonation.

Very drinkable. Smooth and expressive.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Two fingers of beige bubbly head over deep reddish brown body.

S: Aromas are loaded: the malt profile is sweet, fruity, and toasty biscuit. Alcohol solvency is present as well. Deeper pulls are overripe stone fruits, hints of anise. Some vanilla pulling through.

T: Flavors are bitter, fruity, subtle toasted malt flavor. Bitter and drying finish. A little reminiscent of a well-balanced brown ale, only a touch sweeter. Swirled and poured last few sips, and emboldened flavors reveal more herbs. There's the faintest hint of carob. Warmth brings out the comforting Belgian yeast notes, emphasis on bitter clove. Can't taste that heat that I smell.

M: Medium and chewy. Dry and bitter. Evenly carbonated.

D: Trappists do it better.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I managed to resist temptation somewhat successfully and age this bottle for about one year before succumbing. Right from the crack of the cap, the beer gives off a pleasant sweet prune-like aroma, undergirded by a distinctively Belgian yeasty maltiness. This dubbel is quite an attractive beer -- deep mahogany in color with a thin, light tan head. The flavor starts off quite sweet, characterized largely by a deep, figgy fruitiness. Combined with the bready body, this gives me the (not unpleasant) impression of Fig Newtons. Toward the end, light chocolatey and toasty notes are noticeable in the background, and the beer finishes with a mild alcohol spiciness. Quite full and body, and luxuriously creamy in mouthfeel. Very, very yummy.

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Photo of Toddzillamz
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been harassed for years for turning my nose to dubbels. Don't ask me why. They just didn't sit right with me. Always seemed like the shitty little brother to my lovely quads. Not the juicy quads on these foreign girls that raid my nest, but the herculian brew we all raise a glass to. Those spectacular beverages that push the double digit mark on the ABV scale. For the second time in my life, I have been proven wrong. Avoiding dubbels meant that I was avoiding Westmalle Dubbel, and this beer happens to be one of the most finely tuned brews on God's green earth. The perfect balance. Exceptional taste and mouthfeel. Reminds me of the breasts I had in my mouth this past weekend. This, in turn, reminded me of the third time in my life I had been proven wrong. Right after discovering this special beer, I was approached my a loose-lipped Dutch girl at a hostel I was spending the night in. During conversation, breast size was brought up, and my friend guessed that she was a b-cup. I laughed at the notion that she was a b, since that chest was going nowhere but inward, so leaned closer for further inspection. With the Westmalle Dubbel in one hand, I used my free mitt to size up the specimen. He was right, b-cup. I then finished my Westmalle, and convinced her to fetch more beers. I then went to sleep. She could not trick me into sleeping with her. Since that night, I have realized that when guessing bra size, the b-cup is the go-to cup size. That guess will win you more battles than you lose. There is also such a go-to when it comes to world class beers. This is Westmalle Dubbel. It may not be the people's champ, like the over-hyped c-cup, but it is always the go-to when you need something to bring home. I am now a Dubbel man, and Westmalle is my girl.

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Photo of gos42
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Was very happy to have the opportunity to try this dubbel. Had read much about it and jumped at the opportunity.

Poured into a chalice. Was that chocolate or malt teasing my nose? Perhaps a combination of both. Beautiful color, rich red, very little head.

But it was the drinkable statue of this beer that put the smile on my face. Starts with a whiff of malt on the tongue, which quickly teases with alcohol then finishes with a touch of bitterness. Heavenly.

If I have any caution with this beer, it is to be concerned with what food you pair it with. It can be overwhelmed by strong, spicy food to the point where you might miss the complexities of this beer. Take my advice and order simply. Or better yet, enjoy this beer with an open chalice, allowing the aroma to breathe. Take it slow and enjoy it on its own. You'll be glad you did.

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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 ablaze
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark mahogany red, off-white tan head sits on top throughout. Thick and smooth lacing, with good clarity.

Juicy, ripe red apples with a perfumy candied coating. Some faint alcoholic vapors, but very inviting.

Light, leafy prunes, blackberries, more of that candied apple edge. Some sweet caramelly malt. Yeast is downtempo and hops are quite delicate and match up well with the soft Belgian flavour.

Medium to full bodied, incredibly smooth, creamy and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is light, but there.

Ahhh so delicious. A satisfying and complex favourite, the dubbel of choice. Pairs well with a beef and vegetable stew, but great on it's own as it is delicate.

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

Pours out a foggy and dirty orange-brown and sits a deep murky chocolate brown with a tremendous tan head blanketing the beer with a solid two inches of cover. Fades to a thick layer of skim, leaving some good lacings.

Aroma is jam-packed with dark, malty goodness. Tropical fruits dance around giving of hints of starfruit, mango and kiwi. Dusty floors spackle the sides of your nasal cavity with dry yeasty aromas that beg to be tamed. Lightly spicy and peppery, with just a few hints of dry, brown grass.

Flavor is overwhelmingly malty at first taste. Bold and fruity, completely laced with sweet and lucious Gala apples and Bosc pears. Kiwi juice flavor that could turn your teeth, and the eyes of your neighbors, completely green. Sugary caramel melts on the tongue with roasty and dark engjlish toffee swelling up on the inside. Alcohol warms from all sides and is accompanied by a nice peppery spiciness. Dry, doughy yeast presence sticks to the back of the mouth. Finish is mildly bittered with fresh greens and plenty more bright, fruit flavors.

Lively in the mouth and smooth behind the crisp carbonation. Let it wind down to reveal a lovely, silky mouth balanced with the alcoholic spiciness drying the tongue.

Hightly enjoyable, simply fantastic. Complex flavors keep your mouth interested, no way to put this down thinking you've got it completely figured out.

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Photo of marcpal
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been wanting to try, picked up a bottle and here we go.

11.2 oz bottle poured gently into a oversized wine glass.

A: Enormous creamy foam that gives this thing the head of a drive-in movie theater. Thick and dark in the brew and the head. Color is a shade short of mahogany and dark crimson. Big bubbles too which I like.

N: Fresh sweetness and malts, than a little more malts. Smells like an EL Fudge cookie would smell if it came straight out of a bakery.

T: Wow, even better than the nose. What a boatload of character this has. Like a spiced rum cake. Fruity, malty with underlying bitterness. Can you get any more balanced in a beer? A sipping pleasure with a detecteable alcohol that is in no way or shape off putting but welcomed. I even get some caramel, vanilla and banana as it completely came to almost room temp.

The alcohol soaked dates that these monks were playing with to modify shows that they sure knew what was going on. This beer is outstanding.

M: Thinner than the taste would lead you to but allows you to put it away with no issue or drowning of the palate.

D: These monks did a phenomenal job. Full of character, not too thick, and one of the few well made in this style that you could drink all night. Winner, winner chicken dinner.

Amazing the flavor that is packed into a dubbel and at this alcohol level. Definitely one that needs and urges you to seek it out. This has the complexity of a terrific triple or even quad.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz into a tulip. Best before date of 11/25/05.

Dark amber with a light tan head of almost 2" that stays up for quite a while and falls to a foamy sheet for the rest of the ride. Heavy lacing that coats the inside of the glass.

Yeast and malts make up the most of the aromas. Dark fruits and sugars come through after. Overall it has that mouthwatering combination of classic belgian notes we all know and love.

Malts are first noticed upon tasting. This is followed by a burst of melon and a dry/yeast inspired finish. Outstanding.

This one has a full mouthfeel that is not oily or in any way heavy in the finish. At 7% abv, this is one hell of a drinkable brew.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of pkalix
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

not much head on this one. had it many times, but never entered a rating.
super dark copperish color with a thin layer of fizz on top. smell is all dark fruit and candy. kind of like of complex prune juice.
taste is dark fruit, candied sugar and, to use a term someone else previously used (and is totally on mark), refreshing. refreshing is a great adjective for this. it's easy to drink, not too bitter, not too rich (like Belgians often can be), and very flavorful with raisins and figs (some cherry?).

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

A good one to rate right after the New Belgium Abbey...best before May 05, 2004...

Opaque cinnamon brown, big head of fine carbonation and dark yeasty patches. String and punctuation mark laces. Slight red wine aroma, mixed with a semi-sweet chocolate and yeastiness. Quite complex and less sweet than many Dubbels -- raisins, grapes, and currants are noticeable and subside into a smoother maltiness to finish. Nice yeasty mustiness lingers past the swallow. Fruit is astringent (i.e. not peach or pear like) and this one is as dry a brew as I've had in this style. A really fine example with great variety, and a different and impressive take on the style.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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

Dated 05/04/07

A - Pours a dark ruby red/amber, lots of carbonation, nice tan foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, raisins, and prunes.

T - The taste is fabulous, tangy, slightly bitter, sweet, a touch of caramel, very complex.

M - Medium body, well rounded with a carbonated feel.

D - Very drinkable. This is my frist Westmalle, very tasty brew indeed, will definitely buy again, highly recommended.

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

Poured from a 1 pint 9 bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful 1 finger head that sticks around with great lacing. Cloudy as expected with good deep coloring.

Aroma has lots of dark fruits and caramel. Flavor is the same with a hint of spiciness. Gets even better as it warms and you can really pick out the fruits on the front end with caramel finish on the back.

Mouth feel was great and full. I've had this before with a bad pour and it seemed overly carbonated, but this time it was perfectly balanced. A great beer that is the pinnacle of the style.

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Photo of jnelson54
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The prune juice brown color with fine belgian lace surrounding a tall glass. Nose is slightly malty with hints of fruits and dark sugar. A range of malt flavor from sweet to slightly sour that gives way to a balanced a spicy hop finish. Truly well crafted. Great for those mild fall days.

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

What a surprise to find a case of this sitting in my local beer store today! I love the tripel, so I grabbed one of these up to try. In the middle of a 750 of Val Dieu brown (an excellent brew in it's own right) I drank this. It is fantastic. Nice dark, fruity taste. Not too sweet, great with food. Definitely my favorite available dubbel. Wonderful balance and taste.

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

We finally can get this again in the US. The last time I had this was on tap in London. Anyway. This one is a nice dark brown color with a dense tan head. Smell is dense and of bready malts and fruity esters mixed with some yeast and sugar. Taste is incredibly smooth with touches of vanilla, chocolate, and great Belgian yeasts. Amazing. One of my favorite beers. Goes great with moules and frites.

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Photo of KingG
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Served close to room temp.

Appearance is good. Dark brick color. Decent head materializes. Carbonation makes itself evident.

Smell is good. Very earthy/herbal aroma. Belgian spices and semi-sweet dark fruits.

Taste is excellent. Identical to the smell but sweeter although non-cloying. Flavor isn't huge but perfect for the style. One of the best Dubbels i've tasted.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Velvety smooth on the palate. The beer coates the tongue like a warm comfortable blanket on a cold winter evening. Carbonation is great and not overly done.

Drinkability is off the charts. I can sip this stuff all night if i had to.

Overall: One of the best dubbels i've had and a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - opaque brown light brown head
Aroma - lush leafy brown bread sweat aroma.
Taste - rich chocolate cake intensity. Dried fruits. Brown sugar
Mouthfeel - Luscious and rich. Makes me glad I was born.
Drinkability - Give me more and more and more.

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

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.

A - Pours a very nice deep ruby-mahogany hue, with a big fluffy head of creamy foam. The head settles to a dense creamy cap that leaves sticky chunks of lace down the glass. Looks excellent.

S - Smells excellent. Sweet cola syrup and candi sugar with raisins, figs and dried plums. Some cherry and cranberry notes as well, which I really enjoy. The yeast is very prominent, with spicy and bready notes abound. Deep, complex and fruity, exactly what I like in a good dubbel. Just a touch of rich boozy sweetness, but in the best kind of way.

T - Opens up with lots of bready malt and spicy yeast notes. Lots of sweetness coming from the candi sugar. Some cola syrup and molasses as well. Finishes with lots of fruitiness, but more cherry and cranberry than I'm used to. Figs and raisins are still clearly pronounced, as well as a great plum character. Earthy hops linger ever so slightly with subtle notes of sweet alcohol, dark chocolate, and some caramelized sugar. The balance between the flavors here is remarkable. Every piece of this flavor profile comes together as a seamless, complex, and drinkable treat. I could go on about the flavors of this beer all day.

M - Smooth and creamy, with a fine carbonation the compliments the body perfectly. Bittering aftertaste is minimal but present. Very good.

D - Worlds apart from the Westmalle Tripel, which was one of the most disappointing tripels I've ever tried. This one the other hand, after many dubbels, quads, and BSDAs, still stands out as a remarkable beer. A truly classic Trappist beer that should stand as a benchmark for what this style should be; deep, rich, and complex.

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Photo of Lee45102
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exactly what a Trappist dubble should taste like. Filling and strong but it has a feel that isn't too heavy.

It's only competitor in its class would be trappistes Rochfort number 8. Both are great beers and for the cost in my area you won't find any better unless you want to up your price.

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

Poured into Chimay goblet. Served at room temperature.

A: Really huge, fluffy tan head on top of an inviting-looking dark, ruby-red beer. Head has great longevity.

S: Sweet malt, cherries, grapes, hint of chocolate.

T/M: Dry red wine grapeness up front, followed by a pronounced dried cherry flavor mixed with some figs, sweet malt, and a bit of dark chocolate. Finish has a light dryness and a subtle bitterness before a medicinal warming sort of washes over you. A really well-balanced Dubbel.

D: One of my all-time favorites. Just a remarkably flavorful, warming, comforting beer, especially on a cold/chilly day.

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Photo of LordofthePings
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark red/amber with a white head.
S: Belgian
T: One of the best examples of the style. Dried fruit, sweet, belgian esters. A perfect blend into one clean smooth beer.
M: High carbonation but easy to drink.
O: I can't believe I put off trying this beer for years based on a previous disappointment by the same dubbel style. A new 'go-to' for me when I'm craving a belgian. Dark sweet and full of esters and dried fruit. Will buy this one again and again.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 1,189 ratings.
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