Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle

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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Photo of vfgccp
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crazy head. Peaky foam that claws at the sides of the glass. Deep chocolate amber color.

S - Soft sweet malt. Mellow orange rind. Molasses.

T - Sweet booze up front. Rolling malt. Surprising but pleasant cedar bitterness adds a very nice balance. A touch of dark dried fruit and some dark roast notes in the finish.

M - Medium body with a smooth flavor profile. Finishes semi-sweet.

D - Nice flavor balance. A touch boozy.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into the appropriate Westmalle chalice.

A: Dark amber brown with a thin light tan head. Color turns to a deep and dark red when held up to a light.

S: Dark fruits such as figs and raisins along with malts as well as cola.

T: A very smooth, rich and creamy malty taste. The fruit flavors come across in the taste but change from dark fruits to something more tropical.

M: Excellent soft mouthfeel, nice carbonation and medium-bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down smooth and crisp and with nice flavors. It would pair well with rich sauces, BBQ, or a nice chocolate desert.

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Photo of Matty1918
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber with a nice creamy, fluffy off white head. Nice retention.

Aroma is of sweet toasted malts. Caramel, slight spice and fresh ripe fruit. Very nice aroma lots of character.

Taste has lots of carbonation in it at first. There's some cloves in the front with ripe fruit in there also. You can feel the alcohol..it's slight but it's there. Flavors are complex.

Mouthfeel is creamy with the alcohol being present. It's not overpowering but there.

I'd seek this dubbel out again. Very nice. A good way to end the night.

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Photo of SputnikMonroe
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rodlavers
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Westvleteren tulip. Thick two-finger tan head, dissipates to thin lighter tan head, chunky lacing. dark red/brown color. Looks good to me. Aroma is light on the nose. There is sweet/dark fruit, but also the typical crispness. It's not overwhelming, but the smell is fresh and light. Taste is similar to smell, except less sweetness, more dark fruit. IT does have a "nectar" flavor to it, but again overwhelming. Mouthfeel is fresh and crisp, almost like a champagne, with medium carbonation and relative smoothness. Overall I do really like this beer, perhaps more than Westmalle Triple, but certainly not as much as Rochefort 10 or Westvleteren XII. I would definitely get this again. Cheers.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark red-brown. A 1 1/2 finger head. I am not a fan of soap-bubble type heads.

S - FIGS. sweet figs. Brown sugar. would be a 5 if there were some more complexities

T - Smooth. Figs. Sweet. honeysuckle. Something empty in the middle that seems more like a session beer than a flavorful Dubbel. Nonetheless, very tasty. Tiny dryness in the back.

M - Slick. Low-medium carb. a little too slick.

O - a little underwhelmed. Especially for the price, but it is an import... This would be my "cheap session beer" if I lived in belgium and it was indeed cheap... Unfortunately it is not, at least here in the States.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rich brown with a HUGE frothy head that took long enough to subside that one could make a sandwich, clean up and have a smoke before it would be half way down. Smell is rich of Chocolate,Caramel, and Dried fruit. Taste is Rich and full with lite brown sugar notes with some lightly brandied fruit and a touch of breadiness. Drinks smoothly with just a hint of alcohol on the tongue. A definate post dessert. Would go great with a nice rich cigar sitting on the deck with old friends.. A tasty treat, not as good as the triple... but holds its own.

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Photo of cvfish
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a dark reddish orange color that produced a beautiful, nicely sized fluffy tan head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were heavy on the malts, with a few hints of dark fruits

T - The taste of this beer had a toffee-like maltiness with a mix of light and dark fruits, and a little bit of spiciness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body, and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer is subject to whether or not you like the style of the beer, and I love most Belgian styles, and this one is a good representation of this style

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Photo of zhanson88
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A dark caramel color, and around the edges it turns into more of a burnt orange. There is a great deal of carbonation in the bottom of the glass. The head is a light caramel color with nice lacing that reduces into a fine layer but sticks around.

Smell: A very prevalent caramel smell, with mild hops and hints of dark sugars.

Taste: I can taste a great deal of caramel first, with some mild hops following. The finish is mellow and very pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with quite a bit of carbonation. Just like everything else about this beer, it feels great on the palate.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable. It has some body to it but not too much to feel heavy. Overall just a great beer that I am pleased to have had, and will be having again.

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Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome mahogany brown, nearly opaque with a tiny bit of sediment. Thick 2-finger light brown-tan head that fades slowly leaving outstanding lacing. Very attractive pour. Nose is dominated by yeast and malt; I let it warm but couldn’t coax anything more from it. Mouth is moderately malty with a mild alcohol burn up front, fading to a light flavor of dark fruit, perhaps plums. Finish is dry and mouth-puckering bitter. In the mouth, this beer feels very good; it’s viscous and semi-creamy and quite smooth. Drinkability is good, though the beer feels a bit heavy.

Overall: A solid offering from Westmalle, but not as good as their Tripel. It’s also expensive for a beer of this quality (4.99/ 12 oz.).

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Photo of RustythePelican
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice with a dark brown, almost maroon, hue with a tight but small head. I made the mistake of cooling this one too much - it is definitely under the 45-50 degree recommended serving temperature, so I warmed it by holding the glass for a while. The smell is sweet, but not "sugary", if that makes any sense. The smell is not overwhelming, quite subtle, actually, with hints of ripe figs and dates.

This tastes, as expected, like a dubbel, with a slightly smokey or peaty finish that betrays its sweet scent. The 7% ABV remains well hidden, with the exception of a slight alcohol bite on the finish as it warms up. It's solid, yet doesn't quite measure up to my favorite dubbel, St. Bernardous Pater 6.

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Photo of Macamah
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BierReise
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Best by date 19/08/05 Poured a hazy reddish brown with a thick dense head and looking very inviting. Aroma is both fruity and spicy with a peppery note. Flavor is slightly vinous, malty and notes of burnt sugar. The body is quite effervescent and with a lively carbonation. I was surprised at the vinous characteristics this Dubbel had. Overall a complex one for sure, maybe the most complex I’ve had thus far.

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Photo of einman
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of maxpower
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown color, average frothy, clingy off white head. Has a bready yeasty banana aroma. Sweet malty doughy flavors of
dark fruits
such as plum and rasions, medium body with a light bubbly mouthfeel, it finishes rather dry, which is a good thing, not the best trappist but still great.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick toffee-colored and fizzy head that into a tulip glass. the body was a deep mahogany with red and purple highlights. the head left a nice ring that was easily agitated and dissipated very quickly.
s - hints of grapes, dark fruits, caramel and semi-sweet chocolate.
t - raisins, bananas and a spicey finish.
m - very clean on the tongue and dry towards the finish.
d - nicely done, this is so easy to drink and has a lot of depth to it.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ne0m00re
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 33 cL bottle dated March 27, 2010 into a St. Bernardus challice.
A: Murky mahogany brown, it poured with a puffy, spritzy tan head that died to a film.
S: Brown sugar, raisin, banana, and cinnamon bread.
T: Heavy cinnamon raisin bread, cranberry vodka alcohol, leafy hops (though less so than Chimay beers), and slightly bitter--more so than the aroma suggests.
M: Thin, frothy, and almost spritzy.
D: I wouldn't want more than 750 mL in a sitting.

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Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque dark chestnut brown in color with a massive 3 finger foamy tan head that lasted a while like a cloud; it looked like the soap foam after washing the dishes and stuck around for a few minutes. Very good lacing that clings the glass and slides down very slowly leaving a creamy top on the beer. Quite impressive out of the bottle.

Smells of roasted malt, sweet caramel, nut, dark fruits like plum and yeast. Overall has a roasty or smoky tone to it that is on the mild side, but still nice and inviting.

Tastes like roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, nut, plum or date or fig (I can't tell or decide), yeast, cocoa, hay, charcoal and a hint of bourbon or rum at the end like it was barrel aged. After the smoked peat flavor faded there is also a trace of vanilla, which leaves a nice aftertaste that bordered on funky and metallic.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium to chewy body and basically no carbonation; this went down as smooth as milk and was very easy to drink. While I wouldn't say that this is a session beer, I would say that I could drink a few in one sitting since it seems to go down effortlessly and with very nice flavor.

The alcohol peeked through, but was not a factor and there were no spices apparent to me. A really good Dubbel and Belgian classic that I recommend based on its flavor and how damn easy it is to drink!

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Photo of zekeman17
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rundocrun
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Freshness date of 27/7/12 - meaning this was presumably bottled 27/7/07.

A - pours a translucent toasted brown color. Yields 2 fingers of creamy tan head. Body is a cloudy opaque dark brown (I always pour a little yeast into the glass for the full effect). Retention is decent, but the head fades to a 1/4" film within a few minutes. No lacing.

S - lots of dark, aromatic cocoa, sweet raisins and prunes, some booze, and candy-like sweetness. Some floral hops in the background.

T - flavors of milk chocolate, black tea and mild coffee. Hop and alcohol bitterness in the middle. More booze and raisiny sweetness toward the finish. Some bready toasted grains make for a dry finish. Flavors are generally what I would expect for a dubbel, but they are a little to sharp and unbalanced.

M - mouthfeel is ok, but it's a little too watery an a little over-carbonated.

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Photo of carpezytha
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark nutty brown body. Huge head with large bubbles. Surface undulates like a suffle. Finally after a spell settles and creates a little island surrounded by a thin foam that barely covers the surface.
S: Tanbark, pee, hay. Rustic.
T: Dried pit fruit. Burnt brown sugar, lapsang souchong, bread and sour apples. Cedar.
M: Prickly and full. Hangs out.
D: Very drinkable but a once-in-a-whiler.

Trappist ales are sort of like boxing champs in the old days. When someone contends for the title, even if it's a draw, you have to give it to the champ.

Oh damn. I poured the spent yeast into the glass. I don't want to drink that. crap.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Red with a mocha head.

S: Cherries in the nose, other light fruits, some sweet malt.

T: More sweet malt, cherry, light fruits, citrus fruits and fruity Belgian yeast esters in one of the better tasting dubbels I've had.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation, perhaps a bit smooth.

O: Overall a good dubbel, a good example of the style, not exactly exciting, but it's definitely worth a try.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,788 ratings