Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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2,732 Ratings
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
Ratings:
2,732
Reviews:
1,229
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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216
Gots:
512
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Photo of SuperSpy
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tan, and creamy looking, two-finger head. The color is a dark, cloudy brown.

The aroma has plenty of yeast esters, prunes, and a hint of sweet malt.

A very creamy mouthfeel. It's quite smooth and works very well with the dark fruit flavors that appear upfront. The middle introduces a rustic and yeasty bread flavor that becomes slightly crisp and dry right before the beer becomes somewhat spicy with a warm alcohol flavor and sensation.

A great Trappist beer.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A "fresh" 2007 bottle. Pours (into a Chimay goblet) chocolate brown with a little tan head. kind of looks like unrefined maple syrup with foam on top. Odor is a little weak, although i do get a nice complex mix of fruit, smokey malts and alcohol. Velvety mouthfeel more apparant than the flavor at first. Taste ius woody and yeasty. some smooth chocolate. alcoholic rawness. could use some time to mellow i think. there's a yeasty flavor that's a little overbearing as well and makes me think of homebrews past. There's a 2005 back at the store that i might buy now to compare.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into my Chimay chalice, boasts nice deep but cloudy brown color with a nice thumb of head. Didn't lace very much, but retained masterfully throughout the whole beer. Another thing of note is the bottom of the bottle was full a viscous brown yeast, which to me comes off as a good sign.

Smell: This beer needs to be left to warm, no question about it as only the barest scents of fruits and yeast are present at the beginning. However once it has warmed up yeasty pear and raisin notes dominate the experience with a light chocolate undertone.

Taste: A yeasty malt taste starts the beer off with a bit of disappointment, but soon it turns to a nice sweeter toffee and fruit taste. Notes of pears, berries, dates and plums that then end with a more chocolaty end that has a odd bit of acidic lemon, which seems a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is this beer is wondrous, and the sweet fruity malt aftertaste makes it's presence known and then swiftly departs, which is a bit of a disappointment. Nice crisp feeling if left in the mouth, and really it's only downside is how brief the aftertaste is.

Drinkability: Well, it's like drinking champagne, which is nice but it doesn't exactly leave for easy drinking. Refreshing and flavorful, but causing a little bit of a stir in the stomach. Still high points for an all around nice beer.

Final Thoughts: This beer was far superior to their Tripel that is for certain, and if you are looking for a nice treat, this is worth a pickup. Pretty much everything I'd expect from a Trappist beer, well brewed but has it's own kind of simplicity.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-02-13 in Columbia PA into a wine glass.

A - Clear, dark brown with a 2-finger, effervescent tan head that fades quickly. Little lacing.

S - Crisp, fresh, tart apples, yeast and spice.

T - Some caramel, fruit, medium roasted malt, some spice, yeast, mild hop bitterness. Alcohol is mild but present. Not too sweet. Some sourness. Dries out with lingering fruit and a more apparrent noble hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, mildly creamy.

D - Quite a nice change from the hop bombs I usually drink. Refreshing. I think this would pare well with food.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle into a large wine glass.

Pours a cloudy amber-oaken body with some fervent bubblings beneath a decently thick, slow-to-recede tan head. No lacing, but the apperance is classy. Wafts of grape, apple, fig & plum abound, with some sweet caramel malts and an almost graham cracker note.

Taste is a decently complex dubbel, with a fruity body and an almost harsh alcohol presence. A dry, smooth, and semi-creamy mouthfeel meets the mouth up front and a hoppy, alcoholic bite finishes. Overall, this is a good, complex, and tasty dubbel, as expected from the Westmalle family. Can't wait to try the triple...

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Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Westmalle Chalice.

Dark brown with a light tan head which fades to leave spotty lacing. The aroma has caramel malt, dark fruit, and some spices.

The flavor is somewhat sweet, and is pretty much the same as the aroma. The sweetness is balanced by the bitter hops, and makes for a nice balanced beer.

Medium bodied, carbonation is on the high side of medium. This is a very easy beer to drink. I will look for this again.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding as is expected with a Trappist ale. Lots of carb, refreshing.

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Photo of Hanyuu
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaxOhle
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakemn91
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenWBush
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A huge whoosh of the handsome cap and we're off. This beer fills my snifter with foam, which will eventually settle to a clingy sea-foam lace atop the dirty brown liquid. Amazing cling.

The nose is rather non-descript with hints of walnuts, booze, and pears. Bready yeast flavors remain dominant, swimming along with darkened malts and detectable alcohol. Spicy prickles into the nose.

The taste is citric, hoppy, and slightly tart. Mild after-breezes of candi sugar and intermingled alcohol. Almost saison-esque in its sharp carbonation and high drinkability/refreshment on the palate. Slight wisps of socks muddy up the picture and knock down the flavor a notch.

The mouthfeel again sort of annoys me. Very high for this style, and almost reminscent to the citric-acid bite of a coca-cola. Unexpected, and rather out of place, but adds to the perception of refreshment. A trappist lawnmower beer?

Drinkablility is very high. This 11.2 ounce bottle disappeared very quickly. I did make the huge mistake of drinking the chunky black (eek!) sediment in the bottom...

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Photo of Mudpuppet
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 750 bottle into a Chimay chalice. Pours an mostly brown color with orange-red highlights. Thin 1/8 inch head.

S- Light fruity aromas with hints of dark malts

T- Dark malt flavor with a light yeast in the background. This is actually a somewhat bitter brew but very tasty. Has a somewhat fleeting flavor to it but the bitterness sticks around a bit better.

M- Medium carbonation. The carbonation seems to stick around a bit also on the sides of your tongue making it tingle a bit.

D- Very good beer. The alcohol is somewhat apparent in this beer.

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Photo of Yom
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RegV
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire123
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brownish color with orange highlights around the edges. Nice tan cap and lacing.

Aroma of dark malt, toffee and yeasty dark bread with something light and cheerful like cherries.

Taste is a complex, very sophisticated combination of good things. Caramelized sugar, lightly toasted homemade bread, Dark ripe figs, all with a spicy, fruity influence. Hops are minimal, just enough to balance, and carbonation is at just about the right pitch. Dark cherries return in the aftertaste basking in the afterglow.

Medium full texture with balancing carbonation.

It simply tastes like a classic with the power and sophistication of a Rolls Royce vehicle.

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Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of daythree16
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burgundy with a cream colored head.

The smell is very earthy and fruity and almost smells like grape juice. The taste is similar with a lot of dark fruit notes like grapes and figs.

The mouthfeel is very smooth but carbonated almost like a champagne. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of Swill5786
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with miles of rocky head. Lacing is spectacular. Fruity, citrusey hops dominate the nose. Dark fruit you'd expect in the style is there but subdued. Light waft of alcohol presence, but not at all overdone. Start is overwhelmingly carbonated. Sweet malt, fruity at the start. Alcoholic finish. Strong bready presence from the middle to the aftertaste. Not a bottle conditioned Trappist ale, but still strong yeast character. Medium to light mouthfeel - lighter than I expected. Highly drinkable!

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Photo of stevefinny
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.33L Bottle

Appearance: Poured in Duvel Tulip Glass. Thick, creamy head almost 2 fingers thick. Seems to be molded into place.

Smell: Tart apples, candy sugar, caramel, dates, and slight coffee notes with brown sugar.

Taste: Creamy coffee. Chocolate. Dates. Pretty much everything i could smell was there in the taste. There's a dryness that lingers at the end.

Mouthfeel: Starts out extremely smooth than this dryness in your mouth that you can't quench so you have to keep drinking. Which is not a bad thing.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink this regularly. Great example Dubbel. It hides tha 7%abv really well.

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Photo of match1112
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: brown body with amber around the edges. two finger tan creamy head with good retention and lacing.

s: malt, caramel, fruit.

t: caramel malt up front giving way to dark fruity esters and alochol.

m: full body, good carbonation, creamy yet gritty. dry finish. warming feel to it.

o: good flavor but i will probably do without buying anymore, not my thing.

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Photo of jds1469
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark back color with a white head. Lacing is strong.

S - Sweet and hoppy. What could be better?

T - not too much flavor here, just light booze. What is there is good, there just isn't too much flavor.

M - Exactly what you would expect when you start to dink this beer. Rich feel, smooth and stays with you for a while.

D - I could drink this all night long. Very good beer here.

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Photo of counselor
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep dark red brown beer with a nice full white head. full, horsey, barnyard yeast aromas dominate with some sweet malty notes in the back. Good rich mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. The tastes are at different times citrusy, breadlike and spicey with apricot and grape flavors. Finishes clean and dry well balanced. A beer I will enjoy again

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Photo of steelerguy
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark mahogany with an epic just off-white head, somewhat rocky in the middle but very frothy on top and where the head meets the beer. Amber tones around the outside of the glass, quite attractive. Lasting head, lots of lace, great looking beer.

S - Caramel malt mostly with some dark fruit smell, slightly sweet, but overall kind of muted.

T - A lot of the smell, caramel malt, raisins, and a tart cherry flavor. A little more bitterness in the finish than I was expecting but I like hops. No very complex, but pleasant and refreshing with the cherry tang, a little bite from the carbonation, and some cleansing hop bitterness.

M - Dry, crisp beer that is quite refreshing for a 7%. The carbonation is high on this one and you will notice it.

D - Has a little punch at 7% but you could drink quite a few of these without it becoming overwhelming.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic dubbel and a benchmark for the style. Brown sugar, hint of molasses, candy, dark fruit, and a medium body with a touch of alcohol heat. I don't think this is as good per the style as their Tripel, but definitely try this one if you want to see what a Dubbel is like.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poored with a good frothy headand had some nice sweet aromas. Flavors of banana and sweet malt were good and made this beer enjoyable. Had some yeast hints on the body of this beer which was nice and rich. This beer overall was a good dubbel and would drink it again.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,732 ratings.
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