Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,713
Reviews:
1,221
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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213
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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 jrsaffert
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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Photo of vandemonian
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Westmalle Dubbel has a cloudy dark amber colour and an excellent head due to the excellent carbonation. The smell is nice: citrus and hops. The flavour is similar. You get citrus upfront into slightly bitter orange rind and hops. This beer is foamy and thick in the mouth. Nice, but not the best of this style.

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

Enjoyed on 3/2/11 in a Chalice glass. Burnt sienna color, cloudy body. Headed beige close foam, small bubbles, carried on ´til the end. Wide lacing. High sensation of malty aroma, yeast & low hoppiness. Medium body, low carbonation very well balanced. Very soft & dry bitterness in mouth. Perception of high level of alcohol under your tongue, crisp. Subtle chocolate on the aftertaste. Surprising beer even not being my favourite one of the style. Suggested for a long & paused drink.

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Photo of drmeto
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

S:
-plums,figs,raisins,banana,spices
T:
-Follows the nose with a sweet finish
F:
-alcohol well hidden
-light body
-high carbonation
O:
-Very Good Dubbel

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up an opaque brown with a dense off white head.

S - Faint dried fruit aroma, some sweetness

T - sweet malt mid palate, leaves dried fruit flavor in the finish

M - Full bodied with a carbonation tingle on the tip of my tongue

D - Easy drinking beer for the strength. Wish I would have bought more.

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Photo of zoso493
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep mahogany with a foamy, gushy two-finger head. Really looks like the ideal dubbel. Head sticks around for a while too and leaves some slightly sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell is nice and crisp, with some nice dark fruits, esters, and some signature Belgian yeast coming out. As it warms, you start to get the sweeter scents - molasses, caramel and hints of brown sugar. It's all just a little bit too subtle for me.

Taste: Taste is just a slight let off after the really nice nose. Some thinner notes of the dark fruit come out, but just enough that you know they're there, with plums maybe coming out the strongest. Aside from that, there's a definite taste of yeast and a sliver of alcohol. This one really doesn't assault your palate, as much as I perhaps would desire.

Mouthfeel: Average mouthfeel on this one. Decidedly medium-bodied with a drier finish. Goes down real smooth with a nice crispness to it.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking beer. There is just an ever-so-slight tinge of alcohol in the taste, but it enhances the crispness of beer, which may give the illusion of being more drinkable.

Overall, a solid example of the style, but not as aggressive as one might desire. It's a nice drinking beer but could be less tame. Still, a nice one to try if you haven't done so already.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,713 ratings.
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