Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,210
Ratings:
2,686
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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216
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492
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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have waited too long to try this beer. Pours out a reddish brown color with a huge beautiful off white head. The smell is amazing. Soft, sweet, malt with a touch of fruityness. Wow! The taste is not what I expected. Unlike anything I have ever had. Raisins, figs, earthyness, and some citrus coming through. Carbonation is sharp in the beginning then gives way to a big warming feeling at the end. So smooth and so balanced. I am guessing the alcohol notes would mellow out with a bit of aging. Even after some time, the head stays creamy, smooth and fully entacted. One of my new favorite beers. I can't wait to try more trappist ales.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: i review beers to keep track of what i've tried, to expand my vocabulary and train my palate... not for points. however, i admit i am a little excited to earn my mug, just as most BAs must be. I'm not positive, but i think this review will bump me up a notch to the next level of beerdom. so i decided to get one i've been looking forward to but putting off for a while. LOVED the trappist tripel, so i'm pretty sure the dubbel won't disappoint. one little catch, the particular bottle i got has a best by date of last month. i got a discount on the beer, i don't think the freshness will affect it too much, hope not anyway.

pours out of the attractive bottle into the tulip, a very nice appearance that puts a smile on my face. solid, dark brown color with hints of maroon, about the same as the bottle and label. dense, fat beige head, nice retention and lacing. the smell is awesome. i did a double take. it's been a little while since i had a trappist, other than chimay. my first thought is bubble gum. it's a great big, obviously fruity, malt bomb. reminds me of rochefort 10, (which i've only had one bottle of, but made such an impression on me that i clearly remember it months later). it's a very sweet smell, but one of great character and complexity that makes me very thirsty.

the taste, like the smell is near perfection. i can't believe i didn't take advantage of the store and get more bottles for even more of a discount, which i probably could have done if i was persistent. this superb dubbel has a glorious velvety mouthfeel, a full-body taste, a crisp and just-bitter-enough finish. it has everything, and at an abv of 7% it isn't as toxic as most quadrupels, which to me makes it more drinkable. i could have a few of these.

i have come a long way since my first review of a dubbel, which is embarrasing but i keep it as a reminder. this is a great style of beer that was a bit of an aquired taste for me.
highly recommended!

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Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can you say about the Belgian trappist dubbels that hasn't already been said/ Well deserved of it’s reputation and rating. This is a beauty to be savored....

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Photo of tspoke
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Mercure in Nijmegen. I couldn't believe they had it there, as I was used to getting it by the bottle back in Wisconsin. The bartender said they actually weren't supposed to even have it on tap, but somehow they did. So of course I had to have several during my two-night stay in Holland.
I am a huge fan of Belgian beer and thought this particular dubbel was outstanding as usual.

Appearance - A very colorful brown/dark color with some good legs to boot.
Smell - Dark fruity, mild, smooth smelling aroma.
Taste - I could taste a dark fruit, perhaps raisins or prunes. Definitely some grapes as well, overall very tasty.
Mouthfeel - A very dry after taste which initially was surprising to me, and the carbonation made my mouth tingle.

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Photo of GreatWeisseHope
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet goblet.

A: Bordering on brown with red notes. Good off-white head, lingers nicely. Bit of chill haze, not quite clear.

S: Light caramel, almost diacetyl-like, light chocolate with raisins, a bit of apple, rose-like alcohol, low noble hop aroma. Spiciness subdued.

T: Light, dancing with flavors. Medium malt sweetness, notes of honey, hard cider, low hop bitterness, light spiciness and a bit papery.

M: Medium-full body, medium-high carbonation, smooth alcohol touch, no astringency on the palate.

D: Complex beer despite not being massive. Caramalized and standard sugars lightened the body while creating nice caramel and apple flavors.

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Photo of iheartIPA
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was excited to happen upon this in Jackson NJ. A very nice surprise. Stamped 04/08/11. An aged review surely to follow...

An aggressive pour into a Duvel tulip yielded a 2.5 finger eggshell head that quickly dissipated. Terrific lacing.

Nut and fruit hits the nose. Specifically, walnuts, dates, raisin, and banana. Banana bread in a bottle! A longer, deeper inhale reveals the alcohol. Sneaky.

Dark berries and brown sugar sweetness. Caramel, yeast and a hint of dark chocolate way in the back. Somewhat spicy (baking spices). As it warms, the heat takes front stage, coupled with an orange rind taste (no citrus; just the rind).

It's much thinner than anticipated. There's a sharp carbonation, not unlike a Duvel. There's a dryness that, while unexpected, is quite pleasing. An interesting experience; the dark, malty smell and taste that feels so "light". This Dubbel clings to the roof, but not for long.

Very drinkable indeed. Can have this over and over. All in all, it's a quality Dubbel that won't leave you feeling like you've just had a quality Dubbel.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trappist Dubbel...Westmalle brings an incredibly complex, dark, heavily bodied beer to the plate. Pours a deep dark chestnut...if this beer was the sky, one might think a storm could be well on it's way. It has that kind of intensity. A burnt sugar head dissipates into a subtle crown not to far down the cup. Raisin, brown sugar, and subtle hints of coffee dominate the nose. The taste follows the nose beautifully, nuances of anise periodically break through. A smooth, heavy body is complimented by the slightly tart finish that lingers well. Stands so well on it’s own, but can be paired well with any number of flavorful, full bodied cheeses………..Enjoy

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Photo of expatsteve
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank this as part of a trappist ales tasting with Golden2wenty1, and decided to review this again in the context of that tasting.

Appearance: Cloudy plum mahogany color. Big 1/2 inch head, with nice thick stiky lacing. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Initial breadiness, with some grassy metallic hops. Subdued fruits - raisins, dried plums, sour cherries and molasses.

Taste: Licorice, yeast, dried plums and earthy tones. Full body with great balance. Honey, brown sugar, sour cherries and apricots undertow over the course of a glass.

Mouthfeel: A little heavy, but still smooth and rich. Low constant carbonation.

Drinkability: An awesome dubbel, one that could probably be considered the standard for the style. Amazing balance and development, with awesome malts and a refreshing bitterness. Fantastic.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet.

Pours a cloudy hazy brown, with a silky, creamy smooth head that slowly reduces in size.

Smells of dark fruit and caramel.

Tastes of malts and sugary flavours, with some intermingled spices and a vague fruitiness. At the end it becomes dry with some hops coming through giving it a fruity bitterness, as well as alcohol giving a warming characteristic.

Overall an excellent beer, though heavier, darker and more of a winter/cold weather beer than the tripel.

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Photo of dnichols
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received this brew from my good beer buddy (and BA member) imacoug. I poured the 330 ml capped bottle into a chalice. I am a big fan of the breweries tripel and choose this brew for my 300th BA review.

A: It poured a deep, ruddy brown body with a robust, sticky two finger caramel head ath slowly receded and left a spotty teicky lacing.

S: It presented a smooth full dark malt aroma that was sweet (caramel) and spicy.

T: It hit the tongue with a sweet, caramel and dark bready malt flavor. There was a tangy, sharp flavor of raisins accented by the zip of aggressive carbonation. It is a nice complex and well balanced dubbel.

M: It is robustly carbonated with a medium mouth feel and well balanced flavors. The creamy smoothness feels nice in the mouth and there is a clean finish.

D: This is a powerfully good dubbel. It is smooth, well balanced and full of flavor. It is a real joy to drink.

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Photo of jamex
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Russian River Tulip. Paid $5.69 in San Diego for 11.2 ounces.

Pours a deep, rusty brown with a large, creamy head about two fingers in height. Some floaties are visible through the haze.

Smell: I'm getting leather, some sweetness, perhaps a mix of caramel and banana; maybe a touch of mango. Also hints of wet sand at a beach; perhaps wet concrete. Alcohol is trying hard to escape the grasp of the mahogany beverage but without much success.

The taste is smooth and full. More of the smell but now with toasted grains and some very slight hops. Splashes of plum, date and fig. Between drinks I have a slightly bitter taste in the corners of my mouth which slowly vanishes.

The dubbel is very drinkable but the mouth-feel is a bit too light for me. Still, an outstanding product from Westmalle. I would drink this again.

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Photo of dstc
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark cloudy ruby brown color with a small off-white head. Head falls slowly to nothing leaving no lace on the glass.

Smells nice and malty with a sweetness to it. Lovely.

Tastes fantastic. Wow this is a good beer. Nice strong, bold malt flavor, a bit roasted. Sweet, nutty and mildly fruity.

Full bodied and smooth in the mouth with little carbonation and a nice alcohol burn.

Very drinkable. I would love to end every day with one of these. This is an exceptional beer. Try it if you haven't already done so.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dark chocolate brown with a decent head. The aroma was of malts,chocolate and nuts with some fruit notes. The taste was malty,creamy and obviously a hint of chocolate.The mouth feel was a light carbonated,crisp and clean finish. It went down so smooth and dry,yet it was not a dry brew it was just so well balanced. I had heard the hype but I only began to believe it after the beer warmed up and released it's complex character.

Notes: A beer to be savored and since I paid a good amount for the bottle I was in no hurry to finish it off. I suppose that the experience was well worth it and I remember some time after my
brother had one at a pub and it was priced at ten dollars a bottle.
I really liked this beer and I look for it and buy a few bottles for special occasions / events.

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Photo of BradC
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick head that falls but leaves a thin head throughout the glass.

Smells of raisins, fruity and floral.

Taste is raisins, light rum and a crisp finish.

Lots of carbonation and a crisp finish, thin body makes this pretty drinkable despite the 7% abv.

Overall, first Trappist dubbel and a very good one!

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter. Dark mahogany brown, with three fingers of tan head, and fantastic lacing. Raisin, brown sugar, molasses, date, caramel apple, limejuice, and slight yeastiness all massage the nostrils, with very little trace of alcohol. The flavor yielded all of the above, as well as toasted toffee and caramel, which dissolved to herbal hints and then a bittersweet raisin finish. Bitter afterwards. Mouthfeel was spritzy, with a nice medium silkiness and alcohol well-hidden throughout. This went down too easy. Wow.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red-brown, a little murky. The head is a little loose but holds up very well.

The aroma is pure Belgian - distinctive yeastiness, malt, sweetness and a hint of ripe fruits.

The flavor follows the aroma very closely but it's not quite as sweet, nor does it have quite as much punch as I expected - just a little watery. A little lingering bitterness but nothing untoward.

The one place it falls down a bit for me. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and the carbonation is a little too aggressive. Nothing bad here, but it's not on a par with the flavor.

Very, very nice overall. A bit more body, a little less aggressive carbonation and a little more sweetness and it would have been a 5.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a small 330ml bottle.

Murky amber/brown color with a fizzy off white head that fades quickly.

Aroma is raisin and plum, almost brandy like, with a rich malty base. Goes down smooth with medium body and good carbonation. Taste is more grainy malt than I expected, nice fruity balance but a great roasted matly and nut flavor keeps pushing through. Reminds of a brown ale but with a Belgium fruit and yeast flavor.

Overall very enjoyable, much more than expected. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of crwills
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Opaque, chocolate brown with some kinds of purple. A good, fluffy head when poured at the right temperature. LOTS of lacing.

Aroma is spritzy hops, lemon peel, doughy sourdough or white bread, and some mild prune or candied fruit. Flavour is much heavier on the dark fruits (raisins), especially as it warms, and very, very malty. Some wheat notes, sour strawberries, weakish cherry. Very thick, bready mouthfeel -- great! Crackers and cranberry aftertaste. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

Go LCBO!

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Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful dubbel that pours dark chocolate brown. The body is dark and hazy. The head is off white thick and bubbly, that makes for good lacing. Aromatic roasted malts and classic Belgian yeast fills the nose. Also there were light unripe or green banana and caramel notes. It tastes as good as it smells, malty and sweet, with hops being very low key. Molasses and malts, banana and caramel blend together to round out this smooth and silky ale. The body is full with soft carbonation and finishes dry, slightly bitter.

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Photo of toreysan
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks again chefscott79.

a - I love the appearance of this beer. very cloudy golden caramel color.

s - smells of lightly burnt sugar and dates. some light fruity notes, apple core as well.

t - the taste is great. black cherry, dates. finishes woody and jammy.

m - carbonation is moderate, i was worried because it had a fake cork and it didn't 'pop' when i opened it.

d - i've heard that this is an excellent example of a dubble. i greatly enjoyed it and could drink this anytime.

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Photo of Brenden
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a beautiful fiery almost violet-red, flaming bright though dark in color and otherwise transparent. A rocky off-white head develops, managing just over a finger's height and dropping pretty chunky lacing in very good quantity.
The aroma is deep and rich, sweet with added Belgian sugars as well as a caramel aspect to the malts and lots of dark fruits. Also brought out a an almost thickly bready notes with a spicy aspect, almost like some rye in there.
The flavor is the aroma amped up with added complexity and overall one of the most delicious beers I've ever tasted. This is where Trappist ales earn their reputation (the feel is unique, too). All kinds of ripe and overripe dark fruits dance on the tongue, sweet with just a little tartness and a hint of sour to balance the sugars. Along with that is overripe soft white fruits flesh. Balance that out with some earthiness and put in all on a strong malt foundation with caramel and bread and add spiciness and true Belgian yeast character, and you've got one of the best in the world.
The feel stops short of sweet, spices and the very light hops character balancing it expertly. A little dryness is pulled out of the medium, almost full body. Almost the whole of every sip is creamy smooth, flowing on the tongue like velvet as spiciness and alcohol play into the finish.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Round 1 of the 9-Round Trappapooza/Trappaganza '06 with expatsteve.

Pour: typical dubbel-esque murky mahogany/burgundy under an inch of khaki foam with nice retention. A few bits of yeast settled at the bottom.

Nose: dark fruits up front - black cherry and currant - with black licorice hops, molasses and a malty grain finish.

Taste: licorice hops and booze up front followed by notes of spicy yeast, dark/tropical fruits, sweet malt, and a dry plum wine finish. Great balance and depth of flavor.

Feel: light, dry body, yeasty grit, micro-carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: this is to dubbels as Tripel Karmeliet is to tripels - complex, balanced and totally drinkable.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! My 100th review! I have so many others to input from my notes...

Pours an effervescent hazy mahogany, with an indestructably creamy tan head. Aroma of plums and other dark fruits, almost palpable vapours. Taste was a candy sugar sweet at first, with a malty chocolate note in the middle, and a raisiny finish with some roasted and hop character taking a bow at the end. It really coats the tongue and is smooth as silk. This is a wonderful Dubbel, and easily my favourite.

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Photo of dgv0
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 33cL brown bottle "TRAPPISTENBIER" stamped around the neck.

A: Pours a dark brown with a thick and creamy tan-colored head. Visible bits of black yeast when held up to light.

S: Peppery, slight caramel notes.

T: Chocolate, malty, and fruity. A dry, alcoholic bit after the first impression, but nonetheless, a great experience for the tongue. Warming.

M: Coarse, almost gritty from the yeast. Medium carbonation and relatively thick body.

D: 100% drinkable, and for me, that's an interesting concept for a Belgian Ale. If these didn't cost so much here in FL, I'd consider buying this every week.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burgundy in color with an off-white head. Excellent lacing when sipped down. Has many complex aromas and flavors. The aroma is of sweet candi sugar, fruity banana esters, and somewhat raisin-like. Flavors are sweet, herbal, spicy, and fruity. It is medium-full in body, with a light carbonation. Overall, another excellent Belgian beer. I will definitely drink this one again.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
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