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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,711
Reviews:
1,220
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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213
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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 23/08/13

A: Pours a very cloudy dark mahogany to brown in color. The beer has a finger tall soapy dark beige head that reduces to a thin film covering a large patch of the center of the surface of the beer and a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The beer has a sweet smell, there is a definite malt presence along with spices and some dark fruit (plums).

T: The beer starts with an almost chocolate-like flavor and then you move into the malty sweetness. There are hints of spices as well as some dark fruit sweetness (plum). The beer gets a little sweeter as it warms. The flavors are quite complex.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The alcohol is very well hidden and there is a nice complexity to the flavors. Definitely one to get again.

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

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

Next in the awesome box sent to me by CaptinRedBeard.

Corked and caged 750.

Poured reddish-brown, slightly cloudy, small rising bubbles, one finger head that dissipated into a sheen, pretty good lacing.

Smelled of dark fruits, raisins, plums and figs, roasted caramel malts, and nuts.

Lovely tasting brew. Not that typical of the dubbel style but still very nice. The dark fruits from the smell all come through nicely in the taste. A lightly nutty flavor is just barely present. Spices are very understated. Sweetness is low.

Finishes dry. Medium bodied and rich. Moderate carbonation that provides a bit of tang. Low bitterness. Warming. Very nice dubbel.

Drinks very well. I'll definitely have this one again.

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

Poured from an 11 oz. bottle at cellar temp (55F or so) into a tulip glass.

I got a 1 inch thick creamy head that stayed put. There was a great deal of visible carbonation. This beer pours a beautiful deep red color. Simply a wonder to behold in the glass! Very nice lacing as I drank on. Literally right down to the last sip the head was still evident and still leaving a nice lace.

Aroma is of malty sweetness and some alcohol. No hop aroma of note. It does have the telltale nose of a trappist ale, I presume due to the yeast.

Taste is again a sweet alcohol flavor. There is little if any noticable hop character to this beer. Finish is clean and dry with very little lingering bitterness. The yeasty aroma does not propogate to the flavor characteristics of this beer. As I drink on the aftertaste is dominated by alcohol.

Mouthfeel is overwhelmingly carbonated.

This is a nice drinkable Dubbel. It certainly warmed me up from the inside out. First beer of the evening and I must say I enjoyed every bit of it.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.
A- Pours a nice chestnut color with a thick off white head that leaves great lacing.

S- Bread and dark brown sugars in the nose with some faint spice and fruity esters.

T- Slightly charred with some nice sweetness and dark candied sugar flavors. Roasted almonds, anise, and cake batter with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

M- Very spritzy with a medium body. This beer drinks lighter than it is.

O- Overall a very solid Dubbel that I would certainly recommend to a friend.

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

Freshness dating of 8/19/2005. Bottle lists ABV at 7%. Pours a clouded burnt sienna color with a fluffy, big beige head. Aromas are deep, malty and yeasty. Slight suggestions of husk, spice and sun-dried dark fruit. Head retention is good even in the wide-lipped Westmalle chalice. Initial sip implies a slight anise and husky dark malt in flavor, finishing clean and slightly dry. Further tastes include notes of sweat, yeast, plum skins, and a metallic twang that comes from an active carbonation and coincides well with the evident huskiness. Faint woody esters come into play. Very nice and pleasurable to drink.

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Photo of MQ3867
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Stunner97
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark brown and cloudy in color very murky with little to no light shining through, big thick billowing tan foamy head, Very nice classic dubbel appearance

Smell- very nice malty and sweet smell, there is something on the nose thats nice cant quit pull exactly what it is yet, almost smell of apples, brown sugar, reminds me maybe of the smell of and apple cider, molasses,

Taste- starts a little bit sweet up front with more of that apple and brown sugar, but quickly fades off to what is a nice long lingering dry finish, alot more dry hop to the finish then I would have thought of the nose, balance is nice between sweet and dry,

Mouthfeel- Light crisp and refreshing with a good level of carbonation, and a definite drying finish

Drinkability- definitely high drinkable and I appreciate greatly about this beer is the fact they are able to make this a very nice flavorful dubbel while still maintaining its alcohol at 7 percent which is actually still manageable and doesnt knock you to hard like some can, the balance also also of dryness with sweetness to start make you really looking forward to your next sip, , If i had to say the overally most surprising part of this beer it would be its pronounced dryness, a very solid example of a trappist

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

The beer pours dark, mahogny colored with a hughe, three finger high, brownbeige, head.

Nose: Brown sugar, dark syrup, hazelnut, fudge, caramel, dark bread, raisin, plum, marzipan, dark fruit, cherries and caramel malt. It's a very beatiful nose!
Taste: Nuts, a hint of roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, alcohol, biscuit, hops and burned sugar. The taste isnt really up to the quality of the nose.
Body: Medium to full body. High carbonation. A bitter aftertaste.

A great double!

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

Bought a 0.75 liter bottle of this brew, as my first trappist and was surprised in a good way.

Appearance is a hazy brown, and very (I mean very) foamy, definitely good to look at. Aroma of malts and wood mostly to my nose. Taste is very long-lasting, with dark fruits at first, ending with wood and dry notes. Mouth feel is not light but not heavy carbonation either, falls in between. The aroma is not as complex and nice as the taste, so don't let the first impression fool you. Definitely worth trying, glad I did.

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

Appearance: Pours pretty hazy reddish brown color with an enormous head from even a gentle pour. The head was tan and made up of fluffy dense bubbles. Lots of lacing after drinking.

Aroma: Lots of toffee-like aromatics noticeable through the foam. A hint of roast is also noticeable through the dense head. I can pick out a bit of citrus as the beer settles down a bit.

Taste: The flavor is a complex meld of sweetness, malt, bready yeast, and toffee. The beer starts out with the sweetness ruling the profile, but then fades to let some of the malt complexity shine through. The finish is pretty balanced considering how many sensations you have going on in your mouth. There is a bit of spice noticeable from the alcohol in the finish, along with a subtle warming from the same source.

Opinion: Thus far, I have not been a big fan of Dubbels. I keep trying them because I assume that I will find the right one. This beer is probably one my favorites so far. It isn't too estery, which is my contention with most of the others. I haven't tried that many yet, so I don't have nearly the opinion on Dubbels as Tripels. This is still a mighty fine brew, and one that I am sure I will be drinking again in the future.

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

Poured into a Stone snifter, Bottle had 270310 on it.

A: Pours a light brown, with about an inch of head retention that dissipates quickly. This bottle was a bit of a gusher.

S: A sweet spicy smelling beer, maybe a little clove in there. Yeast and malts are noticeable, as well as a touch of alcohol.

T: The malt overtone is dominating the front end of this beer, hints of cloves and some dark fruits, maybe figs or plumbs come through. Toffee is also pretty noticeable. Hints of yeast near the end.

M/D: This beer was a gusher, but it was not overly carbonated, just the right amount to capture the smooth and creamy nature of this beer. A lot going on, kept my interest the whole way through. Highly drinkable, I could drink this all day.

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

Photo of Antyk
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of weeare138
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky reddish dark brown with a 2 finger beige head that drops after a moment. Little bits of spotty lacing has some trouble sticking. Lots of yeast in the bottom of the glass.
Smell is of bready, candy sugar with a hint of raisins and warming alcohol.
Taste is of fresh baked bread with lots of raisins and candy sugar and dark brown sugar. A nice, yeasty sensation sticks to the roof of the mouth, dropping towards the back.
Mouthfeel is good. Slightly overcarbonated but still decent. Fizzy and filling in the mouth, the sweet maltiness and breadiness touch and tickle the inside of the cheeks.
Drinkability is good as well. There is some noticable alchohol but this is a rare treat that will get the job done of fulfilling the craving for a dubbel.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Beautiful dark brown with a good head, but dissipated quickly and became lacing around the glass, still very beautiful.
Smell: Surprisingly not that much, dark fruit, maltiness.
Taste: Like how a dubbel should be. Full of sweet dark fruit and Belgium candi sugar. A strong malty backbone. However, a bit strong hoppiness at the end too.
Feel: Somehow a bit bland, not that much aftertaste.

Overall: A great brew though, even though the feel is less than perfect.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sdm9465
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greasy
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Agold
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dubbel has a large billowing white fluffy head. The liquid is ruby colored and the head leaves lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is belgian yeast all the way. Fruity esters and spicy notes are at the forefront. Kind of light. The flavor is subtle as well mimicking the aroma. Not as full and rounded out as I would appreciate, but still very good. Mouthfeel is great. Belgian candi sugar lightens this one right up with good carbonation levels. Overall, this is a great beer with awesome drinkability. It is a pleasure to split a bomber of this beer.

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Photo of South2NW
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very easy to find around Belgium, even in the grocers ... it seemed like this stuff was everywhere. Very smooth and even better on tap in the proper Westmalle glass at the Circo cafe in Brussels.

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Photo of tappangordo
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,711 ratings.
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