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

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Ratings:
2,732
Reviews:
1,229
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Photo of grandq
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Training my tongue in prep for the Westy 8. This is by no means a training beer, this is a main event in its own right. Pours a brown just on the dark side of hazel with a massive head. Smells vinous, with hints of coriander and nutmeg. Tastes of raisins, brown bread, fermented grape, apple, a slow hop march with a strawberry sweetness trailing behind. Mouthfeel is bubbly, well carbonated and a smooth, clean finish. Dry like a champagne. Quite drinkable - nothing too extreme but solid and well balanced.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy brownish red color, almost like apple cider. Provides a thick 2 finger foam head that lasts awhile before becoming a film. Plenty of lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling, dark fruits, caramel, bread and molasses.

T: Refreshing, not overly sweet, but a nice level of complexity. Starts and ends with a sweet blast of caramel and dark prunes/plums.

M: Seems a tad thin with a little more carbonation then expected.

D: A nice dubbel, not ovely sweet. I would definitely drink more of this brew.

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Photo of tony223366
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It looks like a murky chestnut color. Head is tan and three fingers. Retention is decent. Lacing is already apparent. Definitely a good looking beer.

S: I'm a little stuffy but I can still get some really rich dark fruits. There's some breadiness that's apparent too. It's more bread than grain. Like booze or cognac soaked figs or raisins or something.

T: Well the finish is amazing for 7%. Like amazing. There's something off in the front end that I can't put my finger on. It's just a hair in front of the dark fruits and caramel. I think it's actually something along the lines of grain. Well that quickly turns into an amazing array of dark fruits and rich cognac. That turns into this boozy caramel finish that's just so rich and delicious.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel that's smooth and delicious.

O: This is a classic for a good reason. In this case it's more than the sum of its parts. It's rich and decadent. Extremely pleasant to be sipped slowly at the end of the night.

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Photo of NJB145
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a dfh snifter.

A: pours a nice murky nutty brown with a finger of tanned head... Receeda quickly, not much lacing.

S: a nice toasty nutty grain w/ a sweet touch of darkfruit and some apple likeness.

T: follows Suit, alot of the toastyness ingot in the aroma takes a back seat to the sweet rasin and brown sugar like dark fruit along with the apple/pear notes... Tasty.

M: creamy with a crisp aggressive carbonation.

O: very tasty and delicious... Really love the weatmalles, both this and the tripel are delicious.

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Photo of markman
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel (bottle dated 06/09/06 = brewed on 06/09/02):

De-freakin-liceous looking in my Westmalle Chalice…the way God meant it. Slightly yeasty nose with a touch of cinnamon and chocolate. Hops are easy, but right up front with a long dark chocolate-malty finish. Thinnish body and, since 1856, very easy drinkin’…drink and learn. And as it sits and warms, it just gets better and better. Niiiice.

Cheers…

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Photo of goblet
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour it out in a nice goblet

A, dark deep reddish brown color with a thin off white head this is a good start the hue is attractive ,no lace .

S,dark rich malt some sweet fruit plum and berrys ,raisin and fine hops .complex ,it`s freshing to the nose .

T, full of sweet malt,along with yeast, hops and fruits it`s nice .slight bitterness spicey and creamy .

M, a pleasent malt on the palate .sweetness the yeast stands out, smooth yet dry after taste .

D,i can drink this often and i do when ever i can get my hands on it,nothing here you would get tired of .

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first dubbel in quite a while, I'm always drawn to the tripels since they are always highly spoken of. This beer pours a deep brown with a nice head that has some decent retention. Some mild fruitiness in an aroma that is mostly dark chocolate and caramel. Mouthfeel is a little creamy with a slightly astringent taste that is well balanced, slightly sweet with a mild dry finish. A well-crafted and easy drinking beer I won't mind having again.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khmel
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thecheapies
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. My half served in a Westy chalice.

Deep scarlet Brown hue. Cloudy. Densely woven tan head forms a slather of foam on the surface. Seeing some light lacing.

Obvious red fruitiness amidst phenolic yeast esters and herbally medicinal aromas. Plum, currant, raisin, toffee, brown bread, bruised cherry, and creamy malts. Semi-sweet nose. Delightful.

Mostly dark fruits; the list reads 'plum, raisin, cherry, tart apple, and grape'. Bitter in the front with some almost astringent medicinal phenols and booze spiciness. Has a creamy malty middle and a soft finish. Evidence of hops all throughout, with the herbal notes and with the bitterness.

Soft and supple. Carbonation reaches a little further, but we're in great shape with that fuller-than-medium body. Nice and hefty.

The first, and one of the best. A premier trappist ale that can work as an introduction or as a expert-level representation of traditional Belgian ales.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter to produce a ruby brown hue with a large creamy off-white head that lasted with good lacing.

Good fruity balanced aroma.

Medium to full body with smooth texture and flat carbontion.

Same good well balanced flavor with a long finish with small alcohol bite.

This is a standout beer that is one of my top six for style.

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Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This ones a bit of a head scratcher for me - its quite a complex beer that makes you think, and it also defies our attempts to categorise it.

Pours a dark mahogany with resplendent red tones, and a huge creamy head that billows over the top of the glass and lays down some good lacing. A heavier retention would be my only criticism, but that aside, this looks like a tasty treat. As you would expect, the aroma goes long on the malts. I find that theres a lot of caramel, ripe dark fruit and sweet, spicy yeast on the nose. Its definitely a cut above average, but doesn't quite punch with the big boys, because for all its niceties it lacks the complexity of the best examples.

Spicy dark fruits take the form of dates, figs and raisins, while candy sugar combines with caramel to provide a sweet backing track. Hints of oak and a spicy onslaught of yeast provide the depth that was lacking in the aroma. There's a lot going on, occasionally I pick out chocolate, and then sometimes an earthiness jumps in and out. Alcohol is barely discernible. One of the most marked aspects for me is the emphasis on over-ripe fruits, particularly pears and (surprisingly) bananas. A nice light breadiness backs everything up, and while its not as pronounced a flavour as it is in the St. Bernardus dubbels, it certainly helps to provide a bit more heft and depth.

The mouthfeel is something that gives me trouble. While Belgian carbonation often errs to the high side of things, this is more often than not tempered by the softness of the bubbles when they hit the palate. I don't really get that with the Westmalle and the carbonation feels harsh and distracting until it dies down half way through the beer. While mouthfeel has a relatively small weighting on BA, its one of those categories that can make or break a beer, and it certainly hampered my enjoyment of this one for a while.

So, Westmalle Dubbel has its faults, but its still a classic for the style. Actually, in some respects it defies the loose style guidelines and strays over to a class of beers that include Rochefort 8. Mind you, who cares about style that much? All you need to know is that this is a decent beer and worthy of your investment in it.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big deep dark amber pour, not much on top, head was prettty thin, but still appealing. Smell was a massive caramel, malty sweetness. On to the taste, and well, very malty sweetness as the nose, but a nice dry fizziness to finish it off. At first I was not that impressed, but that was based on the hype, but as I drank a few more sips, it warms up to you and the fizziness on the end cleans the pallate and your ready for more. A true classic, amesome to pair with cheese.

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

Poured into my Chimay Chalice with a thick slightly tan head that subsided slowly atop a deep hazy brownish red brew. The aroma was aparant immediatly upon pouring as the fruity esters and dark fruits seemed to jump from the glass. Upon closer inspection a slight malt could be detected along with an alcoholic touch. The taste was very balanced and complex with an initial rush of sweet malt and dark fruit flavors which quickly segued into an effervescent rush of carbonation which seeme do have a bit of hop bitterness in it as well finishing dry and clean. The mouthfeel was excellent as this ale had a delicate creamy texture to it and the effervescent carbonation created a very delicat balance. An excellent trappist ale I would definely include this ale if I were hosting a Belgian Beer tasting as it is approachable and also indicitive of belgian brewing.

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

A - Pours a dark amber body with reddish hues. Slightly off-white head with medium retention. Lacing is present but minimal.

S - Deep, toasty aroma of malts. Complex undertones of chocolate and caramel. Fruity esters are mild, with hints of cherry and raisins. Alcohol presence is faint, but noticable.

T - Complex malts greet the palate but finish is surprisingly dry with minimal bitterness; balance surprisingly not completely skewed towards malt. Dried fruitiness and phenols complimentary to one another, with raisiny character being most predominant. Noble hop flavor is subdued.

M - Medium-full body with lots of carbonation. Slight warming of alcohol present.

O - A great example of a matly, complex, strong Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was rather average for a trappist Dubbel, I thought. The appearance was quite nice with a dark body, impermeable to the light, and a thick frothy off-white head typical of a trappist ale.

The smell was what really disappointed me the most. Usually with trappist ales, the bouquet is absolutely breathtaking. This was rather bland, however, smelling only like a sweet malt dulled by yeast. The taste made up for the (lack of) aroma though, providing a sweet malty burst of flavor. The alcohol, though not too high in ABV, is well hidden but can be slightly detected upon the finish.

I probably won't buy any Westmalle again, even though I quite enjoyed this and the tripel. I simply feel that there are much better products on the market for the money, whether they are authentic trappist products or not. This should not discourage you from trying it anyway, though if you are seeking out information on the trappist ales, you are likely going to try seek them all out regardless. Happy hunting to you!

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phocion
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked a couple bottles up tonight after work, putting the other one in the cellar for a while.

Poured into my Westmalle goblet, reddish-brown color and an huge, attractive head that tried to escape the bottle before I even began pouring. The head dissipated rather quickly, and after I finished the beer, the glass looked almost spotless.

I was expecting a little stronger smell from some of the other reviews, but maybe it's just my nose. Slight sweet smell, and a little malty as well.

The first taste was spicy and malty. After a couple swallows, it started tasting much more complex. I started picking up the raisin and a few other fruits I couldn't quite place. It remained very dry throughout, and the alcohol taste was definite, but nowhere near overbearing.

Mouthfeel was very dry. Fairly drinkable, but dry.

I've had better, but I'd definitely recommend this beer. Not sure how many I'll pick up at $5 a bottle though, but I just hope I save my other bottle long enough to find out how much better it gets with age.

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Photo of argock
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay chalice. Bottled on date 22/08/09 on back label. Single purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.

A: Deep chestnut-mahogany with ruby edges and creamy, frothy 1-finger beige head with good retention and leaves craggy levels of lacing.

S: A bit underwhelming with fig-plum malt notes, spicy phenol character, and nutty yeast

T: Dark candi sugar, caramel, phenolic spicy herb, bright nutty and lightly bitter yeast, herbal, drying hops in the finish. Subtle and changes in character throughout the glass. I would love to side-by-side this with Ommegang Abbey Ale -- this seem softer and subtle while OAA is much sharper and aggressive

M: Incredibly creamy with a nice tingle of carbonation. Aftertaste is lightly phenolic and brown/candi sugar. Alcohol is undetectable.

D: A flavor that grows on you throughout the brew with nuance more than any dominant flavor. Feel is amazing and this will taste even better in 2-3 years when I try the other bottle I picked up.

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Photo of priley
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice tan head, leaves plenty of lacing. Deep mocha color brown. Raisins, figs, prunes, caramel, roasty malts, and faint spices. The flavor is of dried rich vinous fruits. Not as spicy as I like a dubbel to be, maybe a little too malt forward. I detect a touch of roasted barley or chocolate malt. Clean finish, dry finish. Not cloying which is nice for the style.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich brown in colour, and hazy with yeast held in suspension. Topped by well-retained beige head that leaves a pretty lace as it slowly subsides. Malty, fruity aroma vaguely reminiscent of banana bread. Theres plum and cherry to go with that banana, along with caramel and a hint of chocolate. Inititial dark bread flavour is overtaken by fruity notes of raisin, apple, and fig. Very ripe and jammy tasting. It finishes with a hit of warm alcohol and a musty bitterness. The flavour and aroma both get a bit boozier as the beer warms. Medium bodied with fine, tingling carbonation. Doesn't feel heavy while still feeling substantial. Easy drinking, flavourful, and subtle; I was left wanting more after finishing this fairly potent ale.

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Photo of KMcG
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured with a nice, light tan head of 2 fingers that faded pretty quickly. The color is a dark brown like black tea.

S: The strongest aromas are malty and wheat bready. There is also a light spice of nutmeg and hints of plum or fig. The alcohol is noticeable.

T: Balance of peppery, sweet, and bready malts. Some raisin or dried dark fruit, and parsley are present. There is some slight bitterness at the end as the hops come in on the finish

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation, and easy drinking

Overall, this is tasty dubbel that's not too heavy and quite drinkable.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish/mahogany brown with a big two finger head of light tan foam that dissipates into a thin layer.

Raisins, sour cherry, mild Belgian yeast spice, banana, clove, and caramel and honey sweetness.

Raisins and dark fruit, banana, yeast spiciness, slight tartness, and clove.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation.

Overall, a solid and very drinkable beer.

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