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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding
1,194 Reviews
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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Avg:
4.15
pDev:
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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 ZagZagg
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle Poured into a Westmalle goblet

A: A rich deep brown that presents a velvety red hue with the light. Visible medium level carbonation, frothy with decent lacing, solid and well balanced, hazy ruby smokiness with some light sediment

S: Chocolate and malty, almost a caramel, good earth inspired pumpernickel, banana is upfront and quite forthcoming (hey, these Westmalle monks love their Banana). A faint spiciness with a bit of clove and ginger?

T: Definitely sweet upfront with a toasty fruitiness that progresses into a smoky blend of spice that is even a bit boozy. The dominant fruitiness is not overwhelming and blends politely with the bready yeast notes. Absence of any bitter character, but well-balanced complexity that isn’t too malty

M: Well bodied, a bit creamy, carbonation’s presence tingles the tongue, smooth almost soft. Has a heaviness that is quickly evident and fills the mouth.

O: A handsome brew that is excellent for sipping. I can’t comment on the availability, but something I would like to enjoy again. A good winter beer that is warming and highly delectable. Something I am looking forward to drinking again.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A:
Pours a murky dark brown that almost looks greenish in the right light and when pouring. It has a gorgeous tan head that is super active. Excellent retention; beautiful lacing. Nearly perfect.

S:
The smell is really kept together well and smells earthy and yeasty. Wine, cloves, hard water, hearty brown bread.

T:
Wow. Really round earth-sweet flavor with lots of dark fruit and hearty bread flavors present. Extremely well-balanced and 'whole' flavor. Delicious.

M:
Full-bodied and creamy with a nice tickle of carbonation. No lingering taste and a nice almost-booze-tinged finish.

O:
Really fabulous beer.
Looks as good as a beer can. Really non-beer aromas in the nose and a delicious, complete taste make this beer one of the greats. I have been burned by dubbels in the past, but this one is one of the best beers I have ever had. I believe Westmalle was the first brewery to brew a Dubbel as such, but I may be mistaken. It would account for how spectacular this beer is.
WILL have again; worth searching for.

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

Pours a handsome dark brown with honey like hues of lighter brown at the edges and where the glass will allow some light to pass through. The head is fat, tan and creamy. Falls slowly and leaves slippery lace. Nose is is exhilarating and dark. it has belgian woody yeast that promises a bit of dryness and is somewhat restrained but for a bit of apple and a very faint banana. There is a sweet light chocolate and deep smooth caramel on the nose. Dark fruits like fig and date but lively with the crispness of that apple behind them. The caramel just goes on forever in the nose.

The taste is poetry. The nose of this beer seems to vibrate at an excited pitch. The fruits all ripe and clamoring for their peak, the caramel at it's richest, the chocolate enticing and light over the top, the yeast falling to the background as it will fall to the middle of the beer in the drink. Then pure composure greets the palate. Smooth, creamy rich but not heavy. The bread soft and sweet and laced with dark fruit, endless caramel and light sweet chocolate. The yeast brings a dryness to the middle of the beer and there is a slight bitter undertone. It reminds me of molasses. The alcohol stops out just slightly, a bit impudent it seems to impart a sweet bit of warmth as it finishes. The fruits and floral take the last ideation of this beer on the palate as it fades to aftertaste with a bit of caramel to linger instead of the alcohol.

Holy moly! Brilliant, self evident, inexhaustible and vital. This beer exemplifies the style and is worthy of your utmost attention.

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Photo of anarchia
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thick & frothy white head sits on top of a dark red/brown beer that is almost opaque. Nice lacing on the glass. I smell white wine, citrus, raisin bread, some cinnamon. Flavor is out of this world: caramel, grapes, more of that raisin bread, brown sugar with a perfectly balanced but slightly chocolatey-bitter finish--a lot going on! The carbonation is really nice on the tongue. Slight warming from the alcohol. Exceptional.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma caught me the second I popped the cap. Rich, malty, inviting. Surprisingly carbonation leading into a creamy texture. Butterscotch, bread, and a little bit of yeasty funk. Spicy hops linger in a slightly bitter finish.

Outstanding. Go get it!

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served in Pint Glass

Appearance: Dark

Smell: grapes, rasberries, plums, citrusy, dark and fruity overall. The aroma reminds me of wine.

Taste: The taste is akin to the aroma. It tastes very dark plummy and fruity. The taste reminds me of wine or champagne.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with wet finish.

Overall This is a great Trappist brew, but it is not my favorite.

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Photo of SteveKay
2.3/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I guess I have to get another bottle because I don't see what all the excitement is all about. I got none of the malty yeasty sweet flavor you expect from a dubbel. Actually it was not full flavored at all. I would compare it to a Becks dark. Very disappointed.

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

Appearance- Okay, this guy was a gusher. I reacted quickly but I did have to suck some head. I don't really think I got much yeast in it (I'll will have report on this later but I need to proceed). The head was a light beige with good retention. The body is a hazy chocolate ruby brown which shows lots of glowing ruby notes when held up to the light.

Nose- Lots of banana. Hints of clove. When these notes settle, there are notes of caramel, brown sugar, and grapes. Some red fruit, but all of this is very mild. Lots of clove on the bottle with some notes of the yeast (or at least I hope so.) Banana has a tendency to become thin and reedy in a way to suggest wood.

Taste- A light red fruit sweetness hits me first followed by a slightly woody note with some spice around the edges. Some hint of yeast but nothing really domineering. I did not think this style would be too effected by that. Very winy in fact. This has red grapes and cherries and a blunted banana over spicy yeast. Cherry becomes the dominant aspect of this but in a sweet subtle way. Everything is sweet and subtle about this beer. The yeastiness even gives it a nice bump (almost of cinnamon) but there is a little bit of chalky, dry finish that is a little problematic to me. Some Cheerwine aspects.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and more carbonated than I would like for most medium bodied beers but I think I works for this one. It makes it feel more clean which works well with the dry finish.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. So sublime and subtle you could easily chug. Don't do that. Not an everyday buy but I would buy it again.

Overall- B+/A- or a solid 4. I will have to try it again if to see if the gush significantly effected it- I could see this being a 4.25 or close.

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Photo of pkalix
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

not much head on this one. had it many times, but never entered a rating.
super dark copperish color with a thin layer of fizz on top. smell is all dark fruit and candy. kind of like of complex prune juice.
taste is dark fruit, candied sugar and, to use a term someone else previously used (and is totally on mark), refreshing. refreshing is a great adjective for this. it's easy to drink, not too bitter, not too rich (like Belgians often can be), and very flavorful with raisins and figs (some cherry?).

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Westmalle Dubbel has a thick, fizzy, beige head, and a dark, red-brown appearance, with lots of bubbles and nice lacing left behind. The appearance is not too hazy, until one swishes the bottom contents and pours in the sediment. The aroma is rich, fruity, candy-like, malty, and winy. The taste is sweet, fruity, herby, and somewhat bitter. Dark fruits abound with this. Mouthfeel is medium and not really thick, and Westmalle Dubbel finishes mostly dry, fruity, and even refreshing. The drinkability is pretty easy with this one. Overall, this is an outstanding beer.

RJT

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Photo of Jonada
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle. Best before 5th of July, 2014. Served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with 2 fingers of a light tan head with good retention. Body is murky.

Smell: Dark fruit (raisin in particular), candi sugar, red apple, with some slight spicy belgian yeast character.

Taste: Same as the nose with dark fruits and apple. There's a toasty breadiness as well (like a bread crust). More apple and apple skin in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is high but still maintains a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: This is an excellent dubbel. Every bit as good as Westy 8, yet cheaper and easier to get.

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Photo of Gryphon69
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very nice dark brown with a reddish hue

S- Malts and fruits; raisin, plum, slight cherry and some spice

T- Much like the smell, nice balance of the malts and the sweetness isn't overpowering and I don't get much spice

M- light/medium body with low carbonation, little fizzy bubbels

O- Nice balance of fruits,malts without being abnoxious, probably to sweet for me personally to have more than 1 in a sitting, but one I will have again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy brown color with some red highlights shinning through. Upon pouring there is a one finger creamy colored head that fades over a moderate level of time to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is of roasted malt and some darker fruit smells. The darker fruits are of a plum, raisin and cherry aroma giving a moderately sweet dimension to the smell. When mixed with a yeasty and slightly bready aroma the mix of smells produces a rather nice dubbel aroma.

Taste- The taste begins with a dry roasted malt flavor and a brown bread taste. There are some dark fruit flavors, but these are on the drier side only adding the fruit flavor without the sweetness. Some light yeastiness and a more bitter citrus flavor begin developing more toward the middle to the end of the taste. In the end with a little bit of a roasted/smoky flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a dry roasted and dark fruit flavor to linger on the tongue with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly above average side consisting of lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. The combination of carbonation and thickness are nice for the drier flavors creating a very crisp feel overall.

Overall – It has a nice flavor profile, but is a little drier then what I was expecting for a dubbel. If you are looking for a crisp Belgian style with some good fruit flavors and nice roasted malt taste, then this is a good go too, but if you want something slightly more on the sweeter side then this is not what you want. It is certainly good and something to try if you are in the mood for something drier.

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Photo of freneticamnesic
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip glass.

A - Dark brown, thick tan head

S - Roasted malts

T - Dark roast malts, sweet toffee and dark coffee, finishing with woody/smokey hops

M -Medium to light body, decent carbonation

O - Overall quite nice, though I think I've had more complex, well-crafted dubbels. Certainly a beer I would drink again though, any day.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Chestnut body with a medium cream head, long lasting; effervescent

Aroma: Malty; fruity; spicy

Taste: Slightly bitter; hints of chocolate in the mid; dry finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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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 tviz33
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours an enormous light tan head over top of a brown body which seems quite dark for the style.

S- Dark fruits and just a little Belgian spice.

T- Same as the nose but more dark fruit and less Belgian yeast flavor. Even a little smokiness comes through. Not as sweet as some others I've had.

M- Medium to full bodied with a good carbonation tickle.

O- A very pleasant brew overall. I'm glad I picked one up, but the price is a bit steep.

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Photo of spoony
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle into a chalice.

A-A normal pour produces a standard-looking dark brown brew with a hint of clarity towards the edge of the glass. The short tan-grey head drops pretty quickly into a collar. Average for the style.

S-The smell is comprised of brown sugar, dark sweet fruit, raisins, and a hint of black pepper. Again, average to above average, but nothing spectacular or noteworthy here.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely. I get fruity, solvent-like alcohol and the aforementioned, brown sugar, dark and dried fruits, and mild spices. The taste is not as complex as some dubbels, but the flavors are well-integrated with each other.

M-The feel is typical for a Belgian, lower levels of carbonation, with a softer feel and medium body.

O-Along with the other Westmalle offerings, this brew is pretty easily obtainable across Belgium, including at my hotel restaurant, which is were I had a bottle for dessert one night last week. This is undoubtedly a good beer, with decent looks and above-average smell and taste, but there is nothing here that stands out and makes me say, "Wow, I can't wait to drink that again."

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Photo of TokyoCO
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle bought in Tokyo. Poured into a goblet.

A: Dark amber color, slightly lighter on the bottom. Many suspended particles. Bubbly head that sticks around.

S: Dark fruits, figs, apple, cherry. Sweet malts are also present.

T: Bitter fruits/ slight citrus in the start, sweeter and darker fruits develop and the figs are present in the aftertaste along with a slight hint of alcohol.

M: Fizzy but also quite heavy.

O: This is a really good sipper. The dark fruits are amazing!

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Style/abv: Trappist dubbel/7%

Smell: pears, 65% dark chocolate, pralines, and subtle piney notes

Taste: ripe barley pears, tart plums, pure cacao, walnuts, almonds, and malty-bitterness; despite the malt, it is impeccably bright and clean along with an effervescent body

Pairs well with street tacos, dark meats, and ice cream, especially pralines and cream ice cream; it's a damn good dubbel

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark red-brown. A 1 1/2 finger head. I am not a fan of soap-bubble type heads.

S - FIGS. sweet figs. Brown sugar. would be a 5 if there were some more complexities

T - Smooth. Figs. Sweet. honeysuckle. Something empty in the middle that seems more like a session beer than a flavorful Dubbel. Nonetheless, very tasty. Tiny dryness in the back.

M - Slick. Low-medium carb. a little too slick.

O - a little underwhelmed. Especially for the price, but it is an import... This would be my "cheap session beer" if I lived in belgium and it was indeed cheap... Unfortunately it is not, at least here in the States.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from The Cave, Glasgow (£2.99):
Murky brown with a hazy appearance and a thin, one centimetre tall, light brown head that that turns to a patchy lacing

Rich and complex smell that begins with some dark fruits such as plum, raisin and cherries. There is a strong and sweet caramel malt aroma that follows this along with some sugar, prunes, dates and figs with tiny amount of alcohol.

Strong and sweet dark fruit taste to begin with all the same fruits from the nose making an appearance, particularly the figs, raisins and dates plus some cherries and sugar. There is some toffee malts and a warming, light alcohol taste next with a hint of yeast and some caramel malts.

Sweet & well carbonated, medium body and a rich, complex taste that has a very good balance. There is some nice spice towards the end and the alcohol, hidden for the most part, is only noticeable in places and compliments the drink well with a nice, warming finish to it.

Very complex yet well balanced beer that was quite rich from the get go and dominated by dark fruits and sweet malts throughout. A really nice one that takes a while to open up but once it does there is no looking back.

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Photo of Rutager
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a murky brown with a little orange and two fingers of light tan head that lasts a while and leaves some great lacing.

Smell. Sweet ripe plums and light fruits, brown sugar, and some fruity belgian yeast.

Taste. Brown sugar, plums and apples, some light earthy bitterness, caramel and some smooth malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with fairly strong and fairly soft carbonation.

Overall. A quality beer but maybe bot quite on par with other trappist offerings.

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Photo of RaphaelSC
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark amber body, with thick caramel head.

S: Dry fruits, caramel and woody.

T: Bitter hops, smooth fruit flavors and a woody cognac in the end, carbonatation is good and the alcohol is well hide.

M: bitter and dry, but not overwhelmingly bitter and dry, which make its a very drinkable beer after all, as a matter of fact it is a standard Dubbel and shows how the style should be.

O: If you search for a real complex beer try a trippel or a quadruppel, but if you look for a really good beer even if it is simple a Westmalle Dubbel will serve enough.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,653 ratings.
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