Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
BA SCORE
90%
Liked This Beer
4.18 w/ 2,747 ratings
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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#1,191
Reviews:
1,232
Ratings:
2,747
Liked:
2,471
Avg:
4.18/5
pDev:
10.29%
Alströms:
4.33
 
 
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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, M and S, Bristol - Pours dark brown with a medium light tanned foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - sweet bready/yeasty feel, ripened stoned fruits. Taste - bready/yeasty notes, caramel feel, but felt a little like notes of Dr Pepper which I couldn't get out of my head.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very nice head forms after a careful pour (which is generally required for this style). Brownish in color with a tad of ruby. Nice caramel-like aroma. Taste, however, is a little too subtle. After having had a St. B dubbel the night before, vibrancy of the taste seemed underwhelming. It is smooth in the finish, and solid overall. But again, taste leaves a tiny bit to be desired.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes taken 01/17/17:

On back of bottle it says best before 12/03/16. I won’t deny I neglected it for a while because I figured it would be basically the same for a year or two, given the higher ABV, although at 7%, this is on the lower end of the ages-well spectrum. What I am not sure of, is whether I should interpret that as March 12th (assuming European dating methods, it is a European beer after all) or December 3rd (assuming American dating methods, it is an imported beer after all). It is either almost a year past its best-by date or basically still fresh (a month and a half past “best”). If I had to guess, given that I purchased it in August of 2016, probably it is still relatively fresh, as opposed to it being fairly old when I bought it.

Deep copper appearance, darker than brandy, lighter than dark rum. Fairly clear but in this glass at least seems slightly metallic. That’s the first pour into this smaller goblet. Second pour contains an abundance of chunk and haze, it is almost entirely opaque, and brown. Head is loose and rocky on the sides, but on the surface and I suspect towards the center, considerably tighter and finer and more uniform, bubbly to frothy with only moderate retention. Smell is moderately roasty/toasty, with subdued phenols and suggestions of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuts, even banana. Not a very strong nose for what it is, and with just moderate warmth not even particularly boozy, but still makes me thinks it will be absolutely delicious. One of the most overtly and distinctly toasty beers I have ever had, straying neither too far into toasty nor caramelized sugar territory. Some of this is clearly from the malt, but there is little doubt the phenols come into play here as well. Apart from this we have some mild dark fruit tartness, some apple or pear, brewing spice, and a semi-bitter metallic/phenolic finish. I do prefer this style to be sweeter, heavier, boozier, but this is still very interesting and tasty. Medium-bodied I suppose, hard to tell with how effervescent and velvety it is. A tiny bit of warmth. I paid great attention to detail here, and as much as I hate to sound plebeian, I have to say the American versions of this style I have had have overall been better, so far. There are certainly other Belgians that the Belgians themselves seem to do better.

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Photo of Aidenkim
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into tulip glass, Big Belgian head, long retention. A deep murky brown.

Strong nose of dark grapejuice, berries, creamy malts.

Taste: dark bready malts, stunning but sutble hop profile not unlike dark chocolate wine.

Mouth, for all its darkness, is not really boozy. Light sour, bitter finish.

Good bready dubbel, less of the citrus seen in other varieties, almost Germanic. It's deliciousness, however, is unquestionable.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into the appropriate Westmalle branded chalice. Paid £2.30 for a single.

Pours a cloudy, dark mahogany body, which displays some ruby garnets when held to the light and allows plenty of fine carbonation to be observed against the edges of the glass. A two-finger in height, thick, foamy, light tan coloured head slowly reduces to a dense cap, leaving behind only minuscule specs of lace.

The dark, rich and well-balanced nose predominantly consists of fruity yeast esters. Banana and raisin initially lead above impressions of stewed apple and woody poached pears. Tart red berries, red currants and clove spices follow, while traces of dark roast, lightly bitter chocolate malt and musty, earthy, woody hop profiles become perceptible towards the back-end. Taste follows in much the same way. Estery notes of banana, stewed apple and pears poached in spiced red wine lead above a host of red, dark and dried fruits. Raisins, currants, figs, plums, prunes, red grapes, berries and overripe cherry are joined by hints of lemony citrus, warming clove and faint traces of lightly roasted malts to form the bulk of the lengthy mid-palate. Towards the back-end, phenolic spice and roasted malt characters gently build, replacing well-defined individual fruits with a rich fruitcake-like combination. In the mouth, a light body paired with plenty of lively, expansive carbonation gives a feel that’s reasonably smooth and crisp, despite being just a little too thin and spritzy. After the swallow, rich fruitcake profiles gentle fade, while traces of musty and woody hops join hints of lingering clove to provide mild drying bitterness and a suggestion of vinous astringency.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Rich, robust and incredibly well balanced, it’s hugely complex but remains ridiculously easy to drink. Perhaps carbonation could be slightly less assertive, but ultimately it still smells and tastes delicious, is readily available and is excellent value for money. It’s my go-to Belgian Dubbel. Recommended.

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Photo of South2NW
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Andy_Luft
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbcrunch
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours hazy dark maroon red, almost black with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like black and red grapes, ripe plum, black cherry, dark toasted bready malts, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, apple, mild spice, some funky tobacco, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like vinous juicy grapes, dark toasted bready malts, black cherry, plum, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, apple, mild spice, some funky tobacco, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice dubbel.

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Photo of sdm9465
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jason_nwx
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark amber with reddish hues. There is a large head that is tannish in color. It has good head retention.

Smell: There are aromas of dried caramel, toast, cherries and plums. There are hints of rose and spices in the nose as well.

Taste: The flavors are highlighted by the raisin and dried cherry flavors with wonderful interplay from the caramel and toast. The balance is towards the malt with a low spicy hop flavor and low bitterness.

Feel: It has a medium-full body that has a slight alcohol warming to it. It has a smooth texture to it with a dry finish.

Overall the beer is highlighted by the complex interplay between the malts and fruity esters. There are pleasant spicy notes and bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of zshaft
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rex_4539
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Jet black color, two finger tan colored head, thick lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Oak, raisins, wine, grapes.

T: Doesn't taste much like a beer but you get oak and malts.

F: Very carbonated mouthfeel, light bodied.

O: Strange "beer". Would not seek again.

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Photo of CPAles
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OlaB
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: pour a murky dark brown color, gives a nice top of head that disolves almost immediately.

S: Cheeries,plums,raisins, figues,caramel,bread,honey ,candied sugar

T&F: Dark fruits from the start with sugary sweetness, get more malty in the middle with bready and caramel notes .Finish of dry with some hints of spices, good lenght on the aftertaste. Mouhtfeel is quite creamy with medium carbonation. the alchol are well masked, and i think the flavours are nicely balanced and nothing get to dominant.

O: This was a nice and delicious dubble. A great beer from a great brewery.I sure would drink this again

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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 schavuytje
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

red brown malts almost full lots of esters but sweetened with caramelized sugar and pleasantly bitter nice balance me personally something on the sweet side

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Photo of shirtless_mike
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of massbeerdrinker
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty grand.
Big abbey depth. All around well brewed beer. Just what you would come to expect from monks making beer in the name of a higher power!
Recommended.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Starts out with a wonderful two finger head that does dissipate quickly...But with a lot of lacing. The high carbonation sizzles at the roof of the mouth and flows to the back of the finish. Wow, nice sizzle. Wonderful notes of malty-figs and raisins that finishes with a tartness. There is a hint of roasted malty nuttiness about this one at the beginning that introduces itself in the front and middle--with just a smidge of bitterness that quickly gets tackled by the fruit and fig tartness. This one is just fantastic. I could drink two of these a day!

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Photo of LJTate
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 90% out of 100 with 2,747 ratings
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