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:
2,739
Reviews:
1,230
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Photo of ChipMurray
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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 hunteraw
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown-tinted garnet, moderate head, no lacing at all. Smells very sweet, definitely some fig aroma here, maybe a little caramel. Taste reminds me a bit of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine. Figs, some date maybe, a bit of alcohol warming. The level of bitterness seemed appropriate. In the mouthfeel department, seems a little undercarbonated to me. A touch syrupy, aftertaste is good. Overall a solid dubbel, but I'm not the biggest fan of the style - too much on the sweet side for my personal tastes. Funny how much it reminded me of Bigfoot, though.

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

A: Pours an opaque chestnut color with a giant, rocky, fluffy cream colored head. Retention is excellent, keeping a thick cap throughout the drink. Smalls chunks of yeast can be seen floating around.

S: Wow! Complex nose to say the least. Bready, sweet, yeasty, malty, fruity, just a lot of things going on. There is an underlying sweetness in the nose- almost like sweet toffee or caramel. Dark fruits lend some plum, prune, and banana. Yeast gives some spicy characters as well; cardamom, light coriander, and butter.

T: Again, super complex- and part of this even seems vinous. Upfront there is a candyish sweetness, followed by a nice dark fruit character, consisting of plums/banana/pear/fig. The yeast adds some bread, fruity esters, and butter. Malts give off some caramel, toffee, cocoa powder/chocolate, and molasses. The malts keep the sweetness in check. Hops are apparent, but play second fiddle to everything else, lending only a slight twang.

MF/D: Medium to lighter in body, slightly dry. Carbonation is perfect, and the finish is a long yeasty/bready/buttery one.

Notes: I didn't really love the Tripel from Westmalle, but this is awesome

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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 Zraly
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to deep caramel brown with a tannish head. Looked pretty at first, and then the head took a nose dive.

However, this smooth one delivered in other sensory ways. A wonderful, yeasty, fruity scent danced up through my nose. The first sip was a winner. Smooth, semi-sugar malts with a spicy, dry finish. Mild fruits. Slightly phenolic. A tiny bit of hop bitterness is present. There is even an additional note of cocoa, which is interesting and adds a bit more character to the overall taste experience.

A gem pairing would be with a nice dark chocolate with roasted cocoa beans. Guess what I'm having with mine? *hint hint*

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Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served after a sushi lunch at about 45° in a Chimay chalice. Freshness date reads 05/04/07.

Appearance- Pours a medium raisiny red color into the glass, where a tight, two-finger head begins to rise. Excellent clarity, and the bubbles are constantly replenished by the steady stream of carbonation. Lacing is minimal at this point.

Smell- Some phenols come out at first, then an underlying sweetness that exhibits some dark fruit (figs, prunes), vanilla, and malts. Huge candi sugar aromas waft out from my glass, nailing this style right on.

Taste- Vanilla and oaky fermented fruit are strong on the palate, with a uniquely dry sweetness that is really fantastic. The malts are big but not overwhelming; the fruit is perfect; and the spiciness is subtle. In the finish, we have a perfectly placed hop dryness and mild bittering, priming the mouth for the next sip. Wonderfully balanced. A nice belly warmth is now manifesting, as I sit way back in my chair and really appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Upon entering the mouth, the beer swells with *gusto* and pitter-patters all over the tongue, just short of being overly "crackling". As we go forward and the beer warms, the mouthfeel improves to near perfection. Slippery and mouth filling, this is totally enjoyable. I will be seeking this out again.

P.S. For the last few sips I have swirled in the sediment, and the beer came back for another round of boosted activity in the mouth. Obviously more attention was brought to the yeast, and the beer's body thickened slightly. Great Trappist offering.

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Photo of DamageCase76
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jeschaefer
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beaulabauve
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Jredner
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On par with the much praised Westvleteren. Aroma is full of dark fruits like cherry and date and spicy. A dark brown body supports a huge three finger thick Belgian beauty of a head. Has the taste of spiced bread pudding dipped in choclate liquor and the mouthfeel to match. Very tasty with a long lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of klewis
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7/14/07 freshness date

A: Pours dark brown with a massive foamy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: Phenolic with some fruity aromas

T: Quite tart with a some brief fruit flavors that are quickly covered up by phenols. Slight alcoholic character in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with fine, active carbonation.

D: It's nice to finally have this one. It's pretty good, but the strong phenolic taste makes this one a bit less drinkable for me than its contemporaries.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I don't own a Westmalle glass, I've poured my cellar temperature 33cl bottle into a Chimay chalice.

The beer is nearly opaque. It has a brown color with ruby highlights. A decent amount of pinkish tan foam rests on top. Swirling the beer leaves a good amount lacing.

Smelling the beer reveals Belgian candi sugar and some dark fruits, like plum and fig. The Trappist yeast provides some spiciness, but it is mild.

Dark, complex malts characterize this beer. It's earthy, nutty and like the aroma has some flavors of plum and fig. This bottle is labeled best by 27.05.12, so it's close to two years old and I believe it may have become slightly oxidized. It is still quite tasty though.

The beer leaves behind decent coating that is very flavorful. Carbonation levels are average and it has a full body. My lips feel ever so slightly sticky.

I really like this beer a lot. It's a fine example of a true Belgian Abbey dubbel. If you've never had this beer, you are missing out!

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Photo of BucBasil
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a goblet from a very classy bottle that confirms that this is in fact "Trappistenbier" along a raised strip along the upper middle of the bottle. Great presentation. Pours a cloudy, dark brown with a great 2 finger, off-white head. Lacing is almost perfect, lining the walls of the goblet with a wallpaper of foam, lining where I took each great sip.

Smell: Smelling this beer was one of those great "beer moments" where it's just you and the beer, and nothing else seems to matter. I can't tell you how great this beer smells. I can only try to describe it... Clean, perfect aroma of grapes, plums, apples sweet malts... it's all there for your olfactory glands to absorb and enjoy. \

Taste: Enters the mouth with a nice full, fruity character, giving way to a very clean, slightly hoppy note and finishing nicely with hints of sweet malt and perhaps more of the dark fruits revealed in the nose. Mouthfeel is a weaker part of this beer, being slightly more prickly than I would have liked, but still very enjoyable. Nothing too detracting.

Notes: My iTunes is on random right now, but what comes up as I finish this glass of Westmalle Dubbel? Coldplay's "God Put a Smile Upon your Face." I can't think of a better song to describe this beer.

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Photo of squack
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Waveoff
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beige all-head which leaves a lasting floating merengue. Hazy rusty brown body. Smell has malt, caramel, and fig. Taste repeats the smell but also adds some sour rye. Body is lighter than I expected, medium weight at best. Alcohol seems even higher than the 7% reported on the bottle. All in all a good dubbel but on the hot side.

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Photo of Tdenham
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jonb5
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Dark brown, thick, one and a half finger head, reasonable retention. Smelled pleasant phenol but not much else. Tasted roasted Maris Otter style malts and phenol. Bitter aftertaste with a hint of citrus hop at the very end. Mouthfull was coarse, not what I expected. Overall I was slightly disapointed, not as complex as I would have liked, would probably benefit from aging.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a dark mahogany with ruby tones and a aggressive head. Probably two inches that gradually gave way and left heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruits, sweet malts, raisins and a little alcohol at the end. Taste is mostly the same, but heavy on the fruits. Mouthfeel is medium body with a nice carbonation all the way through the sip. A highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of Premo88
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle (330 ml) poured into chalice
(best by 3/27/15 printed on back label)

L: murky brown, fully opaque, some orange highlights at bottom when held up to light; huge fluffy thick tan head that is sticking and lacing; the foamy collar is fantastic -- classic dubbel look

S: fruity, sour grapes, wine -- again, classic dubbel; lots of sweet grapes

T: follows the nose nicely, more fruity and sweet than yeasty

F: hard not to call it perfect; it might be (might) a slight bit watery, but in a way that only seems to be helping its drinkability; it's not heavier than midweight but solidly constructed with good carbonation

O: it's not the best I've had, but I love dubbels and I love this beer -- you can't go wrong with the authentic Trappists' work. I'm missing some of the yeasty flavor you often get from a good dubbel, but I'm not missing it much. I could drink this anytime anywhere and be 100% happy ... so much good fruity sweetness.

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

Pours a handsome mahogany brown, nearly opaque with a tiny bit of sediment. Thick 2-finger light brown-tan head that fades slowly leaving outstanding lacing. Very attractive pour. Nose is dominated by yeast and malt; I let it warm but couldn’t coax anything more from it. Mouth is moderately malty with a mild alcohol burn up front, fading to a light flavor of dark fruit, perhaps plums. Finish is dry and mouth-puckering bitter. In the mouth, this beer feels very good; it’s viscous and semi-creamy and quite smooth. Drinkability is good, though the beer feels a bit heavy.

Overall: A solid offering from Westmalle, but not as good as their Tripel. It’s also expensive for a beer of this quality (4.99/ 12 oz.).

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,739 ratings.
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