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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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#1,222
Reviews:
1,234
Ratings:
2,759
pDev:
10.29%
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4.33
 
 
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Photo of brew3crew
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-maroonish in color with a tan head that sticks around
S-strong belgian smell of yeast. Maybe some sugar? Can't quite pick up much else
T-sweet malt and caramel. A treat.
M-medium bodied and crisp and clean.
D-very drinkable. Done with me taste in no time.

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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 mkennedy119
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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 CTbrew32
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Very dark brown/mahogany in color with a slight red hue. Pours a two finger white/slightly tan colored head.

Aroma- Plums, chocolate, and a little bit of spicy/herbal hops.

Taste- Lots of dark fruits in this plums and dark cherry flavors, and even some chocolate malt sweetness in there as well. In the finish there's a ton of malty dryness and a little bit of hop spice, almost like a spiced dark cherry flavor.

Feel- Medium to high carbonation, medium body, creamy texture, and incredibly dry in the finish.

Overall- Really like this dubbel as it has great dark fruit flavors and an interesting spicy hop profile in the finish. Only complaint is the finish, which can be overbearingly dry. Other than that its a great beer.

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Photo of drummerdwzp
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SheepNutz
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a chalice. It pours a murky dark brown color with three fingers of fluffly light tan foam. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very malty, with sweetness of caramelized sugar and fruity esters. A little spicy on the nose too. The taste is also fairly malty and a little sweet, but with a slightly tart and dry finish. It doesn't hide the alcohol well, and it's only 6.5% abv. The mouthfeel is just a little on the light side, especially for the style. The drinkability fairs pretty well though, not too shabby. A fair dubbel.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.16/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this expensive beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. I thought I was going to like this because I have heard so may great things about it. It had a fine bubbly head ans was a rich mohoganny color but was cloudy. The beer semmed to be very very carbonated. The beer had a nice creamy head and bad ass lacing but was very strong in the alcohol taste. I will not buy again but thats just my opinion.

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Photo of jim_carignan
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330m brown bottle, with raised glass stamped "westmalle" around the neck.

Upon opening, the beer froths out of the bottle in a volcanic like action, pouring a dark bodied beer with an amber head which last for several minutes.

Medium carbonation levels, carmelly taste with a light malty sweetness and warmth. Strong fruity esters of banana and dried fruits. Very drinkable.

Smooth, malty flavour with a nice alcohol kick.

One of the first beers to really turn me to the dark side (ie. dark belgians) All in all, one of my favourite beers, an almost flawless performance


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Update 11 March 2004

Just to add, i've had many of these beers since then and they've all been up to scratch, amazing brews

I've increased my review slightly for this reason


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Update June 29th 2004

Still a fantastic beer, after rochefort 10, st bernardus 12 and abbaye des rocs, it still impresses and holds its own



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Update 12th July 2004

A bit blander than I recall, lack or flavour and aroma, too fizzy and not as smooth

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

11.2-oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A = Dark brown, dense, almost impossible to see through, formed a good tan head of foam mixed with medium sized bubbles that quickly resolved into a simple coating of light foam and a few medium sized bubbles on the surface.

S = Definite notes of caramel, ripened fruits, very slight yeastiness and traces of alcohol.

T = Sweet with a backbite of spiciness. Great flavor. Starts with a rich, sweet malty taste of caramel and fresh pumpernickel, then hits on fruity flavors of very ripe sweet tropical fruits and even sharper hints like limes (mostly a matter of bitterness, not strong taste), blends to a spicy mix of flavors, very well balanced. Alcohol is present but not unpleasant, just a good warming presence.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, good mouth coating, soft but full carbonation effects.

D = This is one of the most drinkable dubbels I have tried. Just an excellent and drinkable beer. Drink and enjoy!

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Photo of stewart124
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown in color with a slightly off-white head. Nice head at first that dwindles down to a nice lace.

Dark caramel in color with fruity notes.

Nice mouthfeel that starts out sweet and ends up dry. Loads of caramel and grape characters with tons of fruit a nice toffee note. Floral characters to go with the overall "Belgian" character. Little to no hops to speak of. Rich maltiness and some phenols in the finish. The lingering characters are bold bready characters and toffee.

Overall this is just an amazing beer. Very drinkable throughout. I'd love to try this on tap.

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Photo of mjurney
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Deep mahogany color, murky. Lively carbonated. Thick beige head.

Aroma:
Mixture of tropical and dark fruit, deep bready malt, caramel.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Mix fruit, bananas, apples, plums, dates, raisin. Creamy malts, caramel, a little milk chocolate. Hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is tart, semi-dry. Body is full, crewy, creamy, a little warmth, easy drinking.

Overall:
It's an excellent beer!

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Photo of wyatt13
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ToddThompson
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours very dark, with a substantial tan head.

Strong aromas of dark fruits, brown sugar, and malt.

Strong flavors of dark malt, prunes, raisins, and hoppy bitterness. A little ginger too. Good balance of sweet with dry hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full but light, with moderate carbonation.

This is one of the world's great beers. The taste is marvelous and at 7% ABV, one can afford a few.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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 heytomcat
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel opens with a light Belgian-type nose, bananas and cloves drifting up lazily. But these are joined by strong touches of wet wheat fields, floury baguettes, straw, and toast crust, the bready flavors almost outclassing the fruits and spices. Some hints of orange and apricot underpin the breads, mixed with a smidgen of fig and molasses, and light grapefruit, lemon, and rose hips speak to hops. As a whole, the nose is good, but quite light and effervescent. The fresh grain notes take up much of the profile, but enough fruits and sugars come through to provide for a balanced aroma. A bit heavier nose would have made for a more enticing introduction.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a dash of Flemish sour, touches of fermented apple cider hitting first, but dying off quickly and replaced by darker sugars, including fig, cherry, orange, berry, and sparkling white grape. Brown sugar and caramel provide a candy-like coating to the fruits, resting atop a bed of brown bread, toast crust, and wheat stalks. A sprinkling of lemon and grapefruit from the hops adds a bit of pizzazz. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the beer becomes largely grain-based, this slightly marred by staleness and the taste of hay. The aftertaste is a continuation of the grain flavors, with touches of berry and fruit, as well as more grapefruit and lemon, and lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, fizzing and slightly burning the soft tissues.

Overall, this is good fare, but suffers from a lack of any extraordinary characteristic to set it apart from its peers. The flavors here are good, but the beer feels like it needed more of something--sugars would be a good place to start--to bring out a lovely bouquet. The slight staleness to the latter half of the mouthful and aftertaste is also unsettling. It’s still a good Trappist ale, but simply needed to be more awe-inspiring.

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Photo of NumberNone
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,759 ratings
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