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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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93
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a nice, thick one finger tan head on top. Very nice retention with rather foamy lacing left on the glass.

S: Lots of dark fruits - figs, plums, and raisins dominate the aroma. It is on the sweet side with some caramelized malt and a little molasses.

T: A bit maltier in flavor than aroma, with a lot of bread, caramel, and a bit of toffee which blend nicely with the dark fruits that are present (plum, figs, and a bit of cherry).

M: Medium bodied, very crisp and smooth with medium carbonation.

O: A very nice beer. Still just scratching the surface in terms of Dubbels, but I look forward to trying some more soon. Will be interesting to see how this one stacks up to Chimay, Rochefort, etc.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/24/11 notes. Picked up a bottle of this at Spirits in Middletown, NJ. Poured from an 11.2 bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottles on 29/9/11.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a reddish tint to it, moderate carbonation evident, and one finger of off white head. A minute or two of retention and some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, dark fruits, bready malts, spices, wheat. Pretty ncie with the fruit and yeast.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, bready malts, spices, toasted malts, and very light dark fruits. Less fruit than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice Belgian dubbel, and very good for the price and availability. Some nice dark fruits in the nose, and something I'd certainly buy again if I was in the mood for a dubbel.

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Photo of billab914
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into my Rochefort chalice. It poured a deep, caramel brown color with a big frothy head filling half of the glass. Fantastic head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a good amount of tart, crisp fruit to it. I get some very noticeable apple or apple juice like qualities along with some pear notes too. The Belgian yeast spice is very evident as well

The taste starts off with the Belgian yeast giving off a lot of clove, nutmeg and a little cinnamon spice. Midway the tart, apple juice like flavor really starts to come out. The crisp, tart fruits mix very nicely with the Belgian yeast spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is about average for the style. The real draw of the mouthfeel is the thick and creamy head that you get on each sip. Overall it was a good beer, and a very good example of the style. Nice beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westmalle chalice:

Pours brown with a thin, cream-colored head that soon becomes a spotted lace.

The smell is of caramel and raisin, with hints of chocolate. It's fairly mild, but pleasant.

The taste is of sweet, dark, dried fruits, caramel and a touch of toasted grain. It's malty, but not overly sweet. As it warms, more fruitiness appears (apples and a slice of citrus, mixed with dark fruits), along with a touch of cocoa. The alcohol is noticeable (esp. at the start and finish), but generally in a non-interfering way. The malty sweetness is also present, but restrained - largely by the fruit and grain.

The feel is creamy and smooth. Goes down very (too?) easily.

I want to go to Belgium. NOW. If this is this good here (after being in the bottle who knows how long - no freshness date), I can just imagine what it is like fresh over there...Would love to pair it with some fresh Belgian chocolate.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An eagerly anticipated sampling, a bottle set aside for many months to mark a special occasion...
Appearance: huge froth, to start, foamed everywhere, even over the keyboard, and 'scuse me while I mop up for a sec, will you, please?
Okay, the beer's calmed down a bit, and now we can judge it more suitably, perhaps...gorgeous garnet hue, nearly violet, deep ruby may be more like it, with a generous layer of foam atop, thick, plentiful, creamy, soupy, a dream to watch dwindle down...
Aroma: like sticking one's face deep down in a nest of ripe late-harvest fruits, and a bit from the vegetable side, too...a cornucopia in the nose, rich in cherries, and berries, grapes, and dates, and more that merely waits in the wings behind these major players...a deep, heady aroma, uplifting, otherwordly, luxurious! Damn, but it's well past time to drink, isn't it?
Taste: smooth, mellow, but oh, so much flavor, too, too much going on, too, too delicious, and I don't know where to start, actually, ...a rush of warmth, earthy fruitiness, plump and ripe and ever at home in the mouth. Mouthfeel? To capacity! Spices swim in, too, and envelope the senses, and dart about and add to the general sense of well-being felt everywhere that this brew touches. Another good gulp and I feel it again, this warm, spicy, earthy, deep, magical, tasty, fruity, magnificent....oh-my-goodness, sort of feeling...the malt is a wonderful buttress, and flavor-leader, too, but the hops, are a major contributor,as well, leading me to say, "screw it all, this is a perfectly integrated blend of all that's great in beer-land, isn't it?"
I have more to drink from this bottle, too, and could more, possibly, be gleaned from the last remaining drops that may color my perceptions before this sampling is done? Did I leave out minor notes of nuts and cocoa and coffee, just a stitch? But the point's made already, that this is among a rare subset of sublimity, and is so gorgeous that one is better off encountering it on rare occasions to make the meeting more special every time, I says.

Cheers to monks at Westmalle for creating this masterpiece!

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

Muddy brown color with light brown head. Dark fruit aroma with some spices and yeasty esters. Taste starts also yeasty with some raisin notes but it's not a sweet beer. It's quite balanced and drinkable. The alcohol is also barely noticeable. Really good example for the style.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.89/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Bottle to be consumed before May 27th 2012 so off we go!

A dark red to brown/black walnut is immersed throughout the chalice for the body, as the head produces a very foamy and large bubbled brown caramel color. Head really doesn't stick around much, but leaves a good size crawling collar

Interestingly light aromatic of whipped cococa/chocolate, light sense of roasted malts, Belgian candi, some slight sweet cherries, almost a sensation of smelling a good creamy Black Forest cake. Real nice I must admit.

Taste is very light bodied and a bit wet, bringing a real noticeable carbon dioxide and gaseous finish. Much of the notes on the nose are not even distinguishable on the palate at all. A large taste of just ordinary club soda, not bringing any of the scents picked up on the nose.

Overall I am wishing I could say more about how this tastes, but it tastes like drink club soda and nothing else. Pretty darn disappointing cause the nose is fantastic.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Matt last night. One of the beers that I'm shocked and appauled at myself for having never reviewed this wonderful Trappist beer.

Beer served in a tulip at cellar temperature. Beer is brown and hazy, dark, forms a giant head of medium and small off white / dirty yellow bubbles that leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet like raisins and carmel and bready with great yeast esters and a wonderful bouquet.

Beer is medium bodied with good carbonation in the mouth. About the most drinkable dubbel I've ever had. Good dark fruit notes in the midpalate and a good non-dry finish. I love this beer a lot.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle, 16/05/08 dating on the rear label. Pours cloudy, mahogony, with a long lasting medium tan head, plenty of sticky lacing. Allowed to warm for about 30 mins. Nose of raisins, figs, cola. Seems pretty highly carbonated on the tongue. Flavor notes of more raisins, figs, more cola, and some rum also picked up. Drying and slightly chalky in the finish. Tasty and complex brew, but kind of expensive, (over $4 for the 11.2 ouncer) A nice treat, but other choices abound and I'm not sure how often I'll go for this one in the future.

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

06/01/05- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirit's in Lafayette, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by 08/05. Poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Appearance- Deep, dark cherry colored pour with a larger bubbled head and average lacing.

Smell- Mostly some sweet fruit aspects. Raisins and plums primarily.

Taste- A bit sweet in the beginning, which then turns to a tad bitter malty flavor. Raisins and plums and maybe prunes plus a tad bit of a roasted flavor. Coffee?

Mouthfeel- Leaves mouth a tad dry with above average carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not a bad beer at all, but I was expecting a bit more. More sweetness and bursting flavors. Still worthy of some praise.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark, deep red-brown body with minor lacing.

S - Smells of dark, sugary fruits like dried dates. Some malty and leafy scents present.

T - A very smooth and crisp dark flavor profile. A dryness akin to tea or tobacco leaves. Some of the sweet chewing tobacco flavors in the flavor also. A touch of roast and spice blends in. Dry wood and a semi chalky presence.

M - Light and very smooth body. A treat on the tongue. Sharp carbonation and a slightly bitter/dry finish.

O - What a great beer. A very complex and flavorful brew that goes down smooth.

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

A - Crazy head. Peaky foam that claws at the sides of the glass. Deep chocolate amber color.

S - Soft sweet malt. Mellow orange rind. Molasses.

T - Sweet booze up front. Rolling malt. Surprising but pleasant cedar bitterness adds a very nice balance. A touch of dark dried fruit and some dark roast notes in the finish.

M - Medium body with a smooth flavor profile. Finishes semi-sweet.

D - Nice flavor balance. A touch boozy.

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Photo of WesWes
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an awesome pale and Belgian crystal malt scent with a tart, yet fruity Belgian yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a creamy brown ale flavor with a tart, fruity Belgian yeast finish. It goes down easy and finishes creamy and dry. The mouthfeel is exceptional. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It has aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel; a fine sessions brew.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle for $7 at the Steelgarden in Bethlehem, served in a goblet. I've been reading about Belgians lately, so this really hit the spot. It was almost wine-like for it's relatively thin body, bitter spices and smooth (but hardly sweet) fruit. There was a rummy raisin-grape character up front with a peppery, and surprisingly bitter finish. The middle of the flavor was light, with almost a sort of strawberries and cream taste. Very interesting, very tasty. An absolute classic.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a decent-sized tan head. The aroma is heavy on the raisins and cherries with some nice brown sugar notes. I also get some yeast notes. The flavor is not as fruit as the aroma. I get some raisins and plum notes, but what is more prevalent is the toffee from the malt. The yeast is also present in the flavor. There is some brown sugar flavor but the beer is fairly dry overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A world classic beer that never disappoints.

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Photo of Gavage
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark burgandy / brown color with a 3" thick head. The head receded to the surface in a few minutes. The aroma was great as caramel, yeast, bread, and light fruit were leaping from the glass. The flavor was also great as the what was sensed by the nose was matched by the tongue with the addition of raisins and plums.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a dry finish. The caramel and bread tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol not noticebale at all. This is an exceptional drinking dubbel.

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

330 ml bottle from the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

That's a nice dark ruby brown with orange hues the beer appears as. It has a pleasing aroma of assorted dark fruits with a little bit of cocoa. The taste, while not in your face, is very mellow and refreshing. Tastes just like the aroma, then add in a little bit of esters and pinch of peppery yeast. Very nicely balanced with the alcohol in disguise. Yep, another quality Trappist beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, amber color. 1 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, slight citrus (plum), slight hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, slight hop, slight sweet malt, slight grain, and slight citrus. Overall, a little more dry than I'm used too, but otherwise a good dubbel.

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

Sampled at the tap room across from the Abbey.

There is something about being able to sample beer from a goblet on Sunday morning as Mass has just ended.

This beer was quite dry and at first not nearly as complex as I was expecting. The color was solidly amber without much in the way of haze. As it warmed up a bit it began to open up and show what it had to offer. It picked up a hint of sweetness which helped to boost the malt perception. There was a bit of raisin the mouth as well as a finish that was sweet from the alcohol. The aroma too had an alcohol component to it as well as a bit of woodiness. Quite estery tasting without being particularly fruity tasting. There seemed to be some higher alcohols in here as well.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 05/04/07

A - Pours a dark ruby red/amber, lots of carbonation, nice tan foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, raisins, and prunes.

T - The taste is fabulous, tangy, slightly bitter, sweet, a touch of caramel, very complex.

M - Medium body, well rounded with a carbonated feel.

D - Very drinkable. This is my frist Westmalle, very tasty brew indeed, will definitely buy again, highly recommended.

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

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark brown/orange amber. Healthy light brown head and slight lacing. Sweet malt aroma. Mild sweet malt flavor fades to dryer almost coffee taste. Slight dark fruits and dry spiciness. A pleasant taste, but subdued. Not as noteworthy as the tripel.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel

Appearance: Pours an unfiltered brown, white head covers the top of the brew with small amounts of yeast. Active carbonation is constantly rising to the surface of this living beer.

Smell: Aromas of dark bread and malts, a touch of chicory and the choicest noble hops.

Taste: In the taste, bright grape, raisin and fig notes. Toffee, a touch buttery. Leafy, herbal hop is rounded out in the finish, along with juicy white grape flavour.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, dry, airy, and wonderful. About as elegant as a Belgian dubbel could possibly feel.

Overall: Westmalle dubbel is a trademark depiction of the style and is a superb dry Belgian brown ale. Artfully crafted and truly remarkable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml from the Coop for about $4.50... poured into my Kasteel glass.

Dark brown with cherry highlites.... when held to a light, it is a glowing copper/chesnut.. lite tan head doesn't stick around for very long, but leaves nice rings and a little lace.

Dried fruit dominates the nose... Sweet cherries.. raisins and figs. Dark caramel and toasty malts.... complex but I can't pinpoint.

Flavor is sweet cedar and more fruitcake.. Belgian esters .. low but noticeable chocolate no alcohol is evident. Nice viscosity and carbonation.. what I think of when I want a dubbel. Trademarked balance and complexity that is beyond my palate.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark ruby brown, with a full of-white head with great retention, some lacing.

S: Brown sugar, cola, wet paper, port wine.

T: Dark sugar, raisins are the major malt characteristics. Definitely a metallic edge, copper, with some vinous character.

M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, metallic, can be watery.

D: A tasty beer, but I think the tripel is much better, especially with the price. The standard bearer for this style, a well made ale for sure, any Trappist fan should try it out.

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

Another beer I've saved too long, this 33cl bottle has been in my stock (stash) for over three years and I've put off drinking it for one reason or another. It was one month past its Best Before Date of 23rd Oct 2008 on this review.

Luckily this beer is so well made, the BBD isn't an issue.

Poured slowly, oh so slowly into my Westmalle Chalice, it looked super. I allowed the sediment to join the beer, as I like to taste and feel the whole product and enjoy the extra strenght and flavours the sediment gives.

I am no stranger to this wonderful beer, but I have never reviewed it while in Belgium, prefering to just enjoy the moment whenever I have drank it before.

Deep mahogany red in colour, with a slight haze because of my prefered pour. The tan creamy head, at first full slips slowly into a thinner carpet of foam which laces the glass as the beer is sipped.

Plums and raisens, rich malts and some toasted caramel give this beer a unique aroma, one I could detect anywhere.

The taste is just as you would expect from the aroma. It is rich, but isn't as creamy maybe and it is fairly high in the carbonisation stakes for a Dubbel, but I think that adds to its character and uniqueness.

A beer I always have when in Belgium, often on tap, it is a delight and one of my all time favorite beers.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
93 out of 100 based on 1,189 ratings.
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